Greatest Political Speeches II
Debate Rounds (5)
Round 1-1950s speeches only
Round 2- 1930s speeches only
Round 3-19th century speeches only
Round 4-1970s speeches only
Round 5-1960s speeches only
My first speech will be Joseph McCarthy's Republican National Convention speech in 1952. This is when McCarthy was warning the American population about the dangers of Communism. The footage is from the end of the speech it seems.
As we approach the all important November elections, all Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, must keep in mind all the facts as they are and not the facts as we would wish them to be. Even though those facts may be well at heart.
Fact number one, we are at war today, war in Korea, but the Korean War was merely a small phase of the great world war with the atheistic Communist.
Fact number two, for the past 7 years we have been losing that world war, at the rate of nearly one hundred million people a year. Not one hundred thousand, but losing nearly one hundred million people a year to atheistic Communist.
Fact number three, the day of July 9th 1952, the same man, the same men who delivered nearly half of the world to Communist Russia, are still in control in Washington. There has been no change; the same men are doing your planning. The same planners who were in control before 1945, 1945 when we were the most powerful nation on earth, 1945 when all we needed, all we needed was our unlimited military and economic power, with enough brains, enough honesty, enough loyalty to have restored a decent and peaceful world. But what happened, instead, instead we have allowed Communism to spread its dark shadow over half of Europe, and almost all of Asia, and for the first time, for the first time they are appearing on the pages of America"s history. Words such as "stalemate," "retreat," "compromise," well Truman says, Truman says that the Democratic Party must run on its record. To that I say amen, so they must.
Now why ladies and gentlemen, why has this administration deliberately built up Russia, while tearing down the strength of America, I have been proving that this was because of a combination, a combination of abysmal stupidity and treason, and if I am wrong, if I am wrong, if no treason is involved, if the last traitor left, if the last traitor left is Alger Hiss, then the only answer, the only answer for our loss and for Russia"s gain, is that those in power are guilty of stumbling, fumbling incompetence.
But in either event, whether we are losing because of treason or because of stupidity, if America and her sons are to live, send that Yalta around, unintelligible and unintelligible must go my young friends. My good friends, I say one communist, one Communist the defense plants is one Communist too many. One Communist on the faculty of one university is one Communist too many. One Communist among the American advisers at Yalta was one Communist too many. And even if there were only one Communist in the State Department, that would still be one Communist too many
Here is a sample of a part of the speech. The full speech is in the link provided.
"How many men ever went to a barbecue and would let one man take off the table what's intended for 9/10th of the people to eat? The only way to be able to feed the balance of the people is to make that man come back and bring back some of that grub that he ain't got no business with!"
I haven't heard that speech before. I will choose a less radical speech this time. I have chosen former Vice President Spiro Agnew's "Generation Gap" speech which he gave to a Republican dinner in Houston 1970. Agnew is referring to the radicals that became popular in 1967 ranging from hippies, yippies, anti-Vietnam War protesters, and others.
Here is a sample of the speech. The full speech is in the link I have provided.
Vice President Agnew:
"Education is being redefined at the demand of the uneducated to suit the ideas of the uneducated. The student now goes to college to proclaim, rather than to learn. The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated, and a contemporary antagonism known as 'The Generation Gap.'"
My last choice is Nikita Khrushchev's 1960 United Nations speech. Better known as the speech where Khrushchev said the phrase "We will bury you!" He also took it upon himself to bang his shoe on the lectern while giving his speech.Nikita Khrushchev was the Premier of the USSR. Khrushchev was giving a speech to the UN denouncing colonialism and what he considers American "imperialism." The United Nations at this time was having a fierce debate on what they should do in relation to the Congo Crisis. Khrushchev was giving his opinion in his speech about what should be done. The video I provided contains some parts of the speech but not all.
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Vote Placed by Subutai 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: In my opinion, pro had better speeches in rounds 1, 3, 4, and 5, and therefore, gets my vote.
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