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Top 25 most significant political speeches

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It was total trash. Significant actions yes he has done that alright, but the guy just cannot speak. The event moved people, not his mumbo jumbo.

This is a quote from Dubya's 911 speech almost seven years ago:

 

"Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause

and confident of the victories to come."

Seven years later and there really hasn't been any "justice", nor I'm I assured of the "rightness" of our cause. Victories to come, what victories?

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Should be interesting to see what they think is the number 1 speech.

Should be King's "I have a dream."

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Reagan' s Tear down this wall Mr. Gorbachev (spelling?) should be on the list. (waiting for eurovol to counter this...)

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I would have thought that rousing the nation in its darkest hour to fit until the death with Fight them on the Beaches is more significant than a glorified "thanks chaps"

 

Not sure that 2 of the top 3 speeches of the last 100 years are about the Berlin Wall

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If this list is from the Telegraph, it won't be a surprise if they pick a Tory speech for Number 1.

Much as I don't want to quote myself ... :lol: (Roll up, roll up... have your fortunes told here!)

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Talk about a handjob to Barack Obama, how did he even end up on the list?

 

I look at the list see that the other speeches are tied to significant events at both the world and national levels, and they slip in a speech from the 2004 Democratic national convention.

 

Now if he gets elected I could see his inauguration speech making the list. The first Black President of the US would be a significant world shaping event.

 

But a convention speech?

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Too bad Patton won't make the list. He gave quite a few memorable speeches in his time. I've already posted my favourite of his:

The movie version was quite tame. The actual speech had much more flowery language. However George C. Scott did make up for it with his gravel voice.

 

 

Bipa, I don't see the word 'Taliban' anywhere in that document. I think you mean the Afghan people are who Reagan was praising.

Reagan was praising the mujahideen that was fighting the Soviets, and unfortunately ended up turning into the Taleban

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But a convention speech?

Yep, a convention speech. This was day that Obama was first put on the world stage and trotted around like a prize pony. The democrats knew on this day they had a bigger plan for him in the party and this plan is now coming to fruition.

 

It was also the democrats way of saying hey look at our party we're inclusive (gotta get the black vote some how), whereas the republican party has been mostly viewed as very white and conservative.

 

I saw his keynote address at the convention and thought his oration skills were excellent.

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Yes but its significance will be determined by his performance in the election, if he doesn't win then it was hardly significant in the scheme of history.

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Richard von Weizsäcker's speech 8 May 1985

It was a day of liberation for Germany.

Germany has no cause to celebrate the date, it should be a day of commemoration.

Germany's reaction to WW II was

 

 

Das deutsche Volk bekennt sich darum zu unverletzlichen und unveräußerlichen Menschenrechten als Grundlage jeder menschlichen Gemeinschaft, des Friedens und der Gerechtigkeit in der Welt. (Article 1 of the Grundgesetz)

After all the atrocities, suffering, injustice, mass exodus and destruction Germany subscribed to the basic human rights.

 

A very brave and powerful speech, considering Helmut Kohl's (then Chancellor) "grace of late birth" attitude allowing him to wash his hands of all responsibility for anything arising from German history that didn't fit his views, mostly the Nazi era.

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3 Ronald Reagan, June 12, 1987 Mr. Gorbachev Turn down that Wall

Some of us are trying to sleep over here!

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sarabyrd: But he was a German and not a Tory! ;)

 

This list isn't exactly unbiased. Assuming that Meir, Nkhruma and Nehru spoke in English, only 1 of the top 12 speeches and 6 out of the 25 speeches were not given in English. There are 5 Tories in the list, 4 in the top 12 and also coming in at Number 1!

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This is a quote from Dubya's 911 speech almost seven years ago:

 

"Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause

and confident of the victories to come."

Seven years later and there really hasn't been any "justice", nor I'm I assured of the "rightness" of our cause. Victories to come, what victories?

"we'll meet violence with patient justice". Yeh right Bush Babe. A 1/4 million troops and 1 & 1/4 million deaths worth of patient justice.

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