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The Seven Greatest Political Orators in American History

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Throughout American history, political orators have played a crucial role in shaping the nation’s political discourse and inspiring the American people to action. From fiery speeches on the campaign trail to impassioned pleas for unity in times of crisis, these orators have used their words to move audiences and shape the course of American history. In this article, we will look at seven of the greatest political orators in American history, including who they were, their style, the time they lived, famous speeches they gave, notable quotes, and how audiences were moved by them.

Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry was an American attorney, planter, and politician who is best known for his fiery speeches in support of American independence from Great Britain. Born in Virginia in 1736, Henry was a passionate advocate for liberty and is widely regarded as one of the greatest orators of the American Revolution.

One of Henry’s most famous speeches was his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” address, which he delivered to the Virginia Convention in 1775. In the speech, Henry called on his fellow Virginians to take up arms against the British and fight for their freedom. His impassioned words and dramatic delivery helped to inspire a generation of Americans to take up the cause of independence.

Audiences were moved by Henry’s passionate appeals to their sense of patriotism and love of liberty. His words helped to galvanize support for the American Revolution and inspired many to take up arms against the British.

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents in American history, Lincoln is also known for his eloquent speeches and powerful use of language.

One of Lincoln’s most famous speeches was his Gettysburg Address, which he delivered in 1863 during the height of the Civil War. In the speech, Lincoln called on the American people to honor the sacrifice of those who had died in the war and to work towards a “new birth of freedom” for the nation. His simple yet powerful words helped to inspire a sense of unity and purpose in a nation torn apart by war.

Audiences were moved by Lincoln’s humble demeanor and his ability to speak directly to the hopes and fears of the American people. His words helped to bring the nation together and inspired many to work towards a brighter future for themselves and their country.

Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony was an American women’s rights activist who played a key role in the women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Massachusetts in 1820, Anthony was a passionate advocate for women’s rights and worked tirelessly to secure the right to vote for women.

One of Anthony’s most famous speeches was her “On Women’s Right to Vote” address, which she delivered in 1873 at the Circuit Court of the United States in Canandaigua, New York. In the speech, Anthony argued that the Constitution gave women the right to vote and called on the court to recognize this right. Her passionate words and forceful delivery helped to galvanize support for the women’s suffrage movement and inspired many to join the fight for women’s rights.

Audiences were moved by Anthony’s passionate appeals to justice and equality. Her words helped to inspire a generation of women to fight for their rights and helped to lay the groundwork for the women’s suffrage movement.

William Jennings Bryan
William Jennings Bryan was an American politician and lawyer who served as the Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson. Born in Illinois in 1860, Bryan was a passionate advocate for progressive causes and a powerful speaker.

One of Bryan’s most famous speeches was his “Cross of Gold” speech, which he delivered at the 1896 Democratic National Convention. In the speech, Bryan called for an end to the gold standard and advocated for a bimetallic currency system. His impassioned words and fiery delivery helped to galvanize support for his campaign and inspired many to join the fight for economic justice.

Audiences were moved by Bryan’s passionate appeals to the common people and his commitment to social justice. His words helped to inspire a generation of progressives and laid the groundwork for the New Deal policies of the 1930s.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States, serving from 1933 until his death in 1945. Roosevelt is widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents in American history, and his speeches played a crucial role in inspiring the American people during some of the darkest times in the nation’s history.

One of Roosevelt’s most famous speeches was his “Four Freedoms” address, which he delivered in 1941 as the United States prepared to enter World War II. In the speech, Roosevelt called for a world in which all people enjoyed the freedom of speech and worship, as well as freedom from want and fear. His words helped to inspire a sense of purpose and unity in a nation facing a global crisis.

Audiences were moved by Roosevelt’s calm, steady demeanor and his ability to speak directly to the hopes and fears of the American people. His words helped to inspire a sense of national unity and purpose during some of the most challenging times in American history.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and civil rights activist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest orators in American history. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929, King played a key role in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

One of King’s most famous speeches was his “I Have a Dream” address, which he delivered in 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In the speech, King called for an end to racism and segregation in American society and spoke passionately about his vision for a world in which all people were treated with dignity and respect. His words helped to inspire a generation of Americans to join the fight for civil rights and social justice.

Audiences were moved by King’s passionate appeals to justice and equality, as well as his commitment to nonviolence and peaceful protest. His words helped to inspire a generation of activists and laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, serving from 1981 until 1989. A former actor and governor of California, Reagan is widely regarded as one of the greatest communicators in American political history.

One of Reagan’s most famous speeches was his “Tear Down This Wall” address, which he delivered in 1987 at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin. In the speech, Reagan called on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall and end the division of Europe. His words helped to inspire a sense of hope and optimism in a world still gripped by the Cold War.

Audiences were moved by Reagan’s optimistic vision of America and his commitment to freedom and democracy. His words helped to inspire a sense of national pride and purpose during a time of great uncertainty and upheaval.

In conclusion, the seven greatest political orators in American history all had different styles, lived in different times, and spoke to different audiences. However, what they all had in common was their ability to move their listeners with their words and inspire them to work towards a brighter future for themselves and their country.

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GOP Primaries, for GOP Registered Voters

It is to our overwhelming advantage to ensure that only registered Republicans are able to participate

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Let us resolve to keep our primary voting to those who are registered Republicans. One can make the argument that there are closet Republicans who, for fear of reprisal in the workplace, cannot join the Republican party but are, nevertheless, Republican in sentiment.

However, this is a small group. And, they are more than offset by hordes of Democrats who, if allowed into Republican primaries will do their dirty work as they have done throughout counties in North Carolina and throughout the nation.

Only Republicans

Overall, it is to our overwhelming advantage to ensure that only registered Republicans are able to participate.

As a case in point, on the national level, the RINO Nikki Haley would be out of the race if not for Democrat voters stepping over the line in coordinated effort and voting in Republican primaries. Granted, she is backed by billionaire mega-donors who fear Donald Trump. If Democrats could not vote in the GOP primaries, however, the mega-donors dollars wouldn’t be worth much.

As a result of Haley staying in the race, Donald Trump has to spend a bit more than otherwise, and deflect some of his attention away from the Democrats, the swamp, and the Marxist’s plans to destroy our country.

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Fracturing Along Fault Lines

The panoply of liberal and Leftist policies are harmful to society

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Biden and company want to contort the right to vote, endlessly fund Ukraine, kowtow to Middle East terrorists, pack the Supreme Court, end the filibuster, disband the electoral college, treat January 6th protestors like insurrectionists, convict Trump on SOMETHING, appease China, and permanently make tens of millions of Americans totally dependent on government entitlements.

In recent years, the questionable lockdowns, restrictions, and mandates over COVID-19, and Democrats’ willingness to overlook street violence, enhances my view that the Left loves the idea of total authority and forevermore imposing its will on all of us.

Insanity Over the Top

The panoply of liberal or Leftist viewpoints, from no need for voter ID to restrictions on the 1st Amendment, to indoctrinating children is harmful to society.

Is it acceptable to teach children that there are more than 50 genders? Do you believe, as Leftists do that children may choose their gender? Do you think that cross-dressers ought to be reading to children at story hour? Should the sciences, mathematics, and other core academic disciplines be taught to accommodate ‘politically diverse’ points of view?

Are you okay with colleges holding separate graduation exercises and celebrations for different ethnic minorities? Martin Luther King, Jr, must be rolling over in his grave. Should entire college curricula be redesigned because most of the great works of literature throughout history have been written by white males?

Should student loans be exonerated? Should colleges establish safe spaces? Are you perturbed when conservative speakers are disrupted from speaking on campus, or are banned from campus? Curiously, can a university promise students an unbiased education when 97% of college professors’ political donations go to Democrats?

Open the Spigots!

Should Medicare be provided for all and, if so, how do you pay for it? Is late-trimester abortion acceptable? After a baby is born, is it the right of the mother and the doctor to choose whether or not that person will continue to live?

Should we have open borders, and let in anyone who wants to come here, now approaching 9 million since Biden was installed? Are illegal immigrants to be given free healthcare once they cross the border, as all Democrat presidential contenders stated on live TV in 2020? How do hordes arrive at the southern border, well-fed and hydrated, after trekking 100s or 1000s of miles, with sturdy walking shoes and cell phones? Should they be flown and bussed all over the U.S. courtesy of the Biden administration? Are sanctuary cities a good idea, and do they support the lives and aspirations of actual U.S. citizens?

When newspaper headlines scream about gun violence, is wringing your hands over the issue any solace for families in Chicago or Baltimore ghetto communities who experience gun violence on a daily basis? Do you care about the issue, or do you only get riled up when the mainstream media stokes your emotions by giving World War II coverage to carefully crafted, elevated cases?

Is calling others racist acceptable when, in your own heart, you know that you are biased at times against this group or that? Is virtue signaling an acceptable form of social participation, or should one actually take appropriate, non-violent action to address a perceived wrong? Is a comment from 30 or 40 years ago made by a celebrity — or a politician, for that matter — enough to cancel his or her career?

Goals and Tactics of Violent Groups

Are the goals and violent tactics of Antifa acceptable to you? If they’re proud of what they stand for and forthright in their actions, why do they wear ski masks? Appearing in selected cities in time to cause trouble, and leading the turmoil following the death of George Floyd, how many of them actually hold jobs?

In pursuit of protests, do any pay for their own transportation and housing costs? If they do not pay for themselves, who is paying? Most curiously, why do they often go after the most vulnerable people they can find in any gathering? Is it okay when law enforcement stands down in the face of violence committed by those on the left?

The Left embraces mass insanity and it’s getting more absurd all the time. Yet, it appears that Leftists do not understand the magnitude and ramifications of many of their political and social views. Their agenda, fully implemented, would destroy our civilization in less than a few years.
One Generation

Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men [and women] were free.”

It would be nice to reach consensus, in some way, with those on the Left, however, my sensibilities cry out and say that would be cultural and national suicide.

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