Mar 14, 2009

Why Political Rhetoric is Awesome, Intro

Since man crawled out of the cave (and probably before), he was organizing himself into some primitive form of society. Early on, surely those who could communicate the most effectively (whether through brute strength and body language or through a well-ordered and inspiring series of grunts) found their way to the top.

Political rhetoric has been the lifeblood of electoral systems for millennia. I think it's fascinating. You'd think that we, by this point, would have managed every permutation of words possible. However, that's not the case.

I'm going to write some posts about political rhetoric, including some of (what I believe are) the best examples. It will be skewed heavily American, since that's what I know, and since--let's face it--whatever presidents have said in the past hundred years has meant something to the world.

In The West Wing, Sam Seaborn, the Deputy Communications Director says that "[o]ratory should raise your heart rate. Oratory should blow the doors off the place. We should be talking about not being satisfied with past solutions. We should be talking about a permanent revolution." I agree. So, on with the show.

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