The Great Speeches

“Four Score & Seven Years Ago”

 Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

[2] Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

[3] But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate-we can not consecrate-we can not hallow-this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

The Gettysburg Address Lincoln, “Gettysburg Address,” Speech Text – Voices of Democracy (umd.edu)Generally everyone knows the opening line of Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. The 2nd most quoted line is the opening sentence, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. The final line is also memorable.

“that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth”.

‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”

“I would say to the House*, as I said to those who have joined this Government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength  that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. This is our policy. You ask, what is our aim?

I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory, there is no survival.”

*House of Commons. Chamberlin has resigned. Winston Churchill

becomes the PM of England. He’s addressing the House of Commons as he formed the new government. Churchhill was well known for his rousing inspirational speeches at the most critical points in Britain’s history. The rival speech was an “iron curtain has descended speech”. The Iron Curtain referred to the Communist regime of Russia.

“Ich bin ein Berliner” I am a Berliner

“I Have A Dream”

I hope everyone knows what his dream was.

“Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall”

This is not a speech but it was a pivotal moment in history.

“The People of Poland, the People of America, and the People of Europe still Cry Out ‘We Want God'”

This one also had a rival. Pres Trump’s State of the Union address where he declares that America will never be a socialist country. Pelosi looked furious at that point and at the end of his speech she tore up her transcript in full view of the cameras. No Speaker has ever done such at thing. Hands down though his speech to Poland wins out.

These great speeches have a common thread, God’s gift of liberty.

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