Actions that are morally right but go against status quo are notoriously difficult for many politicians to take. Several of today’s politicians are not brave enough to risk alienating their voters. Calvin Coolidge, in contrast, was courageous, and this value was cultivated from an early age. Whether it was dealing with his mother’s passing when he was only twelve years old, or his sister’s death when in high school, Coolidge had to overcome these difficult situations. He had to stick to his goals of becoming a lawyer and a politician. The strength gained from these experiences undoubtedly influenced Coolidge’s policies as president, where he was tasked with making controversial yet just choices. From discussing civil rights injustices at a time where minorities were treated unfairly, to bringing awareness about the need for more money into the education system, Coolidge had bold ideas that he eagerly expressed to the public.
He made more than a few questionable decisions in the past but, he recently has not tried to hide his past but instead tries to learn from it. He is inspiring the youth of our country in a way he never did as president. A recent poll shows that 56 percent of Americans view Bill Clinton in a positive way. Even after all of the mistakes he made as president he still managed to govern our country and lead our society. He is widely regarded for all of the things he’s done both in and out of office. Even with his lapses in judgment he still managed to be viewed as one of America’s greatest, most influential
Born in 1743 in Virginia in a moderately wealthy planter family, Thomas Jefferson inherited half of his land and several slaves after his father’s death. Jefferson then enrolled at College. After graduating in just a couple of years, Jefferson worked as a law clerk and was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1767. He entered the world of politics and was then chosen as a delegate to represent Virginia at the Second Continental Congress of 1775, where he established a friendship with the then president John Adams and his wife, Abigail. During this time, Jefferson was appointed to be the first Secretary of State and serve on President Washington's Cabinet. After four years as Vice President, Jefferson won the election of 1800 and became the third President of the United States.
Bill Clinton was also an American politician who had served as the 42nd President of the United States. He had served his time from 1993 to 2001 and throughout his time in office, he had both aided yet negatively impacted the United States, which can be seen through many acts and bills he had signed, both domestic and foreign. Domestic accomplishments of President Clinton firstly included cutting the tax, similar to what Reagan had done.
All in all, President Clinton comforted the people of America and provided advice to settle the worried American hearts. He was able to use parallelism and diction to create a sense of security for Americans. He also showed the victims and their families that the American people are supporting them and have their backs. Clinton also used his status as a parent and a husband to create a more emotional connection with his audience making this speech 100%
What is political courage? Is it the act of simply upholding the rights of the everyday man while in a position of power? Or is it something even more? One person is to be chosen every year to be congratulated on their acts of political courage. President Lyndon B Johnson’s chance has now arrived. “The true democracy, living growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people - faith that the people will not simply elect men who will represent their views ably and faithfully, but will also elect men who will exercise their conscientious judgement - faith that the people will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right”(Kennedy).
On March 4, 1841, President William Henry Harrison gave the longest inaugural speech in American history. In summary, President Harrison’s speech mainly discussed how the people of the United States has the rights to individual liberties and how it is the duty of the president to protect those liberties through the Constitution. Specifically, the speech went into great detail about how the president should consult with everyone, like the Senate and House of Representatives, before making a huge executive decision. In general, Harrison's goal was to bring the country together through the use of the Constitution and individual rights.
When in times of weakness and confusion, one must find the strength to overcome the challenge of placing their trust in someone, despite their hardships or uncertainty of what is to come. At his inauguration in early 1933, after narrowly beating out Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, FDR, stepped into the presidency with America deep into the depression. After seeing what Americans are going through, FDR immediately realized that he must use this speech as not only an introduction to his presidency, but also reassurance to millions of Americans that they can trust him. In order to accomplish this monumental task of universal trust and acceptance from the country as a whole, he not only had to show Americans that he understood what they were going through, but also had to propose his strategy to get America back on
George Washington’s 1793 Second Inaugural Speech expresses the desire to be an upfront and honest president. He promised to show confidence and convey that he has been given a huge honor in being elected, again. He allowed for fellow Americans to scold and blame him, if he made any mistakes knowingly, or unknowingly. George did not wish for constitutional punishment to be brought, upon him, though.
In his inaugural speech given on January 20, 2001, George W. Bush address the country for the first time after being sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States. Millions of people from around the world tuned in to watch the president give his address. The people who voted for and against him are both wanting to hear what the president has to say. George W. Bush gives an effective inaugural address by using biblical allusions, collaborative language, and an anaphora in order to unite the country after a contentious election.
Barack Obama’s win for President in 2009 was a historical moment for the United States. His inaugural speech was much anticipated, because this was going to set the tone for his presidency. His speech told the American people that improving the economy is one of his priorities, but there were also other areas he would like to improve like healthcare and the education system. This was a speech that was meant to persuade the American public to take action for them to rise as a nation again, and for them to put their trust into him. His message addressed a couple of specific points like his gratefulness to the American people, the different crises America is facing, how America will overcome these crises, replying to his cynics, addressing the world, and then he reminded America again to be brave like they’ve always been to overcome the hard times (5 Speechwriting Lessons from Obama's Inaugural Speech, (n.d.).
Roosevelt used antithesis during his speech even though it was metaphorically weak. A typical example was in paragraph five (5). When he compared the risen of taxes and their inability to pay have fallen.
One of the ideas that spoke to me the most was the relationship between legislation and the government. Coolidge supported the notion that people must rely on themselves, rather than legislation to get them through life, and that more laws, regulations, and taxes hurt people. Agreeing strongly, I believe that these values are often forgotten this day in age because the masses have become accustomed to receiving governmental aid. The government has become too large and powerful, and leaders must acknowledge the harm that this responsibility places on both the people and the system. Power must instead be given back to the people by the ridding of unnecessary laws, regulations, and programs. By restraining the influence of the government on daily life, the United States will be able to return to the great nation of freedom; a nation in which its founding fathers so vehemently fought to build. Similarly, politics should not be controlled strictly according to political parties, and Coolidge urged people to support the values they believe in, not a certain political party. In today’s world, I think many politicians would benefit from acting in the way of doing the right thing, rather than supporting sides merely based on political affiliation. For this reason, I am passionate about educating myself as much as possible to candidates beliefs, and I look forward to being able to take part in my first elections in coming
George Washington made a bold decision for his Farewell Address to be an open letter of advice and warning to the American people for their long-term pleasure and security. Washington himself spoke of a nation with great unity. He had faith in the prosperity of the citizens, but was weary of the dangers of such a young republic. The overarching theme of his address was the preservation of the union. During this, we warned against the dangers of sectionalism and claimed that the connection between the Union and the Constitution must be cherished. He demanded, “The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” Washington
During the time of the Great Depression, economic and social conditions were dropping drastically. The election of 1932 between Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt was an easy pick for a vast majority of the American population. Hoover was being seen as a “see-nothing, do-nothing president.” Meanwhile, Roosevelt is assailing Hoover on his campaign trail.