The Silent Majority Speech Analysis

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On November third 1969 Many families around the US gathered around their TV screens waiting for the President’s face to magically appear before them. Many others gathering around their radios tuning in and waiting for the President’s bland-monotone voice. Analysing this famous speech made by this infamous leader makes one ask why he made this speech and why, in it, he essentially used great lengths of propaganda to persuade his audience.
Throughout Nixon’s famous speech, The Silent Majority, many instances of logical arguments with solid evidence are used. These logical arguments establish Nixon’s credibility of his speech as well as his position on the war in Vietnam. Nixon almost immediately starts the speech with true statements “The war had been going on for 4 years, 31,000
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Nixon’s characterises peace and freedom to mean absent of socialistic ideals or freedom from socialistic ideals instead of the traditional meaning of a state of tranquility or freedom from civil disturbance. Nixon in the first few lines states “I had to think of the effect of my decision on the next generation and on the future of peace and freedom in America and in the world”. Nixon’s prospects for peace and freedom to most seem earnest and whole hearted painting the president as one who strives for a world without war or conflict. Nixon stating that he “had to think of the effect of [his] decision on the next generation” also depicts himself as being aware of the fact that his decisions now will not only impact those living now but those to come. While Nixon talks about his policy and plan of action he states “For the future of peace, precipitate withdrawal would thus be a disaster of immense magnitude”. Nixon discredits any anti vietnam warriens by stating that if the US were to pull abruptly out of Vietnam instead of the intended result of ending the conflict that it would create a multitude of new conflicts and
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