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I just finished reading and listening to Eisenhower's "Farewell speech." Unlike my experience with other speeches that I have read and listened to concomitantly, where I have noticed a discrepancy in tone/delivery and content (like FDR's Fireseide chat), I thought that Eisenhower's firm, steady, monotonous tone was congruent with the content of his speech. There are not many inflections in his speech, as he issues grave warnings about the significance of the US's establishment of a permanent military industrial complex. For me, his delivery--his firm, steady cadence (perhaps almost automatic or robotic?)-- was consistent with the content of this speech, as well as with what I imagined to be the ethos of a US President who was a "five-star" general in the US Army.Now onto MLK!
I am working on a project connected to budget cuts and was struck by how powerful and potentially useful for my own purposes King's rhetoric about mobilizing is."Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest".
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