I've heard a lot of people express that this speech brings a tear to their eyes.
Who do you hang out with? I'm more than twice as as old as you and I have never heard anyone even comment on the speech.
Part of the speech is supposed to attract you and inspire you. The method suggested is supposed to make you say, "Wait a second, what did he just say". In the final analysis, you are supposed to recognize that tyranny comes in all shapes and sizes. A "wolf in sheep's clothing" is very apropos
quote:Wow. Those people are morons who probably haven't seen the movie, or even understand its basic premise.
There's several copies of this speech on youtube, and most of them are labelled "the greatest speech ever."
quote:Totally agree. Forgotten in all the glittering generalities of the general "power to the people" schtick we've been fed since time immemorial is the reign of terror that was the French Revolution, when the mob (i.e. - the people) led the way to le Guillotine and heads rolled and blood flowed in the streets. We should be careful about any such notion that a pure democracy is the best form of government. What it most truly does is unleash the mob and mob rule, and selfishness and mean-spiritedness rule the day. We are a representative democracy, and should be thankful to God that we are. Not to say there is no room for improvement in the elected "representatives..." Out of the French Revolution rose Napoleon and the ruination of France. Out of the Russian Revolution arose Stalin and decades of terror and oppression. Out of the German "revolution" arose Hitler and the rest is history. Do we in America really need to ignore the lessons of history? It could happen here, too. It maybe has started already. Ask your friendly neighborhood drone, next time it flies by your house.
I've heard a lot of people express that this speech brings a tear to their eyes. To me it's just a wolf in sheep's clothing.
“Real liberty is not found in the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy, or some other form of dictatorship.”
Part of the speech is supposed to attract you and inspire you.
If millions decide to deny me my rights, refuse to let me live in peace, is it somehow more equitable
quote:Exactly. Oh and add Napoleon to the list. But a lot of people have no ability to read the tides of history or understand mob mentailty at its worst. America, for instance, is flirting with this kind of thing right now. The flames are being fanned by the economy, and by both parties, the major 24/7 news organs, the mainstream media, and assorted elements of the blogosphere. The question is will the outcome be to the Left or to the Right of center? Right now a definite split. While that is maddening, maybe this is the only thing preventing a total dictatorship from cementing.
Most people seem to think totalitarians fall out of the sky and into power. Alas, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot. All of these people rode the backs of POPULAR revolutions.