January 20, 2015

What a Real Speech Is and Does

Echoes and portents to our present moment abound.

Bill Kristol:

And if you want to be reminded of what a speech can be, here’s a link to the conclusion of Churchill’s great June 18, 1940 address to the House of Commons, which you can listen to in honor of the 50th anniversary of his death later this week. The clip is only two minutes, but more worth listening to than Obama’s sixty-plus minutes.

"If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands.

But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.' "

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 20, 2015 12:41 PM
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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

It should be obvious by looking at Britain today that they are indeed moving toward the great sunlit future. So sunlit in fact that it may burn up in the sunlight of Islam. Having made the world safe for communism and the importation of millions of muslims, Britain and U.S. will find themselves embracing nationalism to save themselves from oblivion just as others did in 1930s.

Posted by: Alex at January 20, 2015 3:11 PM

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Posted by: waltj at January 21, 2015 11:56 AM