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Best Speeches.......ever

Old 4th Feb 2010, 06:26
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Maritn Luther King. August 28, 1963. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Find a place where you can sit uninterrupted for 15 minuntes. Listen and ponder.
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Old 4th Feb 2010, 08:20
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SASless, I agree

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address gets my vote too.

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Old 4th Feb 2010, 13:54
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You mean the one that released that torrent of Trabants (the acme of East German automotive engineering) onto the roads of Western Europe?
Well there is that, which only proves that even Reagan wasn't perfect. At least the Trabbi didn't have Lucas electrics.
 
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Grizz....I came very close to posting the You Tube video of that speech.....it has to be one of the most important given in my life time. I have said many times it was Jesse Jackson that should have been shot instead of King. MLK was a great man....not so Jesse.
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Old 4th Feb 2010, 18:00
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I'd go for the 'tennis balls speech' in Henry V.

The French Ambassador must have felt his blood run cold as he realised the threat in Henry's words:

FRENCH AMBASSADOR
...He therefore sends you, meeter for your spirit,
This tun of treasure; and, in lieu of this,
Desires you let the dukedoms that you claim
Hear no more of you. This the Dauphin speaks.

KING HENRY V
What treasure, uncle?

EXETER
Tennis-balls, my liege.

KING HENRY V
We are glad the Dauphin is so pleasant with us;
His present and your pains we thank you for:
When we have march'd our rackets to these balls,
We will, in France, by God's grace, play a set
Shall strike his father's crown into the hazard.
Tell him he hath made a match with such a wrangler
That all the courts of France will be disturb'd
With chaces. And we understand him well,
How he comes o'er us with our wilder days,
Not measuring what use we made of them.
We never valued this poor seat of England;
And therefore, living hence, did give ourself
To barbarous licence; as 'tis ever common
That men are merriest when they are from home.
But tell the Dauphin I will keep my state,
Be like a king and show my sail of greatness
When I do rouse me in my throne of France:
For that I have laid by my majesty
And plodded like a man for working-days,
But I will rise there with so full a glory
That I will dazzle all the eyes of France,
Yea, strike the Dauphin blind to look on us.
And tell the pleasant prince this mock of his
Hath turn'd his balls to gun-stones; and his soul
Shall stand sore charged for the wasteful vengeance
That shall fly with them: for many a thousand widows
Shall this his mock mock out of their dear husbands;
Mock mothers from their sons, mock castles down;
And some are yet ungotten and unborn
That shall have cause to curse the Dauphin's scorn.
But this lies all within the will of God,
To whom I do appeal; and in whose name
Tell you the Dauphin I am coming on,
To venge me as I may and to put forth
My rightful hand in a well-hallow'd cause.
So get you hence in peace; and tell the Dauphin
His jest will savour but of shallow wit,
When thousands weep more than did laugh at it.
Convey them with safe conduct. Fare you well.
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Old 4th Feb 2010, 19:30
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OK not quite the best speech...'ever' but what about John Gunson's after dinner speech...can't find it anywhere, but it was the one where he spoke about a the life of an ATC controller back in the day. Damn funny that was!

Anyone got it?
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Old 4th Feb 2010, 19:30
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Probably not the best speech ever, but I think Ken Livingstone's (who would have thought he would have appeared in this topic?!) speech after the July 7 bombings was spot on.

BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Mayor condemns 'cowardly' attack
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Old 4th Feb 2010, 19:46
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A friend has just emailed me this. I haven't checked it out, it may be wrongly attributed or cobbled together, but I like to think it's true and I suspect it it is.

Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it?

Did you know his trial is over?
Did you know he was sentenced?
Did you see/hear any of the judge's comments on TV or Radio?

Didn't think so. Very few people do know!!!

Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.



Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say. His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his 'allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah,' defiantly stating, 'I think I will not apologize for my actions,' and told the court 'I am at war with your country.'

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:

January 30, 2003, United States vs. Reid.

Judge Young: 'Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.

On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutively. (That's 80 years.)

On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years again, to be served consecutively to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you for each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 that's an aggregate fine of $2 million. The Court accepts the government's recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

The Court imposes upon you an $800 special assessment. The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no further.

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and just sentence. It is a righteous sentence.

Now, let me explain this to you. We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with the utmost respect. Here in this court, we deal with individuals as individuals and care for individuals as individuals. As human beings, we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too much stature. Whether the officers of government do it or your attorney does it, or if you think you are a soldier, you are not ----- you are a terrorist. And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

So war talk is way out of line in this court. You are a big fellow But you are not that big. You're no warrior. I've known warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders. In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you first were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and the TV crews were, and he said: 'You're no big deal.'

You are no big deal.

What your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led
you here to this courtroom today?

I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing? And, I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you, but as I search this entire record, it comes as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose. Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom. It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom, so that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely. It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf, have filed appeals, will go on in their representation of you before other judges.

We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties. Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to Preserve our freedoms. Look around this courtroom Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. The day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will long endure.

Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America , the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done. The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to
mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag of the United States of America . That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag Stands for freedom. And it always will.

Mr. Custody Officer. Stand him down.


So, how much of this Judge's comments did we hear on our TV sets? We need more judges like Judge Young. Pass this around. Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge had to say. Powerful words that strike home.
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Old 4th Feb 2010, 23:47
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On the subject of great speeches I thought Princess Dianna's brother's eulogy at her funeral was a corker.
It certainly was :

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Old 5th Feb 2010, 05:39
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SASless . . .

Spot on re Jesse Jackson.

Simple but immense difference twixt him and MLK: JJ is all about JJ. MLK was all about humanity. Few people come along who are truly driven to do whatever they can to try to eliminate man's inhumanity to man. MLK was one of those. Ego played no part in MLK's life, whereas for so many "celebs" (personafied in JJ) it's all about having the light shine on themselves.

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Old 5th Feb 2010, 06:48
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I've always had a lot of time for the insight and oratory of Fred Kite, the nigh mythical union leader...

My friends, in the light of present-day developments let me say right away that I do not regard existing conditions lightly.

On the contrary, I have always regarded them as subjects of the gravest responsibility and shall ever continue to do so. Indeed, I will go further and state quite categorically that I am more than sensible of the exact definition of the precise issues which are at this very moment concerning us all.

We must build, but we must build surely.

Let me say just this: If any part of what I am saying is challenged, then I am more than ready to meet such a challenge. For I have no doubt whatsoever that whatever I may have said in the past, or what I am saying now, is the literal and absolute truth as to the state of the case.

I put it to you that this is not the time for vague promises of better things to come. For, if I were to convey to you a spirit of false optimism, then I should be neither fair to you nor true to myself.

But does this mean, I hear you cry, that we can no longer look forward to the future that is to come? Certainly not!

Voice from the audience: What about the workers?

“What about the workers?” Indeed, sir! Grasp, I beseech you, with both hands the opportunities that are offered.

Let us assume a bold front and go forward together. Let us carry the fight against ignorance to the four corners of the earth because it is a fight which concerns us all.

Now, finally my friends, in conclusion, let me say just this:
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YouTube - PETER SELLERS - 'Party Political Speech' - 1958
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the late david lange, pm of new zealand, at the oxford union debate,

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A Royal Duty by Paul Burrell, Penguin Ed p 299

Earl Spencer stood looking down on the coffin from his elevated position in the ornate pulpit at Westminster Abbey. As he spoke, his words rattled around in my mind: words he had directed at his sister: 'Your mental problems . . . Your fickle friendship . . . I was a peripheral part of your life and that no longer saddens me . . . Our relationship is the weakest I have with any of my sisters . . .'

That was what I heard as he delivered his emotionally charged masterpiece of oratory , speaking 'as the representative of a family in grief, a country in mourning, before a world in shock'.

My ears weren't listening to his public funeral address delivered on 6th September 1997. I was recalling the private words he had delivered to the princess a year earlier on 4th April 1996: words the world should have heard before it jumped to its feet in a tearful ovation after his funeral speech.

As his voice echoed through God's house, I sat in the choir stalls, head bowed, suppressing disbelief as his carefully crafted words leaped from the pages in his hand and grabbed the monarchy by the throat, leaving the crowds outside applauding its public humiliation, while the master of the 'blood family' seized the most inappropriate moment to seize the moral high ground. The hypocrisy masked by his eloquence was only known by the princess's real family: the people like me who knew her best, the surrogate family of chosen friends and confidants who knew the truth of this alienated brother-sister relationship.
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Charles Spencer was, and is, not, the kindest of people. I had the interesting experience, I'm deliberately not using the word pleasure, of meeting him in Cape Town. There are people I meet whom I dislike, others whom I can tolerate, and some, only a very few, that I've met in my lifetime, who make me feel uncomfortable in their presence. He falls into that last category.

Despite that, he was highly entertaining and a great raconteur. He allegedly said of his then wife, Victoria Lockwood, who suffered from anorexia, brought on almost certainly by his behaviour, something along the lines of :
"Marriage is for better or for worse, through thick and through thin. Everybody knows that Victoria is thin, and she is certainly thick"

Not a very nice man, but a great orator and in the context of this thread, his eulogy on his sister was a powerful and dramatic speech, regardless of what was behind the scenes.
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Capetonian: I mentioned that (Judge Young) earlier in the thread; thanks for posting it.
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Actor and activist Ossie Davis delivering the eulogy, described Malcolm X as "our shining black prince". 26th February 1965.


There are those who will consider it their duty, as friends of the Negro people, to tell us to revile him, to flee, even from the presence of his memory, to save ourselves by writing him out of the history of our turbulent times. Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial and bold young captain—and we will smile. Many will say turn away—away from this man, for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a subverter and an enemy of the black man—and we will smile. They will say that he is of hate—a fanatic, a racist—who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle! And we will answer and say to them: Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him, or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did you would know him. And if you knew him you would know why we must honor him.
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5-star general Douglas Macarthur - "Old Soldiers Never Die" and "In war there is no substitute for victory" - address to congress.

Actually, his "Duty Honour Country" address at West Point in 1962 was pretty good too.
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Then of course there's the incomparable Speaker of the House
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