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Best Speeches.......ever

Old 3rd Feb 2010, 09:44
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Best Speeches.......ever

this one works for me:

YouTube - St. Crispin's Day Speech - Henry V (1944)
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At the risk of perverting D SQDRN's intent, I must say the best speeches I have personally encountered have been the ones that were hilarious for all the wrong reasons in the sense that they were appalling which in a sense goes to show how thin on the ground really good speeches seem to be (for me anyway).

My favourite good speech that I did not personally hear...

Another classic ...

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Might as well be first in:

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Old 3rd Feb 2010, 10:01
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Sprogget it seems we are ad idem!

An example of a great speech gone wrong (a little like all those school speeches I remember)...

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Old 3rd Feb 2010, 10:15
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I like this one,pithy to the point and so so true.
YouTube - The Third Man - Orson Welles' Great Cuckoo Clock Speech against Democracy, Peace & Brotherly Love
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Old 3rd Feb 2010, 10:27
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So far - Shakespeare by a country mile.

But keep on trying
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Old 3rd Feb 2010, 10:28
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General Patton was clearly mad but magnificent in his madness ...

The Famous Patton Speech

"I don't want to get any messages saying, "I am holding my position." We are not holding a Goddamned thing. Let the Germans do that. We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy's balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all of the time. Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose; like shit through a tin horn!"
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Old 3rd Feb 2010, 10:30
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Can't find it but most of Telly Savalas' promodocs on uk towns:"THIS is Birmingham Gateway to F 'all
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Robin Cooke's resignation speech

Colonel Tim Collins speech
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Not a speech but a sermon by Amos Starkadder in Cold Comfort Farm.

Absolutely has to be the Alastair Sim version.

Ye miserable, crawlin' worms. Are ye here again then? Have ye come like Nimshi, son of Rehoboam, secretly out of your doomed houses, to hear what's comin' to ye? Have ye come, old and young, sick and well, matrons and virgins, if there be any virgins amongst you, which is not likely, the world being in the wicked state that it is. Have ye come to hear me tell you of the great, crimson, licking flames of hell fire? Aye! You've come, dozens of ye. Like rats to the granary, like field mice when it's harvest home. And what good will it do ye? You're all damned! DAMNED! Do you ever stop to think what that word means? No, you don't. It means endless, horrifying torment! It means your poor, sinful bodies stretched out on red-hot gridirons, in the nethermost, fiery pit of hell and those demons mocking ye while they waves cooling jellies in front of ye. You know what it's like when you burn your hand, taking a cake out of the oven, or lighting one of them godless cigarettes? And it stings with a fearful pain, aye? And you run to clap a bit of butter on it to take the pain away, aye? Well, I'll tell ye, THERE'LL BE NO BUTTER IN HELL!
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Another sermon, and this has a link with aviation.

In September 1978 an Air Rhodesia Viscount was shot down by terrorists near Kariba. Those who survived the horror of the crash were massacred by the terrorists.

The 'civilised' world more or less turned a blind eye to the actions of the terrorists, and indeed nothing has changed as the successors of those same terrorists inflict misery and death on millions of Zimbaweans now.

This was the sermon delivered by Reverend John da Costa, in the Cathedral of St. Mary and All Saints in Salisbury, Rhodesia, on Friday, 8 September, 1978 at the service for those who died in that event.

For me, this is one of the most powerful speeches in history.

"Clergymen" I am frequently told, "should keep out of politics. I thoroughly agree. For this reason, I will not allow politics to be preached in this Cathedral. Clergy have to be reconcilers. That is no easy job. A Minister of religion who has well known political views, and allows them to come to the fore, cannot reconcile, but will alienate others and fail in the chief part of his ministry. For this reasons I personally am surprised at there being two clergymen in the Executive Council. It is my sincere prayer that they can act as Christ's ambassadors of reconciliation. My own ministry began in Ghana, where Kwame Nkrumah preached: 'Seek ye first the political kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.' We know what became of him. We are not to preach a political kingdom, but the kingdom of God.

Clergy are usually in the middle, shot at from both sides. It is not an enviable role. Yet times come when it is necessary to speak out, and in direct and forthright terms, like trumpets with unmistakable notes. I believe that this is one such time.

Nobody who holds sacred the dignity of human life can be anything but sickened at the events attending the crash of the Viscount 'Hunyani'. Survivors have the greatest call on the sympathy and assistance of every other human being. The horror of the crash was bad enough but that this should have been compounded by murder of the most savage and treacherous sort leaves us stunned with disbelief and brings revulsion in the minds of anyone deserving the name 'Human'. This bestiality, worse than anything in recent history stinks in the nostrils of heaven.

But are we deafened with the voice of protest from nations which call themselves 'civilised'? We are not! Like men, in the story of the Good Samaritan, they 'pass by on the other side'. One listens for loud condemnation by Dr. David Owen, himself a medical doctor, trained to extend mercy and help to all in need. One listens and the silence is deafening.

One listens for loud condemnation by the President of the United States, himself a man from the Bible Baptist belt and again the silence is deafening.

One listens for loud condemnation by the Pope, by the Chief Rabbi, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, by all who love the name of God. Again the silence is deafening.

I do not believe in white supremacy. I do not believe in black supremacy either. I do not believe that anyone is better than another, until he has proved himself to be so. I believe that those who govern or who seek to govern must prove themselves worthy of the trust that will be placed in them. One looks for real leadership: one finds little in the Western world; how much less in Africa!

Who is to be blamed for this ghastly episode? Like Pontius Pilate, the world may ask 'What is truth'? What is to be believed? That depends on what your prejudices will allow you to believe, for then no evidence will convince you otherwise.

So who is to be blamed? First, those who fired the guns. Who were they? Youths and men who, as likely as not, were until recently in Church Schools. This is the first terrible fact. Men who went over to the other side and in a few months were so indoctrinated that all they had previously learned was obliterated. How could this happen if they had been given a truly Christian education?

Secondly, it is common knowledge that in large parts of the world violence is paraded on T.V. and Cinema Screens as entertainment. Films about war, murder, violence, rape, devil possession, and the like are 'good box office'. Peak viewing time is set aside for murderers from Belfast, Palestine, Europe, Africa and the rest, to speak before an audience of tens of millions. Thugs are given full treatment, as if deserving of respect. Not so their victims' relations.

Who else is to be blamed? I am sure that the United Nations and their Church equivalent, the W.C.C. both bear blame in this. Each parades a pseudo morality which, like all half truths, is more dangerous than the lie direct. From the safety and comfort of New York and Geneva, high moral attitudes can safely be struck. For us in the sweat, the blood, the suffering, it is somewhat different.

Who else? The Churches? Oh yes, I fear so! For too long, too many people have been allowed to call themselves 'believers' when they have been nothing of the kind. Those who believe must act. If you believe the car is going to crash, you attempt to get out. If you believe the house is on fire. you try to get help and move things quickly. If you believe a child has drunk poison, you rush him to the doctor. Belief must bring about action. If you believe in God you must do something about it! Yet churches, even in our own dangerous times are more than half empty all the time. We are surrounded by respectable heathens who equate belief in God with the Western way of life.

In many war areas, Africans are told to 'burn their Bibles'. If this call was made to us, what sort of Bibles would be handed in? Would they be dog eared from constant use; well thumbed and marked? Or would they be pristine in their virgin loveliness in the same box in which they were first received?

There are tons of millions of all races who call themselves believers who never enter any house of prayer and praise. Many are folk who scream loudest against Communism, yet do not themselves help to defeat these Satanic forces, by means of prayer, and praise, and religious witness. For make no mistake, if our witness were as it ought to be, men would flock to join our ranks. As it is, we are by passed by the world as if irrelevant.

Is anyone else to be blamed for this ghastly episode near Kariba? I think so. Politicians throughout the world have made opportunistic speeches from time to time. These add to the heap of blameworthiness for a speech can cause wounds which may take years to heal. The ghastliness of this ill fated Flight from Kariba will be burned upon our memories for years to come. For others, far from our borders it is an intellectual matter, not one which affects them deeply. Here is the tragedy! The especial danger of Marxism is its teaching that human life is cheap, expendable, of less importance than the well being of the State.

But there are men who call themselves Christians who have the same contempt for other human beings, and who treat them as being 'expendable'. Had we who claim to love God shown more real love and understanding in the past, more patience, more trust of others, the Churches would not be vilified as they are today.

I have nothing but sympathy with those who are here today, and whose grief we share. I have nothing but revulsion for the less than human act of murder which has so horrified us all. I have nothing but amazement at the silence of so many of the political leaders of the world. I have nothing but sadness that our Churches have failed so badly to practise what we preach. May God forgive us all and may He bring all those who died so suddenly and unprepared, into the light of his glorious Presence,
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Never could abide the man but Neil Kinnock's speech to the Labour Party Conference in October 1985 was just superb; this bit, in particular:

"I'll tell you what happens with impossible promises. You start with far fetched resolutions. They are then pickled into a rigid dogma, a code, and you go through the years sticking to that, out-dated, misplaced, irrelevant to the real needs, and you end in the grotesque chaos of a Labour council - a Labour council - hiring taxis to scuttle round a city handing out redundancy notices to its own workers.

I'm telling you - and you'll listen - you can't play politics with people's jobs and with people's services."
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Old 3rd Feb 2010, 14:50
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I'm sure I read somewhere that Churchill's wartime speeches were only recorded in Hansard and not directly. Recordings purporting to be Churchill were actually some actor spouting forth the words as written in Hansard.
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the ghastliness of this ill fated Flight from Kariba will be burned upon our memories for years to come. For others, far from our borders it is an intellectual matter, not one which affects them deeply.
I remember the day of the atrocity well. It was a terrible business and I had not seen or heard the powerful speech that Capetonian posted.

This man's words pressaged some of the events that came to that one evil conclusion near Kariba that day...

YouTube - Harold Macmillan: The Wind of Change

and this clergyman's words still give me some hope... (he makes me smile anyway).

YouTube - Reconciling Love: Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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Old 3rd Feb 2010, 15:30
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I don't know how to add audio or video content but my votes go to:

(to qualify as a speech it has to be more than a paragraph long without pauses)

MacArthur's last speech at West Point

and from the movies

Burl Ives character in the movie Big Country where he busts into the dance party
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My favourite of recent times was the sentencing speech made by the judge in the shoe bomber trial (it's on the US hamsterwheel). A copy should be sent to every one of our lily-livered appeasement-crazed politicians to show them what pride in, and staunch defence of, ones country really means.
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Apparently Michael Richards (Kramer in Seinfeld) speech to court was a bit special. Of course it couldn't be reproduced here, whether for or against, lest one could incur a double lifetime ban
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Minister Kevin Rudd - Australia

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks..

Separately, Rudd angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote:
'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT.. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. '

'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom'

'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'

'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'

'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'
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Check Snopes. Krudd, the lily livered, would never, NEVER, EVER have the cojons to make a speech like that - quite the reverse.
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