This paper takes to analyze a speech that was delivered by Reverend Al Sharpton on the Wednesday of July 28th 2008 as a prelude to the Democratic Nation Convention (DNC). Precisely, this took place at 8. 23 PM. Apart from the fact that the Democratic National Convention needed to get together so as to designate matters that would be discussed in the Senate and the Congress during the oncoming new term, the Democrats also convened this rally so as to garner votes against the Republicans. The political platform at the moment is propped up against the failures of the Bush Administration in its first term.
The War in Iraq at this moment is still going on, with hundreds of US soldiers being reported to have been killed, indications that US is using too much money in the war are quite telling and that the Bush Administration is according the upper class and not the middle or low class with chances of investment. Therefore, the DNC hit off the campaign to install John Kerry as their presidential candidate by first according Reverend Al Sharpton the chance to speak. The rhetoric analysis on Reverend Al Sharpton’s speech that is employed in the paper is the strengths and weaknesses model.
This means that the criticisms that will be leveled at Al Sharpton’s speech are based on the strong points and the weak points that emanate from the speech. Strengths In the first place, the speech delivered by Al Sharpton is formidable enough to debilitate the credibility of the Republicans. It is true that right at the place where the DNC Convention is taking place, many citizens of the US had in their own volition fought for the American freedom and ceded away their lives in the American Revolutionary War.
Examples of these men were Barbados, Crispus Attucks and Fannie L. Hamer. However, it is apparent that the Bush administration is reversing the gains of democracy by taking away the freedom of the Americans. These are not merely political gimmicks or punch lines (Campbell, 2004). What is perhaps most true of the speech is the fact that Al Sharpton neatly interweaves very complex matters that cut across time to wrap up a point. This makes the point weightier even if it may not necessarily be the truth.
It is true that it is at this point that the Freedom of America was born, and it is also true that it is here that the need to consolidate the law of universal suffrage was realized. Al Sharpton’s call for people to vote massively is therefore amplified by a nostalgic backward look on the side of the audience. In a clever show of whit, Al Sharpton uses the historical facts to make the moment look historical. The effect of this is that it evokes the emotions of all alike- the free and the incarcerated, the poor and the wealthy, the young and the old, among others.
Al Sharpton cleverly seizes this moment to deliver a long shot by equating failure to vote and the voting of an old system of George Bush. This long short is also subtly mixed with propaganda that the Bush administration had a direct nexus with the loss of human rights that had been accrued at this geographical place. The point goes down well, marking the success of Al Sharpton. According to Tuman (2004), Al Sharpton by his speech is a politician per excellence.
This is because he tackles matters that are at hand, and therefore relevant. It is always natural that matters that are troubling individuals’ hearts will always capture attention than those that are afar off. America at the moment is left inebriated with the staggering effects of the Iraqi War as US preserves are being channeled towards the same endless cause. Family values seem to have slipped out of the Republican Government’s mental capture, as rich families are the ones being provided with investment opportunities.
In a closely related wavelength, the middle working class is left out as they cannot even afford basic social amenities. The nurses cannot even pay for the beddings they clean at the hospital. It is not so hard to see where Al Sharpton is coming from and where he is heading. Identifying with his recriminations is not hard or illogical. Going by his political address, the political and economic tirades against Bush Administration seems bereft of emotionalism or political rivalry- which is the cause of all political addresses.
Weaknesses A critical look at Al Sharpton’s speech betrays a lot of fallacies. Al Sharpton himself confesses having been with John Kerry and his cronies, and having debated matters of the US government as far as the kind of ideal policies that are to be ratified for the benefit of Americans are concerned. However, this does not guarantee that the propositions that Kerry, Al Sharpton and their proteges agree with as being tenable may work out for the whole good of Americans (love covers a multitude of sins).
Lang and Tichi (2006) postulate that touching on the matter of 11th September 2001 terrorist attacks and the subsequent military interventions on the issue by the US, it is highly probable that Kerry, Al Sharpton and their cronies would have gone the same way. The decision by Bush Administration to declare full war on Afghanistan and Iraq was almost inevitable since a warring enemy that harbors anti US terrorists cannot be easily convinced through diplomacy.
However, Al Sharpton’s speeches remain quite a showpiece, given the fact that he displays a heavy sense of ownership in rhetoric. This rationale is venerated by the fact that he commands a lot of following and public attention when speaking. The democrats did not just look for anybody to open up their convention; they had to pick up someone with skills. At the same time, it is expedient to note that it is debatable whether there has ever been a perfect speech ever. Even Martin Luther King Jr. ’s speeches are somewhat dabbled with accusations of possible plagiarism.