Monday, November 13, 2006

The Greatest Democratic Convention Speeches Ever

I've turned my mind lately to what I think would constitute a great speech at the Liberal convention. I've already stated that I thought Dion's closing in Toronto was the best political rhetoric I had yet heard in the campaign. I am anxious to see what happens at the convention.

Until then, these two speeches (here and here) should be enough to hold anyone over. Jesse Jackson delivered the two greatest convetion speeches of the 20th century. He is alternately apologetic, bold, poetic, angry, arrogant and humble. He has lost, but he's not fighting a losing cause. These are speeches so great that I remember one summer when I lived with Pierre Poilievre - no soft heart he - we listened to them over and over again, always chilled by his words. I have my favourite parts, but I encourage you to listen and find your own. This is great stuff.


Anonymous said...

The first thought that comes to my mind is not the charisma or words but how much the debate has shifted rightward in America. No Democratic politician would give a speech like that today.

Peter Loewen said...

I think you're right. But they are still breathtaking speeches, and a miles past Obama's tripe about red states and blue states in 2004.

Anonymous said...

How can you compare Obama to a race car driver? What he said had nothing to do with F1 or Nascar or anything of that nature. Take it back!