We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you want to talk about oratory, this great speech of Reagan's was a perfect example of truly moving oratory. Set it against any of Obama's droning utterances and the contrast is truly shocking. It was magical. I listened carefully to Reagan's words and I don't believe that he uttered the word 'I' even once. The Rangers amazing gallantry and determination were definitive in helping to turn the tide of battle.
I doubt if Obama has ever heard of Pointe du Hoc. Nor does he seem to care.
Well said Marianne. I am not so deep. All I thought after reading that was "wow". I had forgotten how truly amazing Reagan could be as a speechifier. I can barely force myself to listen to the current occupier in chief. His incessant, inane and sophmoric speeches leave me cold and confused if not angry at the lies he insists on telling.
I too watched that speech --on TV in my living room in Victoria, Texas. When RR uttered those six words, that rare, only a few times in a lifetime, body rush, the cosmic spin, commandeered my dull, dormant imagination --all of a sudden the whole kit and kaboodle of life was ALL there --the 1944 event itself, what it meant, who did it, why, and what that choice of words meant now about RR and through him what it said about humanity --and our nation, Ronald Reagan's and mine, and time, time itself. Tears sprang --i think for the first time in then-memory (tho now that uptight youth has long since stomped off into the by and by, any good piece of music'll do it).
God what a mensch was that RR --him and those boys of Pointe du Hoc.