Rhetorical Analysis of Ronald Reagan Inaugural Speech

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English 1302.481
Feb 10,2011
Rhetorical Analysis
of Ronald Reagan First Inaugural Address
Speech usually plays a very important role in the politics. Politicians address to audience though public speaking reveal their positions and ideas to promote support from others. So, how to make a good speech is important to politician. Usually, player will use a lot of writing skills in the speech which can improve speech’s confidence levels. I think the Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address is the best I have seen. In order to analysis Ronald Reagan First Inaugural Address, summarize and analysis speech, research political context, rhetorical analysis are necessary. The Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address included the country’s situation, the President Reagan’s plan as a regularly president address. President Reagan thanks everybody to believe his and let him to be president at first. Next he said “The business of our nation goes forward” (Ronald), but unfortunately the United States “are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions.”(Ronald). Not only economic recession, the United States also faced financial deficit which was caused by unreasonable tax structure. He urged Americans to act “in order to preserve tomorrow”(Ronald).For the crisis, he address his view as “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem”(Ronald). With this, the government had to change, he said he would “curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the states or to the people”(Ronald). Not only plans about government reformation, he also punished the solution of economic recession which was “removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity” (Ronald). At the part of speech, he stated the his foreign policy which was strengthen relationship with ally and never compromised to the adversaries like the Soviet Union, the president Reagan confirmed that America had won the Cold War. Learning something about the speech’s society background and political background were necessary for audience to analyze the speech. This speech was the president Reagan first inaugural address on January 20,1981. This was hardest period of America after World War II, as Weidenbaum talk about the United States economic situation in Working for President Ronald Reagan, that “American economy was suffering from a combination of illnesses: high inflation and low growth as well as high taxation, rising government spending, and excessive regulation”(P689-690). Except the economic crisis, the America also faced the high international pressure from the Soviet Union. in the high pressure of economic and international relationship, the America political failed in tough compete. In the 1980’s president campaign, the democrat’s president Jimmy Carter had no idea about the America economic recession and Iran hostage crisis. According the Chambers Dictionary of World History, in the Iran hostage crisis, the failed of attempted helicopter rescue causing the Carter administration great political embarrassment which was one of major factor of president Carter defeat by Ronald Reagan(Iran). The republican candidate Ronald Reagan This address was very important, it was an inaugural address, and it also was incentive speech for America. As the Great Lives: A Century in Obituaries said, “Domestically, Reagan’s two great achievements were to restore America’s pride and confidence after Vietnam, Watergate” (RONALD ).The president Reagan’s speech was very important, because America was in an important period of Cold War, in this period which called Second Cold war after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, and advertised communism to Afghanistan. The president Reagan had to recovery American’s pride to believe capitalism was better than communism. The president Reagan showed his plan about...
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