A More Perfect Union is a speech delivered by the presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008. The speech was a response to the controversial comments about race segregation in America made by his former pastor J. Wright. Obama revealed his personal history as a man of color, living in the United States. He encouraged the nation to end the racial division, to overlook all the issues and unite to form A More Perfect Union . In the middle of the presidential campaign Barack Obama found himself involved in the political controversy.
We all remember the provocative preaching of Jeremiah Wright broadcasted on every news channel and You Tube.Wright criticized the American government and accused it in the discrimination against people of color. He also repeatedly exclaimed “God damn America” throughout his speech. (Jeremiah Wright www. Youth. Com). Senator Obama, as a response, delivered a statement “l vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy.
I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide s from our allies. ” He also clarified that Wright “has never been my political advisor; he’s been my pastor. The tone of the Senator is serious. The audience is voters. The purpose of this patriotic speech is to comfort the diverse audience. Wright’s remarks could discourage some of Senator’s followers, who might have associated his politics with the pastor’s views of racism. Obama effectively uses universal terms to appeal to them.
He says we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction. Senator chose to address his audience with openness and honesty. By admitting the connection with the pastor Wright, Obama is asking for understanding and support. I can no more disown him than I can disown my black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother, a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me These people are part of me. And they are part of America, this country that I love. ” His goal is to show that success of the country is in the hands of people.
Coming together as a nation, leaving past issues of slavery and inequality in the past, is the only way to move forward. Another effective tool to appeal to his supporters is adding his personal experiences.Senator Obama tells about the struggle and the hardships encountered by him and his family. He tells he is a son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya. “l am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slave owners -?an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters. I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles, and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three monotints, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible. The speech ends with very impressive story of a volunteer Ashley Baa, young white girl from South Carolina.
She comes from a poor family and Ashley made her mother believe that her favorite food is mustard and relish sandwich. ” Anyway;ay, Ashley finishes her story and then goes around the room and asks everyone else why they’re supporting the campaign. They all have different stories and reasons. Many bring up a specific issue. And finally they come to this elderly black man who’s been sitting there quietly the entire time.He simply says to everyone in the room, ‘l am here because of Ashley. ” I think “A More Perfect Union ” is a very powerful and brilliant speech.
I admire the willingness of Obama to speak biblically about the issues that are hardly ever spoken. Obviously, this is not a first case of a candidate encountering a political crisis. Different candidates choose different ways of dealing with it. Some politicians may deny the crisis, some may ignore and some may honestly answer to all he concerns.
Differences: mala in se and mala prohibita
Discussion post: Differentiate between mala in se and mala prohibita.
Why might these distinctions be important, and what can it tell you
about the priorities of a local community, an individual state like
Arizona or the entire United States? Should these distinctions still be
relevant in America today? Why?
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