Ronald Reagan´s Political Ad

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Ronald Reagan´s Political Ad

Ronald Reagan's Political Ad

Ronald Reagan created the speech on October 27, 1964. The speech was written for the American people and also any group of people who was against freedom or against America.

The bias of this speech was to push the American to stand together as a united front against the Soviet Union and future enemies. Reagan wanted the Americans to see that this decision was not just about them; it would also pertain to future generations and counties. We are the underdog who has risen to the top and defend those that are too weak to stand on their own.

The purpose of the speech was to pursue the American people to fight for their freedom. Reagan was telling the people that we have two choices; either fight or surrender. Both have costs. If we fight, there will be lives lost; however, we will be preserving our freedom and the American Dream. If we surrender, we will have to fight eventually. But, by the tie we finally fight we will have been stripped of everything and no longer have a free will. We will have been pushed around and had others taking everything away that we will no longer feel that we have any worth. Reagan made the decision very simple, we can either put on our boots and confront the enemy, or, cower and become weak. Although, this decision will not only reflect us, but also future generations. Rather we like it or not, there will always be a leader in the world. We can either live in isolation and watch the world self-destruct and wait for the enemy to kick in our doors. Or, we can step up and show the world what it is like to be free and keep the peace with in the countries. We are the beacon of hope. We are the nation people run to when danger is near. We are the only nation to have had democracy and freedom for this long of period of time. Are we going to let this nation crumble under poor leadership, being uninformed, or too weak to confront the enemy? If you had a child who was coming home with a bloody nose or black eye every day after school because a bully, and the school was not doing anything about it; would you tell your child to keep getting hit or make sure you finish this and show the bully that he picked on the wrong kid. The same question was being asked in Reagan's speech. Do we keep getting hit and surrendering, or do we get up and teach them not to mess with us again. This speech was also to inform the enemy that they just started a battle they wished they had not. The speech was also created to inform future threats that they might want to rethink an uprising because America will crush them.

Who created the speech, when was it created, and who was it written to?

What was the purpose of this speech?

What was the bias of the speech?

What strategies does the media item use to persuade people? (examples are symbolism and emotional appeal)

Reagan used both emotional and symbolism to appeal to his audience and persuade them to join together and fight against those who oppose freedom and the American Dream. Reagan was able to pull on the heart strings of the Americans' hearts. He was able to stimulate a feeling of empowerment and a drive to lead the nations and prove why we are number one. We are the leaders of the world. Reagan gave a glimpse of what it would be if we did not join together and put the enemy back in his place. The last line of Reagan's speech really puts everything in perspective. "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." This line really pushes Americans to work together. He was telling them that we have a duty to protect the luxuries such as freedom for future generations. Freedom is a right that we have earned from previous generation and can be just as easily lost by any generation. This line was an example of an emotional appeal Reagan used in his speech. Reagan used symbolism in his speech when he said, "Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard 'round the world?" This showed how others fought for freedom and what they believed in. These were vivid examples that symbolized change, difference, freedom, and sticking to their guns. This helped to unify the people and bring them together to fight.

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