Rhetorical Devices In Landon's Speech

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Truman was correct in his assumptions in the president’s speech received heavy criticism from isolationists and many conservatives within Congress. Many within Congress believed it was just another tool for the Roosevelt’s new deal administration to utilize in order to promote new and additional social programs. Other opponents of the measure also came out and opposed the presence lend lease former presidential candidate Alfred M. Landon while giving a speech at the Alexander Hamilton club on July 11, 1941. Landon believed that when it came to foreign policy there should be no question of partisanship. He addressed the fact that radio was a medium in which the citizens could hear and believe “the sweet words of promise.” Landon continued that…show more content…
Within his speech, it was his contention that neither Britain nor France heeded the warnings and the obvious signs of the aggression that was destined to come from Germany. La Follette expresses his disdain for what was taking place in Europe and the evilness engulfed the continent. However, it was his belief that based on communiqués from the Royal Air Force, the British Army, the British Navy, that they too had no faith in America. That should American military enter the fray that Hitler and the German horde would defeat any American initiative. He is concerned that the “Four freedoms speech” that President Roosevelt gave did nothing to help banish fear; instead, La Follette claimed FDR preached the doctrine of fear. La Follette advocates that America and its southern neighbors could and should if the need be defend themselves against those who wish to tear down democracy. Nevertheless, he is unwilling to send military aid or soldiers in order to go to war and save democracy in Europe. He stated, “if we go to war to save democracy in Europe, we shall wind up losing democracy at home.” It is his belief that because of the president’s four freedoms speech and because the American public had no chance to voice their convictions on this vital issue that a part of the Democratic way has been lost. La Follette concluded his radio address chastising Great Britain and France for not taking action earlier against tyranny. He warns All-Americans not to follow those who now preach fear and doubt and are willing to take them down a disastrous path. In direct contrast to former governor, La Follette was United States Sen. Tom Conley. Conley delivered a national radio address on February 17, 1941 in which he supports the lend lease bill and advocates that America must help Great Britain defeat Nazism and

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