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Dutch Wrote: Sorry Jared, "speeches" don't change this country; I call it "window dressing"
Speeches absolutely change this country. They have done so for hundreds of years. Speeches get people thinking. When people start thinking they change their views. When people change their views then things change.
MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech light a spark into the Civil Rights movement that eventually ended state sanctioned discrimination.
FDR's "The Only Thing we Have to Fear is Fear Itself" (aka his 1st Inaugural) made America believe that the country will rebound from the grips of the Great Depression.
Kennedy's 1st Inaugural; Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and 2nd Inaugural; Obama's "A More Perfect Union" speech that likely saved his candidacy (and the country--can you imagine what America and the world would be looking like if John McCain was wrapping up his second term in office now?); and dozens upon dozens of more have changed this country.
Dutch Wrote:Are we now throwing fewer bombs on civilians? I find it all a bit hypocritical.
We are definitely throwing fewer bombs on countries. We invaded two countries in the early 2000's. It wasn't just the Army and Marines who were fighting. We bombed two countries into complete oblivion. I would venture to say we dropped a hell of a lot more bombs then than we are now.
I'd be happy to discuss that in another thread, but let's try to keep this one about Charleston.