When we teach public speaking, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is one of the first things we teach.
Because it contains all of the essential elements of a great speech:
1) It has a clear central theme — a central idea: That it falls to the living to honor those who have died for freedom and to keep the promise of freedom alive now and nourish it for future generations.
2) It also has a clear purpose: To remind us of the sacrifice of others in the name of freedom and commit us to its perpetuation and the preservation of our nation’s ideals.
3) The speech is simply organized with a beginning that makes a vital link with its audience (Four score and seven years ago, our fathers . . . ) a substantial mid section containing its core message and a strong conclusion (. . . that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth).
4) Finally, the speech is brief and to the point. It’s remarkably efficient.
Former Mayor Steve Lonegan conceded the Special U.S. Senate election to Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
Lonegan was funny and gracious in his concession speech. “I said to myself, ‘Who wants that job anyway?’”
He thanked Governor Chris Christie for his ” bookend support” for his endorsement to robo calls. Lonegan said he couldn’t expect anymore from Christie, “other than putting up lawn signs, and the thought of Christie running up and down the highway putting up lawn signs…”
GOP nominee for U.S. Senate Steve Lonegan took a break from bashing Newark Mayor Cory Booker and ObamaCare last night, and gently assaulted the psyches of the young Democratic students of Rider University in attendance at the University’s Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics Governing New Jersey presentation.
Lonegan’s personal story of raising a family and building a business in the 1980′s while going blind, was the context he set up to espouse his Libertarian philosophy and policies to the group of about 100 (mostly students) attending the event.
The Federal Reserve Bank’s quantitative easing policy of pumping $85 billion per month into the economy and keeping interest rates at record lows, was the focus of Lonegan’s remarks as he urged students to “play the hand you’re dealt” in life and avoid becoming dependent on government to solve their own, and society’s problems.
Lonegan shared how as a young man, he rejected a life of “being destined to the entitlement state”, of being sustained by disability benefits and food stamps, in order to build a successful life. “Interest rates were 10-12 percent in the 80′s, yet I was able to build a successful business and employ a lot of people, ” the candidate said, “I couldn’t do that with today’s regulations and economic policies.”
President Barack Obama is visiting the Jersey Shore on Tuesday; you already knew this, but the Christie Administration is releasing a few more details this evening.
Governor Chris Christie will meet POTUS at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix’s Wrightstown Gate at 11:00 a.m. They’ll then head over to the Asbury Park Convention Hall together for a presidential speech scheduled tentatively at 1:30 p.m. The pair are also expected to survey some damage/recovery sites before the speech but, presumably for security reasons, exact details of any potential walk-about are being kept close to the vest for now.
We also don’t know whether the President will address Shore residents’ concerns with FEMA. I’m thinking they’ve got a better chance of being audited by the IRS than getting a straight answer… oh wait…
One of the more emotional and inspirational speakers from this conference took the stage this morning: Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. As you may recall, Walker survived a recall election two years ago after pushing through reforms opposed by public sector unions.
His message to today’s enthusiastic CPAC audience boiled down to three points: “We have to be inspirational, optimistic, and we have to be courageous.”
To protect our children, we recommend a trained officer with a gun. They recommend scissors.”
- Wayne LaPierre
Wayne LaPierre walked out on the stage at CPAC earlier today, Save Jerseyans, and got a standing ovation from the audience. The crowd already loved him, even though he had not spoken one word yet. He thanked the crowd for the warm welcome, and says he doesn’t get invited to many parties in this town, but he says that’s okay, because when he came to DC when he was younger he didn’t come there to be popular. He came to stand for what he believes is true.
“The political elites may not like me and the Liberal media keeps hating on me,” a resigned LaPierre concluded, “but I’m still standing unapologetic and unflinching in defense of our individual Freedom.”
Those last words got another very loud round of applause from the crowd.
He went on to say “[t]hey can call me crazy, or anything else they want, but NRA’s nearly 5 Million members, and America’s 100 Million Gun owners, will not back down, not ever. I promise you that.”