The Art of Speech

These great speeches tell the world that the United States is truly a respectable nation who not only believes in democratic values, but is also committed to putting them into practice. Democracy is founded on the principle that all people have equal access to power and elections are conducted in a fair and competitive manner. Key to this principle is the assumption that all participants abide by the rules of the game and that whoever loses the people’s support must be prepared to admit failure and cede power. This unspoken rule is put to no greater test than when the time comes for a defeated presidential candidate to concede after a long, hard and often acrimonious fight with his archrival in a neck and neck race.

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