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Style of the Progressive Government Speech

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In the speech, his argumentation begins with finding out the question of the role of a political government. He hits right at the crux of the problem of the question of the responsibility of the popular government in the following sentences, “ The issue of government has always been whether individual men and women will have to serve some system of government of economics, or whether a system of government and economics exists to serve individual men and women. ” (Roosevelt, 1932, p. 100) Through these sentences, he foreshadows the subject of his speech and allows enough time spans for his audience to mull over the topics.

Even prior to such foreshowing, he prepared a neutral vantage point for his speech in order to win the credibility of his audience. In this regard, the particular sentence-structures helped him more than his diction. For example, he asserts, “ I want to speak not of politics but of government. I want to speak not of parties, but of universal principles. ” (Roosevelt, 1932, p. 97) So through these sentences, he ensures enough scope for himself to convince his audience the fact that what he wants to present is not the blame-game of politics, rather what he wants to present is something universal.

Here the structures of the sentences are remarkable. “ I want to speak not of politics” is a clear negation but following sentence, “ but [I want to speak] of government” (Roosevelt, 1932, p. 97) is ultimate reveals the positivism of his oration that rings the heart of his audience. Indeed such style does not allow the audience enough ground to complain, at the same time, the orator agrees with both the positive and the negative side of any controversy.

Again, negative-affirmation is present in the following sentence in which he agrees with his friend but with a “ but” . Indeed such “ but” provoke the audience to think in favor of the orator: Some of my friends tell me that they do not want the Government in business. With this, I agree, but I wonder whether they realize the implications of the past.

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