Political Speech Analysis
It appears that this speech falls left of center on the political spectrum. It describes what the perfect democracy is to accommodate those that make up the majority. The first line refers to a government where “the majority runs things, where the majority means something, and the interests of the majority are protected; a democracy is that in which a man is assured of all his rights” this line gives the speech an aspect of center in the sense that it is referring to everyone having fundamental rights and freedoms. However, the writer addresses every demographic of society. He’s careful to spell out ideals and rights for all walks of life, which really epitomizes his left of center position. Some examples include ” you, workman, are assured of your right to work, and know that nobody can kick you out into the gutter to starve to death!” and “you, old man, will not live in want when you no longer can earn enough for your own support.” This gives the sense of equal social distribution ( the idea that wealth should be distributed so that everyone has enough for adequate living.) which is a common characteristic of left of center.
Left wing is generally known for their less prejudice attitudes, which is touched upon in this speech when the writer says ” A true democracy is one in which all have the right to work and do not have to be afraid of seeing anybody take it away from them because of stupid prejudices!” and also when it is written that ” A bona fide democracy is one in which you, woman, are recognized as an equal of all other citizens. The writer is demonstrating that no gender or race will be discriminated, rather all citizens will be held in equal standings.
The writer describes that a governments goal as a democracy should be to rid society of its system of classes and morally unify the people. It is written: ” A real democracy is this, your democracy which does not divide the people and does not play brothers against brothers; whose government discovers the strength of the people and combines its various elements, makes the people stronger by uniting them.” This quote reinforces the idea within left of center that the government is working as a collective mind.
In the center it is expected that the government is to protect the rights of its people, and on the left the government protects the structure on a foundation of equality. The writer illustrates “ and the revolutionary government will immediately interpret and obey the will of the people” this line portrays the governments duty to protect rights and also the government maintaining uniformity. Socialism is the description of the left wing of the spectrum and within this speech it says “Nobody holds a public office for sport or personal gain; we are only fulfilling our duty, all of us; we are willing and ready to sacrifice everything, to work until sheer exhaustion overcomes us; This opening sentence to the final paragraph is a summary of left winged beliefs, in that, we will all work hard and willingly hand over the gain to share amongst all so to maintain a nation-wide harmony. This speech appears to have been written by a person who had been experiencing a government opposite of what was being fought for. It sounds like it was written in a time where there was a distinct line between classes, and injustice was felt by the majority. The speech giver may have been speaking out following the aggressive phase of a massive revolution. The purpose, to speak of what they have fought for; what they have gained and also to defend their positions and subsequent actions. Many of the thoughts mirror ideals that are seen in today’s modern political thinking. The degree of this left of centre speech seems equivalent to something todays NDP would be giving. Not to the extreme left or in the center, but in the middle of these two.