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Reagan’s Rhetoric Perhaps it stemmed from his acting days or perhaps it was just natural, but of all the debates stemming from Ronald Reagan’s presidency, one truth is apparent- Ronald Reagan was a powerful speaker. The authors of the American Rhetorical Discourse regard Reagan as the “epitome of the ‘rhetorical president’” (796). Ronald Reagan understood rhetorical strategies and employed them to bolster support for overcoming obstacles throughout his presidency. One such example can be found in Reagan’s 1983 speech to the National Association of the Evangelicals. Reagan argues convincingly against a nuclear freeze by exercising elements of war rhetoric to define the structure of his speech. Reagan demonstrates an attitude of thoughtful deliberation, provides narratives to justify his disapproval of the freeze, and assumes a Commander in Chief role in directing his audience. Reagan’s thoughtful deliberation of the nuclear freeze is clear with his plans of solution and talk of determination. Of the proposed freeze, Reagan believes that “a freeze now would be a very dangerous fraud, for that is merely the illusion of peace. The reality
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