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The Rhetorical Analysis Of President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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During his two terms in office, President Dwight D. Eisenhower worked perpetually to resolve Cold War-era tensions and preserve world peace. Bringing to the presidency his stature as supreme commander of the military forces during World War II, Eisenhower mediated policies concentrated on enhancing liberty, dignity, and integrity among people and nations. In his farewell address, delivered on January 17, 1961, the president urges the American people to cooperate in the interests of mutual respect and love. Using a combination of rhetorical strategies, he inspires them to be diligent in pursuit of world peace and maintain balance in and among national programs. Eisenhower uses patriotic diction to convey his overarching message of fostering progress towards the national goal of peace. He encourages Americans to avoid becoming a community of fear and hate, and to instead, be “a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect,” instead (176-177). Eisenhower appeals to the people's love of America, persuading them to protect the country’s political and spiritual heritage. He acknowledges America has been involved in three major wars among nations. Despite this, it is the “strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world” (33-35). Using patriotism, Eisenhower prompts the American people to act in order to maintain respect and dignity for their country. He asserts, “To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people” (45). By calling upon
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