Monday, September 12, 2016

Woodrow Wilson Speech to Congress 1917

Hi Dear Folk,

S - Simple
M - Measure
O - Of
G - Gobbledygook

Part of Woodrow Willson's speech to Congress in 1917 to get America into WWI

"With a profound sense of the solemn and even tragical character of the step I am taking and of the grave responsibilities which it involves, but in unhesitating obedience to what I deem my constitutional duty, I advise that the congress declare the recent course of the Imperial German Government to be in fact nothing less than war against the government and people of the United State:  that it formally accept the status of belligerent which has thus been thrust upon it, and that it take immediate steps not only to put the country in a more thorough state of defense but also to exert all its power and employ all its resources to bring the Government of the German Empire to terms and end the war."

This speech has a SMOG index of 23 and an overall readability index of 55, in other words extremely hard to understand.


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