In the attached speech, first person pronouns like “I” and “we” are most likely used for what purpose?
Ronald Reagan’s Acceptance Speech at 1980 Republican Convention:
Beyond these essentials, I believe it is clear our federal government is overgrown and overweight. Indeed, it is time for our government to go on a diet. Therefore, my first act as chief executive will be to impose an immediate and thorough freeze on federal hiring. Then, we are going to enlist the very best minds from business, labor and whatever quarter to conduct a detailed review of every department, bureau and agency that lives by federal appropriations. We are also going to enlist the help and ideas of many dedicated and hard working government employees at all levels who want a more efficient government as much as the rest of us do. I know that many are demoralized by the confusion and waste they confront in their work as a result of failed and failing policies.
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He wants to convince them that he will be the hero to the American story and will leave a legacy after his presidency of lasting social benefits to the citizens of this country.
It will help the voters understand his plan of attack for major reform so that they don’t see him as an autocrat but as a cooperative leader.
He needs to enlist the assistance of all Americans in his quest to transform the government into a lean, mean, effective machine.
It will help him make a connection with the audience and persuade them that he is working with and for them to meet their demands and expectations of the government.
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