[UPDATE I'm going to leave this sticky again because it's more important than I thought at first.
Public speaking* is an important part of being able to do non-electoral politics, and anybody who is (a) afraid of public speaking (most people) (b) has something to say (increasingly many) and (c) wants to say it (ditto) can learn from it. See under Walmart, Occupations, carre rouge, fracking, etc., all of which require public speaking. If we do not wish to delegate all speaking to spokesholes and oldsters like myself who still know how it's done and know it when we see it, then we need to empower people to speak for themselves!
So, readers, if any of you need to learn how to become a public speaker*, watching this YouTube many times and trying to learn from it will be a fine and inspiring introduction. Think of it this way: You're Nuke LaLoosh; Gillard is Crash Davis:
Crash Davis: It's time to work on your interviews.
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: My interviews? What do I gotta do?
Crash Davis: You're gonna have to learn your clichés. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends. Write this down: "We gotta play it one day at a time."
Ebby Calvin LaLoosh: Got to play... it's pretty boring.
Crash Davis: 'Course it's boring, that's the point. Write it down.
Gillard's speech is a glorified, glorious example of an identical process, except with a much more powerful toolkit; anaphora, e.g., as opposed to cliche. We are not viewing, or at least not only viewing, a display of power by a dominant political individual; we are viewing the effective deployment of an arsenal of techniques that can be learned by anyone. There's a reason why these techniques have been dumbed out of public life. --lambert
NOTE * Which we might define for our purpose as a speaker on public goods!!!!]
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[This is such an comprehensive beatdown I'm going to sticky it, just for the sheer pleasure of listening. It's a symphony of shredfulness that I am sure "the leader of the opposition" richly deserves. --lambert]
What a massive takedown!
And what a difference between Australia, and here; if only Hillary could have made such a statement in 2008; it was so clearly needed. It would have done a great deal of good.