The Nation: Rhetoric Rampant

The convention produced some other notable uses and abuses of political rhetoric:

> In his acceptance speech, the President promised that he would "never stain the honor of the United States" in settling the Viet Nam War. "Honor," of course, is one of those words that strike a patriotic gong in the citizen's mind, but the concept is sometimes more complex than Nixon suggested. In the case of Viet Nam, most critics of the U.S. war policy insist that it is precisely the continuation of American involvement—especially the bombing—that threatens the national honor....

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