American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

Star Trek The Original Series - "The Omega Glory" (1968)


Captain James T. Kirk on the Meaning of 'We the People'


Hear me.

Hear this!

Among my people, we carry many such words as this from many lands, many worlds. Many are equally good and are as well respected.

But wherever we have gone, no words have said this thing of importance in quite this way.

Look at these three words written larger than the rest, with a special pride never written before or since; tall words proudly saying:

We The People.

That which you call Ee'd Plebnista, was not written for the chiefs of kings, or the warriors, or the rich, or the powerful -- but for all the people!

Down the centuries, you have slurred the meaning of the words:

These words and the words that follow were not written only for the Yangs, but for the Kohms as well!

Cloud William: The Kongs?

Captain Kirk: They must apply to everyone, or they mean nothing! Do you understand?

Cloud William: I do not fully understand one named "Kirk." But the holy words will be obeyed. I swear it.


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