Dear Mr. President,
Since taking office, I've noticed a decided turn in your use of language, shifting from the more aspirational, unifying, and visionary language of the campaign to the more nuts-and-bolts language of policies and interests.
I think that shift has been a mistake, for it undermines what I believe is your single most important role for the American people.
Seen from the broadest possible view, the health and success of America depends on our evolution - our growth in goodness, the actualization of our highest potential, the lifting of both average citizens and exceptional leaders to new heights of wisdom, innovation, and integrity. The deepest function of a President is to quicken and accelerate that evolution through word and deed.
Traditional Democrats are urging you to just talk about the economy and getting people jobs. I agree that the first outer task is taking on Wall Street corruption and major economic reforms. However, the economy is but one aspect of our growth in consciousness as a nation. A narrow-minded focus on just the economy tends to reinforce our sense of separation and selfishness rather than our noblest purpose. Something deeper drives our ultimate success and that has to do with a dream that we have all quite literally incarnated to work on together.
I believe in that beautiful dream of leading the way in building a peaceful, sustainable, healthy and prosperous society, not just for us but for all nations. America's greatest gift is to help humanity dream our boldest dreams and fulfill our greatest potential. We are builders of a societal template that reflects our highest human aspirations and empowers our greatest freedoms. And we are all on the same team when it comes to building that template.
That is why we cannot settle for economic piracy, the purchasing of elections, and political nastiness. All of those things betray our highest purpose as a country.
With your position, you can be a clear, potent, and unflinching reminder for all Americans to reach for our highest potential and for us not to settle for the pettiness, selfishness, and self-absorption that has come to characterize our politics. We are called to something far greater and you are uniquely positioned to be a constant reminder of that.