Maybe it is the heady flow of the news the dawning realization by an increasing number of Americans, in response to the disclosures about surveillance, and about torture, and all these other indications of the lawlessness of this presidency, that rulership like this is not to be tolerated in America and that this darkness, too, must be reversed.
So let us take an imaginary trip into the future say to May, 2007. Imagine that the president and the vice president have both been driven or removed from office.
Imagine further that the stench and disgrace of this presidency so weakened the ruling party in the 2006 elections, and so burdened those congressional members of that party who remained, that the "Gerald Ford " of our time was chosen according to less political criteria. This is a person who transcends partisan lines, a person chosen because of his/her stature and integrity the qualities Americans had indicated were necessary to repair the profound damage done to America by the lawless presidency of recent years.
Now the new president is about to make a speech to the nation. The purpose of the speech is to provide the nation and indeed the world with a positive vision of America 's new direction and character.
Nor will the speech be a laundry list of political programs. Rather than focusing on policies, or other matters on which Americans of good will tend to divide, this speech is hoping to bring such Americans together behind a sense of shared values and national purpose.
You have been approached by one of the new president 's people and asked: What points would you have the president include in the speech? And, if you 're up for plying the speech-writer 's craft, how would you suggest the president articulate these points?
This is the speech that Americans who care about the good most want to hear, a speech that America and the world need to hear. Would you help me write it?
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