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.
Whatever it is, I find myself recalling that famous line delivered more than thirty years ago by a new president of the United States (Gerald Ford) the only one in American history who was not elected either as president or as vice president, but who came to office as a result of the darkness and corruption of the presidency of that time.
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.
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 Americas new direction and character.
Although the critique of the past is implied, the emphasis is not on what America will not be, but rather an affirmative account of the qualities and principles that will define the new leadership.
You have been approached by one of the new presidents people and asked: What points would you have the president include in the speech? And, if youre up for plying the speech-writers 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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