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    I am of the opinion that that speech won him the presidency. I personally think it's one of the greatest a politician has ever given.

    Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

    by moviemeister76 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 07:08:00 PM PDT

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    •  I agree it was a powerful and important speech, (1+ / 0-)
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      and expressed a stance that helped get him elected as our first black president.  He's not the first to see America as a work in progress rather than "the city on the hill," leading the world toward perfect (American-style) democracy. But he may be the first presidential candidate to set forth his view of the US explicitly in those terms, and he did it with a particular sweeping eloquence and conviction. It presented him as an agent of change, yet not as someone rejecting the American story so far.  Rather, he spoke as someone who honors and is committed to the American story, which means he is committed to a process of ongoing change, committed to taking the next step toward a just and democratic society -- a more perfect union.

      That kind of complex commitment -- a mature patriotism that doesn't make excuses for the evils that have been woven into America -- is exactly what we need to bring as many people as possible together in a progressive alliance in this country.

      Hope the class goes well.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 09:22:53 PM PDT

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