I take this form an alternate history forum. The subject title "The Impossible Dream"... the speaker for this speech is a living Robert Kennedy:
"That's why we need a new approach to government, a government that offers more empowerment and less entitlement. More choices for young people in the schools they attend- in the public schools they attend. And more choices for the elderly and for people with disabilities and the long-term care they receive. A government that is leaner, not meaner; a government that expands opportunity, not bureaucracy; a government that understands that jobs must come from growth in a vibrant and vital system of free enterprise.
We offer our people a new choice based on old values. We offer opportunity. We demand responsibility. We will build an American community again. The choice we offer is not conservative or liberal. In many ways, it is not even Republican or Democratic. It is different. It is new. And it will work. It will work because it is rooted in the vision and the values of the American people.
I hope, I hope, nobody in this great hall tonight, or in our beloved country has to go through tomorrow without a vision. I hope no one ever tries to raise a child without a vision. I hope nobody ever starts a business or plants a crop in the ground without a vision. For where there is no vision, the people perish.
One of the reasons we have so many children in so much trouble in so many places in this nation is because they have seen so little opportunity, so little responsibility, so little loving, caring community, that they literally cannot imagine the life we are calling them to lead.
An America that says to entrepreneurs and businesspeople: We will give you more incentives and more opportunity than ever before to develop the skills of your workers and to create American jobs and American wealth in the new global economy. But you must do your part, you must be responsible. American companies must act like American companies again, exporting products, not jobs.
An America in which the doors of colleges are thrown open once again to the sons and daughters of stenographers and steelworkers. We will say: Everybody can borrow money to go to college. But you must do your part. You must pay it back, from your paychecks or, better yet, by going back home and serving your communities.
Just think of it. Think of it. Millions of energetic young men and women serving their country by policing the streets or teaching the children or caring for the sick. Or working with the elderly and people with disabilities. Or helping young people to stay off drugs and out of gangs, giving us all a sense of new hope and limitless possibilities.
An America in which health care is a right, not a privilege, in which we say to all of our people: "Your government has the courage finally to take on the health care profiteers and make health care affordable for every family." But, you must do your part. Preventive care, prenatal care, childhood immunization- saving lives, saving money, saving families from heartbreak.
An America in which middle-class incomes, not middle-class taxes, are going up.
An America, yes, in which the wealthiest few, those making over $200,000 a year, are asked to pay their fair share.
An America in which the rich are not soaked, but the middle class is not drowned, either.
Responsibility starts at the top.
An America where we end welfare as we know it. We will say to those on welfare: You will have, and you deserve, the opportunity, through training and education, through child care and medical coverage, to liberate yourself. But then, when you can, you must work, because welfare should be a second chance, not a way of life.
An America with the world's strongest defense, ready and willing to use force when necessary.
An America at the forefront of the global effort to preserve and protect our common environment- and promoting global growth, that is what the Conscientious Society is about. Thank you, and let's reawaken America's conscience. Not just starting November 6th, or January 21st, but right here, right now, examine your conscience and ask yourself: "Am I doing all that I can to serve my community, my family, my country? If not, then resolve to change your environment. Change cannot be imposed from afar; it must come from the grassroots, from each and every one of you. We do not undertake these tasks because they are easy, but because they are challenging and we have undertaken to do them to the best of our ability."
If only actual politicans followed this not just then but now...