This speech, written by Aaron Sorkin and inclusive of facts (I verified a handful of them at the original time this aired 2 or 3 years ago), moved me when it first aired and moves me still. It gives me hope that one day soon we’ll get real journalists, and then real leaders, talking as openly and honestly as Jeff Daniels’ character.

America is always divided down the middle about something, and it’s always the wrong thing. Gay marriage? Gun control? Confederate Flag? Abortion? Religious iconography in a courthouse? These issues have places and weight, yes, but far less weight than underlying and overarching issues such as homelessness, ever decreasing quality of public education, the ever widening gulf between the haves and have-nots, the eradication of the Middle Class, the culture of fear fostered and fed daily by our leaders and media, Veterans’ Affairs foibles, CIA blunders, the selling off of America’s protected lands for commerce, the almost-point-of-no-return damage to our global environment, and the lack of funding to, and political devaluing of, NASA, NOAA, USGS, and other scientific organizations that can help us with all of the above problems.

When we get leaders who will speak the truth, who will acknowledge the real problems, only then can we begin to work toward making America the greatest nation on Earth once again.

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