Monday, May 22, 2006

The American Dream


There are some among us, particularly, perhaps, among the educated, who regard talk of the American Dream as cliched, as "ironic," as window dressing for a society that is "oppressive" beneath the surface. But you will never convince me that, for all the shortcomings of our country, the American Dream is a mere cliche, not as long as Americans like Condoleezza Rice are in our midst. Say what you will about her politics or geopolitics, the woman embodies achievement in the face of long odds. She is a testament to the power of education, of personal will, of hard work and determination, of individual talent. Had she been born twenty years earlier, or maybe even ten, she would not be where she is today. But to our country's credit and especially that of the heroic men and women who fought for civil rights, Condoleezza Rice became one of the most influential people in the world. It is a privilege to live in such a country.

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