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Obama's Osawatomie Talk

Here is the whole of it and here is yesterday's Letter from an Ohio Farmer ("Ceasars and Presidents"), sent out about an hour before Obama spoke and, ironically, it is directly related; it uses the 1912 election to make a few points that are directly relevant to the Osawatomie speech.
I think this is an important speech. It revives hope and change, but makes it better, revives him as an angry populist who thinks that the United States--rightly understood--really begins with the Progressive movement; and explains why they all think Progressive, New Deal, Great Society legislation is more sacrosanct than the Constitution.  The purpose of government has changed.  The meaning of equality and liberty has changed.  If I were a Republican running for the presidency I would reply to this (and to Teddy's 1910 Osawatomie talk) as soon as I could.  This is a great opportunity.
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