When I was a child, a great American gave a speech which transformed the country and left an indelible impression on my soul. Today I think of the dream then and the dream now.
Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of politically correct thinking to the solid rock of mature and informed reasoning. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men[and women] are created equal" and must be judged by the same standards for the greatest political office of the land.
I have a dream that in these United States of America, a candidate will be measured by the quality of her/his deeds and not the dazzle of his/her delivery.
I have a dream that one day people will judge a candidate by his/her voting record and proven leadership in government and not by the guilt-linked factors of race or gender.
I have a dream that a candidate's wisdom in the selection of advisors will determine the votes of the American public more than his/her craft in obtaining campaign funds.
I have a dream that an informed citizenry will weigh the military advice of a five-star general with 25 years of service defending the country no less than it values those same judgements by a Hollywood actor who played a general in a film.
I have a dream that fair-minded citizens will find anti-Semitic and ageist associations as reprehensible as sexist and racist ties.
I have a dream that one day in this fair nation of ours, an agenda-free media will report fairly on both liberal and conservative causes and candidates and that a story such as the one below about the relationship of Michelle Obama's salary to Barak Obama's voting will reach the front page of the New York Times.
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
I said it was a dream, didn't I?