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I have a dream

Every movement needs high-flown rhetoric, and trad rightwingery can’t be any different. Inspired by what seems voguish I’ve put together a few phrases for my own “I have a dream” speech. Additions are welcome.

I dream of an America that is a normal country.

I dream of an America that is not an all-purpose fantasy, or a team, business, political movement or religion, but a country and people and their habits and ways to love, support and complete.

I dream of an America with normal human relations and aspirations.

I dream of an America in which every child is born into a family with a father, mother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins, and into a way of life that makes sense and reaches out to the infinite.

I dream of an America whose principles make sense.

I dream of an America in which idealism is not sordid, tolerance not bigoted, freedom not forced, equality not snobbish, diversity not oppressive, and expertise not mindless.

I dream of an America that makes the normal and human and not the commercial, bureaucratic or technological the standard. I dream of an America in which education cultivates ordinary habits and feelings and opens the way to higher things, and does not try to suppress or replace them with inhuman artifice.

Incidentally, does anyone know when “dream” rhetoric first caught on? “I have a dream” became famous in 1963, and the phrase “the American Dream” first appeared in 1931, but there may be other landmarks. The whole way of speaking seems anti-republican and even somewhat irrationalist to me. It’s not at all sober. Still, you go with the flow, so while I’m at it I might as well put forward an initial snippet for a heartfelt I dream of a church speech:

I dream of a church without programs, middle management, professionals or experts, just traditions, teachings, sacraments and the faithful.

I’ll probably add to both these as time goes by.

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