We have a president who loves to make speeches, but there is a gap spanning the space between his oratory and his heart. After almost seven years, and words ad nauseum, who can believe a word he utters?
Our present age, challenged by specters few understand cries out for a leader to rally this nation’s greatness and unify us under a banner, red, white and blue with a spangle of stars to eclipse the cultural diversity at whose altar so many worship. We used to be a melting pot, but now inflamed fractions of competing cultures, persuaded that their slice of the American pie is somehow owed to them, no longer grateful, are envious, suspicious and, most of all, impatient.
Who can lead us out of this enveloping darkness. Where is the man with more than hollow words and empty heart? I long for a Churchill. President John F. Kennedy, himself a man with a message for our nation and his time, said of Winston Churchill:
“In the dark days and darker nights when England stood alone — and most men save Englishmen despaired of England’s life — he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.”
This podcast will throw a little light on the making of such a man.
Winston Churchill’s Way With Words via npr.org