Before I answer the homework question from my last column, here are more excerpts from the mystery author’s speech:
“These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions. … Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, causing human misery and personal indignity. … For decades, we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children’s future for the temporary convenience of the present. [Sounds like today, doesn’t it?]
“From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?