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HE WILL CONTINUE TO DECIDE WHETHER OUR WEEKLY PAYCHECKS BUY MORE OR LESS, OR WHETHER THEY BUY ANYTHING AT ALL.

HE HAS GOT NOW, IN FACT, THREE YEARS IN WHICH TO SHAPE AMERICA TO HIS MOLD, TO RECRUIT FROM THE FRIGHTENED A CONSTITUENCY AGAINST THE FORGOTTEN, TO SHAPE THE NEW MAJORITY INTO A FORCE THAT WILL RULE THROUGH FEAR AND DIVISION.

A SHORT WHILE AGO, THE NATIONAL URBAN COALITION TRIED TO SPELL OUT WHAT WAS WRONG IN THIS COUNTRY, AND HOW IT COULD BE SET RIGHT.

"AMERICA'S MALAISE," THEY SAID, "--WHICH ALL OF US FEEL IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER -- HAS ITS ROOTS IN THE DISTANCE BETWEEN NATIONAL IDEAL AND NATIONAL REALITY."

OUR IDEAL IS A COUNTRY WHERE EVERY AMERICAN GETS AN EQUAL CHANCE TO PERFORM, WHERE JOBS EXIST FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS ONE, WHERE HEALTH CARE AND PERSONAL SAFETY ARE ASSURED, WHERE WE LIVE IN HARMONY WITH EACH OTHER AND HAVE A DECENT PLACE TO LIVE."

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