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Michelle Obama's DNC speech

So in her speech to the Democratic convention tonight, Michelle Obama had a sort of 'American myth: short form" that laid out how Americans like to pretend their history goes.

If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire…if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores…if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote…if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time…if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream…and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.
I enjoy the way they built this - it's layer upon layer of clever, from having a woman talk about women's right to vote, to the allusion to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to the drawing of a parallel between civil rights and gay marriage - so much happening in one paragraph. Kudos to whoever wrote that paragraph, that's all I can say!