Americans deserve better, and in this city today there are people who want to do better, and so I say to all of you here, let us resolve to reform our politics, so that power and privilege no longer shout down the voice of the people.
And so, my fellow Americans, as we stand at the edge of the 21st Century, let us begin anew, with energy and hope, with faith and discipline, and let us work until our work is done.
Let us descend, for the love of fun, and see what is going on!
Let us follow him to the hippodrome, whither he is proceeding, and listen to the song of triumph which he is commencing:
He looked with an air of kindness at this worthy companion of former adventures and misadventures, and, clinking glass against glass, "Come, Planchet," said he, "let us see what it is that gives you so much trouble to bring forth.
When he had effected this proper restitution, "Now," said he to himself, "let us inhale much maternal air, much freedom from cares, much health, let us allow the horse Zephyr, whose flanks puff as if he had to respire an atmosphere to breathe, and let us be very ingenious in our little calculations.
"Verily," replied the Pharisee; "let us hasten: for this generosity in the heathen is unwonted; and fickle-mindedness has ever been an attribute of the worshippers of Baal."
"Let us not question the motives of the Philistine," interrupted Abel-Phittim' "for to-day we profit for the first time by his avarice or by his generosity; but rather let us hurry to the ramparts, lest offerings should be wanting for that altar whose fire the rains of heaven can not extinguish, and whose pillars of smoke no tempest can turn aside."
I repeat my words, Aramis, and then, if you desire it, and if they desire it, let us
separate forever from our old friends."
"Then," replied Michel Ardan, ready to suit the action to the word, "let us
put our heads down and our feet in the air, like the clowns in the grand circus."
continue to follow them, nevertheless," said the Scarecrow.
philosophize, then, if you will; we have time enough before us; we are hardly moving; the wind is afraid to blow; it sleeps."
But that she may impute to us any harshness or want of politeness, let us
tell her that there is an ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry; of which there are many proofs, such as the saying of `the yelping hound howling at her lord,' or of one `mighty in the vain talk of fools,' and `the mob of sages circumventing Zeus,' and the `subtle thinkers who are beggars after all'; and there are innumerable other signs of ancient enmity between them.
steal away to-morrow morning--early and softly, that we may not be seen or heard--and leave no trace or track for them to follow by.
"Well, but," said a fourth, "let us
go into this grotto.