A brilliant piece of acting here, a reminder of how powerful authenticity is in political speech, even when the speech, as this one is, is filled with over-worn phrases, now 400 years old.
And that brings out another lesson here, with our current oversized political drama.
Instead of the next 4 weeks, or 4 months or 4 years, wouldn't it be wonderful to think of our political system as producing political figures that delivered creativity and freedom into our lives and integrity into the lives of our institutions for 400 years?
For that we need a new way of experiencing and of thinking of both economics and politics. One that derives more from self-knowledge than from self-interest.
These are topics I am thinking deeply about as I finish up my latest book.