Sir, you more than anyone must know you have run out of words. As sincere and as eloquent as they have been, you understand there are few left that are enough to bind up a divided and frightened country.
Instead, I invite you to create your next message without words. To help us FEEL our national crisis in our guts. Where our deepest fears and dreams reside. Where people — from pastors to players — know what leads to the actions that actually change things.
I refer you, Mr President, to an event right here in Chicago’s own Soldier Field in 1942. Back then our country was also scared, for we stood on the edge of military disaster.
Back then President Roosevelt helped inaugurate a nationwide demonstration of what it means to realize the enormous pent-up power that crackles inside enormous unity of purpose.
I was there that night as we were asked to light the one little candle we had been given at the entrance. On cue. suddenly 60,000 little flickers became one dazzling burst of light. The night became day.
We all went home — here and in cities across the land — and understood more than ever the President’s call…! the nation’s need…! the undeniable fact that we each had a vital part in a great cause…!
That night didn’t win any great battles, but it did help Americans see and sense “we are all in this great thing together!”
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