Tuesday night, delivering his third State of the Union, Barack Obama has a choice. His could join the long list of predictable addresses, forgotten by daybreak. Or he could do something that might, if only for the moment, stifle his critics and provide the nation with a blueprint for a still young century.
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Words, Havel said, matter. Not only to poets and playwrights. They matter – they should matter – to all.
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