Robert Harris has endured the loss of his wife and his only son. He's faced the decline of the United States and banded together the people of his small Illinois town to eek out a satisfying existence with less. Then a politician comes to town proclaiming the return of “American exceptionalism.” Robert Harris wants nothing to do with it.
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Ghosts of America
The crowd burst into spontaneous applause. I waited. Grover waved them down. "Please, folks. Please. I know some of you are skeptical. I talk of things that I call 'American Exceptionalism.' Now that meant something else once upon a time. But, I reclaim it for today, in this new world of constraint and limits. We are...no, we can be an exceptional people again. We can survive and thrive once more provided we remember the sins of the past. I want to thank you for the chance to speak with all of you. No, I would like to hear from Mister Harris."
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