This is another one of those presents that American Art can give us if we give it half a chance. This is a fictional character written for a character on a HBO series, “The Newsroom”. Every time I have heard this monologue, my eyes tear. It hurts so much to hear the facts surrounding our country’s current performance measurements. It also hurts to remember when we did things because we had the courage to be morally correct and wrong sometimes. As I entered the twilight of my life, our country has appeared to change into a fearful mass of self-centered profit mongers whose only concerns are protection and self preservation. Our world needs and deserves more of America than we now offer. Watching this monologue may feel bad but maybe more us need to feel bad so we can change things back to where we were real leaders of the free world.