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To the Editor:

Frank Rich suggests that Senator Barack Obama’s campaign needs a more effective story.

It certainly does — but, as Mr. Rich says, it shouldn’t be about Mr. Obama. Instead, it should be about us.

The great American story is how ordinary men and women, given liberty and opportunity, challenged daunting frontiers and turned this huge land into a great nation that is greatly admired.

Today we face new frontiers in ecology, energy, globalization, social justice, science and technology. Instead of soft promises and gauzy policy ideas, Mr. Obama should boldly tell us what each of us can do besides vote.

Only if the next president engages us in the process can we can build “a city upon a hill.” It will take courage on his part, and ours, but if American history teaches one lesson above all others, it is this: fortune favors the bold.

James H. Bissland
Trish’s Thesis Advisor, 1984
Bowling Green, Ohio, Aug. 24, 2008

 

A version of this article appears in print on Aug. 27, 2008, Section A, Page 22 of the New York edition of the NY Times

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