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Opening Arguments

The light touch

From the president's speech in Afghanistan:

My fellow Americans, we have traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon.

And there's this:

A united America of grit and resilience, where sunlight glistens off soaring new towers in downtown Manhattan, and we build our future as one people, as one nation.

And this:

That is the light that guides us still.

Lotta damn light going on there. I thought I remembered "light on a hill," but it doesn't show up in the transcript. Maybe I was confusing it with "shining city on a hill."

I dunno. I kind of liked "light at the end of the tunnel." It conjured up both tantalizingly close victory and the possibility of impending doom if you didn't get to the end of that tunnel before the train the light was on roared right into you. "Glistening sunlight" is kind of lame, and isn't "Guiding Light" a soap opera? How possible is it to even see the light of a new day on the horizon, being under a dark cloud and all? Just wondering.

Say, how about "shining city at the end of the tunnel"? And why are we in that stupid tunnel in the first place?