The Nation: See?

When Jimmy Carter addressed a labor audience in Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago, he made effective use of a familiar rhetorical device. "I see an America that has turned its back on scandals and shame," he said. "I see an America that does not spy on its own citizens." And so on.

To many listeners, the device recalled Martin Luther King's 1963 Washington speech: "I have a dream . . ." Some, however, thought that Carter's "I sees" were equally reminiscent of a 1968 speech given by Richard Nixon: "I see a day when our nation is at peace ....

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