'The American President' and the Aesthetics of Rising NeoLiberalism

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Call me a sucker for Aaron Sorkin screenplays, but I can't think of a more rousing explanation in popular culture of what, at least in theory, makes American democracy such an extraordinary institution than the speech by Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglass) in The American President.

In that particular monologue, the unrealistically charismatic Shepherd denounces a trend of thinking in simplistic terms about America's complex system of government, saying:

America isn't easy.

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