The first half of his speech is solid, but lol at it quickly turning into "but we once were great and ethical and moral and courageous during some nebulous time period that I won't define and even if I did it would probably be wrong because Aaron Sorkin can't fact-check to save his life". It's just more of the typical white male "things were so great when I was a kid" nostalgia you get from these type of self-important straight white males where they conveniently neglect that the world was actually pretty crappy for a lot of people that weren't them so all that mumbling about foregone principals is just revisionist history, except it's coming from a liberal writer through one of his mouthpiece characters instead of a conservative this time.
Life isn't a morality play. Poverty isn't a sign of a moral failing.
I think part of the problem is that we have half educated our populace. We tell them about bias and its place in the media but then don't tell them not all bias is bad and that you should be judging your own biases as well. People learn the basics of rhetoric and how to look for fallacy but not to look for deeper truths behind statements. And as this video shows, we are told we are a great state...but not that there are other great states and many of them are surpassing us at a startling rate. We are the half trained and tossed to the wolves and it is no wonder we make the mistakes that we do.
We rode on the winds of the rising storm, We ran to the sounds of the thunder. We danced amongst the lightning bolts, and tore the world asunder.