"McCain, a 71-year-old Arizona senator who would be the oldest person ever elected to a first presidential term, will argue that Americans need to take up a cause greater than themselves -- join the military, help feed the hungry, seek public office.
"Many Americans are indifferent to or cynical about the virtues that our country claims," the former Vietnam prisoner of war will say.
In part, he says, it is because some have suffered economic dislocations while others profit as never before, and in part, it is a "reaction to government's mistakes and incompetence and to the selfishness of some public figures."
He comes close to calling some Americans spoiled, saying they are cynical because "the ease which wealth and opportunity have given their lives led them to the mistaken conclusion that America, and the liberties its system of government is intended to protect, just aren't important to the quality of their lives."
Skepticism is healthy, he will say, "But when healthy skepticism sours into corrosive cynicism our expectations of our government become reduced to the delivery of services. And to some people the expectations of liberty are reduced to the right to choose among competing brands of designer coffee."