"Why the Unitarian-therapeutic tone, the prefatory hand-wringing and throat-clearing, the randomly appended issues? "
First, it taps into American uplift. But overall it speaks to the marginalization of dissidents in this society. Get an interested ear and out pours all the concerns, all the theories, all the desires for something that most Americans find suspect, at best. I agree with SA: keep it tight. Focused. On immediate matters that can and might cross conscious minds.