We stand on the threshold of a new era, but I find myself not with grand and eloquent thoughts, but with a simple, burning wish as a simple American citizen: let the door to transformation open. Let it swing wide, and let our sense of the possible, our sense of the tomorrow we still might make, widen with it. Let us become again the native home of that future and the land of the free and just and hopeful.
I love the idea of a "fierce politics of optimism." It's so easy to get blown over by the winds of cynicism. Nobody wants to look like a fool. But I'd rather fail as a hopeful fool than go down with my heart closed.