And so it begins — this Great Work before us, of rebuilding America.
It’s not going to begin by attacking the conservatives — much as that’s my first instinct, the one and maybe most important thing I’ve learned so far from President-Elect Obama (!!!) is that it is the wrong instinct. So instead, I’m going to reach out to those of you who are both conservative and who read this blog.
Your Right and my Left are far less important than the task before us: rebuilding America, her economy and her diplomacy. These last eight years are a nightmare which we are finally awakening from. Let us take our lessons from those years — let us learn that hatred and divisiveness and greed will bring us to the edge of disaster. We’ve tried the Bush Doctrine, the Bush economy, and it has failed us miserably. You don’t need to be a liberal or a conservative to see that.
What we have tried has failed. So let’s try something new. Let’s see what happens when we take your tax money and apply it towards health care for uninsured Americans instead of more guns. Let’s see where diplomacy takes us. Let’s see what happens when we erase the partisan lines drawn in the sand by an entire generation of political operatives who have played upon our fears and told us that we are surrounded by enemies, foreign and domestic.
Let’s stop trying to find those enemies. Let us find friends.
I feel more hope right now than I ever have in my lifetime that we can move ahead and build the America that we deserve — my America, your America, an America that can stand before the world and be proud.
So let’s get to it, shall we?