As November 2014 comes to a close, I am calmly feeling excited about the future. In spite of a dismal outcome for Democrats in the past election, and all the aftermath of the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, MO; I still feel hopeful. Our Party can still rise!
The only direction we came move is either up or forward - both are positive options as I see it. As individuals and a political Party, we have much to build upon. Possibilities and opportunities for all people - as imperfect as it may play out at times - remains a core value. Groups as well as individuals matter to Democrats. A woman must maintain the "right to chose". Energy independence and corporation profits are not mutually exclusive outcomes. Diplomacy over military mite remains the preferred option - but not the only option - to global conflict. Expanding and protecting the "right to vote" is a basic principle of the Party. And forgiveness is a sustaining human value not just a Christian or religious ideal. Finally, fairness, truth and equity must continue to be definitive characteristics of our Party's policies, processes a practices.
We must take the time needed to revisit these core values and once again let them marinate our souls and then drive our collective behavior, guide our conversations and shape our public policies.