The country does not simply need to change political parties in the White House; it needs a change of direction, which leaves the Democrats as the de facto party of change.
In spite the public's incongruent feelings about marriage, there are a few things that supporters of same-gender marriage in California have in their favor that were not present when the initiative was on the ballot in 2000, specifically time and reality.
Given our current state, it is understandable that we would remember 1968 and Vietnam. But it was 1963 when we realized that hope and hostility lived, and continue to live, in close proximity.
While Proposition 13 has been touted as a populist revolt against escalating property taxes that were forcing people out of their homes, commercial real estate has been a major benefactor.
There is an ironic tragedy in Obama's remarks in that he was the only one running for president, because of his race, who could make such comments.