The widespread frustration and anger is understood and acknowledged. But the solution is found in the vision for pragmatic, balanced, sound policies, not turning over the keys to those who would reverse America's progress.
Obama's speech signaled that he's over his obsession with chasing the nonexistent pipe dream of bipartisanship from Republicans. He defined what his party stands for and why their values are superior to Republicans'.
Believe it or not, there actually are Democrats and Republicans -- lots of them -- committed to robust international engagement, smart foreign aid, and coherent and sensible U.S. international public diplomacy.
Our national temperament and the fast pace of 21st century lifestyles lead many of us to feel that even deep-seated problems and structural crises should be fully resolved by the time we check our email. This thinking needs adjustment.
In a hopeful sign of growing bipartisan support for nuclear reductions, former military commanders and national security officials announced their support today for quick approval of the New START treaty.
During the recent G20, more mixed messages emerged, with our President encouraging member nations to spend more to prop up their failing economies while his administration seeks to gut Social Security and Medicare at home.
History has seldom delivered a more graphic, teachable crisis than the one that Obama inherited. Although we voted our hopes that events could compel Obama to govern as a progressive, we are still waiting, and we are a cheap date.
Obama needs to learn from the example of Harry Truman, who not only won re-election in 1948 in American history's greatest electoral upset; his coattails were so attractive that the Democrats took back both houses of Congress.