So let's hear from you, Mr. President. Since it's so hard to put carbon back in the smokestack or to put the pieces back after our super-storms, let's have a national conversation about climate change in the coming months rather than the coming years. Don't worry about us.
Ask him to explain why civilians should have assault weapons, and why they should be able to buy them without background checks. Other countries have experienced mass murders with guns and done something about it; what's different about us that we can't, too?
When we ask ourselves why we are committing military might in Libya (or Afghanistan, or Iraq), we're really asking bigger questions. What is our purpose in the world? What is the story that defines our friends and our foes?