We need leaders who step back and make us do more of the work. As the Lone Ranger rode off into the sunset, he left it to the town -- as he should have -- to deal with the future, trusting that they were up to it.
In 2003, I left a corporate job in management to work on a presidential campaign. I took a two-thirds pay cut. Why? I was inspired by the promise of an accountable and open government by, for and of the people.
Recent events don't type Palin as a racial bigot. They do type her as the latest in the long train of right-side GOP politicians who calculate that they can score big with a subtle play of the race card.
In Barack Obama and John McCain, we representatives of an emerging set of values and an enduring tradition. But we didn't get the sort of constructive debate between these traditions showing the value of each.
Obama's victory does not spell the end of racial disparity in America, but it is a ringing sign of progress, a triumph on the road to greater equality and realizing the Dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. revealed to us.