Just as the founders banded together to fight a corrupt system of taxation without representation, today's Americans must unite to drive out the enablers of our corrupt system of representation without taxation.
No one will replace Bob Herbert at the Times, and that is our great loss, for his kind of journalism is a rarity. But, we will be watching and waiting to see what this journalists' journalist -- and our friend -- comes up with.
The wealthiest one percent of Americans control more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. The question now is whether we can rebuild a strong middle class, or whether the budget crisis will be used to reduce it further.
Without actively re-skilling the population and meaningfully redirecting capital towards constructive investment rather than parasitic consumption, America will remain on a perilous path of long-term economic decline.
Reinvigorated by the idealism and fighting spirit on display right now in America's heartland, the movement for "hope and change" has a rare, second chance. It can renew itself and become again a national force with which to be reckoned.
The American Dream has been made possible by the strength of the American labor movement. The people of Wisconsin are making history by drawing a serious line in the sand against unbridled corporate power.