A Left-leaning agenda is progressive in human relationships, attentive to the environment and determined in opportunity for everyone. Nothing less will succeed, and we certainly cannot go back to some Tea Party longing for the past. Nostalgia is not an option.
The headline progressives are in full retreat. They have found out the hard way that their bleeding heart pleadings -- 'yes, the financial markets might destroy us, but how can we cut this or that worthy cause' -- don't cut it.
This Thanksgiving, I want to thank those Democrats from moderate districts who voted to do what they thought was right for the country, even though they knew there might be negative short-term political consequences.
There is still hope for those who worry about rising inequality, social justice, and sustainability. By focusing on advancing a progressive agenda in cities, we can pave the road for future gains at the federal level.
For millions of Americans like me -- gay, straight and in the vast hinterlands in between -- the little box of traditional marriage is too constricting for our evolving notions of love and partnership.
Until we change the calculus so that the angry and anxious exact a penalty for obstruction and reap the benefits from concrete actions, results like those in Massachusetts will multiply and the dream will die.