"I think we are near a point at which America joins the rest of the west as a center-left society - that's to say, a society whose assumptions about the role of government and the size of the state are far closer to Continental social democracies than to the Founding Fathers."**********
"In a grim media-cultural environment, the temptation for American conservatism is to be seduced into becoming one of those ever so mildly right-of-left-of-right-of-left-of-center parties they have in Europe."
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"Americans ... sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states - we are and always will be the United States of America," Mr. Obama said, thanking his supporters and the huge, jubilant crowd gathered in Chicago's Grant Park.Of course... job number one... is to dial down the huge expectations of that campaign of "audacity & hope."
"The road ahead will be long, the climb will be steep, we may not get there in one year, or even in one term, but America I have never been more hopeful that we will get there."Well, I guess it's a good thing hope is cheap.