After Nov. 4, the majority of voters in America are breathing a sigh of relief and hope. We rallied around a simple theme: change. Change can mean so many different things, but for us, the change we were looking for means so much more than a simple turning away from the policies of the Cheney/Bush years.
Change means no longer looking at the world from the standpoint of “You’re on your own.” Rather, it is an affirmation that “I am my brother’s keeper.”
Change means looking at the races of the world and no longer simply glossing over differences, but appreciating and celebrating them.
Change means no longer shutting the doors of democracy to groups of people, but opening them and finding new ways to listen to other voices.
Change means reaching out and coming together, unifying our nation—if not in terms of ideology, at least in creating a nation that we are all proud to be a part of.
There are many, many of you out there who are upset. Perhaps you are afraid. Perhaps you believe that we have taken a wrong turn. I want to invite you to stand with us, with those of us who believe in this change. You are invited to take part, to open your minds and hearts, and to possibly see the reasons that so many of us voted for change. Who knows—you just might change yourself.
— Josh Batenhorst