Where are the millions who so passionately chanted “Yes, we can!” at Obama’s campaign rallies? Where are the legions who cried tears of joy on election night and tears of pride on Inauguration Day? Is Sarah Palin now the only politician capable of inspiring “passionate intensity”?
Democratic leaders should stop backpedaling, stop apologizing and show their followers — by words and deeds — that the principle of universal health care is worth fighting for. They should even allow themselves to raise their voices at times — not motivated by anger but by conviction.
Passion finds expression in anger, but also in hope. Democrats knew and felt that during the campaign. If they forget it, they might as well also forget about achieving the kind of fundamental change that the country sorely needs.