As an aside: I’m not really looking for a “New America” but for an Improved America. Over the past few decades, this nation experienced more than enough “innovation“: a “new world order” over democracy, controversy over liberty, corruption over integrity, ineptitude over responsibility, and outrage over respect. The original ideals and principles of America, as old as they are, continue to exist; despite these misbegotten forms of innovation, they’re still available to us if we want them. I hope that President Obama will be able to find and improve on these oldies-but-goodies of yesteryear that, with some minor adjustments, will play just as well today.