New year, new president, new prospects, new attitude.

At least that is the hope, a resource that Americans from Emily Dickinson (who wrote during the depths of the Civil War that hope was “the thing with feathers — that perches in the soul”) to Bill Clinton (who in his 1992 Democratic nomination acceptance speech spoke of his Arkansas hometown and said, “I still believe in a place called Hope”) have summoned to approach a difficult and dangerous world.

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