“We are a nation of 325 million people, scattered across 50 states, holding different values and beliefs, and adhering to a range of ideologies, tribes and perspectives. Our magnificent diversity, and the inherent complexity of our times, are challenging the effective functioning of democracy. Self governance is dependent on a twenty-first century vision rooted in respect for individual dignity and our increasing interdependence. Though we are individuals, our prosperity requires our collective wisdom and energies. Though we embrace our individuality, our security requires shared responsibilities. Though we are many, we share a common destiny. E Pluribus Unum Destino. Acknowledging our common destiny is necessary, but not sufficient, to achieving political renewal. We must also inspire and align millions of Americans committed to bridging our differences, renewing our political systems and structures and healing our republic.” - Rob Stein