For me this is a season of hope -- new hope for a justice and fair prosperity for the many, and not just for the few -- new hope.
And this is the cause of my life -- new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American -- north, south, east, west, young, old -- will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege.
He didn't live to see it happen. Of course, at this point, I think we could be forgiven for wondering if any of us will--but certainly we wouldn't even be this close to realizing our right to health care if it weren't for his unstinting labor on behalf of this issue.
The lion sleeps tonight.