I’m not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the road blocks that stand in our path. I’m not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
Voters across Florida today fundamentally rejected political interference in personal medical decisions by voting down the deceptive Amendment 6. Faith leaders, medical professionals, trusted civic organizations, editorial boards across the state and now, most importantly, Florida voters have sent an unequivocal statement to the Florida Legislature that political interference in a woman’s most personal medical decisions is flat out wrong.
The idea is simple. Say you hear someone make a bogus claim—for example, that Barack Obama was really born in Kazakhstan. You can go on the site and stake some money, challenging someone to prove the claim, asking others to join you. Once the amount raised reaches a pre-designated threshold, the challenge goes live. At which point, the person making the claim is asked to produce evidence in order to win the “bounty.” The truth is decided by a “jury of neutral, professional, scientifically trained adjudicators” who assess the evidence, which must be verifiable.