Ben Brandzel was the advocacy director of MoveOn.org from 2004 through 2007, and the director of online engagement for the John Edwards campaign. He now works independently to support new-wave-progressive organizing around the world (including a recent stint with GetUp.org.au).
If Barack Obama wins the presidency in November, the United States will officially enter a new political era. We'll finally have a president who, like most Americans, opposes the "dumb" decision to invade Iraq, unapologetically insists on universal health care, and calls global warming "one of the greatest moral challenges of our generation." The climate of fear will give way to hope and a real opportunity to move the country forward.