Tonight was one of widespread losses, including one near and dear to my heart.
The consequences will be felt for some time to come. However, I do still believe in my state and my country. Politics involves many setbacks, often heartbreaking ones. Democracy allows a chance to learn from past mistakes, to prepare, and to come back better the next time. Execution will have to be our watchword.
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence.
We did not get to where we are today as a country or world by curling up and playing dead at every major setback. Instead we learned, we adapted, we compromise where we have to, and we fought back. They'll be a lot more of that in my immediate future than I hoped, but I think the world's a fine place, and worth fighting for.