Okay, I should get this down for the record, stuff I said at the Inman News conference yesterday, reported here:
"Our system of representative democracy, with its flaws, works OK. What's different now is the Internet makes this grassroots democracy possible on a large scale," said Newmark, an avid supporter of President-elect Obama, during an appearance Wednesday at the Real Estate Connect conference in New York City.
"Instead of thousands of people getting involved, we can get millions and maybe tens of millions involved, and that's just beginning to happen. It's a start."
The younger generation has a long road ahead, he said, though the dark times could provide an "opportunity to rebuild the country, maybe becoming the next 'Greatest Generation,' " a reference to those who grew up during the Great Depression era.
I view this as grounded optimism, not the Bush-in-isolation model.