President Obama has called on this country to choose "hope over fear".
He has shown us how to do this.
During the Inaugural Parade, Tuesday, he came out from the belly of the Beast and walked with Michelle down the Parade route. He waved to the crowd, interacted with by-standers, strode down the street with a smile on his face.
He is right.
We can never best the terrorists by withdrawing into our caves. That leaves all the land to them.
We win when we refuse to live in fear, when we refuse to compromise our basic Constitutional rights in exchange for ephemeral ideas of "safety," when we walk tall and proud--looking the whole world in the eye, when we continue with our lives in spite of attacks and empty threats of attacks, when we reach out to help others, when we offer our hands in friendship and peace, when we persevere.