We need to insist that Baltimore's leaders support these efforts by taking up a new kind of politics: a politics rooted in integrity, with moral imagination as its driving force. There are examples we can draw from in our national political consciousness. To that end, I'd like to close with a quote from a hero of a mine, Sargent Shriver, a native son of Maryland who spent a portion of his youth in Baltimore, served as the first director of the Peace Corps under the Kennedy administration, and was a firm believer in the power of government to lift up the disenfranchised: "The politics of life is personal initiative, creativity, flair, dash, a little daring. The politics of death is calculation, prudence, measured gestures. The politics of life is experience, spontaneity, grace, directness. The politics of death is fear of youth. The politics of life is to trust the young to their own experiences."