One doesn’t have to be a pessimist to believe that unfortunate, tragic events will continue to plague us. No president, no authority, no edict can prevent the assault. The lessons of experience might help us deter some of them, but no realist can say they are done for good.
Rational (and optimistic) living is about accepting the worst and moving on without allowing fear to call the shots or torture our freedoms (as Obama mentioned in his recent address).
Pearl Harbor Day is best commemorated by people who look courageously to the future and hold themselves accountable for being part of the solution to our world’s challenges.