When I was growing up, one of the things I often heard adults say to express skepticism was, I'll believe it when I see it. That's a good way to do science, and a general skepticism is a healthy way to protect oneself from schemers.
But when it comes to innovative public policy, skepticism can become an excuse for complacency or, worse, nay-saying by people who simply lack the imagination to see that there could be a better way, the gumption to pursue it, or the energy to see it through.
Here's how one of my favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald, put it:
In that spirit, I'd like to flip the old adage on its head. Instead of, I'll believe it when I see it, I say, You can't see it until you believe it. Whether it's starting a family, business, political campaign, or government reform effort—it's only after building faith in an idea that it can be realized.
Can you imagine a better San Antonio? Can you imagine a council member who is responsive to your needs? How about a city government that answers to the people and not the special interests? I can, too, and I'm right here with you, both dreamer and doer.