This is the America that I want other nations to know. The America that overcomes, that comes together, that takes part in their own democracy. For 8 long years our standing in the world has slowly fallen to levels not before seen – but no more. We the people spoke and we spoke loudly that we are ready for a change in direction.
Yes. We. Did.
We all don’t agree on everything and we never will. But I think we can all agree on one thing, and that is that we all witnessed a truly historical event last evening. My wife and I were glued to the TV for about 7 hours last night and oftentimes we had nothing to say – we were blown away by the enthusiasm of the people in the street, in the churches, in the bars, and in Grant Park in Chicago. Millions of people cared again after becoming complacent about their own country. No more. If last night showed anything, it showed that we are ready to act. Ready to end this war that should not have been fought in the first place. Ready to help all of our citizens and not just the wealthy. Ready to move forward with a renewable energy policy that will both create jobs but also help to slowly wean us off oil. It’s a long road – but one I am willing to walk down.
Yes. We. Did.
The excitement felt around the world last night as state after state was filled in blue was unmistakable. From places as far away as Kenya to Ireland and London, people were nervously awaiting the results of our election…that’s how big the stakes were last night. For about 2 years we have been working towards this day when we can feel hope again. After 8 years of the current administration, multiple wars around the world, financial collapse, a stagnant economy, job losses, rising costs, and more people falling into poverty, it would have been easy to give up. But we didn’t.
The first election I voted in was for Bill Clinton in 1992, and I have never cared about politics as much as I have this time around. We gave a bunch of money, spent time at the Obama headquarters here in Taos, and worked the phone banks- we truly, truly wanted to participate this time. And so did millions of other Americans, who gave up their free time to work to get President Obama elected. That’s how important this election was.
Yes. We. Did.
I leave you with this – like I said earlier, we all might not agree on everything. And that’s OK, as that is what a democracy is all about. But the more you participate in that democracy, the more of a voice you will have. So agree or disagree, when you participate, you don’t lose.
Congratulations to President Barack Obama for both breaking down some walls and bringing hope back to America.
So what does this election mean to you? How are you feeling today? Let’s discuss in the comments….