Today is the culmination of almost two years of seemingly non-stop campaigning. Today is the day that America chooses their next president. I remain cautiously optimistic that Barack Obama, by virtue of his intelligence, his steadiness, his demeanor, his leadership, and his so-well-run campaign, will be our next president. It makes me so very proud of our country, proud that the essential decency of the American people came shining through the fear-mongering, the hate, the bigotry and all the other reasons why some people are giving for not joining this movement forward. Today the progressives will beat back the regressives, the future will overcome the status quo, the past will be dealt with as it must be, but our eight year Bush/Cheney nightmare will finally be put to rest. Thank goodness, thank creator, thank the hard-working people of this country that never gave up.
Last night I went to the Circle Cinema to see for free (courtesy of the League of Women Voters) the film Iron Jawed Angels. The film chronicles the story of Quaker, Alice Paul, and other women who fought for the 19th Amendment (passed just over 88 years ago) that granted the right to vote to all women in this country. It was an inspirational and remarkable tale of the power of a handful of women who refused to accept the status quo and fought like hell until their goal was achieved. It gave me hope and helped me off this ledge that I have been perched on for most of this week. Today, I will sit by the phone and wait for calls from the Democratic Headquarters with names, addresses and precinct information to give other Democrats rides to the polls.
Viva Obama/Biden! Yes, We Can! Si, Se Puede!