Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Super Tuesday

I always cry on election day. There's just something about it. Something about the whole country coming together on the same day to do something positive for our nation. I cry about being a part of something bigger than myself. Something that requires a collective.

And then there's the fact that we even have the right to vote. We are lucky. Not everyone has this right. People die for this right and sadly, many take it for granted.

I remember the time that we, meaning the people of the State of Illinois, elected the first African-American female senator, Carol Moseley-Braun. I was driving from Chicago to Michigan that day, having already voted earlier in the day, when they announced the results. I was alone in my car, but still, I cheered. Then I cried. It was a momentous occasion.

Today, we could do something similar. Today, people all over the country are coming together to vote for who they want to be on the general election ballot in November.

Will we, for the first time, vote for a woman to be the Democratic nominee for president? Will we, for the first time, vote for an African-American to be the Democratic nominee for president? I am praying that we do. This is an incredible opportunity. It is an incredible time in the history of our country.

Yes, I voted and I cried. And yes, I was humbled by the experience.

10 comments:

Mrs. G. said...

There is something wonderfully hopeful about voting.

Crystal said...

Tears of joy and pride, how beautiful.

Kristen said...

As a former American History Teacher I am also taken aback by the whole experience. (On days like today, I actually wish I was still teaching!)

There is something AWESOME about standing in line with fellow citizens practicing their right to have a voice! To see a women or an African American voted President is something that I am so thankful that I am alive to witness.

What an AMAZING country we live in. We are truly blessed we live in the greatest country!

Can't wait to watch how this plays out tonight!

Sue said...

Amen. Great post.

Candy said...

I agree, it's an awesome time.

I was most struck by something Bill Clinton said a few days ago. I will paraphrase, but it was something like, "I've waited my whole life to be able to vote for a woman for President. And I've waited my whole life to be able to vote for an African-American for President. God, you're messing with me."

Family Adventure said...

Great post! And Candy's comment about Bill Clinton, too. It seems a case of when it rains it pours, no?

Heidi

Lisa said...

I so agree....and I came over here today looking for a powerful political piece from you. I got what I was looking for!!!

Congrats to yoU!

Fairly Odd Mother said...

I can't even talk about this upcoming election without choking up. My kids think I'm really nuts. To them, voting is going to that place where the old ladies give them hard candy.

Jen M. said...

I love this post.

Ann(ie) said...

Beautifully said, girl!!