I realize tonight, as I watch the election called at 9 p.m. Mountain Time, that I had given up.
I have been voting since I was 18 years old, the generation that was the first 18-year-olds to vote. I had seen the election stolen twice. I saw that the votes of people didn’t matter. Hanging chad, Diebold machines, and the Supreme Court took all that away from us. Then I saw the Constitution, the Geneva Convention, truth and hope and all the things that matter to me about the country pushed aside or destroyed.
I just stared at the television screen that said We Had Won and They Had Lost. Then I realized that I never let myself believe that people could make a difference again.
I can’t say what’s going to happen now, and it’s not going to be easy. But my faith in the country has been restored.
The system works.