I had given up.

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.

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4 Responses to I had given up.

  1. TMac says:

    You’re far less cynical in person. Conspiracies exist everywhere if you look for them. I’m not going to debate those. What I’m going to do tonight and going forward is to actually look forward. This is a great night for the United States. Looking back isn’t going to help anyone. It doesn’t matter how we got here, we’re here. There is one hell of a mess and it doesn’t matter who put the idiot in charge but it’s messed up. Let’s work on fixing it.

    What unites us is far greater then what divides us.

  2. Kindralas says:

    Here’s a question: Why is it that, when the Democrats lose an election, there’s a lot of discussion about how brilliant a campaign was run by the Republicans, and yet, when the Republicans lose an election, there’s a lot of discussion about how the Republicans have to clean house and go back to their values? In other words, the Democrats can’t win elections, the Republicans either lose them or win them.

  3. TMac says:

    There was a ton of discussion on how brilliant a campaign was run by Bill Clinton. I’ve read and seen quite a few things about how great the campaign was run by Obama. Al Gore and John Kerry ran piss poor campaigns but so did John McCain.

    The republicans up until recently are in a better position to win. Not because they have better ideals but because they’ve typically sold their message better to voters. Not to the population but to the people who actually vote. The youth that everyone kept talking about because the democrats really appeal to them. The youth vote that only increased from 18% to 19% in terms of people who voted. There are more examples but less then 1 in 5 people under 30 voting isn’t exactly speaking up.

    In the past 60 years the democrats have only taken the White House from the republicans now 4 times. All of them, save maybe Kennedy, had a few extenuating circumstances. Jimmy Carter was running against a Nixon-phile who was never elected president or vice president. Clinton won with the help of Ross Perot. Obama won and the republican incumbent has the lowest approval rating in the history of approval ratings.

    The republicans just run national campaigns better then democrats. They are able to sell their message better. That has changed a lot because the GOP has no leaders and no clear identity. A party that is about less government just saw the biggest increase in federal government since FDR.

    If congress behaves better in the next two years then they have the last two it should be a good time for almost everyone. That still remains to be seen.

  4. Kindralas says:

    Truman had lower approval ratings than Bush has currently (23% to 27%). The Republicans are having to deal with a shift in the nation’s mood, overall. As long as the youth vote continues to grow, the Republicans will continue to have problems. I think most people can agree that age is a pretty strong indicator of voting habits, and that the youth vote is generally carried by the Democrats. As long as the Democrats continue to focus most of their campaigning efforts on getting out the vote, then they’ll continue to be strong for decades to come.

    While Obama’s getting some “greatest campaign ever” nods, I don’t think people have fully realized just how radically different his campaign was. Between the extremely skewed fund raising and the transparency and information dispersal via the internet, as well as the focus on new voter registration might signal a shift in how campaigns are run in the future. The Bush elections showed that a candidate can’t ignore the internet, this election may show that you can’t afford not to use it.

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