Last night we saw history happen. The election of our first African American president in America. It makes me hopeful that great change is possible, and that we will be able to overcome other enormous obstacles as well.
This has been a long election battle, and I’m really ready for it to be over. But I’m glad that it dragged on long enough to engage our citizens in the democratic process. Maybe it’s because I lived in Washington DC for quite a few years, but I’m always amused by people who talk about “the government” as if it is some sort of strange alien being. The government is us, people! If you don’t like what the government is doing, then you’ve got to tell your elected officials. If they don’t listen, then you’ve got to go out and vote the bums out. That’s what a democracy is about. We the people. And yesterday we saw historic numbers of the American people voting.
The year I turned 18, I actually got to vote in a presidential election. I was so excited to do it, and prove I was an adult. My candidate didn’t win, but I felt like I was a part of the process. And it turned me into a life-long voter.
I haven’t missed an election since then, except some kind of vote for a judge that happened a few months ago in New York City. I felt really guilty about missing that one. I’m always amazed by apathetic voters. I guess they’re not as opinionated as I am. I rarely hold back from voicing my opinion, especially when asked. And voting for president really matters.
I hope all those first-time voters who turned out Tuesday get as addicted as I am to the process and go vote again in the next election. And convince their friends to vote. It’s time for the American people to decide elections, rather then just a select few. After all, we’re a democracy.
This election feels like it’s been going on for years. Can it really be over? I’ve been so full of anxiety this past year, and I’m so ready to move on to other concerns (revisions on my second book, marketing my first book, etc.). But it’s really thrilling this year to see so many people really involved in the election, whatever side they’re on. People are voting because they’re excited about their candidate and feel like their vote matters. And that’s how it should always be in a democracy.