Thursday, February 7, 2008

Let's hope

Hope. It is such a difficult thing.

I've never thought of myself as Pollyanna, but I do prefer to hope for the best rather than expect the worst.

Tuesday's caucus offered me justification for such an attitude. Thousands of people turned out in support of not just the candidate I support, but the process of democracy. It was exhilarating!

Of course, I have to be prepared to be bitten in the butt, as has happened in so many other elections. Four years ago, by the time the process came to Colorado, the choice had been made and it wasn't mine. But I believed in the system so I stood in the November cold and made sure people had the chance to cast a vote for the lesser of two evils.

Lo and behold, the candidate was leading by the time I left the gathering of other voting-rights activists. The joy was short-lived, though. By the time I got home, the fix was in -- vote tampering or last-minute rush of Bush supporters we'll never know. Took a few days to be able to sit comfortably with that disappointment.

So this time I was not going to get involved. As much as I relish the idea of a First Gentleman (presumably the equivalent of First Lady) and a woman leading the country, I could not throw much support behind the politics-as-usual approach.

And then who should burst onto the scene, laying waste to my diffidence? A politician addressing my very issues with a message of hope. People may disagree about policies and opinions and whatever but almost everyone agrees Barack Obama is one smart fellow.

That, if nothing else, gives me hope. And the fact that no matter what, in less than 350 days, the person running the country will not be named George.

1 comment:

Rosemary Carstens said...

Hey, I am SO on the same page about getting rid of this nasty administration! In all my days, I have never felt this lack of respect, even embarrassment, about a president. Generally, I'd try to respect the office, if not the person holding the office. But I am so past all of that--George Bush is a scoundrel of major proportions and I cannot wait for him to be gone. You and I support different Democratic candidates--I am a strong Hillary supporter, not only because I think she has the most to offer, but because I'd just downright be thrilled to see a woman in the lead US role for a change. Having said that, I'll get out there and show support for whoever the Democratic candidate turns out to be. I can't take any more of this Republican group--I want my country and its better reputation back! Rosemary Carstens -