Like a lot of Americans, I became very disillusioned after the 'stolen' election of 2000. After eight years of George W. Bush, I am even more disheartened and saddened at the state of our once great nation. Going into this election year, the one thing I really want is to believe in this country again. I want to believe in the political process. I believe that the country is ready for a candidate who will unite this country. I believe that we are all sick of the 'red state blue state' divide.
When I stood in a line 4,000 people strong to caucus last night, I felt a swell of pride and excitement I had not known in years. I stood alongside fellow democrats, as well as independents and republicans crossing party lines. We were all there for the same reason. We all believe that Barack Obama needs to be the next President of the United States. Kansas, a primarily republican state, turned out in record numbers last night in support of Obama. Lines went around the block, people stood in frigid temperatures, all because we believe that strongly that this man is the one. And our time is NOW.
A lot of people argue that he doesn't have enough experience. I for one, am tired of experienced politicians running our country. I don't think they've done such a great job lately. And as a citizen, it is my right, and yours, too, to tell them they are out of a job. It's time to move on. This country was founded by a group of men who were not professional politicians. They didn't know the first thing about running a country. But they knew right form wrong, and they believed in the greatness that our country was capable of. We don't need the Washington elite. We need ordinary men willing to do extraordinary things.
Last night, I felt I was a part of history in the making. Packed in like sardines, hot and cranky and tired, but all united with one purpose: to make a change. One man started chanting "Yes we can!" And soon a throng of voices chimed in and lifted it to the rafters. And I believe it. Our time IS now.