It is still too early to tell who won on this Super Tuesday, Obama or Hillary. But one point all CNN commentators agreed upon, was that ‘It’s hard to go against a movement‘. Something is happening in America, and it has a face, Barack Obama.
People like me, who had never cared much for politics, have been showing up at political rallies, knocking on doors, and making phone calls. I was wearing an Obama sticker today. I have a sign planted on my lawn. And I don’t miss an opportunity to engage whoever wants to listen. Something is happening in America. And it’s got nothing to do with politics. Or Barack Obama, for that matter. I have a theory.
People have had enough. And they are ready to make their voices heard, and to take action. People are discovering there are more important things than just shopping at the mall, and watching Super Bowl. They are ready to become citizens and to take charge of their destiny. College students, senior citizens, poor people, rich people, blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, women, men, they are coming together to say, this is what we want, and this is what we do not want. We’ve had enough. We want change.
Several times, I have written about the consumer needing to step aside, to make room for the citizen. What we are seeing is the beginning of a citizenry movement. People fighting for higher ideals, and coming together in their communities to make sure the man who ignited their movement is America’s next leader. This is good news for the climate fight. The ingredients going into this extraordinary movement, are the same ones needed to win the climate fight: citizenry, community, activism, social conscience, and political will.
I am feeling hope. Are you?