After feeling for the past several years like we were going backwards with our countries leadership stuck in a deadly war, seeing little to no change in terms of gay rights, poor health care, & low working wages. I was starting to loose faith in the greatness that is America and the possibilities of our government. The power of a moment, the power of a day, even the power of one weeks time can reveal endless possibilities and hope for sometype of change.
In a flash of a blink of an eye we've seen three new candidates lining up to run for president on the Democratic side. The way things were going who would of imagined An African American Senator Barack Obama leading the way. A woman Senator Hillary Clinton And then Latino Governor Bill Richardson taking to the Internet on Sunday to launch his presidential exploratory committee. Each candidate is a very serious contender for the Democratic nomination, and that means big change could be in store for the party. To me it finally starting to feel like America.
The Republic party is also exciting with John McCain, Rudy, Giuliani, George Pataki, & Sam Brownback, not as diverse as the democratic party but still an ideological diversity that hasn't been present in the past elections of my life time thus far. With over $3,000 soldiers killed at war in Iraq most of us are looking for inspiration, new ideas, & solutions from our government. I can't help to wonder where would our nation be if Al Gore who was the 45th Vice President of the United States in the Clinton administration from 1993 to 2001would have won President in the 2000 election. Though he won a plurality of the popular vote, with over half a million more votes than the Republican candidate George W. Bush, but was defeated in the Electoral College by a vote of 271 to 266. Just thinking about that gets me upset! Now seven years later there is a spark of hope, change, and chance for us to pick back up where Cliton left off. We are in for an exciting political time. Finally!