Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Democracy in Action

I went to the Democratic caucus in my neighborhood last night and it was exciting to see so many people. Minnesota's DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor party) caucus attracted the greatest number of people ever. Last night's attendance was 4 times greater than in 2004. I believe the estimated total is over 250,000 attended neighborhood gatherings. This morning's St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that in some precincts they ran out of ballots and used plain paper while in others, the lines were around the block. Caucus leaders asked people to move into the middle of school buildings to allow more folks inside.

People are ready for change and it was evident last night. I live in an ethnically diverse, urban ward. I stood in a corner of the hallway in the large high school where my caucus took place and watched people flood by. The air was positively charged with energy and expectation. Moms and dads pushing strollers, fussy toddlers, elders, groups of young people, inter-generational families - all of us together, casting our votes, discussing the future of our country. More than ready for CHANGE.


  1. how exciting. It's what it takes to make change and to make a government like ours really work and live up to its promise.

  2. Isn't that wonderful that they had such a GREAT Turnout!
    I'm ready for CHANGE, too! Bring it on!

  3. From distance, I can see USA needs change, in many ways.
    I'm not very familiar with domestic matters, but read and heard too much not to understand CHANGE is imperative;D

  4. Change is good...and so desperately needed. I'm ready.