Political Notebook: A Dream Coming Back to Life
By Thasneem Ahmed
This past week’s Super Tuesday was truly a historic event. The energy, the excitement, the crowds …for many of us, especially for those who were voting in our caucus for the first time, that night will not be soon forgotten. As Americans around the country placed their votes for who they wanted to represent them in the Presidential election, the words “…. government of the people, by the people, for the people…” seemed to almost come alive. We were the American people and we were going to reel in a government that for the last several years seemed to have lost sight of this fact. Last Tuesday, the American people spoke up loud and clear…and made the leash.
Reports of record-breaking voter turnout made almost as much news as the results of the votes itself. To say the evening was crazy doesn’t do it justice. In Woodbury, the line of cars trying to exit from 94 was bumper to bumper for as long as the eye could see. It almost seemed like Woodbury was having a rock concert. And we had the energy level to match. Inside, people stood in lines to find their room, lines to get inside their room, and then more lines to sign up and vote. Needless to say, paper and pens ran out long before the night was over as voters improvised and used scraps of paper on which to write their nomination.
There is something almost transformational when you encounter this kind of energy. There is hope and determination that this time, things are going to be different. People of every race, age, and religion came together as Americans…to be counted and to take ownership of their government. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists…even the Scientologists came together and spoke with their vote. For the first time in a long time, Americans were becoming united again. And Americans were proud to be Americans again.
For the first time in a very long time, I am proud to be an American again.
–Thasneem Ahmed is a mother, business owner, and pre-law student who lives in Woodbury, Minn.