by Doctor Science
The night Barack Obama was elected President I was super-tired (I'd been poll-working all day on the busiest day I've ever seen), but when he got up to speak I cried for joy. And I kept crying at random times for the next week, because I was so happy. I thought that the Civil War was finally over, you see, that a great weight had at last rolled off America's shoulders.
I felt that we had *made* history, created it, built it with our own hands. That it had taken a solid year of work by thousands and then millions of people, plus a billion dollars or so, but we had, all together, pushed this monumental change up the hill and into reality. Barack Obama didn't win the election, we all did -- because the change was too great, the inertia of American history too heavy, for one person to change it himself.
Thinking things over that week, the benefits of democracy hit me hard. I could even seem some benefit to the messy, exhausting, hideously expensive American campaign season -- because I don't know if Obama could have won without all those months to change tens of millions of minds.
And now, once more, we're making history. That's why the Hillary Campaign made this video:
This has been, if anything, a longer road. To the point where I can imagine, at last, that the question, "Can a woman be President of the United States?" -- is no longer a question.
We made this, this history. We built it, together.