“When a guy named Xavier Becerra can talk with you about the next president, named Barack Obama, something is going on in the United States of America.”
Congressman Becerra’s enthusiastic shouts to the crowd played out over the radio and filled my apartment’s small kitchen. Man, that line made me happy.
Arlene Goldbard writes, in her most recent Red Room blog, about the increased numbers of young people who will vote this year because of Obama. Arlene writes “his presence is enlarging democracy.”
Yes. And not only because for the first time so many young people find hope in the political process, but also because we all seem to be looking larger than we looked before. That “something” Congressman Becerra speaks of seems to me to be an opening of our national eyes. Public school children, dishwashers in restaurant kitchens, workers on BART late at night, men and women in prisons: we’ve long shared this country together. But perhaps for the first time, at this moment, we're celebrating that fact.