I am delighted and relieved that,
“US voters chose women of color, women with disabilities, women who are gay, pro-choice women, and rejected men who minimize rape. … A big night for progress.” [Read more at Shakesville]
But I am even more glad that many of us in India watched on our television screens, how elections and politics in a Democracy can be.
“That’s what politics can be. That’s why elections matter. It’s not small, it’s big. It’s important. Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy.
That won’t change after tonight, and it shouldn’t. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty. We can never forget that as we speak people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today.” [full transcript of Obama’s speech here]
‘People in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter.’
Is Democracy possible without a chance for everyone to argue about issues that matter to them? And without ensuring that nobody is silenced with either fear or shame?