I was fortunate enough to volunteer at the credentialing office at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this past week. A great experience for any American, no matter your politics. Charlotte put on quite a show-a clean, friendly, transportation savvy city. I don’t know how there were any police (or any black SUVs) left anywhere else in the United States. Of necessity, of course, security was tight, but patience was the order of the day.
The energy at the DNC itself was amazing. So many people coming together. I was impressed with the intelligence, forethought and empathy of all the speakers. And a special treat for those of us from Southern Arizona was Gabby Giffords leading the Pledge of Allegiance. I volunteered for a week. Many others had been there months, with very little sleep those last few days.
Many supporters traveled hundreds – thousands – of miles to attend the final night. Then the stadium had to be canceled and 70,000 disappointed people smiled through their tears and kept vigil with their friends and neighbors. I am grateful that I was able to attend the event in the arena. It was a memory-maker of a week from the people to the food (I learned about how many different Carolina bbq’s there are!) to the political system of our country. We all gripe about politicians and the opposing party. But, let’s not ever forget how very, very fortunate we are to have that system AND we able to complain about about anyone, anytime.