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I first started following this site in 2004, which was also the first year I got involved in electoral politics. Like many of you, it was while participating in a Howard Dean meetup group. My background up until that point had been a little farther to the left. Arrested in several disobedience actions throughout my youth, I was the son of parents who were deeply involved in the radical movements of the'60s. To me, that was just how you engaged politically...the rest was just a tired old machine that required us as axle grease. Sitting in that meetup was the first time I felt a glimmer of how democracy might work, and might reflect the same consensus-based, decentralized structures that had, as much as the issues, attracted me to movement-based politics.  Unlike many on this site, I still think there is great value in protest-based political movements, but in electoral politics I found a lot more people like me. Skeptical of our government, but also skeptical of the kind of demagoguery that many protest movements thrive on. Primarily, however, what I felt was hope. I know that Obama now owns that word, but it was born for me in the meetups and blogosphere.

To see that community based model develop on the massive scale of the Obama campaign has been at times emotionally overwhelming. Like arguing forever, somewhat hopefully and naively, that love always wins in the end. And then, whoa. It did.

This thing is far from over, but before hitting the phone bank again I wanted to pay tribute to all of the incredible work and community-building and, yes, love that has spread across this country over the last several months of this campaign. Whatever happens tomorrow, that alone has been a major victory in my mind. Far more dangerous to those who sow hate than any single political figure is the spectre of millions of people tirelessly walking precints, calling their neighbors and radiating hope.

I made this little video in a fit of gratitude. Thanks to all of you for making the journey as well as the hopeful ending worth it. And now, back to work!

Originally posted to BornAgainDem on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 10:48 AM PST.

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