Of course as a proud liberal, I wasn’t invited to the RNC but I did spend the better part of yesterday watching the proceedings on CSPAN and following the buzz on Twitter where Detroit News political reporter Marisa Schultz grabbed a great photo of the view from the Michigan delegation’s seats. No better view in the house than this one I think:
It’s been many years since I watched the roll call of the states. It always reminds me a little of the parade of states at the Miss America pagent. Not many costumes but the same sense of local pride in their states of residence. I actually like that part best in any political convention. I find it inspiring to watch my fellow Americans participate in such an important part of our system of governance.
The most touching moment for me was when Michigan announced their votes. Our guest co-blogger Ronna and her Dad were clearly fighting back tears as he announced Michigan’s vote. Admit I’m such a hopeless sap, I got a little teary myself watching them experience the import of the moment for their family.
Though we may be on opposite sides of the political divide, I can appreciate their joy and pride in this milestone and celebrate the moment with them as fellow Americans. These fleeting moments remind me of the America I grew up in; a place where our shared good will and concern for each other seemed more common than partisan bickering. I often wish we could find and strenghten that spirit in ourselves again.