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Help write history

By Bess Kercher
Special to the Observer

At the National Democratic Institute’s panel discussion Tuesday former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said she was once asked how she knew she would agree with her party’s platform. Her response: I know, because I’m going to help write it.

Many Charlotteans are contributing to the convention. We’re helping write this chapter of history. The text is rich: The audience at this event included students, city residents, journalists and democratic leaders from across the globe.

There is a celebratory feel across the city, and it makes sense. As panelist Paul Kirk noted, conventions are manifestations of the democratic process.

As speeches get underway in the arena, partisan passions will surely be stirred. Mayor Anthony Foxx, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Michelle Obama and others will begin to make the arguments in earnest for President Obama’s re-election.

Even in this close race, in this hotly contested state, I hope that if you are motivated on the other side, you’ll do something about it.

Because, as Madeleine Albright also noted Tuesday, ultimately we have the political system we deserve. And we don’t deserve much if we refuse to participate in the peaceful transition of power that we enjoy every four years.

Bess Kercher, a longtime Charlotte resident, is a liberal political junkie, writer and stay-at-home mom.
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