November 2004: For months, intellectuals lectured the world about how Bush was the wrong President...fighting the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time, yet voters chose Bush. Despite warnings about Republicans disenfranchising voters, the elections were successful.
January 2005: For months, intellectuals lectured the world about how Iraqis wouldn't know how to handle democracy, yet the voters chose democracy. Despite warnings about violence at the polls, the elections were successful.
And aren't Ohio Democrats and Jesse Jackson now irrelevant babies? They whine because they had to wait for hours to vote. The Iraqis walked for miles and waited for hours - proudly - for just the chance to vote.
James Taranto from Opinion Journal said it best:
Yesterday was a great day to be an American, and an even better day to be an Iraqi. Notwithstanding the best efforts of Osama bin Laden, Barbara Boxer, Jacques Chirac, Ted Kennedy, Saddam Hussein and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, millions of Iraqis cast their first free ballots. The scenes of joyous Iraqis embracing freedom were as moving as watching Germans dance on the Berlin Wall 15 years ago--and all the more impressive given that Iraqi voters faced real physical danger from terrorists seeking a return to tyranny.
Each year is an election year. Local, regional, state, and federal races are always around the corner. Stay strong, stay active. Don't forget to look back and learn from the mistakes of the past.