Even though Texas born Beto O’Rourke failed in his bid to represent Texas in the Senate by unseating Canadian born Ted Cruz he has brought new life not only to Lone Star Democrats but all Democrats in our great nation.
His campaign empowered a new generation to be part of of the process as well as empowering minorities the Democratic party has been overlooking for years. His campaign built new roads to these groups. His campaign inspired people to vote who never voted before. Some were, indeed, just coming of legal age to vote. Others were in their 30s, 40s, 50s and even older. This is the gift Beto has given us. Empowerment of all people.
His energy and determination have lit a torch for the next two years and beyond. His campaign even inspired Republicans, Independents, Libertarians and other other political affiliations to get out and vote. He inspired millions to be part of the process and make their voices heard.
His unbridled passion for his mission was both invigorating and enlightening. He brought energy that many had never seen before or hadn’t seen in many years.
The campaign wasn’t about him.It was about inclusion of all people. It as human right.It was about acceptance. It was about building a better future.
He was real. He was human. He was emotional. He didn’t hold back. Even as he dropped an F-bomb during his concession speech on live TV that may have ruffled feathers, he didn’t seem to care. Just another sign of his humanness.
What his future holds, we do not know. What his campaign legacy has meant will be unfolding for years to come as those he impacted continue to grow and be part of the process
We can thank Beto O’Rourke for pumping some fresh air into a stagnant atmosphere bringing so many of us back to life and excited about being part of the process once again.