Why I’m Voting for Hillary Clinton

Last night, I stepped away from my cozy family for a rare solo excursion to witness history being made. Levi was kind enough to put both kids to bed on his own so I could stand out in the cold for over an hour and a half to be shuffled into a packed high school rotunda full of my fellow Iowans. I was a little surprised by how variable the crowd looked—young and old, stoic and ecstatic, all waiting with numb toes to be warmed up by her words.

And we were fired up.

The moment Hillary Clinton got up on stage, accompanied by president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, the room was alive with a unique kind of energy only found when a legend is among us.

Hillary Clinton speaks in Washington

Prior to her arrival, a brief video montage highlighting her major accomplishments played across two giant video monitors. In case you haven’t been following Hillary as long as I have, it’s important to note that she has been fighting non-stop for our country since her first days as FLOTUS. She has tackled the important domestic issues (health care, women’s and LGBT rights, our economy, and corporate America) from day one all the way through to recent years where she served as Secretary of State from ’09 to ’13, securing international sanctions left and right.

She’s got it down to a science. Her resume stands out for a good reason—she’s a tried and true leader.

The GOP, and sadly, many die-hard Sanders fans want you to believe that Hillary Clinton is a lying sleazebag politician. This is not only far from the truth, but dangerous rhetoric spread by those from her own party who now damage her chances of defeating the republican candidate come November. Here are some quick facts for you:

Hillary Clinton has been rated as slightly more honest than Sanders as well as much more honest than all of the republican candidates.

Hillary Clinton has been rated as more liberal than both Obama and Biden.

So, no, she’s not a “moderate Democrat.” She’s liberal as all hell and she’s not stopping in her fight for us.

Let me leave you with this. Found on Hillary’s extensive list of endorsements are Planned Parenthood, The Human Rights Campaign, The National Educator’s Association, National Organization for Women, and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

These renowned organizations, among many others, know that she has a more comprehensive and effective plan than her competition, and on January 20th, 2017, she can and will hit the ground running to make those hard choices that come with the title of Madam President.



3 thoughts on “Why I’m Voting for Hillary Clinton

  1. The problem I have with those endorsements is that they were made by small groups, and in a couple of cases (Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Campaign), by individuals with a history that cannot be called unbiased regarding Bill or Hillary Clinton. There is a clear trend in this election cycle regarding endorsements of Democratic Candidates … when small groups of elites chose, they endorse Hillary Clinton. When large groups of members have a large say, they endorse Bernie Sanders. https://theintercept.com/2016/01/22/bernie-sanders-gets-group-endorsements-when-members-decide-hillary-clinton-when-leaders-decide/

    Essentially, Hillary Clinton is, to me, the candidate most representative of the elite political and economic establishment from any party. I think she is incredibly capable, But I think she embodies a system I am completely, totally frustrated with. I think she’ll be phenomenally capable in the system we have. But I hate the system we have, I think it’s broken. I’ll be caucusing for Bernie Sanders, because I stand for sweeping change. Incremental change based on judgments of political capital does not inspire me. A desire to fix the whole damn system, and do it with a wave of momentum from an energized, engaged American populace, does.

    I will be voting for Hillary Clinton should she win the Democratic nomination. But at this stage, I much more strongly desire to see Bernie’s vision for the United States realized than Hillary’s.

    1. Those are some good points, Bob. It’s true that all of the endorsing organizations probably have a long and tangled history with politics that can be hard to understand unless you’ve spent time within one.

      Where I get confused is how you think Bernie will operate outside the system we have. By definition, doesn’t the president have to work within the current system? We put a lot of celebrity status on this one person, but everyone knows the other branches of government that must work together (and often do so badly) in order to accomplish anything.

      I’m also not sure what’s inherently wrong with incremental change . Obama has used the analogy of steering a hulking ship through a tough ocean. Sure, it’d be great to turn the ship around when you feel it needs to go elsewhere. But in reality, you have to make course adjustments and plan for a slow veer. I’m just as bitter as anyone about my student loans, but I know that the crappy setup can’t change tomorrow. Maybe it can change a little in a decade. Then the next decade, maybe more.

      Sweeping change is what Obama promised. I voted emotionally in ’08 with millions of others, and I think it’s still good to have emotions in this process (hence why Laura was fired up). And with Obama we got the height of intellectualism as well. His groundswell was one of a kind, igniting not just the existing liberal base but a whole network of people of color due to who he was. I doubt we’ll see anything like it (or him) again in our lifetime.

      Yet Bernie seems to be mimicking some of the Obama promises, without laying out any plans for how to actually accomplish change within the system (again, by definition he’ll be within it). We can talk of revolution, but it’s just talk. Revolutions happen in dramatically suffering (and often smaller, in both size and viewpoints) countries. In a revolution, you can oust a party/leader and completely replace it/them. In America, we’re talking about replacing one important figurehead, while leaving a lot of other things intact.

      I’ll include a link that goes to the heart of the pragmatism argument. One line that stuck out was how Bernie “hasn’t so much learned the lessons of the Obama era as ignored them.” It’s great to be idealistic, but we have to temper our expectations big time. Change from the top down will probably come slowly, over generations. Other changes across the country (gay marriage, attitudes toward drugs) seem to be starting elsewhere, then the government works to catch up and adjust.

      Either way, it’s fun to be talking about viable candidates. And I too will vote for whichever one gets the nod!


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