I internally debated about writing this for many reasons: the first and foremost was not wanting to alienate any potential readers. And I've decided that this election is just too important for me to not write anything about today. This will not be a tirade (or at least I'll try to not make it one).
I'm a registered Democrat. I'll put that out there at the top so anyone who doesn't like this fact can get out early. Everyone still here? Okay. Despite me being a Democrat, I—like my grandmother and mother—do not believe in always voting for my party's candidate just because it's my party. The American government is based on democracy and I believe everyone should vote for the candidate who can best lead the country forward, protecting and growing the country's best values.
Speaking of my family... this year has been hell. Politics has become a no-go topic. There are Republicans in my family (vastly outnumbered, but still). And... up until this year, that never really bothered me. Their reasoning for being Republican usually had to do with financial viability and some very bad foundational concepts for some parts of our government. Don't get me started on the Electoral College—I get why it was put into place, but now it just interferes with the idea that "the governed choose the governors" concept that underpins Rousseau's "The Social Contract" and America's democracy. And even within the Democratic faction of my family, there are people who hate the Clintons and are voting 3rd party (even though at this point it is as bad as throwing away your vote).
I am #WithHer all the way, but not because I hate Trump (at least, I didn't at the start), but because she has the experience, has achievable plans (assuming the Republicans in Congress don't pull another blackball approach like they did with Obama), and is dedicated to bettering life of everyone. She acknowledges that there are problems with the system, and created incremental (but feasible) ways to fix them.
I love Bernie Sanders' ideas (I hated his hypocrisy for saying he wouldn't run a smear campaign and doing just that), but a President coming up against an obstructive Congress needs to be willing to compromise and Sanders did not seem like he would. I'd rather have incremental change than nothing. His financial plan also just wouldn't have gotten off the ground and even if he had somehow gotten the Presidency, people voting for free college would not see that for themselves or even their children. Maybe their grandchildren.
Short digression: this video hilariously proves how much of a d*ck the Republican Congress members have been since Obama became President. And that doesn't even mention the fact that men didn't show up when it snowed a little bit, but all the women did (and they say that women don't put in the work)!
Clinton wants to make general education free, and while that also won't happen overnight, it's a goal that enough people can gather behind without antagonizing everyone with deep pockets.
Okay, that's why I want to pick Hillary because she's her (not because she's the lesser of two evils). If you need more evidence, here's an awesome timeline on her site that charts her journey here. If you want a brutally honest take on why Hillary deserves to be President, here is Samantha Bee's final pitch:
And... let's talk about why I vote for Hillary because of how ridiculously backward Trump would take our country:
Please, please vote tomorrow. Like Hillary said in her final campaign video, this isn't about picking your favorite of 2 qualified, but different candidates. This is about choosing the future of our country and whether we want to move forward and make progress, or go back to the tumultuous times that have plagued our history time and time again (racism, xenophobia, and sexism are not new issues, but how can we expect to fight them if we go back to times when so many demographics lived in fear).
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I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,