Why I Really Am With Her
There is a lot I could say on my feelings about Donald Trump, but continuously going that route becomes problematic because… I’m not with Hillary Clinton by default, I’m with her by choice. I mean, it would be equally rude to go on about all of my ex’s and finally end with, “And that’s why I married Josh,” as if he’s the only option left that makes sense. No, I chose Josh and he chose me because we saw something in each other that said we’d be a good partnership.
So, politically, I choose Hillary Clinton. I don’t choose her because she’s not Trump. I choose her because she is Clinton.
It begins with her being the most qualified candidate ever. She has already spent 8 years in the White House with a front row seat to the presidency and all the job entails. She has been a senator and Secretary of State. She knows, without a doubt, what she is getting into, and that makes a huge difference in the possibility of her success in the office.
I’m with Hillary because of her stance on responsible gun ownership. I’m with her because she supports background checks and will work to close loopholes that allow guns to be sold to people who, frankly, shouldn’t have guns.
I’m with Hillary because she is working to keep legislators’ hands off my reproductive organs. She supports Planned Parenthood and has publicly said that she will stand up to Republicans who want to defund the organization that brings critical health care to so many women.
I’m with Hillary because she has sensible, realistic ideas about immigration, taking into account that immigrants are human beings with the same wants and needs as citizens. That the goal should be moving more people towards becoming legal citizens rather than punishment. She makes it clear that immigrants are just people, part of the “us”, rather than an amorphous “them.”
I’m with Hillary because she is going to continue with education reforms and tweak the ones in place, reducing the number of tests children are expected to take to prove their teachers’ worth. She has a plan for making preschool accessible to all children, not just the ones who can afford it. And she’ll continue the work of making college affordable. So many things are interconnected including strong education plans and a reduction of crime. By giving more people more options, you will create a future generation that doesn’t feel backed into a financial corner.
I’m with Hillary because I believe she cares about work-life balance. That she wants families to succeed and for people to have the space to care for children, elderly parents, or ill relatives. That she’ll do everything in her power to influence that change in the workplace.
I’m with Hillary because she knows the limit of her position and doesn’t make promises of what she’ll do as president that ARE NOT POSSIBLE FROM THE POSITION OF PRESIDENT. No one should have this position without understanding the requirements and restrictions of this position.
Those are the immediate reasons that pop into my head. I’m sure that if I sat here with this post open for another hour, I could yank twenty additional reasons for why I support Hillary Clinton. But at the end of the day, just as with Josh, it’s a gut decision. I look at her and think, “Yes, I would like her to lead our nation.” I don’t need her to be my friend or make me laugh or make me feel like I want to grab a coffee with her. I just need a smart, calm, rational person to lead our nation.
That’s why I’m with her.