Alright, cat is out of the bag. I am with Her. A registered republican, raised “right,” from below the mason Dixon line, fiscally conservative woman and I am 100% without a doubt with Her. 11/7/2015 I wouldn’t have said that. I would have said there is no way that Donald Trump could actually be the presidential nominee for a party I respect so much, but here I am, on 11/7/2016 and I am not going to lie, I am terrified.
“But Alyssa, she is so crooked! She sent private emails on a server, she let American’s die in Benghazi, etc etc” (insert every argument against her here, because there are a lot, and I get it, some of them are valid). Well, thisarticle was written in 2007, and it involves some 22 million missing emails from a republican president, and his staff. Why did this happen? Because despite it being idiotic, careless, and ultimately reckless—it is not a crime. Yes, that is actually fact, using a private email server is not a crime.
Yes, her sending the classified information was illegal, it showed poor judgement, and she shouldn’t have done it, but thenon-partisan FBIfocused on the intent of the emails being sent, and decided twice to not press charges. When Bush did it during his tenure, it wasn’t a crime. Until we elect a congress that can actually pass laws, it will continue to not be a crime to send state emails (declassified) on a private email server.
Let’s talk about Benghazi, which in my mind, is one thing that I can see why someone who feels disdain for her as a potential Commander in Chief would question whether she deserves their vote. I am not without the ability to reason and I never try to pick a side without considering both my options. Benghazi was a horrific tragedy, American lives were lost, an Ambassador was killed for the first time since 1970, and the way that Secretary Clinton handled it was lackluster— at best.
What I will give her credit for was taking responsibility for the attack, despite being in charge of 275 embassies and 60,000+ American employees; she held herself accountable and apologized. I can’t justify this, I really can’t. I will say this was not the first attack on an American embassy with American casualties in the last 16 years, and when it happened under George W. Bush’s administration and under theSecretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, we didn’t immediately grab our pitchforks and revolt, but yeah, at the end of the day it’s hard to look past that.
But then you remember who she is running against, and the judgment calls he makes every day when tweeting erroneous things (to the point where his staff has taken away his access to twitter up until the election because they don’t trust him with it, but we will trust him with Nuclear Codes?), his unknownties to Russia, and his call to arm more countries withNuclear Weapons.
It is at that point that I personally can look past Benghazi; because I am confident she would not let that happen again based on her experience post Benghazi the past 4 years. Under his administration, I am confident it could and would be something worse.
Just assuming most people don’t understandhow our government works, I want to try and break it down as simply as possible. There are three branches: legislative (congress and senate, they make the laws), executive (president, who enforces the laws), and judicial (oversees the justice system). The legislative branch, which makes our laws, has been controlled by Republicans (both the congress and senate) since 2012. As a result of this, the last 4 years have been mostly a gridlock of partisan politics,vacation days, and an extreme effort to block anything that President Obama set out to do.
I disagree, and am disgusted, by 99.99% of who Donald Trump is and what he says, but one thing that he is absolutely correct about is Washington isn’t working (I live here, I can say that, right?). When Justice Scalia passed away earlier this year, President Obama put forth a Supreme Court nominee that was a moderate candidate, one actually favored by both sides of the political system, and one who could have offered us a full and complete Supreme Court able to oversee cases. Republicans were saying before Obama even nominated Merrick Garland they were going to block the nomination.
This was 10 Months before Obama was to leave office and Republicans were blocking his nomination solely for the purpose of blocking it. Ithas even been speculatedby Republican Senators if Hillary were to win and nominate the SAME EXACT PERSON, he would be our new Supreme Court Justice. This is our judicial branch, and because of partisan politics, the judicial branch has been at a standstill since February. You have a problem with the last 4 years of policy? Chances are your party had a big say in what was being done, which was next to nothing.
Our government doesn’t work because party affiliation and big money has taken over common sense. Our government doesn’t work because we elect members to Congress and senators who care more about blocking a nominee because it came from a certain president than moving our justice system forward, allowing the Supreme Court to have a full bench, and allowing the President of the United States, elected by the people of the United States, to do his part of his job requirements.
There are truly a lot of arguments against her, and why she shouldn’t be president. Personally, she is not my favorite candidate, and if I could wave a magic wand I would change the ballot. I get the issues people have with her, I really do. I sympathize with your apathetic views towards this election and I get how you were raised, how you believe you are a true republican, and how she is so corrupt and hateful you couldn’t imagine voting for her. But this man, his ideals, and his platform is not the Grand Ole Party, it is not what half of this country stands for, and I have to believe that people are, at the core of their beings, decent enough humans to see what the result of his presidency will bring. At the end of the day there is really only one reason why you should be with her, too, and that reason is simply this—Donald Trump cannot be the President of the United States of America.
If you do not understand why Donald Trump shouldn’t be president, I want you to take a look at the color of your skin. What do you see? “Wow, Alyssa” you might be saying to yourself right now, “that’s ballsy, we are going down that route.” Yeah, we are. I want you to think about your sexual orientation, and if someone has ever told you who you can and cannot love. I want you to look at your sex, and to think if that has ever hindered your life experience, caused someone to infringe upon your rights (and uterus), or made you a victim to sexual assault. To understand how racism, homophobia, and sexism work, you have to understand how privilege works first.
As a heterosexual white woman, from a middle class family, who was raised with a plethora of abundance, I am undoubtedly and undeniably lucky. I don’t have to worry about being shot when pulled over by an officer for forgetting to put my headlights on at night. I don’t have to worry about being targeted because of the color of my skin, or followed around due to a propensity to shoplift. I am not subjected to stereotypes of who I am or who I can become due to the color of my skin.
I don’t have to worry about judgmental looks walking down the street with my partner. This Man is perpetuating fear. He is perpetuating Racism. He is perpetuating Rape Culture and victim shaming. His running mate is perpetuating one of the most anti-gay agendas out of any politician in modern times, yet he is the “sane one.” I can post article after article, links to websites from all around the world, and multiple comedic takes onwhat is happening in this race, but none of it is truly funny when you think about what his presidency will mean.
We cannot have a president who alienates such a significant portion of our population due to their skin color, sexual orientation, religion, or sex. If you don’t see that, check your privilege at the door and realize your ancestors were at one point immigrants themselves, and your American citizenship is the result of a genetic lottery. If you are “over this election” and “can’t wait for Wednesday” consider yourself lucky—because you have nothing to lose. There are literally millions of other people whose lives and basic rights could be at stake because you don’t want to vote for someone due to her use of a private email server (bonus points if you can tell me what a server actually does.)
He has called for a ban on 1.6 Billion people in this world due to their religion. He has called for a wall to be built between us and Mexico and the deportation of 11 million people living in this country, children born here included. He has repeatedly said we are the highest taxed nation in this world (which is 100% not true), and doubled down on his claims. Twelve women have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault, to which he has denied the claims and even remarked that they were not attractive enough for him to sexually assault. He has made personal attacks against a Gold Star family. He has boasted about his celebrity status allowing him to grab women by the pussy. He started a birther movement against our elected President, perpetuating the idea that because of the color of his skin, he wasn’t born in the United States.
He has encouraged Americans to check out a sex tape after a debate, because he was flustered after being called out on his treatment of Miss Universe Alicia Machado. He has undermined our entire democratic process by claiming the election is rigged before the election was even over. He tweets SNL is a stupid show at 3 a.m. because of their comedic take on his persona. What kind of future president can do these things and actually be taken seriously? You need 3-5 years of experience for a mediocre sales job post-grad, but we don’t ask the same of our future President?
He wants to ‘Make America Great Again.’ What does that even mean? Because ‘Great Again’ to me means when people of color didn’t have equal rights, it meant that I wouldn’t have been allowed to vote because of my sex, it meant that people couldn’t marry whom they loved. It meant fewer rights for everybody except for the white man, and that is just plain and simple fact. We want to ‘Make American Great Again?’ America is great. America is the greatest country on earth. I won the genetic lottery when I was born here, when I applied for a passport that can take me to virtually any country on earth, that I have citizenship allowing me the freedom to vote for a president that I choose, to write my opinion in a blog that can be posted on the internet for the world to see and not be prosecuted for it. This country is already great. Yes we have problems, but we do not go backward to fix the future, there is no again, there is only right now and there is only the future.
“But she’s crooked, she represents what’s wrong with Washington, she is a career politician.” Yes, a lot of that is true. I get it, she is less than ideal, she is lackluster in her enthusiasm, and she is not without fault. Here is the thing, Republicans, you did this to yourselves. You had the most beatable candidate of all time and let her run against a tiny fingered, egotistical, sociopathic pumpkin. You had 15 other candidates standing on that stage who couldn’t check their egos at the damn door to rally behind one person who could have beaten him in the primary.
He didn’t win the republican majority; he just had enough people on stage with slightly varying platforms that he took them out one by one until he was left standing. He has ignited a movement in this country that will change the way our history books are written, changed our countries political landscape forever, and has divided our nation more than it has been in decades.
I need you to remember that all people are equal; at the end of the day your religion is not better than anybody else’s, you are not better than anybody else, and you do not get to go back to a time period where because of the color of your skin, or your sex, you were allowed more opportunity than anybody else. Women’s rights are human rights, immigrants’ rights are human rights, Muslim rights are human rights, Gay people’s rights are human rights, and if this is confusing to you, go read something or consume media that isn’t from Fox News. This is about more than your pocketbooks, your paycheck, and your party loyalty.
This is about people’s basic rights, this is about upholding our constitution and justice system, this is about showing the rest of the world we are not this racist, sexist, bigoted, fascist, hateful country. I am with Her. I am with Her because I will not sit down in times of injustice, I will not stand silent for personal gain, I will vote with human decency and compassion, remembering that I am no better than my neighbor. Vote tomorrow, and Vote for the first female President of the United States of America, because we are better than this and we areStronger Together.
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