This woman is poised to be our next president, if we all work hard enough to make that happen.
Many liberals and centrists have bought into a very nasty set of narratives about Clinton; that she’s a DINO, that she’s basically the same as Donald Trump, the Republican party’s nominee for President of the United States, that her and her husband are sleazy, evil folk, and that voting for a third party candidate would really be in everyone’s best interests.
But as we’ve seen over the last week, none of this is really true. Far from being a DINO, Hillary has shown herself to consistently be what she presents herself as now: a left-leaning centrist who voted with the Democratic party most of the time, and will work to further liberal and progressive goals, but will do so with a certain amount of pragmatism.
She certainly isn’t the same as Trump. The two differ greatly on almost every issue that you can name. From climate change to minimum wage to health care to foreign relations, the two are as different as night and cheese. If you think otherwise, you’re being willfully ignorant.
As for her and her husband being all sleazy and evil, well, Snopes can go into every one of the myths about them in far greater detail than I can. But bear in mind that her greatest enemies, the Republicans, have spent millions of dollars investigating her and Bill both, and have come back with him lying about sex in a deposition in a civil lawsuit, and her with…nothing. She’s never been indicted, never been charged, never been convicted. So what’s more likely? That she’s genuinely not done the vast majority of the various things she’s been accused of, or that her and Bill somehow have power over the Tea Partiers?
Finally we learned that a third party option isn’t really an option at all, unless your goal is to put Trump into office. You can argue until you’re blue in the face about how a vote for Stein is a vote for Stein, and not tantamount to a vote for Trump, but you’re simply wrong. I’m sorry.
We have learned in the last week that Hillary is the best hope for our nation going forward. She is running against a candidate so dangerously unstable that the Republican party elite have fairly sprinted away from him. Remember that neither of the Bushes, nor the governor of Ohio showed up for the convention in Cincinnati. Remember the various Republican officials who have started coming out talking about how even they intend to vote for Hillary.
If you’re a Jill Stein supporter, can’t you just hold your nose and vote for Hillary? If Republicans can, you certainly can.
This is, without a doubt, the most important election of my lifetime; possibly the most important since 1932, and certainly up there with 1912 and 1860. Trump’s candidacy is an actual, real, legitimate threat to our republic. Our country would be damaged for generations if he became president. You think Scalia was bad? Imagine a court with three of them, if not more. You think the Middle East hates us now? Imagine how much worse that would be after we invade Syria and Iran, and re-invade Iraq. You think the economy isn’t great, that the environment needs help, that sexual and racial and religious minorities need protection?
Do you really believe Trump will do a better job on any of those issues than Clinton?
At the end of the day the choice is simple: do we continue along the path Obama has set us on, making small, but important, and lasting changes, or do we cast it aside and allow Donald Trump to be our president?
I know I’ve made my choice. I know I’ve made the right choice. I hope you have, too.