All views expressed in this post belong to each individual author. As the overwhelming view at TGS is #ImWithHer, those are the views that will be shared.
After what has felt like a seven year long election cycle, today is THE DAY. We at TGS encourage every single American to head to the polls to cast their vote because that’s what makes a democracy great. You are fortunate enough to have a say so use it.
This election has brought highs and lows, fires and droughts and nasty women and bad hombres. Here are a few of our feelings, reflections and thoughts on Election 2016.
Sam: This election has been a whirlwind of thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc. After all is said and done, what means most to me is UNITY. It’s been difficult but as I push away all of the negativity brought about by this election, I am left with a greater sense of self, community, and clarity on what I will continue fighting for until the day I die. This election has unified my ideals and morals as an individual and, more importantly, as an educated adult. It has challenged me to take a stand and to make my voice heard, for myself, my community, and those communities that are being threatened. Yes, before I had a sense of what mattered to me but this helped me master my thoughts into tangible passions that I want and need to fight for, tooth and nail. This election has also brought me closer and closer with a community of forward thinkers, challengers, fighters, doers, changers, and all around powerful people. I know my tribe – the people who I can count on to fight for me and vice versa. It’s a tribe full of Superheroes – unrelenting, influential, smart, strong Superheroes. Hillary Clinton our (hopefully) future POTUS is a fellow Superhero, and so is anyone that votes for her. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. It matters.
Angela: When we think about the Civil Rights Movement and the Women’s Suffrage Movement in 2016, we think “these rights are no-brainers.” We celebrated when our LGBTQ+ community received equal marriage rights under the law because in the 21st century, this right is a no-brainer. The history books in 2050 will contain both a summary of this election and the two candidates. It will mention Hillary’s 30 years of public work, her historic moment of becoming the first female nominee of a major party, and MAYBE one sentence on her FBI investigation and that she was found not guilty in. The same book will detail Donald’s 0 years of public works, his historic moment of becoming the first reality star to become a nominee of a major party, and AT LEAST one sentence on his blatant xenophobic, sexist, womanizing, fear-mongering. I’d venture to guess they’d mention his sexual assault law suits as well. When our future generation looks at this history book, they will think “hm, this election should have been a no-brainer, why was it so close?” What side of history do you want to be on?
Sarah: I am a Mexican woman. On paper, those are the two boxes that I am put in that continue to be my main identifiers. This election threatens both of those identities that I hold so close to my heart and I am not willing to stand by and watch as they are both torn to shreds. Like my fellow contributors, my first presidential vote was cast for the first black president. I could have not been more thrilled to back Obama and be a part of history as it was happening. My second presidential vote will be going to a woman. This election is that much more personal to me because #ShesWithMe and #ImWithHer. She is going to fight for so many things that someone in my position needs a champion for: women’s rights, equal pay, healthcare, the next SCOTUS nominee, immigration, college debt, climate change, the list goes on and on and on. Not only is she the single most qualified candidate to run in presidential history, she’s also poised, insanely intelligent, fierce, graceful, confident, experienced and FEMALE. In some respects, America is extremely progressive on the world stage. In others (cough female leadership cough) we are so far behind it’s hard to even see through the fog. Today, history will be made, a new era will dawn, a champion will rise and young girls everywhere will learn that you truly can be anything you want to be.
Serita: I love Hillary. Plain and simple. She is the epitome of a QUEEN. She’s brilliant, poised, informed, and takes no fucks. I don’t want a president that will go on a 3am Twitter storm. I want a badass that can negotiate with the best of them, keep her cool and rock a fresh pantsuit. People judge her for being too aggressive or too much of a politician or too corporate, and to the haters I say duces. She has behaved no different than any of her male counterparts, except for the fact that she has owned up to every single one of her decisions, good, bad and indifferent. Again, she is everything I dreamed about on the “off” chance that a woman might actually be running for president. Strong. Confident. Boss bitch.
My first election was Barack Obama in 2008. I vividly remember being in my school’s dining hall, tears running down my face as the first black president was announced. It was a tough fight, but by that end of that night, we knew who our president was. The world, at least for a moment, became a better place.
Now fast forward to 2016. Hillary Clinton is the first female candidate of a major party and she’s campaigning against Donald Trump, a reality “star.” What the actual fuck America. I’m not going to get into how we got here, but I will say this election is quite honestly more important to me than Obama’s. Not because voting for a woman is more important than voting for a person of color. The two are separate. This election is SO incredibly, painfully, exhaustingly, overwhelmingly important because it has managed to bring out the absolute best and the absolute worst in so much of this nation. Even in the primaries, Dems fought policy while Republicans fought dick size. Not because the Republican party is obsessed with dick size (although maybe, I don’t know their lives), but because they had a loud mouth with no respect for anyone bogarting the stage. Donald’s loud mouth penis talk has only gotten louder and more disgusting, all while Hillary has continued to discuss policy and advocacy.
The worst of it all isn’t having to painfully watch her hold her tongue, while an idiot shouts over her, like so many women do, nor is it having to listen to him ramble on about things that he actually knows nothing about while Hillary continues to point to her EXTENSIVE track record, again, like so many women have do. No no, the worst of it all is the comment sections. It’s the internet trolls that have finally found someone to not only give them a voice, but to actively support and encourage their atrocious, demeaning behavior. Donald Trump is the embodiment of the comments section that the majority of us have actively chosen to steer clear of out of self care. Donald Trump is the all caps asshole who actually has no idea what he’s talking about, but he has a keyboard and isn’t afraid to use it. Donald Trump is the personification of pure, unadulterated, unashamed hatred.
This election is so important to me because I refuse, REFUSE to allow so much hate and filth and disgust be the Commander in Chief of our country. This election is so important to me because the men and women, especially the women, before me fought too damn hard and for too damn long for us to end up exactly where we started. This election is so important to me, because Tuesday night, WHEN Hillary is elected President of the United States of America, I will finally be able to cry tears of relief, tears of exhaustion, tears of joy, tears of love, tears of we fucking did it.