When I graduated from high school, our class got senior superlatives. I was voted “Most Likely to be President of the United States”…now given, I went to an all-girls school so it’s not some impressive story about how I beat out a guy for this title. It’s a story about the first time I ever even thought that was even a possibility.
It may sound cliché but I truly never thought of myself as someone who could lead like that. I was strong-willed, yes, but I wasn’t presidential. Yet after receiving that small accolade, I thought of myself in a different light. This week, at the DNC, we swung a baseball bat at the glass ceiling. I imagine a lot of little girls got to feel the way I felt at age 18.
“When there are no more ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”
Looking at both conventions this year, there was noticeable similarity. The RNC and the DNC were both all about Hillary Rodham Clinton. The difference was in the detail. One was a walking conspiracy theory about how HRC is the anti-christ trying to take over the world with almost no policy or facts to back it up. The other was a thoughtful outline of a woman trying to make a difference for children and for families.
To hear Secretary Clinton’s colleagues talk about the good she has done and will do, to hear people use the pronoun SHE to describe the nominee of a major political party, and to hear 102 year old Jerry Emmett, born before women even had the right to vote for president, pledge Arizona’s delegates to a woman—it was awe-inspiring.
And then Hillary took the stage last night in a white power suit to set the crowd on fire. I smiled, I laughed, I cried (correction I SOBBED) and I felt like I could take on the world. We all have moments that we save to tell our future children about and last night was one of them.
In true Hillary fashion, I could go into a long article about policy and why she’ll make the best president but I’ll save that for wine induced arguments with my Republican parents. What I will say is this: she is the ONLY candidate who has made a point to focus on our future and on our children. She wants to keep America great today so it can remain great tomorrow. And she is the only candidate running who has a proven track record of just that.
Has Hillary made mistakes? Absolutely. Has Donald Trump made mistakes? Don’t make me laugh. We are never going to meet a political candidate these days who hasn’t, especially in the age of the internet. But mistakes don’t automatically erase the positives that a person has accomplished. If mistakes did work as a tide-to-go pen for good acts, then we’re all screwed and we might as well just stop trying now.
Mistakes or not, I want to be proud of who I voted for. I don’t want to tell my future kids I voted for a man who talked about his size rather than his policy. A man who called others names just to make himself seem more powerful. A man who respected women so little that he said this about his own daughter.
I want to tell them I voted for a woman who had them in mind when she wrote her policies. A woman who was flawed but didn’t allow that to affect the quality of the work she produced. A woman who is walking proof that hard work does not go unnoticed.
I can’t shout loud enough that I’m With Her. Hillary Rodham Clinton is more than qualified to run this country and is the clear choice. I’m not voting for Hillary because she’s a woman. Her womanhood just makes me all the more proud to advocate for her and her groundbreaking campaign.
In the immortal words of Beyonce: (Hillary’s) persuasion can build a nation. Strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business.