“When they go low, we go high”
It’s November 8th, 2016 and it’s General Election Day in the United States. Today we elect our 45th President of the United States of America. If you have not already been to the polls to vote; let me encourage you to stop reading this and go get in your car and get to your precinct. GO VOTE!
There are ten political parties vying for at least a portion of the 271 Electoral College votes needed to become President of the United States . Some parties only appear in one state. There are also dozens of other fringe candidates that do not have ballot access in any states.
Hillary Clinton – Tim Kaine (Democrat)
Donald Trump – Mike Pence (Republican)
Gary Johnson – William Weld (Libertarian)
Darrell Castle – Scott Bradley (Constitution)
Jill Stein – Ajamu Baraka (Green)
Rocky De La Fuente – Michael Steinberg (American Delta and Reform)
Evan McMullin – Mindy Finn (Independent)
Laurence Kotlikoff – Edwin E. Leamer (Independent)
Tom Hoefling – Steve Schulin (America’s Party)
Mike Maturen – Juan Munoz (American Solidarity)
This morning shortly after the polls opened in my state, I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. Now, before you discount my choice and make claims that it’s no big surprise that I, as a confessed tree-hugging liberal, would vote for anybody else, let me explain.
I did watch the Republican primaries with interest. I try to pay attention to the supposed opposition, for when something happens and I find myself on opposite ends of my party’s choices. This campaign saw dozens of GOP candidates vying for their party’s nomination. Of that crowd, I thought Jeb Bush and John Kasich were viable mainstream choices that would have served their party well. But, they fell out early and Donald Trump became the Republican choice. I think it was a bad choice on their part. This election, and this nominee has led to so much chaos and divisiveness in the country and the Republican Party…I see trouble within the party over the next few years.
In my own party, I initially supported Bernie Sanders. I saw Bernie as a real agent of change, with new ideas and a refreshing new way to campaign. He was strong on his issues, passionate to take on the role as leader and genuine in his actions. His loss in the primaries that led to his loss at the convention saddened me. But I was bolstered to know that he had a hand in the building planks of the Democratic Party platform. His classy endorsement of Hillary Clinton also gave me the strength to consider her as The Democratic nominee and my choice as President.
I voted for Hillary because these last two years of election coverage has divided the country by so many different factions. Donald Trump has built a “wall” in this country, but it was not the wall on the border to keep Mexicans out. It was a wall that separated the American people. I want Hillary to tear down that wall.
I voted for Hillary because she is the best hope we have in managing the United States on the international scene. I see her as a steady and determined force in settling the many crises we face in Europe and the Middle East.
I voted for Hillary because women in America are still underpaid, discriminated against, and ridiculed for being strong. I am married to a wonderful woman and I want her to progress,; not fall behind 20 years, as I see what a Trump Presidency could mean to women. I also, believe that Roe V. Wade is the law, and it should not be overturned.
I voted for Hillary because I am grateful for this planet and I want it to survive. We need a strong environmental stance and work needs to be done to make America a nation of clean renewable energy, with focus on sustaining our natural treasures and not exploiting and destroying air, water and soil.
I voted for Hillary because there is income equality, pay inequality, and a taxation inequality that keeps the down-trodden, the poor and the middle class stuck in an endless cycle of the “same old-same old.”. I don’t want to redistribute the wealth, but I do want the wealth to be attainable, not locked up by greed and corporate welfare.
These are just a few reasons, why I had to vote for Hillary Clinton. If you don’t agree, then I’m sure you have already voted for Donald Trump or you are headed to the polls after reading this. Good. GO VOTE!
I am a proud American. I believe in this country. I am patriotic. I may see a different path to greatness than some; but different does not mean wrong. Different is not un-American. This election process over the past 2 years has led a lot of people to hate the process, and hate each other. This must stop. Today, GO VOTE. Make your voice heard. And then gather tonight and watch our Democracy be counted. That is what truly makes America great.
“There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.”
― Barack Obama
“We can’t have officials with conscience if we can’t be voters with conscience.”
― Jorge P. Guerrero
“That we have the vote means nothing. That we use it in the right way means everything.”
― Lou Henry Hoover
“Getting Political” is a semi-regular feature of “On The Road With Dave”. While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; “Getting Political” allows him to stretch that imagination.