Vote, Dammit

Every citizen has the right to vote. And we should be doing everything we can to make it easier for citizens to vote … this is about democracy. But it’s also about dignity — about the right of every person, no matter their age, race, or socioeconomic status, to be able to stand up and say, “I am an American, and my voice counts.”
Stronger Together

As we waited to see who would announce their candidacies for President, social media was already filled with posts and comments from people already exhausted by the election cycle. Progressives and conservatives alike weren’t thrilled by the prospect of another “Washington Insider” reigning in the Oval Office. They had grown weary of the stagnation and gridlock and didn’t see anyone on either side as being on “their side.”

What angers me though, are the people who won’t vote because they “don’t want to vote for the lesser of two evils” or they’ll vote for a third party because they “just can’t in good conscience vote for Hillary.”

I don’t understand this logic.

If you care about women’s rights, gay rights, voting rights, and the right go to the bathroom, vote for Hillary.

If you care about better education, health care, and infrastructure, vote for Hillary.

If you care about the economy, foreign relations, and terrorism, vote for Hillary.

If you care about freedom of the press, from tyranny, and of/from religion, vote for Hillary.

If you care about the entire constitution, vote for Hillary.

If you think children should be safe in schools, vote for Hillary.

If you think people of all races and religions should be safe in their places of worship, vote for Hillary.

If you think people of all races should be able to walk down the street, drive a car, protest peacefully, and stand up for themselves, vote for Hillary.

If you think being “politically correct” just means “aware that other people have different experiences (and that’s a good thing), vote for Hillary.

She’s the most qualified, experienced candidate in modern history.
She has shown a willingness and ability to work with both sides of the aisle to accomplish her goals.
She understands that progress is often incremental.
She understands that the government should have a limited reach in our decisions about love and family.
She believes governing can have a positive impact for those who need it most.
She has demonstrated an ability to be diplomatic, even when faced with those who attempt to tear her down.
She realizes that she does not know everything and relies on experts to help her learn; she has the ability to “evolve” when she is given more and better information.
She takes responsibility for her actions, while not allowing others to lay the blame of the end of the world at her feet.
She’s for all Americans, even the basket of deplorables.

If you are or care about a woman, a minority, anyone in the LGBT community, a feminist, a humanist, vote for Hillary.

While you’re at it, if you want to end the gridlock in Washington, vote a straight blue ticket, and show up to do it again in 2018 and 2020.

Conversely, if you’re a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, bigoted bully, feel free to vote for Donald Trump, but understand that those are the principals you’re supporting, because that’s who he is.

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