About the Election from Hell and Why I Voted for Hillary Clinton
I voted 2 weeks ago, when early voting started in Chicago. I was in and out in 30 minutes, and I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton to be President, with Tim Kaine as her Vice-President. One thing down, so many more to go.
I am exhausted, because this election season was conducted by Satan. Never in the history of ever have I wanted to skip ahead in time as I have in this particular presidential campaign. From the beginning, it has been more divisive than any I can recall, and everyone has been in our collective feelings.
From the passionate Bernie Bros to the Hillary Heads. The Democrats acted a fool amongst each other, because everyone seemed really heart tied to their candidates. And then when Bernie lost, folks threw massive tantrums and you would have thought someone stabbed Jesus in the heart. Some moved past it.
And for Hillary, who might have thought she had it all in the bag. Well, this election rightfully checked her and let her know that she ain’t just gonna moonwalk into the Oval Office. Her campaign misstepped more than a few times and she learned that Clinton privilege isn’t always a smooth ride to the top.
But NOTHING. Not a damb thing. Not an ounce of a gram of a thing, can compare to the fuckery that has been Donald Trump, his campaign and the fact that he is literally Hilter’s mentee. He has made this an election from hell. He’s threatened to build a wall to keep Mexicans out and ban Muslims from entering the U.S. He’s made fun of someone with a disability and called a soldier who died at war into question for his patriotism. He has been the boil on all our collective asses, and turned politics into a bottom barrel reality TV show. He’s become BFFs with Vladimir Putin and challenged the Russians to hack into United States government property. The KKK has endorsed this troll.
I could go on and on. And then the clusterfuck that is this election got even worse when the FBI stepped in to be Miss Pearl that nobody asked for. The gahtdamb FBI and their fuckboy director James Comey decided to bring up Hillary’s emails, throwing up a flare that did damage and are then saying “Oh nevermind.” Completely irresponsible and reckless. Because this is the shit we’re living in. Where organizations within the Department of Justice can go rogue and try to influence a presidential election.
And now, the day before the election, folks are saying it is closer than ever. Just THREE weeks ago, HRC’s opponent was caught saying how he wanted to sexually assault a woman AND THE RACE IS CLOSE. What the entire whole ass hell??
This is America. A country where a racist, xenophobic, homophobic, hate-mongering reality TV star can go up against the most qualified person to ever run for office and it is close. A country where a man who is on camera saying how he wants to sexually assault women can still prosper. A country where a hapless, idiot of a man can share a stage with a woman who has spent 30 years in public service, competing for the same job.
So this election cycle feels different from any other. There really AREN’T 2 choices. There is one.
I voted for Hillary because she is the most qualified person to ever run for President of the United States. And to be honest, any man with her qualifications would water slide into the position she is currently fighting tooth and nails for. I voted for her because she is committed to seeing women retain their basic rights, as people with agency over their bodies. I voted for her because I’m confident that she will not start World War 3. I voted for her because I’ve seen her move more left, which means she can be influenced to change policy and stances that we do not like. And we can certainly work to push her way more left, and to take on more work that will benefit people of color. That is important. I voted for her because she won’t pick Supreme Court justices who will dropkick us back into 1856.
I voted for Hillary, not because I think she’s faultless. She has MANY faults and there are a lot of critiques of hers that are valid. I am not saying #ImWithHer because she’s saving us all. Nope. I voted for her because she is the best option we have for President, and I think she does have compassion for human beings. She has grace under fire, and how she hasn’t managed to flip everyone and their obsession with her emails (which they still can’t find shit to charge her on) for is beyond me. She is presidential.
I voted for Hillary. I want her do this work. And if you are holding your nose and don’t mess with her, fine. But vote, to prevent the other choice from happening, and then let her earn your vote in the next 4 years. Because you know she wants 8 years in that White House so let’s spend the next 4 holding her feet to the fire and making sure she doesn’t drop all those promises she’s made. And that her actions reflect the mistakes she’s admitted to making. And I am excited to see our first woman president.
I voted for Hillary Clinton. If you’re on the fence, I’m really hoping you do too. We can also give her a list of shit she gotta do for us on January 20. But to sit this vote out, or to not vote for her. That increases likelihood of the first Cheeto president and I am petrified at the thought. PETRIFIED. In a way where I just want to go to sleep and skip the anxiety that’ll come on November 8. In fact, I’ve booked a massage for myself so I can at least be away from the hysteria for 90 minutes.
We are past that “lesser of 2 evils” thing because at this point, one person is Voldemort, and the other is HRC (who might be Dolores Umbridge but not Voldie). And 3rd party voting? Well, this simply ain’t the time. Neither Jill Stein nor Gary Johnson will be winning this election. This is fact. It’s not pissing on your hopes and dreams. According to THE MATHS, they have ZERO chance of winning. You might as well just write in “Beyoncé” because she has about the same chance to be president as either one of them. And well, I could be here for President Knowles-Carter. On November 9, we can get to talking about viable 3rd parties then, and how to make that a real thing. But there is a lot at stake here. For now… nah.
White folks! I’m looking at you right now, especially. Black folks can’t play Captain Save-an-Election. Those of you who KNOW that Trump is dangerous and shouldn’t be president. Your knowledge of that fact is not enough. We surely don’t want his ass to be president. Can you make sure everyone YOU know gets to the polls? Have you been quiet about the fact that this man is Hitler 2.0? Are you tolerating the words he says to flourish in your families and your timelines? Are YOUUUU actively working against this demagoguery? If you’re in a swing state, are you making sure your vote is counting against him?? Right.
Because this can’t fall on people of color to prevent. Trump is your monkey and this is your circus. Whatchu gon do tomorrow? WHATCHU GON DO?
You better not sit out this vote! 88% of Congress is up for re-election. There’s much more that we need to have our say on.
#ImWithHer, gahtdambit! Now, if she ain’t with us yet, then she won’t win her seat back in 2020. And those of you who love Jill Stein can work on getting her invited to debates so she won’t have to be on Facebook Live during them. But first, let’s handle business on Tuesday and make history again.
But here’s the thing we need to understand. Pandora’s Box has been open. We are in the doorway of hell, and the beast with no neck (Trump) has started something that won’t end on November 8 at 11:59pm. He has created a resurgence of hate in this country. It is so strong that there’s rumblings of mass hysteria, created by crybaby ass demagogues who are feeling the desperation of losing control. That’s what we have been dealing with these last 6 months, especially. And they won’t go quietly into the night tomorrow.
Whew. Pray for us.
P.S. No, I’m not wearing a pantsuit tomorrow. Also, stop adding me to that Facebook group.
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