If you have been following the presidential race at all, you will know that Hillary Clinton recently accepted the Democratic Party Nomination.
The deal was more or less decided months ago, when California completed their primaries on June 7th. They were one of the last six states to vote, and one of the most influential. California has an enormous electoral college, making it one of the most desired states for any national-level candidate. Clinton took a lead in the state with 55.8% of the popular vote over Bernie, giving her over half of the delegates from California. This brings Clinton to 2,777 delegates over Sanders’ 1,828.
Anyone who has been following my social media for the past year will have seen my huge rants and intense love for Bernie Sanders. I am a huge supporter of the things he has been campaigning for and the ideas he has brought to the presidential race, and I am incredibly proud and pleased with how far he has gotten. That alone says a lot about our country’s readiness for change. He’s done some amazing things over his campaign, opening up new ideas and influencing the Democratic Party’s platform (in my opinion) in a positive direction.
Anyone who’s been paying attention to my (frequent) political rants will also have seen my strong dislike for Hillary Clinton. I feel that in many instances her platform has been all-too fluid and her changing opinions strike me as largely hypocritical. I once heard it put: “Bernie wants change. Hillary wants the presidency.”
This being said, now that Bernie is out of the race, Hillary will have my (grudging) support and my vote in the 2016 presidential race.
Among Bernie supporters, there is a movement called Bernie or Bust, in which those following this movement have pledged that if Bernie is not in the race they will not be voting at all. This is the most irresponsible decision that an individual can make.
Bernie has already said that if he is not chosen as the democratic candidate, he will not be running third-party. With Hillary nominee, a huge portion of the Bernie supporters are threatening to deny her support.
This is massively problematic. According to a number of polls, Donald Trump is only a few points behind Hillary Clinton, and in a few polls he has even surpassed her. Unfortunately, this means that Trump has a very real chance at taking the presidential office.
Hillary may be bad. I dislike her enormously. However, she is infinitely more favorable than Donald Trump. She may be hypocritical. She may be flimsy. She may be run by big money. But she is not a tyrant. Donald Trump has issued so many racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, and otherwise insulting comments that he has been compared to Hitler. Whether or not you find these comparisons to be apt there is no denying that if there is a parallel being drawn at all, that is not a good thing for a potential president. He’s threatened to kick muslims out of the country, force them to carry identification cards, or ban them from entry. He’s made derogatory comments about women, implying that they are only good sexually and lack any form of intelligence. He’s put out his denial for LGBT+ rights. His ideals for this country go far against anything that the United States stands for.
Furthermore, Donald Trump has no practical experience in running a country. He claims that his time as a CEO will be helpful, but you simply can’t run the USA like a business. Our system won’t allow it. Not to mention, Trump has faced failed business after failed business, and multiple bankruptcies. With the United States’ already massive debt, having someone with such poor economic knowledge would be catastrophic.
Trump is a nightmare. As bad as Hillary is, she is nowhere near as horrible for the United States as Trump would be. At very least, she has political experience. She will be able to handle foreign diplomacy, and will be able to work with congress to (hopefully) begin some process of improvement. I don’t love her, but she will make a comprehensive and reasonably successful president.
Whether or not you like Clinton is irrelevant, truly. Any vote that’s not for Hillary will be for Trump and that’s a fact. Even if you are upset about Bernie’s loss, just as I am, Hillary needs our support. For the sake of our nation and our people, vote.