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fearlesstemp ([personal profile] fearlesstemp) wrote2008-02-03 06:09 pm
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go giants! go hillary!

I just came across someone on LJ who posted saying that they didn't know whether to support Obama or Clinton on Tuesday, could people please try to convince them? It was too tempting for me to pass up, and so I ended up typing up this long-ass list of why I'm supporting Hillary Clinton, which I'm going to include here under a cut tag, mostly because if I don't and she goes on to lose Super Tuesday, I will totally believe it was my fault for not posting this list. Kind of like how my brother's been wearing the same sweatshirt every Sunday since the Giants started winning.

First things first: I'm a registered, die-hard Democrat who will support whoever wins the nomination. My reasons for supporting Hillary Clinton are kind of light on policy because I feel that she and Obama are pretty close on policy - so close that their differences wouldn't be enough to swing me one way or the other. My loyalty is, first and foremost, to the platform of the Democratic party, which I believe has the best ideas when it comes to creating a more inclusive society that's prepared to face the new challenges of the future. I also believe that the Democratic party is more committed to promoting the welfare of all Americans (not just the wealthy and privileged).

I believe Hillary Clinton is the candidate that will take that platform to the presidency.

Why I'm Voting for Hillary Clinton

1. She is not as divisive as the media paints her to be. The media has consistently misunderstood America's relationship with the Clintons from his election as president to the present day. His approval ratings through the impeachment, Lewinsky scandal, etc., stayed high in spite of right-wing outrage and massive media coverage. Sure, there are a lot of people who hate the Clintons - they're called Republicans. Do you know why they hate the Clintons? Because the Clintons win. Anecdotal evidence: My grandmother, aunt, uncle, and cousin, all who voted for Bush twice, are planning to vote for her rather than any Republican contender (including John McCain).

2. I think Hillary is tough enough to withstand a presidential election, both as an individual and because she's running with a team that's won twice before.

3. She is incredibly smart and well-versed in terms of policy and the world at large; I honestly believe she's the most-prepared candidate out there when it comes to being president. She's the person I want running the country. In a crisis, I would feel completely comfortable with her making the calls. In peacetime, I completely trust her to be making decisions that would benefit the welfare of all Americans.

4. She's been a great Senator for New York State. I've contacted her office a few times on bills that interest me, and I've always gotten a response, and often now receive updates on her legislative actions. She seems to have a well-run office (can't say the same for Schumer, my other Senator, who I also like).

5. On a personal level, I really like her. I am rooting for her the way I root for a sports team, or an artist I love, or a friend of mine trying to get a job. This article from the New York Times about letters she wrote while a college student and this video recently done with Amber Tamblyn and America Ferrera really humanized her for me, making her more than a candidate I supported for practical reasons into someone I really believed in. I really love the letters in particular - here's a quote from the article:

Ms. Rodham’s letters are written in a tight, flowing script with near-impeccable spelling and punctuation. Ever the pleaser, she frequently begins them with an apology that it had taken her so long to respond. She praises Mr. Peavoy’s missives while disparaging her own (“my usual drivel”) and signs off with a simple “Hillary,” except for the occasional “H” or “Me.”

As one would expect of letters written during college, Ms. Rodham’s letters display an evolution in sophistication, viewpoint and intellectual focus. One existential theme that recurs throughout is that Ms. Rodham views herself as an “actor,” meaning a student activist committed to a life of civic action, which she contrasts with Mr. Peavoy, who, in her view, is more of an outside critic, or “reactor.”

“Are you satisfied with the part you have cast yourself in?” she asks Mr. Peavoy in April 1966. “It seems that you have decided to become a reactor rather than actor — everything around will determine your life.”

I feel like you can see the girl who wrote those letters in the woman we see today, even just in that YouTube clip, when she tells America and Amber that her mother asked her once if she wanted to be the lead actor in her own life or a supporting actor in someone else's. Like I said before, I really believe in her.

And that's the real, super-corny reason I'm voting for her.

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