Hello Rebel, and welcome back to my life!
Tomorrow is the American election, and if you’re an American, you need to get out and vote. It’s unlikely we’ll ever see an election this important again in our lifetimes. I actually kind of hope we don’t.
I live in Oregon, one of the easiest states to vote in, and so with no muss or fuss, I have already cast my vote for Hillary Clinton.
I think that voting against Donald Trump is a perfectly valid reaction to his racism, misogyny, and religious discrimination. But I didn’t vote against Trump. I voted for Clinton.
I voted for Clinton because she has pushed for gun legislation that would prevent criminals, violent abusers, and terrorists from anonymously purchasing guns with no background checks.
I voted for Clinton because she, like me, actually understands the science behind climate change. She understands that it is very real and that it is caused by human beings, and she wants to do something about it.
And she does not give credence to the 2% of the scientific community that disagrees with climate change, whose studies are laughably false, even to someone with as limited a science background as I have.
On a similar note, Clinton is the only candidate who unreservedly acknowledges that vaccines are a health benefit, they do not cause autism, and all children should get them.
As someone who has lived with immuno-compromised family for a huge percentage of my life, this is incredibly important to me.
Donald Trump, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein have all spoken against vaccines, on which subject we are currently behind virtually every other well-developed nation in the first world.
I was brought up not only to respect science, but to understand it, and the science IS clear. Anyone who says otherwise is simply not telling the truth, intentionally or unintentionally.
I’m voting for Clinton because she recognizes that stricter punishment in the justice system does NOT reduce crime, which is an easily observable fact, and she wants to focus more on rehabilitation rather than incarceration.
I also think Clinton is the only viable candidate who can be persuaded to tackle police brutality, which affects non-white Americans in massively disproportionate numbers.
Clinton wants to close corporate tax loopholes so that millionaires and billionaires pay at least the same tax rate as I do. That’s a good first step towards reducing income inequality, which is a massive social problem in America.
I’m voting for Clinton because she sees the citizens of other countries as people, not as rapists and murderers and criminals, and she realizes that many of them come to America for a better chance for themselves or their children, or to escape violence in their own countries.
I’m voting for Clinton because she has pledged to uphold and improve Obamacare, which has resulted in tens of millions of Americans receiving insurance when they couldn’t afford it before.
Also because of Obamacare, the rising cost of insurance has significantly slowed for the first time in years. Yes, it’s more expensive, but it’s demonstrably less expensive than it would have been without Obamacare.
Also because of Obamacare, I was able to get screened for cancer when I found a lump in my throat earlier this year. I would not have been able to afford that without assuming a large amount of debt.
And if I had had cancer—which I didn’t, thank God—I would have been ineligible for most insurance, if it wasn’t for Obamacare.
Clinton is going to keep Obamacare going and try to repair its flaws—and of course it has flaws, I’m not blind to that. But it is, in my eyes, very demonstrably better than what we had before.
I’m also voting for Clinton because has spent decades protecting women’s rights, because she knows they have historically had worse outcomes in violence, crime, abuse, and health care than men have.
She didn’t just say women’s rights are human rights, she acted like it, and she strongly supports a woman’s right to choose.
Tens of millions of Americans will get or have gotten abortions in their life, including, long before I was born, my mother. One of the candidates believes those women should be punished. Clinton does not.
So yes, I did vote FOR Hillary Clinton, not AGAINST Donald Trump. I genuinely do hope you’ll vote for her as well.
But most of all, I hope you will get out and vote, period, regardless.
It is incredibly important, now more than ever. Our government is going to be doing SOMETHING for the next four years. We all have one voice we can contribute to help determine what that’s going to be.
That’s it for today, Rebel. When you vote, or if you’ve voted already, drop a comment! I’d love to see how many of you out there are actually participating in our country.
Thank you so much for watching, and I will see you on Friday. Byyye!