Monday, November 7, 2016

The 2016 Election

Dear Henry, Kate, and Sam,

Tomorrow is voting day to see who will be President of the United States of America for the next 4 years.  It's down to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  I want to tell you my thoughts.  A lot of America may have different thoughts but I want you to know what your mother decided for herself.

Background: I don't align with a political party.  I choose on each issue what I believe is right.  So, sometimes I align with conservatives (usually fiscal and governmental related issues) and sometimes I align with liberals (usually social issues).  I can go into details another time but for now, this is all you need to know.

Because of this, it is hard to find a candidate that fits my perfect mold of values, limitations of government, rights of minorities, foreign policy, etc.  So when I vote, I try to balance the character of the nominee and issues most important to me.

There has been an incredible amount of scandals going on with both candidates.  Maybe you can look it up somewhere.  It's bad.  Maybe in 10 years they'll have all the facts and all the lies worked out so you will actually know what's true. But it's so disheartening.  Thus, if there were other candidates with higher character... I would probably have voted for them.  But there is not (at least who have a chance of being president).

So, I went with who I felt would do the best for our country.  And that, I believe, is Hillary Clinton.  When she speaks, she knows about the issues and makes informed decisions.  She is highly qualified with over 30 years of work in the political arena.  With Hillary, I don't have to worry that her comments might spark international war.  With Hillary, I can look in my children's eyes and say, "We have a President that respects women, immigrants, and refugees".  With Hillary I honestly believe she wants to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.  With Hillary we have a President that is firm, collected, professional, and patriotic.

All of those things, I could never be able to say with Donald Trump.  Even though I technically agree with him on many political issues.

So kids, that is why I chose to vote for Hillary.  I sincerely hope she does good for this country.  And only time will tell.  Democracy is a great thing and I'm grateful that I got the opportunity to participate.

I love you kids and I want you to vote when you are older.  Vote for someone honest, strong, compassionate, and helpful.  Man or woman.  And if there isn't that option, vote for who you think will be best for the country.

Love,

Mom