October 5, 2016
Dear Grandsons and Granddaughter,
By the time you read this, history will have been made and my part in it will be just a tiny pebble in a huge river of politics. One of the greatest things about our democracy is that it allows each of us to believe we make a difference. I love that about our country.
But like so many memorable times in our history, it seems this time our presidential election has the power to shift the direction of our country, and the weight of it feels more like a burden than a gift.
I could itemize all the costs and benefits of each candidate. I’ve certainly considered it. But a politician’s character, experiences, and policy platforms often fade when compared to a system that: rewards the attainment of wealth at the expense of another person’s well-being, dismisses serial marriages and infidelity by saying “everyone” does it, and uses their religious beliefs to judge, punish and minimize the freedoms of others.
I will be voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton because I believe that she represents the safest course for our family. I will trust her to negotiate our foreign policy based on her sound judgments and comportment as Secretary of State. I will trust her to advocate for an affordable option for attending college. I will trust her to negotiate and amend a health care policy that still leaves people financially ruined or without coverage. I will trust her with leveraging her power to mediate Wall Street and Main Street. I will trust her to protect the rights of women, Latinos, Black Americans and the LGBTQ community. I will trust her to help us with mental health parity and reasonable gun legislation that is reflective of our constitutional right to bare arms. I believe she is our best shot at an America we can be proud of.
I did not come to this decision easily. The decision was not informed by television, political pundits, memes or well-meaning family and friends. I studied Mrs. Clinton’s life and career through written works for and against her. This is the responsibility of democracy. This is my responsibility to you, my grandchildren.
With all my love & hope for a bright future,
An Partial Reading List:
Hard Choices, by Hillary Rodham Clinton, 2014
The Case Against Hillary Clinton, Peggy Noonan, 2000
Americans’ Views of women as political leaders differ by gender, Pew Research Center, May, 2016
Ways of Looking at Hillary, Reflections by Women Writers, edited by Susan Morrison, 2008
It Takes a Village, Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1996
Any aggregated article containing the name Hillary or Hillary Clinton, The Drudge Report, September 2016
10 Most Powerful Women in the World, Tech Story, Jan. 4, 2015
Hillary Clinton’s Worst Week in Washington, the Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza