I tried to bury the burdens of my ancestors
but they chased me down
their teeth sobbing with sins as they bit into me
I had come expecting a funeral
and I hadn't even worn my running shoes
I tried to outrun the burdens of my ancestors
only to find
that the burdens I had outrun myself
would be the burdens I would have to outrun
again, and more again into a bleak horizon
I tried to escape the burdens of my ancestors
but boy, there ain't no freedom
from that old yoke
lost in the stunning desolation
of unfulfilled promise
A while back I promised I'd post up the comments of some people on my blog about why to support Clinton after a specific bit of the campaign pushed me to make a post about my dissatisfaction (you can find it HERE). With how nasty the whole campaign has been though, I'm not going to lie, I've been putting it off. So here we are the night before the election, and I'm putting it up.
This has been a rough election season in a lot of ways, not just the normal ones you're thinking of either, but for me as a writer too. So give me a second to whine. I did a big audio journalism project called "4 Days in Philly" at the Democratic National Convention, which is sadly still in editing so it will miss coming out before the election. There were also many successive rumblings of a production on stage or in audio of my play "God Save the Pres.!" happening before election day. That would have been fun, obviously nothing came of it though. Finally, I may as well mention the big secret project that didn't happen, and still frustrates me that it didn't: a free non-fiction anthology of essays about Hillary Clinton I wouldn't contribute too, but would edit, by supporters addressing why they thought she was a good candidate, which I thought would be very interesting to read myself. I couldn't find any contributors. In some ways, this post will fill that role. You'll get to read three people's thoughts on why Hillary Clinton is their choice for candidate, as I promised them I would show.
And for the few of you wondering: yeah, I'm voting for Clinton. Not exactly a surprise, but hey.
Without further adieu...
"I'm not the campaigning type, so I won't be the one to get you excited about Clinton again but I do urge you to take a step back for a second. Look at the presidential campaign environment as a whole. It's a very emotionally charged election, especially this far into primary season. There is a lot of hate flying around, and sometimes people say ugly things when they're passionate about something. Is it worthwhile to pull your support from someone you otherwise believe in because of something an overworked campaign staffer let slip to a reporter? Or because of how commenters reacted when you brought it up (because we all know the best of humanity comes out in the comment section)? I understand your disappointment in the level of discourse, because I feel it too, but it's certainly not limited to the Clinton campaign. Nor is it remotely in her control. If you want to get excited about Clinton again, focus on her platform and agenda—on what she would do with the office if she wins it. Personally, I can envision her as a capable, level-headed and resolute president whom I can be proud to have elected. So, that's why she has my vote. What her other supporters do and say is their own business."
"Hillary has a history of implementing progressive policies that benefit minirities and the poor. She's supported progressive tax policies that demand the wealthier pay their share (debatable if it worked but she did back those efforts), she fought to extend emergency unemployment benefits, she worked to increase health coverage for millions of low income children through the State Children's Health Insurance Program as First Lady and she's devoted her time to issues regarding education for low income children. In the senate she supported increasing the minimum wage and was a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. She has been actively fighting the poor and disadvantaged, as well as having a record of supporting women's issues. She has voted against repealing the estate tax on millionaires and opposed Bush tax cuts.
She has actively been fighting against an oligarchy via her voting habits and policies. It's detrimental to the poor who have benefited or will benefit from her policies when people continuously depict the opposite of what she has done. Those actions alone demonstrate her dedication to the poor and of course the minorities impacted by inaccessible education and healthcare. She has been doing this long before she decided to officially run.
Furthermore, Hillary has a long time history of getting support from both major parties, a feat that I believe made more impressive as a woman in politics, seeing as there's a lot of sexism thrown in.
On another note-I don't care about winning or victory dances. I'm mad that Bernie wasn't something more. But I'm grateful to him in the sense that he has pushed Hillary to be more progressive, something I believe she needed. The simple fact of the matter is that I come from an extremely poor family that will either directly benefit from her implementations (she's going to get some of them through-her history shows that), and your vote would help. I'm relieved that despite being upset and disillusioned, you're still devoted to helping people. And Hillary will help some people, as she had done in the past. "
Luther adapted his own thoughts into a clearer blog post on his own website, so why don't you go read it over there? He's a pal and its a good read:
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