​Hillary Clinton Made Me Cry

​Hillary Clinton Made Me Cry

Gender might play a role in it.

I was sitting on my couch wearing a Democratic Party shirt and democratic donkey pajama pants watching C-SPAN cover the Democratic National Convention. My 2016 self-created election spreadsheet was pulled up as I tallied the votes during roll call, which was done alphabetically by state – Hillary needed 2383 votes to clench the nomination. North Carolina put her three delegate votes away so I stood up and watched as North Dakota officially secured the nomination for Hillary and continued cheering until Wyoming gave their votes. Then I started crying. I captured my excitement on video: https://youtu.be/cY6hMWxoR6s

She secured the nomination earlier in the summer, but it was not official until the roll call vote at the DNC. I was so happy that Hillary Clinton was officially the Democratic presidential nominee that I started crying and here's why...

I have been involved in politics since I was 13 or 14 years old. Hillary Clinton's commitment to fighting for women and children at home and abroad increased my interest in politics and diplomacy. Her tenure as Secretary of State made me obsessed with the State Department and international relations because I saw the difference and impact she was making on the lives of others. I am active in politics and pursuing a career in diplomacy largely due to her. She fought to insure that children with disabilities had the right to education and views Americans with disabilities as equals – not as something to mock. I see her as an inspiration, idol, and a great female role model.

Before you think, it doesn’t matter if Hillary Clinton is a woman or people only like her because she is a woman, think again. Before Trump was named as the candidate, Hillary’s gender was not a major factor, but for a lot of people, it was a bonus. We have heard time after time that she is the most qualified person to ever seek the Presidency – and yet people completely disregard that. They want a Washington outsider with assets and stocks tied up in foreign businesses. If I get surgery, I’d rather have an overly qualified individual who knows what she is doing and uses the best tools out there, than a man who has never operated a day in his life and has assets tied up in certain brands of surgical equipment that may be faulty and views his female patients as less than equal. This is not about a Washington insider versus a Washington outsider, this is about equality and who sees all Americans as equal.

The woman card has so much worth this election because Trump doesn’t see woman as equals – something that doesn’t just upset feminists, or women, or all the women he has insulted, but fathers, brothers, husbands, grandfathers, anyone who thinks men and women should be seen as equal.

It is a historic and exciting election, and for women and girls, having the first female President is cry-worthy. Nancy Pelosi was the first woman Speaker of the House, making her the highest ranking woman to ever hold office in the United States. Per the Presidential Line of Secession, with the 19 most powerful positions in the United States, only six have not been occupied by a woman: President, Vice President, President Pro Tempore, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs.

Having a female president is a pretty big deal, and for little girls who have been told certain jobs are only for men or have only seen certain jobs occupied by men, it gives us hope. Just as Barack Obama gave hope to the African-American community on transcending ancient race barriers, Hillary Clinton is giving us – giving me hope by shattering ancient gender barriers. Our generation is seeing gender (male, female, LGBTQQ), race, religion, language, ethnicity barriers broken as traditional roles and stereotypes meet the 21st century.

So as a female in politics, I cried with excitement when I saw that Hillary Clinton was the first woman to be an official party’s candidate and with common sense, our next President. To my grandma who wanted to be an astronaut growing up but was told women cannot be astronauts. To the only girl in a STEM class because she thought science and technology were not just for men. To little girls and big girls and women everywhere – we matter and we are equals. Hillary Clinton and all of the politicians who support her, are fighting every day for us so that it is a universal truth that all men people are created equal.

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Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Parties do better when they stick together.

When there is a division within the party, the votes get divided ultimately giving the win to the competing party. In the 2016 election, Democrats were strongly divided to a point that they were willing to vote for the Republican candidate rather than the other Democratic candidate (which did happen). Some Sanders supporters were unwilling to vote for Clinton just because it was her. They ended up voting for Trump since he wasn't Hillary. We know how that all worked out.

Democrats have to stick together and not become a hindrance to each other.

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