Friday, July 29, 2016

The Lady's A Champ

For the past four nights I have sat glued to the TV well past midnight watching the Democratic National Convention. The endless parade of speakers chronicling Hillary Clinton's lifetime record of public service and the soaring speeches given by Michelle and President Obama gave me a renewed sense of pride for our country.

When the delegates began the nomination roll-call, I felt like I was watching a long, drawn out horse race, The moment South Dakota finally threw her delegate numbers over the top, I was overwhelmed with joy. The possibility that I would witness our first woman president in my lifetime is something I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. I stand with hundreds of thousands of women that feel the same way.

I'm With Her
Mothers throughout the country posted pictures of  their daughters on social media--from toddlers to pre-teens--sitting in front of the TV well past their bedtimes. "I want my daughter to witness a historic moment that is equivalent to watching Neil Armstrong taking the first step on the moon," explained one mom.

Every night I would at turns jump up and down clapping over a profound point made, laugh sarcastically over jabs at Trump, then openly weep over a story that touched my heart.

In my view, the democratic party systematically made a strong case to vote for Hillary and reinforced my support for her with each passing evening. By contrast, I have grown to hate Donald Trump more each and every time he opens his mouth. In fact, I despise him so much that I view him as the twenty first century's version of Adolf Hitler.

I have been cyber-bullied for vocalizing my support for Hillary on social media repeatedly, but I don't care. Never in my life have I felt so strongly about effecting the outcome of a presidential election. That's because I have never felt more terrified that someone like Donald Trump could possibly  become our next president

As for Hillary, I see a champion that gets kicked down repeatedly but always picks herself up with grace and dignity to fight for what she believes in. If you're a Baby Boomer like me, you know the feeling well. Getting kicked down always hurts, but dusting yourself off and getting back into the battle is what takes courage. I have followed her career as a first lady, a New York state senator, and as the secretary of state. I have read her autobiography.

It has been a wonderful experience to witness history when Hillary officially accepted the presidential nomination. This lady walks the talk of what her mother told her as a little girl: "Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can." She inspires me to do the same. Which is why I'm with her. 

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