i’m with her… she’s with moms

So except for that one time that I got really mad at millennials, this is not a political blog.  It’s more like a mommy blog where I occasionally post a recipe.  But I just have to talk about Hillary Clinton and how much love her after her fabulous performance in the debate.

The truth is that most of the reasons that I support Hillary Clinton come from my experience as a mother.  Trying to raise children in this crazy time is hard.  We are experiencing big scary things like terrorism and school shootings.  But also smaller scary things for parents like the rising cost of raising children and higher education.  What I love about Hillary is that she gets all of this, and she has plans- carefully thought out plans- for how we are going to deal with these issues.

As a mom who sends a child to public school, I love that Hillary make this a priority. She has plans to improve our children’s K-12 education and even provide universal Pre-K, pay their teachers what they deserve, and get our kids caught up to the rest of the world when it comes to education and technology.

What mom doesn’t want their kid to go to college but realizes that the costs are going up every year? Hillary Clinton has plans to make public college more affordable and even free for the 83% of kids in America who would qualify under her plan. She wants to help people refinance their student loans so they aren’t paying insane amounts of interest.

She has plans to keep guns out of the hands of violent offenders so that maybe us moms can worry a little less when we drop our kids off at school.

Hillary also has inclusive plans to help working women.  She is fighting for paid family leave, better childcare options and equal pay. She has been fighting for these things her entire careers.

There are a million other reasons that I support Hillary in this election but these are the issues that matter to me as a mother.  I think about the changes that Hillary wants to make, and then I think about how different it could be for my daughter when she starts a family. I see how much better it could be for her and future generations of mothers.  That’s why I’m with her.

I have been volunteering for Hillary a ton and I am even making a trip to Nevada this weekend to register voters, if you are with her here click here to find opportunities near you. I promise you’ll meet a ton of awesome moms!

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dear bernie babies…

MTM1OTk0NjkxMjYxODM1OTA3Hello millennials!  I am a middle aged mom who is voting for Hillary Clinton and I want to talk to you. Maybe I am an old curmudgeon, but this election has me more down than any I have ever experienced. People are being downright awful to each other, misinformation is rampant, and a lot of people have strong opinions on things that they don’t really understand at all (Panama anyone?).

Bernie Sanders is trailing in delegates and it looks like he will not become the Democratic nominee despite all of your best efforts as a supporter (or Facebook posts). I get it, it sucks. I have been there. I stayed awake for almost two days waiting for Al Gore to become President (this was before Facebook so I phone banked for him, on a LAND LINE). I sat at Faneuil Hall and watched John Kerry concede with tears in my eyes. It sucks, it really sucks. I was in your shoes 8 years ago when I was a Clinton supporter and she lost the nomination to Obama. You should take the time to talk to some of the people who worked on the McGovern campaign… talk about a bummer.

In a country where more than a third of all eligible voters don’t even cast a ballot, it’s hard to complain about participation but you Bernie kids got me like WTF? Remember where these campaigns started, it was almost cordial. The pundits even said that in terms of policy, Clinton and Sanders weren’t that far apart.  Now look where we are?

Here’s an example that sent me into a rage this week… Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend decided that it was unfair that New York had a closed primary and that the voter registration deadline was so far in advance of the primary. TWO DAYS BEFORE THE PRIMARY! This was all over Twitter and my Facebook feed. He repeatedly tweeted (with misspelled expletives) Bill de Blasio to fix it. Seriously??? I feel like a simple google search could probably let you know that you’re tweeting up the wrong tree Ezra. There are pluses and minuses to a closed primary, perhaps you should research them.

Welcome to the Democratic system of the United States of America! There are complicated checks and balances all over our government. Closed primaries and super delegates are part of that system. The Democratic party has made changes in both of these areas over the years for a few different reasons. When I was younger, I didn’t like super delegates… but now, many elections later, I see them as a necessary evil. You should look into it, form your own opinion.

So after this election, if Bernie Sanders loses… don’t stop. Find out what you’re going to do to keep our democracy alive. What do you want changed and what are you going to do about it?  So hey kid from Vampire Weekend, you don’t like that New York has a closed primary? Do something about it (Hint, it’s not Bill De Blasio that you need to start lobbying).

This isn’t the end. There are school board elections, ballot measures, city council, state senators…  the world is your oyster.  Do your research, pick a candidate or cause. They won’t all be winners. But sometimes they will, and you will know that you have affected change.

Pick your party.  You may be an Independent, a Democrat or a Republican. You may have another few primaries like this where your candidate doesn’t win. When Obama had the nomination in 2008, I was sad. But I supported him.  You know who else did? Hillary Clinton; she stumped for him up until election day. That’s what you do to keep your party strong.  I don’t need to remind you of everything that’s at stake in this election… there are racist policies, plans for a border wall and an empty seat on the Supreme Court that you hear about every day.

It’s taken me a while but I have figured out who I am in this system. I am the rally-going mom, I’ve got t-shirts and bumper stickers letting my neighbors know that I support Hillary. If you see me in line for coffee somewhere or we meet for lunch, I am probably going to bring up the election and tell you why I support Hillary. I am a fundraiser, a party thrower; parties with wine and a lot of great discussion about the causes at hand. Some people write petitions, some people go door to door, some phone bank, others organize. Who will you be?

Also, let me tell you… Hillary is my girl. I think her policies on gun control, health care and education are better than Bernie’s; so I am voting for her in the primary….but if she doesn’t win. Guess what? I am voting for Bernie. I’m going to get over the nastiness of this primary and start talking to my neighbors about Senator Sanders, I may even throw a party… a party with wine.

 

(artwork taken from magneticmag.com)