|Who am I kidding? I was never going to put this on my actual facebook wall.
||[Oct. 17th, 2016|07:48 pm]
I don't generally post anything too controversial to my Facebook wall, because as a teacher, I'm encouraged to not be too political, just in case people in the community I teach in disagree and see that as an excuse to get me fired for teaching math... one of the least politically charged subjects out there. In fact, I find it hard to think of any subject in school with less politics surrounding it. Everyone seems to agree Math and Reading are important, but even in Reading, there are subjects we cannot allow our students to read, usually based on age, but often based on content. Math though? I just can't see someone shouting, “How dare you teach my children about the Binomial Theorem!” I'm about to break that unspoken don't-rock-the-boat rule though.
That being said, I am not attempting to persuade anyone to vote for the candidate I'm supporting. Everyone who is reading this has already formed their own opinion, and with less than a month to go, nothing I say will change this. Some of you will be pissed off by my statement of my opinion with my reasons, and feel a need to rant and rave on my wall. If you keep it civil, I have no problem hearing what you have to say. If you don't keep civil, well, your actions will be on display for the world to see and that has its own consequences.
Hillary Clinton is the best candidate in the entire slate of candidates for the job of president. I am not voting for her because I fear a Trump presidency, but because I think a Clinton presidency would be the best thing for American right now. I admit, I felt the Bern back during the primaries. Since the primaries, every time I went to fact check a hate filled meme from the Republican camp, Hillary always came out sounding better as an option to me. Its almost like the the Republican PR branch was trying to make me dig up reasons to vote for her. There is no candidate left who has been as prepared to take on the role of President as Secretary Clinton.
Secretary Clinton's international experience is vital right now. The world leaders have all worked with her in her guise as Secretary of State. She is a known factor for them in an uncertain world. She has been called a “hawk” by liberals. Fine, as long as the rest of the world realizes that means she won't back down where American interests are concerned. Of course she's bartered deals I disagree with, but every time it has been as part of a campaign to move forward instead of stagnating. From the TPP to the the Iranian nuclear deal, we all have our opinions, but we weren't there facing the international firing squad trying to broker the best deal we could with a group of people who are scared of the world they created. In all cases, she was acting at the behest of the President, and came away with the best outcome possible the still aligned with our interests.
Secretary Clinton's domestic policies are also going to be predictable. The Republicans should be glad that she has handshake deals with corporate America. She's not going to do anything to endanger her own self interest in the tax code or regarding financial regulations. She's going to raise taxes on the Rich. We're not going back to the bad old days of the 90% tax on wealth that spurred on the booming economy of the 1950's. Most wealthy people who are concerned about it will find ways to avoid the 5% increase she's talking about. In things like Education, Health Care, and Employment, she's going to have to follow a more liberal view or lose the base that Bernie Sanders bought her. I'm really a one issue voter, so as long as she keeps talking about fewer mandated tests for school children and increased funding for early education, she has my attention.
Secretary Clinton's choice for the supreme court will be a liberal. The tide is swinging that way again, and I think its time for that. Her choice for the supreme court won't be a Bernie Sanders style liberal though. More than likely, the Senate and House will continue to be dominated by Republicans who will no longer have the excuse of the short time the President has left in office to block her nominations. She'll have to find someone who follows a more centrist path to get a confirmation from the Senate. So, even though many of you are screaming “She'll appoint a socialist to the bench!” she actually won't be able to.
As for her personal life? The legacy of her husband? The whole world was screaming at her to dump his sorry ass twenty years ago, but instead the two of them got counseling. She didn't throw away twenty years of marriage, they found a way to work through it, and by all accounts become stronger together. Because of her marriage to Bill, she'll have one of the best advisers in the world right at hand, just like he had because of his marriage to her when he was President. If her political career after she was first lady is any indication though, her husband won't be serving a third term with her as proxy like so many predicted. She is her own woman, strong, independent, and in love. Those things are not in conflict. Her presidency, should be be lucky enough to let this woman serve us in that capacity, will leave its own legacy, not just a footnote on her husband's.
So, if I don't expect to persuade anyone, why am I posting this? I need to remind half of you that your Facebook page is not an echo chamber. I don't make my decisions lightly just to piss your off. We can still like each other even though we disagree. I need to remind the other half of you that even though you agree with someone, you need to have your own reasons for agreeing, and not just agree because someone whose opinion you respect says something. The internet has made this an amazing age where information is freely available to anyone who wants to learn how to look. I also need to give the trolls on my wall a chance to practice their craft. Hey. They are people too.