Election Day: Go Fucking Vote

Hey, you! Yeah you! Today if your anything like me the excitement of democracy kept me up most of the night with heart palpitations (okay, maybe it was more pure fear than excitement, but whatever). We made it! We survived 16 months of ridiculous antics, mudslinging, attempted (and hopefully not successful) voter oppression. After you vote today you deserve a treat! Regardless, we live in a country that ensures our right to cast a vote that directly effects our future, we get to choose our local candidates,  we get to vote on issues that are important to us, AND as long as we registered on time they are NOT ALLOWED TO TURN US AWAY. We live in such a privileged world that most candidates listen to the people, and that effects their platform. This is not how it is in every country. And yes, there are glaring massive problems with the way things are being run, but if you want change vote. I know this election has been hard, and dirty and angry and outright terrifying at some point, but just think of how exciting it is that we can choose who is going to run the country for the next four to eight years (barring any prison sentences).   No matter who you vote for, please do so, and do you research at the local levels because those are the people directly making legislation that affects you, and it will work it's way up to the top.

So there's my impassioned cry for democracy, and now my impassioned cry for my candidate is next. I am a poor, gay, woman, with a "moderate to severe" mental illness. Guess which of the two major party candidates has my back. I can't function without health insurance, I prefer to keep my lady parts and decisions about them between me myself and I. I also like the idea of walking down the street with a partner and not having to worry about being injured or harassed. As far as the poor thing, some student debt relief wouldn't be half bad at the moment. Hillary Clinton, while I'm not saying she's perfect (she's also a politician so come on), is the woman for the job. The most qualified PERSON ever to run for office, the one who has seen the presidency up close in multiple roles , the woman who wouldn't take her husband's last name until they settled on Rodham Clinton. Feminist, cool under pressure, experienced, funny,  (hey look a link to where she stands on the issues!) and still somehow ended up having to debate that inflated christmas decoration that's still up in May and really only has enough air in it to kind of move a bit in when the wind blows. 

There will be a lot of healing that needs to be done after this election, this country is more divided than I've seen it in my short lifetime, and to be honest I'm terrified about the reactions to whoever wins, but for this country's sake go for the woman. I know I can't change your mind at this point but I can say that if you care for anyone in the "minority" categories, really think about who you're putting into office, really think of the dangers that could face your Muslim, Black, LGBT, Latino, Canadian (poor guys and gals are going to have us clamoring to get in), Syrian, brothers and sisters and so many more that the other candidate has said blatantly racist and inflammatory things about.

That's my piece. Tonight I will either be celebrating or planning my escape plan, but at least it'll be over. 

 

peace,
brianne

ps. I cannot believe I have to say this, but be careful today