by Alyssa Yakey
Shield Digital Editor
1. Hillary Clinton Has Spent Years Serving Her Community And Nation
Our first female presidential nominee has actively been involved in our government for over 30 years, and with that number, Hillary Clinton’s dedication and experience is proven.
Clinton has experience as the First Lady, senator from New York, and she served as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state for four years. She’s been a part of multiple committees and boards advocating for a range of subjects including national security, woman’s rights, education, health reform and immigration policies. With her foot already in the door, she knows almost exactly what presidency will entail.
The president of the United States should be characterized as knowledgeable, articulate and tough, and Clinton embodies exactly that. She has experience beyond any other presidential candidate, a deep understanding of America’s foreign policy, and can communicate effectively with other world leaders.
#I’mWithHer because I know she will take the time to make each decision and not react impulsively in her presidency.
2. Hillary Clinton Fights For Equality
Whether you are black, white, male, female, straight or gay, Clinton stands for you. I agree with Clinton’s stance on women’s rights, marriage equality and racial injustice. She’s fighting for the people and working to remove societal boundaries.
I am a woman, I am pro-choice, and I believe in funding for Planned Parenthood. And as a woman, acknowledgment and respect for women’s rights are an important factor I look for in a presidential candidate. I want someone who will continue the progress that has been made for women in this country and not set our gender back. With Clinton in office, I believe our progress will be furthered. She recognizes that sexism and inequality are still alive in America and is working to abolish just that.
Clinton’s campaign supports:
- Protecting women’s health and reproductive rights
- Continuous funding for Planned Parenthood
- Closing the wage gap
- Confronting violence against women
In addition to women’s rights, Clinton supports marriage equality. Obama was the first president to take a stand on gay marriage, and Clinton will work to save this progress.
I believe in a society where no matter your sexual orientation, you are respected and have the right to marry, being free from discrimination. No one should be denied his or her basic rights. Clinton will work with Congress on passing the Equality Act, and continue on with Obama’s executive order of LGBT equality and in the end: “Love trumps hate.”
Another stance on equality Clinton is upholding is between races. I support working to end racial injustice by raising awareness and furthering education. Our acting president should be for all people and not demeaning of others.
When we look on the news, we are plagued with heart-wrenching stories on racial injustice in America. It baffles me that this is such an issue in 2016, but alas we are here.
Clinton has said, “People are crying out for criminal justice reform. Families are being torn apart by excessive incarceration. Young people are being threatened and humiliated by racial profiling. Children are growing up in homes shattered by prison and poverty. They’re trying to tell us. We need to listen."
Clinton’s campaign will work toward reforming and recreating trust within our legal and justice systems by:
- Developing national guidelines on use of force by police officers
- Funding $1 billion towards training programs, research and law enforcement training
- Ending racial profiling
- Strengthening the U.S. Department of Justice’s practices
3. Hillary Clinton Supports Immigration Rights
We are a nation of immigrants, hence America’s “melting pot” nickname. I view immigration as strengthening our economy and culture, and any changes made toward our policies on immigration should be made humanely and effectively.
When it comes to our borders, our focus should be on naturalization and detaining/deporting undocumented immigrants only if they pose a threat to our public safety. We should be confident in our national security and immigration process and create a path toward citizenship. I back Clinton’s plans on defending Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
4. Hillary Clinton Supports Health Care
During Obama’s eight-year term, he established the Affordable Health Care Act, and Clinton is looking to build on that. Instead of removing this act and start from the beginning, Clinton is going to expand and make adjustments. She is striving to bring down health care costs and deductibles for families, reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and make health care even more accessible to Americans.
Olga Khazan, staff writer at The Atlantic, reported a new analysis done by Rand Corporation and the Commonwealth Fund, that Clinton’s health-care proposals would likely insure several million more people by making insurance cheaper for people in most income categories.
5. Hillary Clinton Looks Out For College Students
Clinton proposes making debt-free college available to everyone and helping those who have student debt. Under Clinton’s college education plan:
- 80 percent of families would qualify for tuition-free school and require substantial state contributions
- Lower borrowing costs for existing borrowers and those who attend private colleges
- Make community college free
She has also taken a stand on campus sexual assault and her plan is guided by three principles:
1. Provide comprehensive support to survivors
2. Ensure a fair process for all
3. Increase prevention efforts
These are just five -- of many -- reasons why #Imwithher. On Nov. 8, 2016, I will be casting my vote for our future president, Hillary Clinton.
To learn more about Clinton and her proposals, click here.