But this election is different for me. Though I've disagreed with policies of candidates in the past, and I've worried about losing personal liberties through Supreme Court appointments, I've never felt the despair about the possibilities of a single person being elected. Our government was designed to be stronger than one individual, no matter how close to demagogue he leans.
But this election is different for me.
I'm increasingly depressed by the embracing of bigotry, self-promotion, and rhetoric over reasoned argument. I can't stand that so many - including people in my circle - equate the awfulness of two candidates, and support one who stands for nothing but personal gain.
There is no question which person is better prepared, who speaks Presidentially, who can lead our country as a good force on this Earth.
Why don't we, still the most influential nation in the world, want to be a force of good? Look at the preparation and the experience.
Why do we want to be a bully? Why do so many embrace this perspective? Look at the preparation and experience.
To be clear, I do not think ANYONE, public individual or private, lives a perfect life. I actually think most people don't take ownership of the mistakes we make. Politicians in general have these two issues magnified in our social media world. So compare the mistakes. Compare the ability to take ownership. And then compare the ability to treat others as you would want to be treated. Who works for individual gain? Both. But who works predominantly for the greater good. Only one.
I have, for the most part, stopped trying to change opinions, because I've realized most people don't care about evidence.
But I continue to read, and each time I read the "other" view, I'm struck by the vitriol, rather than the reason, by the hate, rather than the help. I just don't understand, and I'm growing more depressed.
I want to make my world smaller, shake my head while having a drink with those who commiserate.
But I can't. Because this is my life, and no matter what happens, I need to teach my children how to be kind, compassionate people who think beyond their personal gain - despite the "role models" we put before them.
So I've continued to read, and I try with open mind and heart to understand those who support him. But I can't.
I'm with her.
Because her record shows she works for the common good.
Because she fights for her constituents (see her efforts for NYC after 9/11).
Because she has experience negotiating international waters with success and respect.
Because the non-demagogues of the world would vote for her as an ally.
Because she respects all humans.
Because she knows how to negotiate and compromise.
Because she has had to work more than twice as hard to get where she is, thus showing she has the stamina.
Because she prepares, and it shows.
Because she can accept feedback and change.
Because she speaks coherently.
Because she cares about the children of this country.
Because, quite frankly, she is smart.
These are the qualities I want in the leader of the FREE world because these are the qualities that fight for good. Is it always perfect? No. But it's so clear to me who doesn't fight for good in this election. It's clear that one candidate doesn't respect anyone but himself.
I do not understand, and I'm struggling, as a teacher, a thinker...and most of all a mother.
PS-I don't think this would be an issue if a white man were running against him.