On my recent trip to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention I encountered countless protesters demonstrating for various reasons. Some marched for the unfair laws pertaining to clean energy, some marched for the justice describing the killings of many innocent black lives, some marched for peace in general. But, the attitude of the marchers was more focused on anger than tranquility.
Many are mad after the recent leak of DNC emails describing the deliberate undermining of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, mainly written by DNC head Debbie Wasserman Shultz. Slogans like 'lock her up' and 'Hell no DNC, we don't want no Hillary' were chanted throughout Broad Street in protests down to Independence Hall, FDR Park, and the sight of the Democratic National Convention itself, the Wells Fargo Center. It was safe to say that people were mad that Sanders, the most positive candidate many had seen in years, was now not going to be the Democratic nominee for a position in the Oval office. And, at the beginning of the week, I was one of those people. Let me tell you why.
Bernie Sanders wasn't just a presidential candidate; he was a source of pure inspiration for many. After taking part in nine months of honors history in my school, I was quite interested in learning about politics and the logistics of it all. From the start of the election process, I watched as Donald Trump made his claims about Muslims and immigrants, and day by day I somehow felt more and more hatred toward this man. How a person who has built a suffering and nearly bankrupt business while degrading people of various ethnicities and sexes could be fit president? Who knows. But Bernie Sanders supporters don't like his current opponent, Hillary Clinton, either. They believe that she is corrupt and will not stick with her word if elected President. So who did much of the American public turn to? Mr.Sanders.
Bernie gave me hope. As a fifteen year old, the policies that he proposed is the America that I wanted to grow up in. I took part in his rally's, convinced friends and family to take a look into his ideas, and even went door to door persuading average Americans to vote for Bernie this November. I watched through the next months as Hillary eventually gained more and more supporters, and I generally became frustrated when Bernie gave his endorsement to her and encouraged his voters to support Hillary. I came into Philly ready to demonstrate my anger in protests, and that's exactly what I did. But, when nights came and the protests were over, I would simply go back to my hotel and watch the Convention, because I was truly interested in politics and wanted to see how the variety of speeches and singers would play out on television. And I have to say, I left Philadelphia a changed person. I realized how stupid I and the other people who still supported Bernie, known as the 'Bernie or Bust' individuals, were being.
It became clear to me that at this point in the race, we have two simple options: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Of course you could vote for Gary Johnson, the elected member of the Libertarian party, or Jill Stein, the elected member of the Green party, or write Bernie's name in the ballot, or not vote, or blah blah blah. But it has been decided by the conventions that this November, either Trump or Clinton will be in that office, whether we like it or not. So why not support the candidate who doesn't criticize homosexuals and treat women like they are less than they are. Why not support the candidate who doesn't want to build a wall across the Mexican border to keep out the 'rapists'. Why not support the candidate who does have a real plan to create jobs from the immigrant crisis and who wants to raise the federal minimum wage to a much higher fifteen dollars. Why not support the candidate who actually cares about people, although it might not be your ideal choice. Why not support Hillary Clinton. You're gonna live a much worse life if you don't.
So think twice about your voting choice this November. Know that you can protest and talk and boo all you want, but if Trump gets elected as President of the United States, and has the code to our nuclear weapons, has the right to make decisions concerning our economy or our national security...you, and your children, and your husband and your wife and your mother and father and cousins and friends and town and state and country and LIFE will be in ruins in four years if Mr.Trump is elected president. You may be voting out of fear, but it's better than living in fear for the rest of your life.