Are we at a crossroads?
Regardless of how you feel about Hillary Clinton she has secured the Democratic nomination for the President of the United States. That is a milestone in our history. She has committed the majority of her life to being a public servant. She was the woman behind her husband when he became the Governor of Arkansas, she stood behind him (and I am sure had her fingers in the majority of his policy decisions) when he became the President of the United States. She then forged out on her own to become the Senator of New York and went on to run for the President of the United States losing to Barack Obama. She got behind him and went on to be the U.S. Secretary of State. She waited 8 years to come back and run again eventually winning the nomination. That is an impressive amount of patience and dedication.
Along the way Hillary had a child and became an advocate for women and children. She has been very vocal about a woman’s right to choose, gun control and the difficulties of raising a family while working at the same time. I would assume that that if she becomes President these issues will be first and foremost around policies that she will set forth in her administration.
Trump has captured the anger from the white immigrants who have been the largest population in this country until now. Our country is now a real melting pot where the majority of people are not white. Perhaps this angry white population is holding on to the past instead of embracing the future. There are a slew of reasons for Trump’s popularity but I am not going to go there.
Over the past week we can point to the Stanford rape case to the killings in the Orlando night club to the murder of the young singer to the car in Santa Monica filled with artillery on route to the Gay Pride parade and wonder how did we get to this place where guns are so easily obtainable for everyone and anyone and lack of respect for our fellow human beings became part of our daily life. How did we get to a place where there is so much anger, prejudice and bigotry.
I want to believe that this is the minority of people that has been amplified by the media. It is the time for the voices of the majority to stand up, just like the anti-war protests in the 1960’s and say enough is enough. Bernie tapped in to something with the anger towards inequality but there is much more there. I hope that Hillary grabs the reins and spends time out there talking about a vision for the future where there is respect and equality for women, gay, straight, transgender, religious freedom, the importance of family first which means putting money into education.
It is time for us to move forward. Our future is bright. I really do believe we are at a crossroads.