by Chris Johnstone
Eight years as a first lady of the United States. Four years as U.S. Secretary of State. And I don’t even need to mention: Named one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in America by the National Law Journal in 1988 and 1991. The aforementioned accolades and honors are just a short list of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s qualifications that the future president of the most powerful country in the world should possess. But her experience and accolades aren’t the only reason to vote for Clinton; there are three key policies and reasons we should vote for Clinton on Nov. 8.
First, if Clinton gets elected, we will join countries like Germany, Denmark and Chile by having a female as our head of state. This will work wonders for gender inequality. Not only will Clinton’s presidency show young people what women can do, but the following generations will grow to have a strengthened respect for women in comparison to my grandparents’s times as a young voter. Furthermore, she will serve as an inspiration to young women in a similar way to how President Barack Obama inspired African-American kids to believe that their dreams are not too big.
A fundamental value that we all individually desire, even though many times we take it for granted, is safety. I want to know that my college campus is gun free and that I will not have to witness a college campus shooting like 23 other colleges did on their campuses in 2015. I believe Clinton is armed with the right ideas and values to manage the issues of guns in general. When ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump about gun control and new gun laws, he said, “Well, the gun laws have nothing to do with this. This isn’t guns. This is about mental illness.” But seeing how gun-related violence has killed 13,286 Americans in just 2015 alone, there clearly needs to be some changes made, and Clinton is determined to make them. In January 2016 she said, “I’ll take on the gun lobby and fight for common sense reforms to keep guns away from terrorists, domestic abusers and other violent criminals—including comprehensive background checks and closing loopholes that allow guns to fall into the wrong hands.”
Not only is safety a key issue in America, but so is education, and, to my fellow college students who are overwhelmed by the prices of tuition, Clinton is here to save the day. She has a plan to put higher education on every American’s list of goals: “Let’s make debt-free college available to everyone...And let’s liberate the millions of Americans who already have student debt.” On the other hand, Trump has not shared much of a plan to help students pay for college and “empathized with students dealing with the rising cost of tuition.” Empathy will not cover the drowning debt that college graduates have after their four years. The comparison between the two leaders in the field of education is like night and day, so it is easy to see why Clinton has my vote.
Perhaps it is Clinton’s political party that interests you, her views on issues or even her gender. Or maybe you just want anyone but Trump to be president. Whatever the case may be, Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for the 2016 presidential election, and a vote for her is a step in a positive direction for the United States. Vote Clinton.
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