So much about Hillary Rodham’s 1969 Student Commencement Speech is remarkable. She ended with this quote. But it’s really about how she started. She started by saying “Part of the problem with just empathy with professed goals is that empathy doesn’t do us anything. We’ve had lots of empathy; we’ve had lots of sympathy, but we feel that for too long our leaders have viewed politics as the art of the possible. And the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible possible.” Give us access to affordable healthcare. Make debt-free college available for everyone. Ensure that black men live their lives without being targeted. Respect women. Celebrate women. Elect women.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump had consistently echoed stories my grandfather, a Berliner who barely escaped Nazi Germany in 1938, told me about Hitler’s rise to power. They both singled out ethnic minorities to blame all of society’s problems on. They both wanted to control the media. They both share a complete disregard for the truth. Trump scares me. In answer to his question. “What have you got to lose?” I answer, everything.
One candidate running for president has been parsing bland policy particulars to make whatever attempts possible to nudge the needle forward for people besides herself since she left college. The other candidate running for president is a businessman who has defrauded his contractors, swindled his customers and slashed his inherited wealth. He is louder, hypnotic to watch and relentlessly interesting.
It’s tiring to keep fighting for the things that my mother and grandmother have had to fight for—paid family leave, safe and easy access to birth control and abortion, equal pay. But Hillary isn’t tired. She’s been fighting for women and girls her whole life and she just won’t quit. I need her to be my president.
Republicans seem fond of the idea that we should all take responsibility for our actions, despite what we may have inherited in life. But where is that sentiment when it comes to climate change? America is one of the biggest perpetrators of the habits that cause climate change. From our single-use plastic wreaking havoc on our oceans and waterways, to consuming and discarding cheap clothing—our belief that it’s someone else’s problem, or that it isn’t a problem at all, is deplorable. Hillary Clinton understands that action from governments is not only a moral obligation, it’s also the fastest, most effective way to regulate industries and to educate individuals… so that our children have a future worth living in.
Professor Elizabeth Resnick teaches graphic design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. Her new poster exhibition, Women’s Rights Are Human Rights will be exhibited in MassArt’s President’s Gallery from September 26 through October 29.
If this list of experience and achievements belonged to a man, would we need to defend him so vehemently? Likewise, if a woman had five children with three different men and ran six different companies into bankruptcy, would she even make it to the primaries? As a society, we must change the double standard we have for women and men. Not only is Hillary the most intelligent, experienced, and trustworthy candidate in this election (by far!), having a woman in the White House will make all of us more conscious of our systemic and cultural sexism. And only when we acknowledge prejudice, can we eradicate it.
Media: Embroidery floss on tea-dyed muslin.
I very much believe in the fact that we are all global citizens. There’s no US vs THEM. There are different cultures, languages, environments but we are all here at this time and place floating in the universe. Lets try to embrace that and not destroy it.
Donald Trump wants an alt-right media empire much more than he wants to be our President. So he’s playing a role—spouting rhetoric that he doesn’t believe while serving as a mouthpiece for those who do. When this election is over, he’ll be laughing on his way to the bank. And our country will be left trying to find a way to turn it all off.
Liberal initiatives and forward-thinking policy are nothing if they’re up against a court system hellbent on shutting them down. The Supreme Court, which has leaned right for nearly half a century, currently has an empty chair, the keys to which will be handed to the next president. That president’s judicial appointment could swing the court’s ideological compass to the left—a colossally progressive shift whose impact on society will likely long outlive either candidate’s governmental legacy. Presidents are for now; Justices are forever.
Hillary is the most qualified candidate to ever run for President, but it’s her heroic commitment to public service that really makes her unique. She’s devoted her life to fighting for others, and I’m voting for her so she can keep it up.
This election is unlike any other: urgent and global issues at stake have receded into the background, overwhelmed by the invective toxic nonsense of the campaign. Our approach emphasizes the sense of urgency beyond the presidential race back to the issues that effect us all. Clearly Hillary is the choice we need to make, but the call to register your democratic opinion has never felt more critical. Because it matters.
In an election where candidates have turned into figureheads and bobbleheads alike, behind the makeup, podiums, protesters, and SNL skits, we should remember that these two people are just that. People.
So, at their core, which human being do you trust to champion your child’s education, empathize with your healthcare needs, study policies that you will never learn about (but may affect your daily life), or defend basic rights?
I’m with Her.