Dwight D. Eisenhower told us to “beware of the military-industrial complex.”
Well, The United States took a giant shit on that warning, diving headfirst into Vietnam, The Gulf, Iraq and now Afghanistan, the longest war our country has ever seen. Basically every president we’ve had since Eisenhower has done their part to perpetuate the violent role we have in world affairs today (with the possible exception of human teddy bear Jimmy Carter).
On this, Mariam and I agree. The United States’ War on Terror has left thousands dead and hundreds more falsely imprisoned. Many Americans believe we’re the good guys. But we just aren’t. This is something I cannot reconcile. I know that Hillary Clinton will do her part to perpetuate this terrible narrative, as did Obama. How do we backtrack out of it? Can we? I feel cynical and helpless in this area. How do we revise our interventionist, blood-shedding policies when so much of the country (and so much of the Senate) is calling for murder and revenge?
Even though I cannot support this chapter in the Hillary Clinton game book, I also cannot forget the empathy and genuine desire to help humankind that makes up the other chapters.
She wants to see an end to racial profiling and mass incarceration. She is sickened by America’s love affair with the NRA and the ease with which domestic abusers and those with a history of violence can buy a gun.
The Syrian refugee crisis is the most pressing human rights issue facing the world right now, and Clinton wants to bring up to 65,000 refugees into the United States, a huge increase from Obama’s 10,000. I believe healthcare should be a right, and Hillary Clinton made it her mission to make that a reality when she was first lady. She may not have been successful, but it was a big step in the right direction, just like Obamacare. She wants to put an end to our “make the rich richer” system of taxation and make going to college a venture into education and enrichment and not lifelong debt. She believes that we are in the midst of a climate crisis and that we must take steps to reverse it.
She wants to see an end to racial profiling and mass incarceration. She is sickened by America’s love affair with the NRA and the ease with which domestic abusers and those with a history of violence can buy a gun. She sees campus sexual assault as an epidemic and believes survivors when they are brave enough to tell their stories. She dedicated her early adult life to helping low income Americans receive legal aid and putting an end to teens serving time in adult prisons.
I do not let the GOP’s decades long smear campaign against her color my view of her political career. I see the e-mail gaffe as unfortunately careless and a reminder of her intensely private personality, not a sign that she is harboring evil secrets. I believe it is childish and nonsensical to suggest that Benghazi (GASP! BENGHAZI!!!!) was all her fault. And I do not believe she holds any responsibility for her husband’s sexual history.
My mom is 60 years old and tells me that, in her 40+ years of voting, she’s never had the opportunity to support a perfect candidate.
Hillary Clinton’s opponent (whose name I will not write) is a reckless, narcissistic sociopath and a flat-out enemy of human rights. He’s not even close to imperfect. He’s a monster. And our next president may appoint up to three Supreme Court Justices. Three more Scalias? No fucking thank you.
Hillary Clinton is experienced (something I happen to think matters a great deal) and she cares about the welfare of real people. She is imperfect, but I am wholeheartedly supporting her.
*The photo with this article is of Celia in the Lifetime webseries The Young Hillary Diaries, available here.