Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Clinton Does Not Equal Trump

There is meme going around that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are flawed and that both will bring ruin to America. Yes both are flawed, as are all humans, but as to bring ruin to America I guess this depends on several factors which include: your sex, sexual orientation, wealth, race, education, and religion. This is not a complete list, but you will get the idea. So lets take a look at each factor of how your life could change or not under Clinton or Trump.

Sex - Clinton is a staunch defender of women's rights, including the right to an abortion  and equal pay. Children will do better with Clinton as president as she has a life long record of helping families.  Affordable child care and family leave not only supports women but men benefit also.

Trump has a history of misogyny and has stated that he does not support abortion rights. With Trump as president the Republican congress will continue its dismantling of heath care for women and any gains in equal pay will be lost. No affordable child care or family leave. If your defining policy is anti-abortion Trump his your guy.

Sexual Orientation - With a Clinton president the progress of LGBT rights will continue. She will not let a Republican congress push back LGBT rights. Her Supreme Court nominees will continue to expand the rights of all people.

In contrast the rights of LGBT people are in danger of being denied with a Trump presidency. Trump himself seems to be neutral on LGBT rights, but with a Republican congress there will be a push to reverse recent court rulings. Pushing the LGBT community back in the closet by the Christen right will become normalized.

Wealth - If you are for the rich getting richer then vote for Trump. His economic plan is the same old Republican give the rich more and hope they will create jobs for the rest of us.

Clinton has been criticized for being wealthy herself and close to Wall Street. Although, she has laid out plans to raise taxes on the wealthy and make the tax plan more fair for the middle class. With the rise of the progressive left she will be forced to tackle income inequality or lose support.

Race - Trump's endorsement by the KKK and other white supremacists groups is all you need to know about how non-white citizens will fair under his administration. If you were alive during the 60's and 70's you saw cities burning as African Americans fought against racism. We are starting to see the black community pushing back against police shooting and this will only get worse under Trump. Hispanics will also feel the full force of racism and the closeted racists will be embolden to act.

Clinton has been working for and with minorities most of her adult life.  As a young lawyer she helped minority children receive health care and education that was denied them by a racist system. Clinton will push forward an agenda that will give more opportunity to minorities. She will help the 11 million undocumented people become citizens of the USA. A Clinton presidency will send a message that racism is over in America.

Education - Clinton has been working for years to improve early childhood education. She wants every child in America to have a quality pre-K program. By 2021, families with income up to $125,000 will pay no tuition at in-state four-year public colleges and universities. And from the beginning, every student from a family making $85,000 a year or less will be able to go to an in-state four-year public college or university without paying tuition. 

I don't know what Trump's plan is for improving education in America. The only plan that the Republicans seem to have is to add more charter schools and eventually turn all education in America over to for profit corporations. 

Religion -  I don't think Trump is a religious man, but the Christen right will try to turn America into a theocracy with him as President. Forget the separation of church and state, with Trump as President the church will be the state. Prayer in school will be mandatory, abortions only in secret places, no more same sex even in your own bedroom. 

With Clinton as President the Christen right will held in check. They will not get to pick Supreme Court justices or deny transgender people the right to use the public bathroom of their gender choice. Churches will still not have pay taxes and there will still be prayers in Congress. 

It DOES MATTER who is President. They have Cabinets Secretaries and who they appoint can make a big difference in our quality of food, air, water, health care, transportation, etc. Who the Attorney General is can make a difference in what laws are enforced and what law are not. Remember we had an Attorney General who ruled torture was OK and a Secretary of the Interior who was a friend of coal and oil companies. 

So take the time to decide what kind of America you want to live in.

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