I am the BIGGEST crybaby.
It all started this July when Iwas watching the coverage of the Democratic National Convention. I found myself weeping insistently.
Ive always been passionate about politics (if you dont believe me, feel free to check out the massive amount of student loans I had to take out to pay formy political science degree ayoooo), but lately, my tears have been about so much more than just political phenomena.
This election is one of the most important in our nations history. I know, I know. People say that during every election cycle.
So, given my blubbering history and the stakes in this election, I give to you thefour reasons Im goingto wear waterproof mascara on November 8:
Ill cry because Im proud.
Im crying because after 239 years of being around, the United States has finally made history: Hillary Clinton wasthe first woman in history to become a presidential nominee.
This is a big deal.
Women make up over 50 percent of the population, yet they only hold about 19.4 percentof the seats in the United States Congress.
Like one of Clintons ad campaignsstates: Our kids are watching. When young girls see a strong, intelligent woman such Hillary Clinton addressing the nation as a presidential nominee, they realize their dreams may not be as unattainable as they once thought.
Upon cinching the nomination, Secretary Clinton spoke these powerful words:
Tonights victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible. In our country, it started right here in New York, a place called Seneca Falls in 1848 where a small but determined group of women and men came together with the idea that women deserved equal rights and they set it forth in something called the declaration of sent and it was first time in human history that that kind of declaration occurred.
If Hillary makes another speech as powerful as this one, you can bet Im going to need a box of tissues.
Ill cry because Im going to miss the Obama Administration.
I LOVE THE OBAMA FAMILY.
I was proud to cast my vote for Barack Obama in 2012, and Im proud of his legacyto this day.
Im going to miss the way President Obama seems to handle every situation with grace. Im going to miss his quick wit. Im going to miss his perfect wife, Michelle,and his badass daughters, Malia and Sasha. Im going to miss his dad dancin.
He, like Hillary, has made me proud to be an American.
Saying goodbye to the Obama Administration is just one more reason Ill be a teary mess on Tuesday.
On the bright side, in less than 20years, Malia will be old enough to runfor office. Fingers crossed. (Michelle could also run for office lets not talk about the tears Ill cry if THAT happens.)
Ill cry because Im scared.
Lets just talk about the elephant (political pun!) in the room: Donald Trump.
He has proven time and time again that he is unfit for the job (dont even get me started onhis VP choice,Mike Pence, who is also thecertifiedWORST).
Im scared that if people dont vote, he could win. Please, please, America, dont let him win.
Ill cry tears of relief.
After a very long, tumultuous journey, this election will finally be over. Well, kind of.
After November 8, our country, for better or for worse, willnever be the same.
Dont be idle this election season. Tomorrow, find your polling place, pack your tissues and vote.Your vote matters.
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