Deciding the next 12 years

Today is the 23rd of October a few months to the end of 2016 and of course a few weeks to the elections.

There is excitement in the air. Excitement of people who wonder what it is going to be like after the vote on November 9. There are those who are excited about the prospect of having a new president and then there are those who are driven by a hunger to see things the way they were at some time in the long-gone past.

It will be a vote for either the survival of the wave on which Barack Obama rode to victory in 2008 or for another counter wave that will make America look like feudal Europe.

My family and I are under no illusions. We know where we would want to be. In fact I totally understand when immigrants and people if color say they’ll vote for Hillary Clinton.

Clinton represents an America that’s safe and welcoming. She might not really believe in these ideals, being a politician. Her ilk are many times two-timers; saying one thing and meaning something else.

But Clinton has allowed herself to be seen as the front for progressive ideals in this election. Even while she’s previously been labeled a hawk worse than the Rumsfelds of this world, she’s running on the promise that she’s going to be a friend to immigrants and people if color. She’s made it clear she’s not going to mollycoddle any dictators.

On the other hand, Donald Trump, a businessman who made his name by recognizing opportunities and grabbing them, is being a very loud mouthpiece for everything anti-immigrants.

This is our home now. We are here to build a home and to get something g out if this new world that we can bequeath to our children. Of course we are watching this election closely!

It would have been far too easy to just sit back and grab the pop corn, put my feet up and watch America’s slug fest. After all, even back in Uganda, knowing how broken the system was, I didn’t even pretend to care about voting.

But in a world where my kids are targeted just for being different, I cannot be indifferent. The trash that Trump spews on the campaign trail has found its way into the schools where my daughters have been and they have not been given the resources or tools to confront it.

I am rooting for Hillary, with all her perceived warts. I know that when America votes on November 8, it will be for either of two world views. There are merits to the argument of those who’ve been left behind. They are going vote for Trump, whose promise is to try to break a system that’s been in place for ages. They’ll be hoping that another Brexit-like miracle will bring their salvation if Clinton’s supporters do not vote.

For the next 12 years, the decision that wins on November 8 will affect the lives of all that live in these United States. I will be hoping that the wave that brought Barack Obama to office is still potent.

All those years ago, young people made a statement. They stepped out of their straight jackets and chose the ultimate outsider. They repeated this rebellious action four years later.

If the wrong choice is made next month, it will affect the next decade. It will take years to undo the damage. 

To those who’ve been this power, go out and vote for progress. Vote for a stronger, safer and kickass-science-loving America. Vote Hillary.

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About Steven

It wasn't me; arrest the voices. It was the voices in my head. Sike! I am Ugandan first. I care for development in my country. I am a curious observer second and I care to know what you think.
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