When I was 5 or 6, I used to always talk about what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answers were a little different from the standard “princess”, “astronaut” or “cowboy”. I always told my mom I wanted to be the President’s Assistant. After going on and on about how I wanted to help the President (my mom watched a lot of West Wing so naturally I did as well) my mom finally turned to me and asked “why don’t you want to be the President?” I guess the thought had just never crossed my little mind.
And I had never realized until recently (that is until my hero, Hillary Rodham Clinton, ran for President in 2008) that 6-year old Miranda had no reason to believe she could be anything other than the President’t Assistant.
And that is why HRC’s campaign was so emotionally charged for me and many men and women across the world.
I can remember sitting in one of my classes in high school, watching her campaign announcement video, and trying to stay calm as tears rolled down my face. And then sitting in the car with my mom a few days later, realizing that in my first Presidential Election, I will be able to vote for the FIRST woman candidate and be a part of history. Even now I get chills thinking about it.
But I mostly get chills when I think about how the election actually turned out. And it’s something I struggle with every morning when I wake up.
Here’s a little something I put on Facebook like the 45 year-old soccer mom that I am:
“I have been in love with this country and democracy for my entire life, but I am deeply saddened at the outcome of this election. As a female, and as a human, I cannot support someone who has consistently degraded women, openly mocked the disabled, called for the eradication of the Muslim population and has supported anti-LGBT and racist agendas. To my friends and loved ones of all races, genders, sexual orientations and religions, I love you. We may not have won but we cannot let this administration ruin the progress America has made. Lord knows I’ll keep fighting. I want this to be the part of American history we overcome, and I don’t want this to turn into an ongoing legacy that the “Land of the Free” is known for. I’m disappointed but not discouraged because I believe love will ALWAYS trump hate.”
HRC has just released her newest book “What Happened” and while I have not had the chance to read it, I know it will be the exact words I need to hear to keep going. I find so much inspiration and strength in Hillary and as you very well know by the title of this post, I am STILL with her