by georgep, Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 04:16:25 PM EDT
Disclosure: I am a Clinton supporter and have been given the opportunity to write a weekly diary to talk about certain issues from a candidate supporter's perspective. I want to use today's diary to introduce myself and to briefly touch on one of the main reasons I am supporting Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination to represent our party in the general election in 2008.
Today Hillary Clinton unveiled her first TV ad, and it happens to touch on some of the issues that are most important to me when I looked at the candidate I was going to support for the nomination. Here it is:
The ad puts into active pictures what I expect Clinton to strive for as our president: Tirelessly work for all of us, so that as a nation we thrive and move forward, leaving nobody behind.
Let me introduce myself. I am 45 years of age, a web designer, computer programmer and network specialist. If I had to choose a 'class' categorization, I would say that my family unit belongs to the middle class, neither "lower," nor "upper," just middle. Politically I consider myself rather progressive, with at times almost socialistic tendencies. Mind you, the Euro-liberalism that is known as a form of socialism, but has brought with it efficient single-payer health care, a strong social net, very little poverty and a considerably high standard of living for a broad spectrum of citizens.
My entire universe is shown here:
My personal world consists of my wonderful wife and my two daughters, 10 and 2 years of age.
As you can see, I am surrounded by women, and I have become very conscious of how gender politics affect our lives. Women still earn 25% less than men, for no good reason. The conservative Supreme Court is in the midst of a campaign to defray our rights, including abortion rights, which could well at some point in their lives affect one of my daughters. For all the importance women have in our society, the power in sheer numbers, women are largely underrepresented in our country when it comes to the decision-making process at the highest level.
We now have the opportunity to put up for the Democratic nomination one of the brilliant minds of our time, who also happens to be a woman, a win-win situation in my opinion. I have come to view women as better decision makers and stronger advocates for what it is they believe in than men. I see it in my personal life on a daily basis, and there are also many historical precedents. It is my firm belief that as a nation we would benefit greatly from a woman president to give us a representative from the gender that has been shortchanged for over 200 years in this country.
I would like to discuss social issues with this diary, as that is my focus this week and ties into what I want my daughters to look at when they see Hillary: A competent steward of our futures, a caring president who thinks of each person as an important part of our society, a life to be cherished, saved, and celebrated.
More after the flip...