The people have spoken: “Don’t try to scare me into voting for Hillary Clinton by talking about how awful Trump is. Make me love her!” I happen to believe that thwarting Trump—a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic fake populist—is an excellent reason to vote for his opponent, a normal human being. If you think Clinton’s evil, which I don’t, let me paraphrase Noam Chomsky: The reason to vote for the lesser evil is that it’s less evil. Also, it’s delusional to think that a Trump presidency would pave the way for a left victory in 2020, much less Susan Sarandon’s “revolution.” It didn’t happen when Humphrey lost to Nixon, it didn’t happen when Carter lost to Reagan, and, just to go there for a moment, it certainly didn’t happen when the German communists scorned the weak-tea socialists in the 1932 election with the slogan “After Hitler, us.” Mostly, right-wing victories pave the way for more right-wing victories.
But since you ask, here are 12 reasons why Hillary deserves your vote on her own merits.
1. Reproductive rights. I’m putting this first because they’re crucial to everything you care about: women’s rights, economic equality, family well-being, access to education, to say nothing of simple human happiness. Hillary is great on this issue: She supports funding for Planned Parenthood, fact-based sex education, and widespread access to birth control (including emergency contraception). She’s also broken new ground by calling for an end to the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal Medicaid funds to pay for poor women’s abortions. (President Obama, whom I’m guessing many Hillary holdouts supported, accepted the amendment as “an American tradition.”) The contrast with Trump, who wants to ban abortion and has filled his campaign with hard-core anti-choicers, couldn’t be starker.
2. Health care. As first lady, Clinton worked to pass the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which funds health care for 6 million children. Now she wants to get resistant red states to expand Medicaid; add a public option to the Affordable Care Act; let those 55 and over buy into Medicare; and offer coverage to undocumented immigrants. She wants to rein in drug companies, and has detailed plans to improve access to care for HIV, mental illness, and more.
3. Voting rights. The Republican Party has been working hard to disenfranchise black, Latino, student, and other likely Democratic voters. Clinton supports automatic registration for all citizens when they turn 18; restoring the Voting Rights Act; extending voting rights to ex-felons; and setting a national standard of 20 days for early voting.
4. Immigration. Clinton supports a path to citizenship for Dreamers, the young people brought to this country as children by their parents. Unlike Obama, she doesn’t support deporting undocumented immigrants, unless they’re violent criminals or terrorists. This is huge: peace of mind for 11 million people.