There has been a whole lot of nasty going on in United States politics (and in the country as a whole), but something historical happened last night, and I want to take a minute to acknowledge it.
Last night at the Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party nominated Hillary Clinton as their candidate for president. She was the first woman ever nominated on a major party ticket. Women gained the right to vote in this country in 1920, and it took a freaking constitutional amendment to get that right. Perhaps one of the most powerful moments of the roll call (the part where each individual delegate states who they wish to nominate) was when an elderly woman who was born into a world where women couldn't vote proudly cast her her vote for Mrs. Clinton.
Like Hillary Clinton or not, one cannot help but recognize the significance of this nomination. This is a big step forward for women in the United States. Whether she wins the election or not (and frankly let's hope she does, because the alternative is, at best, frightening), it's a huge nomination.
When I was a kid, being president was a man's job. Specifically a white man's job. The 2008 election removed white from the unofficial job criteria. Now in 2016 we have removed man from the unofficial job criteria for president. Kids today can look at our country's leaders and visualize themselves in that role someday. How cool is that? I couldn't visualize myself as president when I was a kid.
Last night made me proud to be an American.
In November I will report to my polling place and proudly cast my ballot for Hillary Clinton. I'm not voting for her because she's a woman (I don't particularly care what gender our leaders identify with, as long as they are good leaders), or because she's a Democrat (I'm proud to be a registered democrat and mostly vote that way, but I vote with my conscience on the issues, so sometimes it means I vote for another party's candidate), or because I agree with all of her platform (I don't!). I think that she is a competent leader with a proven track record and feel that she's the best candidate to lead the United States for the next four (or more) years.
Related, if you are an American citizen who is over the age of 18 and you aren't registered to vote, you still have plenty of time to get registered in time to vote in the November election. If you don't know how/where to register, I'm happy to help you figure it out. This will easily be the most important election of our lifetime. You owe it to yourself to do your research and have a say in it!