Over the past couple of days, I’ve been seeing a lot of supportive I’m With Her posts on my newsfeed. Mostly, I think, in reaction to the utterly disgusting and frightening comments Trump has made, both at the debates and in his personal life. It’s been nice to see those posts popping up.
This has been a rough year for some of us who have, indeed, been with her. For a while there, during the primaries, being a Hillary supporter was practically a mortal sin. Here in Portland, it would probably require going to confession 😉 I know I mostly remained quiet about it on social media, as I didn’t want to get my head bitten off by Bernie supporters. I also didn’t want to lose good friendships–not worth it over a crazy election year. And I know for a fact of other Facebook friends who supported Hillary–they told me so in person–but didn’t post very much about it either.
Now, I can completely understand people disagreeing with Hillary’s policies. I can even understand people not voting for her in November and will not lecture anyone about that choice. I do believe in people voting their conscience. If that means voting for a third party this election, so be it. But during primary season, things went a little farther than that. Hillary was more than just an opposing candidate. She was evil. She was a fascist. She was Satan. She would mean a nuclear war and the end of the world. As opposed to Bernie, whose little bird was a divine sign of approval from God or Mother Earth. No wonder that voting for Hillary made me feel like I should put on my devil horns and mount the seven-headed beast of the Apocalypse before filling out my ballot.
Why am I saying all of this now? Sure, there’s some small amount of satisfaction in seeing more open support of Hillary lately. Even more so since I think she will make a much better President than people give her credit for. But mostly, this is an apology to myself. There’s no pride in being a coward and keeping silent about what you believe. Especially when I consider myself a “political blogger” unafraid to “express my opinions” and all this other bullshit. You’re supposed to do that precisely when it’s difficult and unpopular, not when it’s easy. Maybe when the next election comes around, I’ll be a little bit braver. For now, go Hillary!