Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
As a American, I have been appalled by eight years of mismanagement of this country. Every day, we hear of more things going wrong; “the economy approaches recession,” “more lives lost in Iraq,” and so on. Our country has lost faith in its government, and it needs change in order to inspire and unite the American people. For this reason, I support Hillary Clinton. (Ohhh. You weren’t expecting that, were you?)
As a young white male Democrat, everyone assumes that I am an Obama supporter, and I understand why. Despite nearly identical policies, Obama is much more popular among young voters here at Swarthmore and across the country. I believe that this had occurred because many young voters view their support of Obama as a fundamental rejection of the political paradigm that has greatly harmed our country. As a result, we hear demands for “change” and messages of “hope.” I agree that change is desperately needed in the next presidency, and if you think about it, Hillary Clinton is the candidate that will deliver it.
An essential first step in reviving America is winning the presidency, and Clinton is better suited to do that. It was less than 8 years ago that Democrats difficultly learned the truth of winning the presidency; it’s a numbers game. Swing states, in particular Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, will decide the 2008 Presidential Election. These states—filled with blue-collar and elderly voters—support Clinton over Obama. Primary polls and results among Democrats as well as head to head polls among all registered voters reflect this reality. John McCain is a tough opponent, and this is an election Democrats can not afford to loose.
Finally, we must that remember change is a hollow ideal if it is not carried out. Clinton will deliver the change that this country needs. She has spent years fighting for the uninsured and her healthcare plan will ensure that all Americans have coverage, established relationships with foreign leaders that will allow her to repair our tarnished foreign reputation, and spent more time working on federal legislation. I applaud Senator Obama for his great work in the senate, but I have no doubt that Hillary Clinton is better able to institute the reforms that our country desperately needs. The time for change in America is now, and with Hillary Clinton as president, “Yes we will.”