There’s a Difference

This is a departure from my typical blog posts, but enough infuriating Facebook conversations, and a girl gets serious. I live in a wonderful little bubble in Northampton, but that won’t matter if Trump is elected president.

You say that there is no difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, so you won’t vote for either.

If you want to have access to safe and legal abortions or you want that for your daughters and granddaughters, there’s a difference.

If you want birth control and STI protection to be easily accessible, there’s a difference.

If you know that abstinence education is actually dangerous, there’s a difference.

If you want refugees to have a chance to build a safe life in the US, there’s a difference.

If you want immigrants of any sort to be able to build a safe life here, there’s a difference.

If you want gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people to have legal rights to their children, there’s a difference.

If you want gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people to be able to make medical decisions for their loved ones, to be able to be with them in illness and death, there’s a difference.

If you want gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people to be able to marry someone from a different country and be able to live together, there’s a difference.

If you think transgender people deserve physical safety, there’s a difference.

If you think someone shouldn’t get fired because they’re gay, lesbian, or transgender, there’s a difference.

If you want people of color, and impoverished people to have full voting rights, there’s a difference.

If you believe that people need access to safe affordable childcare so they can work and support their families, there’s a difference.

If you believe that pregnant women have the right to retain their jobs, perhaps sit down at work, and even go to the bathroom when they need to, there’s a difference.

If you think everyone should have affordable health care, there’s a difference.

If you think people shouldn’t choose between food and medications, there’s a difference.

If you think that people who can’t afford health insurance shouldn’t die because they can’t afford treatment, there’s a difference.

If you think people of color, gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender people, disabled people, Jews, and Muslims shouldn’t fear for their lives and safety any more than they already do, there’s a difference.

If you know that no particular ethnicity or religion is more likely to produce terrorists than any other, there’s a difference.

If you know that we have much more to fear from people inside our country than those on the outside, there’s a difference.

If you want a chance at meaningful gun control, there’s a difference.

If you see education as essential, or even a good idea, there’s a difference.

If you fear the damage that climate change will do and has already done, there’s a difference.

If you know that climate change will be the worst for the most impoverished, marginalized people of the world, there’s a difference.

If you think national parks are a good idea, there’s a difference.

If you think protected land, water, and skies are a good idea, there’s a difference.

If you value leaders who believe in science, there’s a difference.

If you want leaders who do not fear women, there’s a difference.

If you want leaders who see women as more than sexual objects and/or mothers, there’s a difference.

If you believe that the stability and health of the entire world is tied to the stability and health of the U.S., there’s a difference.

There’s too much at stake. There’s a difference.

 

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2 Responses to There’s a Difference

  1. Margaret Miller says:

    Well said.

  2. Wendy Newton says:

    I love this blog.

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