I have had many inner debates during this last election on who I should support, and I'm sure that these debates will continue because of how important this election is to me and my fellow LGBT voters. There are very serious issues at stake with who we choose to be our next Democratic candidate, and I admit it is very difficult to choose one out of the very qualified candidates we have been given. So who is it going to be? Biden, Hillary, Obama, Kucinich, Gravel, Richardson, Edwards, or Dodd? What issues are most important? LGBT issues, the war, health care, poverty, taxes, or abortion? All these things must be taken seriously, but which candidate has all the answers to all the questions? I think we all know the answer to that. There is no person with all the answers, and as unfortunate as it is none of these people will end all suffering in the world. This should not deter people from participating or "practicing" politics. Every issue that has come to a triumphant conclusion has not happened over night, but has taken years of baby steps. So here again we arrive at our problem, who shall inherit this diverse and divided nation (and world)?
Well maybe we should start with an easier question. Who should not inherit this nation and world? I think most of us agree that it should not be Giuliani, Paul, Thompson, Huckabee, Romney, McCain, Hunter, or Tancredo. I also believe that we must support someone who can win. I'm sure all LGBT people would love for someone like Kucinich to be President; however, as much as we hate to say it, there are other factors in choosing a candidate. I believe one of those factors, unfortunately, is popularity. I believe that it is in fact late enough to see that our next Democratic nominee will be either Hillary, Obama, or Edwards.
So here we have them, our candidates from which we may choose! (Applause is welcome)
This is where things become more tedious. All three of these candidates are very similar on the issues with some exceptions. So lets begin with John Edwards. Edwards says that he is the strongest advocate of eliminating the threat of poverty, which is a major positive factor, but I'm not sure how much I trust Edwards. Also, I believe Edwards is the most uncomfortable with LGBT issues out of all Democratic candidates, and gives me reason to not support him. So now we Obama and Hillary. Both of these candidates would be firsts for the United States. First African-American or first woman.
Before I continue, I would also like to ensure that I believe that any of the Democratic candidates would be a much improved situation and most or all are over qualified to run this country. With that being said, I will support whoever the nominee is for the Democratic Party; but for delegation purposes I must choose a Democratic candidate to support and I have chosen Hillary.
Some may disagree, but I feel that Hillary will be the strongest of the democratic candidates and will be not only the strongest advocate for LGBT persons but also the person who will actually get things done regarding my closest to heart issues.
Some will argue that her husband's record on LGBT issues is poor, and it was; however, I believe Hillary will come through with her openness to LGBT people even with support from Bill. Also, she has repetitively spoken to the HRC, and is close friends with Joe Solmonese.
Here are some quotes from Hillary:
"Are you ready for a government that treats all Americans with dignity, and equality no matter who you are, or who you love?"
"I'm proud to stand by your side. I want you to know that just as you have always had an open door to my senate office, you will always have an open door to the White House, and together we will continue our struggle against hatred and our stand for equality." (To the Human Rights Campaign)
Through all the videos and sound bytes that I have seen of all the candidates, Hillary has shown me that she will be the best candidate for LGBT people. And because my blog concerns LGBT politics I will leave my other issues out of this conversation.