In this letter to the editor, freshman national security and foreign affairs major Andrew Young of Albany, New York explains why his gut tells him that he cannot vote for Hillary Clinton.
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To put it simply, I cannot, and will not, vote for Hillary Clinton. Not in this election cycle, not ever.
Before I am possibly dismissed as a partisan, right-wing maniac I’d like to explain why, and it ultimately comes down to body language, and a gut feeling.
As a first-time voter, I want to vote for someone who I believe has the best interest of the people in mind, and quite frankly, I see almost zero of that in this election cycle. Donald Trump has used unacceptable, hateful, and bigoted rhetoric toward minority groups and women, and seemingly wants to win the presidency to prove himself as a winner on the ultimate stage.
On the opposing side, Hillary Rodham Clinton stands, ready to continue many of the policies of President Barack Obama. She is a policy expert, and has had decades of experience, whether as a Secretary of State, First Lady, and Senator.
However, when I hear her speak, or debate, I feel like she is talking down to me, and giving me a lecture. I feel like as a voter and American, that she doesn’t care about me, the average citizen.
My disclaimer here is that I have never felt that way about President Obama. He has always seemed genuine and caring for the American people, regardless of whether or not I agree with him on policy. He has always seemed to have his heart in the right place.
I just do not get that feeling from Secretary Clinton. Whether it be the Benghazi scandal with regards to veterans, or the mishap with the Democratic National Convention emails, you name it, she just continues to show me, as a voter, that she seemingly doesn’t care about and connect with people.
Now, I have brought this point of demeanor up with others before, and oftentimes I get the rebuttal somewhere along the lines of “well, because she is a woman, she may feel that she has to act tougher than the traditional candidate.” That could possibly be true, but as a voter, my gut tells me otherwise. She is a strong, successful person, regardless of her gender, and what I see when I hear her speak is coldness. I see strength, but I don’t see genuine human connection from her. Even worse, when she tries to have connection with a base of voters, it feels forced, and it feels like the attempt is only used for political gain.
The primary example to illuminate is the issue of college tuition and student debt. Recently, at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Secretary Clinton seemingly had to rely on guest speaker Senator Bernie Sanders (who by the way, ran a campaign that seemed truly genuine) to drive her point home to millennial voters about obtaining tuition-free public college educations.
I will admit, yes, I disagree with her on most policy issues, because those are simply the values and opinions I hold and have grown up with. Personally, I will not be voting for her this November. Aside from her scandals, Wall Street ties, etc., the true reason she will not get my vote all boils down to that central issue of care for our citizens. I am sorry, but if I do not think a candidate cares about the people of our country, I will never vote for them to be the leader of our nation.
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