15 Reasons to Vote for Hillary Clinton by R. B. Holmes

By Rev. Dr. R. B. Holmes |  October 21, 2016

Disclaimer:  The article represents a non-solicited personal opinion regarding the upcoming presidential elections.  The author is not authorized to voice an official position of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

An open letter to millennials, African Americans, Women, Minorities, Evangelicals and Pastors – 15  Reasons to Vote for Hillary Clinton 

By Reverend Dr. RB Holmes  
Pastor, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
Tallahassee, Florida
   
             
               After listening attentively, prayerfully and objectively to the presidential debate on last Wednesday evening, it is crystal clear to me that Secretary Hillary Clinton is the most qualified to be the 45th president of these United States of America.  She really has a comprehensive vision and plan to make this country stronger militarily, economically, educationally, racially and globally.  She is prepared; she is competent; she is thoughtful; and she has the temperament and judgment to be our next president.
                Donald  Trump’s comments, values, and negative campaigning over the last several months, especially in the republican primary,  has proven to many that he is not ready to be president of the most  powerful country in this world.  We will do our children and grand children great harm to elect this man as president.   I don't need to articulate the vile, atrocious, bigoted, sexist, ugly and racist things that he has consistently said about women, Mexicans, Muslims, blacks, gays,  and his opponents in the republican primary,  and most disrespectfully,  about President Obama .
                Listen, as a black man, a black pastor, a black father, black grandfather, black brother, black uncle and a black husband, Donald Trump’s efforts for over five years to delegitimize the first black president is blasphemous.  Yes, he is the founder of the “birther” movement.  He led this racist movement where millions of his supporters questioned and believed that President Obama was not a citizen of this country.  He knew what he was doing; he appealed to the darkest and prejudicial side of his supporters; he used the color of the president skin and this “birther” thing to be where he is now -  the republican nominee for the president.  As for me and my household, this is one of the primary reasons among others that I cannot support Donald Trump.  The man is not right; the man has hurt too many people; the man is not fit to be our Commander in Chief - period!
               This country is in a bad place right now.  We need a leader who can bring us together and not divide us. We have growing racial tension and unrest.  We need a president who has experience in working with diverse communities.  Mrs. Clinton has always been an advocate for social justice.  We are far too often under terror attacks in this country and abroad.  Secretary Clinton will be a strong and steady hand in fighting Isis and keeping this country safe.  Mr.  Trump can very easily, with his instability and temperament, lead us into World War III.  The stakes are too high to sit this election out or to support someone who truly does not have the expertise, experience, and moral excellence to succeed President Obama as the next president.
               Therefore, I have prophetically and prayerfully come up with 15 reasons why millennials, blacks, minorities, women and others ought to consider voting for Secretary Hillary Clinton.  Let us count the reasons: 

Reasons to Vote for Secretary Hillary Clinton

1. Secretary Clinton is, in the words of President Obama, "the most qualified person to have ever run for the presidency; she is highly qualified and prepared to be the 45th president of the United States."

2.  Secretary Clinton was a relentless and strong advocate for the candidacy and presidency of this country's first African American president; she was a vocal critic of the backwards "Birther Movement."

3.  Secretary Clinton has been in public service for 30 years; she has an impressive record of standing up for children, the elderly, the poor and distressed communities.  She went from being a Yale Law School graduate to fighting for poor children as a worker for the Children's Defense Fund.
 
4. Secretary Clinton has a rich history in supporting the right of all citizens to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot.  She will continue to work hard to attack legislation designed to cause significant burdens for eligible voters or deny them their constitutional right to vote.
 
5. Secretary Clinton will be a fearless leader for strengthening, saving and sustaining our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's).
 
6. Secretary Clinton will lead the way for the advancement of Obamacare and the expansion of Medicaid.

7.  Secretary Clinton will sponsor legislation for criminal justice reform and support programs to help ex-offenders to find jobs, housing, mental health care and hope.
 
8. Secretary Clinton will not build walls, but she will build bridges for  all  people  of  color  to  legally  and  morally  enjoy  the American  dream;  she  understands  we  are a nation of immigrants.
 
9. Secretary Clinton will support and find ways to ensure the economic growth in Africa; she will work to save the children and empower struggling African countries.
 
10. Secretary Clinton will build a viable economy that will create good paying jobs for the minority communities; she will increase the minimum wage to a respectable “living” wage.  She will promote the development of minority businesses; she will ensure   that governmental agencies support black businesses and others.                                                                   
 
11. Secretary Clinton will build a better and stronger public education system and reduce the high drop-out rate in inner cities; she will become the "Education President." She will support new avenues and programs that will leave no child behind.
 
12. Secretary Clinton will fight against all forms of racism and discrimination; she has the experience, expertise and track record for standing up against bigotry and bullying.
 
13. Secretary Clinton will appoint and select a cabinet and administration that will reflect the demographics of this nation.

14. Secretary Clinton will  defend  this  nation;  she will protect  this  nation  and  she  will seek  peace  and  strength across the globe.

15. Secretary Clinton will be the first female president of this great country because she is gifted, talented, thoughtful, prepared, experienced, and compassionate. She knows we are truly "stronger together!"

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