I am proud to be an American, but it is not because I believe we are free. I know that many gay people aren't free to marry the people they love and many women aren't free to own their own bodies and sexuality. I am proud to be an American even though our healthcare system is the stupidest in the world and we fight needless wars. I am not a 'Merican who loves their country despite our imperialism and ignorance, but I believe in what America can do. We can vote to create equality and peace. We can make sure everyone in this country feels safe and free. We can live what we stand for. I voted and I hope you will too because there are issues that matter. Education matters. My ability to get health insurance even though I have a preexisting condition matters. I would prefer you voted my way, but I mostly want you to vote so that in the next four years I can talk to you and we can have a political discourse and we both put our voices in the discussion when it mattered. I am young and may tire of the political bickering, but today I just want everyone, rich or poor, black or white, to have a voice in making the song that makes America. We cannot repair past mistakes like our internment of Japanese and murder and displacement of Native Americans, but we can be progressive voices towards justice now if we try. All we have to do is be a little unreasonable. We have to demand better from our leaders than we think they can do.
Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day America and if you want to ever say a single bad thing about politics in the next four years you better vote!