1: A 33 year old man and some thoughts on growing up detesting Hillary Clinton and finally taking a hard look at my own bias.
2: It's amazing to look back now at growing up in the 90's and recalling how much I loved Bill but hated his wife. Persisted into adulthood.
3: I clearly remember as late as 2005 asking myself how she'd ever been elected, how anyone could find her an appealing politician.
4: I was always liberal and someone finally said something that made me stop and gape in astonishment at my own stupidity.
5: It was a racist old car salesman I worked with. When confronted about his racism, he said, "People been saying it forever, must be true."
6: For him, my black girlfriend and eventual wife was not a person in any real sense of the word. Just a set of perceptions and words.
7: Had I not been reading an article about Clinton just before that, I might have remained an idiot for much, much longer.
8: I'd like to thank him for making me realize I had never bothered to research HRC for myself. The atmosphere of hate was pervasive.
9: It's honestly embarrassing how fast my opinions changed once I gave her a fair shake. Flawed? Sure. Imperfect as we all are. But!
10: Nothing outside the behavior of any politician. HRC is simply hated so much that she's investigated endlessly and held to a higher std.
11: If you don't believe that, please note the current election and how often she's accused of lying even when fact checkers give her an A+
12: While Donald Trump is given a pass because he lies so much, so deeply, and so often that we don't bother calling him on it any longer.
13: If that isn't the double standard to end them all, I don't know what is. But the larger point is that there is more to her than we think
14: Look at the journalism. Look at statements even from GOP senators. Everyone who meets her says the same things over and over again.
15: She listens. She seems to truly care. She has empathy. She works well with literally anyone. She wins you over. She solves problems.
16: She's done so much for so many with almost no credit, because she doesn't feel a need to shout about her achievements. Unlike Trump.
17: Flaws? Yep. She's a human being. But fundamentally, she's a lovely person and a brilliant political operator who fixes things often.
18: Black communities backed her in the primary for this reason. She has been helping the underserved and forgotten her whole life.
19: And as an aside, the vitriol of extremists (like Greens) is hollow, because HRC and the Dems are the only chance we have to fix things.
20: Because doing so means having votes in congress, and being able to elect a president rather than cost someone an election like in 2000.
21: A fact acknowledged by Bernie Sanders a la Ralph Nader and the Bush/Gore vote in Florida. Ideological purity is easy when you can't win.
22: The fact is, HRC and Dems have fought for decades to do the slow, painful work of implementing progress. Greens, GOP, Libertarians? Nope
23: And truly, those hardline extremists would be welcomed into the party and HRC would sit and listen, try to achieve THEIR goals.
24: So here we are, all these years later. From hate to deep admiration and respect. Just shows you people can change. Converts are possible