I was originally leaning towards Bernie Sanders in the primaries for the same reason I supported Obama over Hillary in 2008: I didn’t want another political dynasty to reign over the White House, having just had the Bushes in power for 12 of the previous 20 years prior to the ’08 election. I felt we knew what we would be getting with another Clinton, and I’d rather keep things fresh.

And yet… I ended up voting for Hillary over Bernie in the primaries. My wife ultimately swayed me to support HRC because, as my wife put it, Hillary represented the best opportunity of our lifetime for a woman to be elected president. I knew that either Bernie or Hillary would be much more representative of my interests than any of the potential republican candidates, but here presented an opportunity for a historic event. As the father of an eight-year-old girl, Hillary being elected would allow me to further reinforce to my daughter that women are capable of being whatever they want to be and doing whatever they want to do with their lives. Even be president. Having a daughter made me a stronger feminist, and I want every conceivable glass ceiling to be shattered before she could ever encounter one.

Aside from the historic potential of her being elected, I strongly supported Hillary’s social policies over Trump’s in the general election. I teach at a college that largely services a growing minority community, and I am concerned for the treatment of minorities under Trump. Furthermore, I believe Hillary would do more to protect and expand rights of LGBT Americans. I was in support of her plans to increase taxes on the wealthy, and I thought she would do more to protect voting rights and improve public education. I also am a supporter of more gun regulation, and Hillary was clearly the better candidate on that issue. And, most obviously, she was the superior candidate for expanding women’s rights and opportunities.

Trump, to me, has always been about Trump. I didn’t believe at the time, nor do I now, that he has anyone else’s best interests at heart other than his own. I fear he views his campaign and subsequent presidency as one big business opportunity for his commercial empire. He’s a selfish, opportunistic, misogynistic bully that has enflamed racial tensions while stacking lies upon insults upon lies. Ultimately, I don’t believe that what’s been good for Trump will also be good for the rest of America.

She was a default choice. I was firmly behind Bernie Sanders. And here is why. The cost involved in living is high enough to inhibit creative experiments, invention, a lifetime of learning and growth. The biggest hurdle these days is the cost of health care, health insurance and college tuition or tuition loans. At the same time there is a attitude about consuming that is about finding the cheapest solution or object. The anonymity of purchasing from large stores means that no one has direct contact with those that make things and so we don’t really care if they are getting paid well or if they are living a good life. Employment is less about being part of a team than it is about profits. So many times people end up stuck in jobs that offer little pride in the results, or squeeze every last drop of enthusiasm out of a worker. The wealth at the top is entirely meaningless if it does not circulate towards great visions for everyone. Those at the top should be there because they have a very large vision and they see money as a means toward something greater. One of the best ways to make living a little easier, if you are at the financial bottom, is reducing the costs of just staying alive and that means health care should not cost all a person’s earned income. The process of disentangling out of the current model of heath care is a very messy one, but so far no one sees or have the courage to make the shift. Bernie Sanders has the courage.

I supported Donald Trump for multiple reasons. But did I vote for Donald Trump because I felt he was the best choice? Nope! A vote for Trump is a vote against Hillary Clinton. A vote for Johnson or Stein is a wasted vote. As a person that doesn’t support fraud, thievery, deception, and murder, I do not support Hillary Clinton.

I have a friend that is in the United States Coast Guard. If he even prints a confidential email and takes it home he would go to jail for sure. Guaranteed. How many did Clinton take home? She said sorry so no problem? After a subpoena she wiped her drives? When she was questioned why she wiped the drives she said “what? like wiped with a towel?” That’s not presidential material.

Donald Trump is an ordinary politician… Not! He has no filter. He says what he’s thinking. You know he’s not hiding anything; he says everything that comes to mind. He funded his own campaign. He submits to zero special interests. Trump speaks for the little people and the big people. He has real experience in business and not in the business of saying he supports homosexuality and taking money from countries that murder gays. He doesn’t take money from or support countries that shoot bombs that have antisemitic messages on the side. America has no better ally than the state of Israel and Trump is aware of it. His policies are spot on but words cannot describe how perfect his policies are on immigration. Making immigration harder isn’t racist. Building a wall isn’t racist. Trump has high standards; he has one of those “if you’re not first, you’re last” personalities. Trump will be tough on ISIS; Hillary won’t even refer to them as radical islamic terrorists because she doesn’t want to offend the people that are killing innocent humans. He wants to keep nuclear weapons out of the wrong hands. And mostly why will Trump be the better president? Because he said he will be.