How lucky I am to live in a progressive city like Seattle where citizens rally to prevent gun violence and support the election of the first woman President. Unlike the small crowd that turned out in Boise to see Gloria Steinem last week, the liberal folks in Seattle were out in force on Saturday as I went from rally to rally. As I remarked to my friend Whitney who joined me at the Clinton rally, it was nice to be with people that share a similar passion to make a difference in our crazy world. Communities united!
First up, I found buried deep in the newspaper an article alerting me that at my local church, First United Methodist, there would be a rally to support the I-1491 initiative restricting guns access to those who threaten violence. Too often teachers, parents, etc. see tragedy coming and don’t have the tools to stop it. The I-1491 initiative is just complete common sense and gives us a chance to prevent tragedy like what happened to the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Speaking at the rally was one of the Sandy Hook moms who founded the Sandy Hook Promise that helps people recognize warning signs and intervene appropriately with potentially violent offenders as they are allowed by law. After she lobbied all the Senators to pass a background check proposal in 2013 and it failed, she didn’t quit. Just like Hillary, she kept right on working for laws that would protect us from those who would harm others and themselves with guns. Ultimately, this is all about saving lives. Common sense, right? Not to the gun lobby who would arm anyone and everyone no matter the cost.
After Governor Inslee voiced his support, he introduced Gabby Giffords who walked right up to the stage in the narthex and strongly urged us all to come together and make a difference with I-1491. “Be bold, be courageous.” Gabby is a true inspiration to us all to put aside our petty daily distractions and take on a bolder, wider purpose to help others.
Walking to the Clinton rally afterwards, I saw Gabby, who was sitting in the front of a black Suburban SUV at a stop sign. After I gave her two thumbs up, she blew kisses to me and clapped in response. Wow, what a strong and wonderful woman she is to never give up and keep bringing her energy and positive attitude to this important fight to help so many people. I hope this initiative passes in Washington State and spreads to other states. We must give everyone the tools and power to prevent violence wherever they live.
Luckily I got to the Clinton rally early as the line was already forming, full of passionate supporters. I grabbed a spot for myself and two friends, which allowed us to sit right behind the girl scouts near the front as Chelsea spoke from the heart about her mom. An excellent speaker (she comes by it honest from both parents), she told stories of what it was like to be the daughter of the President and her mom, the soon-to-be President. She was low key, authentic and full of love for her topic of the day-electing her mom to be the first woman President. Not dwelling on the antics of Trump, she focused on the good her mom has done in her career and what she would bring to the White House. Taking many questions from the audience, primarily from the youth there, she didn’t deflect like they do in the debates and thoroughly answered the questions asked. When asked how her mom has coached her to take all the negative criticism about her family, she responded with sound advice for anyone: “When serious people give serious feedback, take it seriously. When not serious people give not serious feedback, do not take it seriously.” Well said Clintons!
Today, I voted for Chelsea’s mom. For me, this is the most important vote for President that I have ever made. Never before did I think that the “other” candidate I did not vote for would be a disaster and ruin our country. I do feel that way about Trump. He just CANNOT be our leader. He doesn’t represent the kind and good people who live in America. He has brought out the racist, divisive and disgruntled demographic that Hillary will need to work with to improve their economic situation, to understand their anger and to ultimately move them forward to prosper in this great nation. I believe in her and know that she will represent ALL the people, even the Trump supporters. She is a better person than me and smarter than me and that’s what I look for in a President. That’s why #IMWITHHER