I was and still am a supporter of Hillary Clinton. This is my first presidential election (my first election period) in which I can particpate. I volunteered for Hillary locally and nationally. I went out and campaigned for her by making phone calls or whatever I could do. I went out and tried to see her or Bill whenever they came near. I even went to Washington, D.C. to see her give her concession speech in person. I also went to my district and state conventions as a Clinton supporter. So please don't peg me as an Obama supporter condemning Clinton supporters. I am just saying, it's time to move on.
We live in America and we live in a democracy. This is our nation and our tradition. In other countries when election results are not what a group of individuals want, they rig the elections. So because we live in this wonderful democracy, its time to accept that simply more people voted for Senator Obama and won the most delegates to the convention.
However while you're disappointed, you're not the only one. I supported Hillary Clinton because I truly believed (and to some degree I still do) that only a Clinton can restore this country after a Bush. That we need Hillary in the White House and no other was acceptable. I believed her ideas were the most pragmatic and she was the most experienced and qualified to be Commander-in-Chief. I also describe myself as a male feminist and the fact she is a woman was a great plus to me (after all this is also what brought me to support Hagan and Perdue, in part). But with the right ideas you can do anything and that's what the Obama-Biden ticket brings.
I think it defies commonsense to chose to support John McCain because Hillary lost. I am somewhat pleading with you to reconsider. As Hillary said, "The differences between me and Barack are small, but the differences between him and John McCain are great." Let's look at the reasons: Hillary and Barack support upholding Roe v. Wade, McCain wants it overturned; Hillary and Barack support labor, McCain does not; Hillary and Barack support ending this war, McCain will keep us there for many years to come; Hillary and Barack support giving Americans universal healthcare coverage, McCain does not; and Hillary and Barack support fixing the Social Security system as is, McCain wants to privatize it. These are just some of the similarities between Hillary and Barack and the differences between them and McCain. To fix the problems that we face and secure America's future we cannot afford four to eight more years of the same failed Bush policies. And if you supported Hillary Clinton you supported the ideals that she held and voted for those ideals. If you supported Hillary Clinton for those you should know her and Barack have those same ideas, albeit with minor differences.
Its time for more supporters to come back as the party faithful they have been for many years and support our nominee. Don't allow yourself to be used by the McCain campaign as a pawns in his plan to sweep this election and institute more Bush policies. Don't allow him the chance to send this country backward instead of forward. I think Hillary said it best in Unity, New Hampshire: "John McCain and President Bush are like two sides of the same coin and it doesn't amount to a whole lot of change."