This post is republished from the original Facebook version by Adam Pol.
To every lower-income worker, please take a moment to consider the words I’ve written. I know your time is short, but I promise it’s worth it.
- I understand your anger. You haven’t had a day off in forever.
- I understand your rage. You watch as those who haven’t worked a day in their life, while receiving a huge donation weekly from their parent’s trust fund, are afforded every opportunity you’ve dreamed of.
- I understand your confusion. You worked hard your entire life, only to leave college at the sidelines until your personal situation gets better––a personal hell that only worsens daily.
- I understand your hurt. Medical bills have left you hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, destroying a credit report that now blocks you from being able to rent, get a loan, and perhaps even a job.
I get it. I’m right there with you
I don’t know who you support in this election, or even if you were hoping for one of the candidates that did not get nominated, like Bernie Sanders. I do know that you probably consider your life crises a big influence when you cast your vote, so as a former Bernie Sanders supporter, I think it’s relevant to remember the message that fueled his campaign:
“A Future to Believe In”
Paid family and vacation leave. A tax-code that works for all Americans, not just those at the top. Debt-free college. Universal medical coverage. That is the future this nation needs to strive towards in order to continue to break the barriers of inequality that leave too many without an ounce of hope.
I’m not going to lecture you about how high the stakes are in this election. I’m not going to reiterate the threat to Progressive values and ideas––women’s rights, worker’s rights, LGBTQ rights, African American advancement and equality, ending police brutality, etc.––from one to potentially three Supreme Court Justice selections from Donald Trump and a GOP Congress. I’m not even going to say that your vote for a third party candidate is a wasted vote…because it’s not.
The only thing I will ask you to do is consider is whether Hillary Clinton’s opponent is offering us a future where our ideas and values will ever be accepted, at least until the balance of the Supreme Court rocks back into our favor. I’m asking for you to deeply consider if his stances on avoiding taxes, on abusing the American tax code, on giving the richest top 1/10 of 1% the biggest tax break in American history, and on reverting this country’s direction to one of legislation hatred and discrimination will create the future that you and I said that we were voting on this November.
Hillary Clinton or her opponent will take office next year. That’s not negotiable on any basis rooted in reality or fact. Your vote in this election will directly help Hillary Clinton –– a person focused on the ideas of equality, unity, and compromise (whose ideas may not sit well with you, but are easily influenced for the right reasons) –– or her opponent –– a person focused on the ideas of division, fear, and illusionary power –– to become President of the United States of America.
My purpose here is not to tell you how to vote. I just think it’s important to remember the ideas behind “A Future to Believe In,” the candidates before us and the best way to work toward that vision of the future. For a working man like me, the choice is clear, and I hope you see it that way as well.
Adam Pol is an organizer for the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign in Cary, NC. He left his position as a restaurant server to support all Democratic candidates running for office in the 2016 election.