The Manhattan Young Democrats are proud to announce our official endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President of the United States.
For more information, please see our full statement, copied below.
For months, we’ve listened to the plethora of presidential candidates explain to the country why they deserve to be our next Commander in Chief. It has been a long and defining process for our country. It has also been a defining process for the Democratic Party, a process that has energized a new generation of activists and leaders, and one that has shaped the party for the better.
Of the options we are now left with, however, two stand apart. In one corner is a fear-mongering demagogue with no respect for, or understanding of, our country or the people in it. In the other is a First Lady, a Senator, and a Secretary of State.
Hillary Clinton is running on a platform that will continue to make our country better, building on the progress we have made over the last 8 years. The planks of this platform are familiar to most: raising the minimum wage, making wall street and corporations pay their fair share, fighting for a path to citizenship, increasing health care access by finally creating a public option, making public college tuition free, expanding social security, fighting climate change and creating new clean energy jobs in the process, investing in new infrastructure and cleaning up the old, finally passing even the most basic gun reform, fighting to reinstate the power of the voting rights act, rebuilding trust in minority communities through police and criminal justice reform, ensuring that black lives matter, ensuring equal pay for equal work, and ensuring equal treatment of all citizens no matter you sexual, religious or gender identity. Wherever you look, it’s clear that the results of this election will have effects that reach far into our future, and not just in terms of policy. Our next president will have the responsibility of appointing multiple new Supreme Court Justices, shaping the Court for years to come. We must have Justices who will overturn Citizens United, who will defend a woman’s right to choose; Justices who will protect the equal rights of minority communities, and who, when faced with the threat of Global Warming, will not hinder the effort to combat it.
Perhaps most importantly, however, with a strong leader guiding the way, progressives have an opportunity to take back the House and the Senate. Without that, very little of what we stand for will be feasible. With a strong leader pushing the line, we can even take back our state houses, like our own State Senate in New York. This year we have the opportunity for a truly comprehensive approach. We can show the country that progressive ideals benefit everyone, not just small pockets of the population. We can prove that progress is not something to be feared, but to be welcomed.
The Democratic Party is one of unity. We are a party where people of every race, class, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age can have their voices heard and their concerns taken seriously. And, as Michelle Obama said at the DNC last week, we need “a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters, a president who truly believes in the vision that our Founders put forth all those years ago that we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story.”
That is why the Manhattan Young Democrats are proud to officially endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for the office of President of the United States. Not just because she is the most qualified. Not just because she will be a President we can believe in. Not simply because the alternative is too horrific to consider. No, we endorse secretary Clinton because together we are stronger than any of us alone. Together we can overcome hatred, bigotry and fear. Together we can show the country, and the world, that we live in the greatest Nation on Earth—a place where all are accepted, and where everyone can create a brighter future.