While some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are trying to decide whether to vote for Donald Trump or Gary Johnson, we'll be putting forth the case that our Mormon sisters and brothers should consider a third, too-often-overlooked option: Hillary Clinton.
There is no doubt that partisan hatred of the Clinton family, and particularly of Hillary herself, runs deep all across America. This hatred has spawned a barrage of insults, insinuations, accusations, and attacks. Perhaps no person in contemporary American politics has been subjected to a concentrated partisan onslaught for as long, or as intensely, as Hillary Clinton. And, from our best research, it looks like the worst thing people can find is that she didn’t operate her email server the right way.
Over the upcoming months of this heated campaign, LDS Democrats of America will be proud to support Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States. We will also reintroduce Hillary to our co-religionists who know only the rumors mongered by her political opponents. [Throughout this campaign, we will also maintain two core principles that are at the heart of all we do: LDS Dems is a big tent, and politics must always stop at the meetinghouse doors.]
We are excited by Hillary for many reasons. Here are a few:
•Hillary’s policy stances on the sanctity of the family (e.g., equal pay, family leave, access to health care), the environment, personal freedom, women’s rights, refugee rights, religious freedom, income inequality, education, and immigration are closer to the Mormon doctrines we hold dear than anyone else running.
•Having served as First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of the United States of America, United States Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary has an unprecedentedly thorough understanding of the system of government that the founders of our country established.
•After her time as Secretary of State, Hillary has an unmatched number of positive personal relationships with leaders of foreign powers.
We urge our fellow Latter-day Saints, our fellow Christians, and our fellow Americans to celebrate not only the historic nature of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president, but the significant and positive impact on politics and policy that her tenure as president will bring.
It is with great pride that we declare #ImWithHer and #ShesWithUs.
Robert Taber, chair, and Crystal Young-Otterstrom, vice-chair.
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