I have never been excited for a presidential candidate before. The 2020 Presidential Election is going to be my 4th election where I am able to vote, and I am finally passionate and excited about a candidate.
In 2008, I had just turned 18. McCain had secured the Republican nomination, and I was not excited for him. I was a naive Republican, and so I voted for McCain. Thankfully, he lost.
In 2012, I was supporting someone who I don’t even remember, and I voted third party because I was a Republican, but couldn’t stand Romney. Thankfully, he lost.
In 2016, I supported Kasich. I wasn’t excited about him, but I supported him. When Trump secured the nomination, I realized that the party that I had been a member of because of my mom and her husband’s (not my dad’s, who died in 2000) beliefs and had been brainwashed to think like them not only no longer mirrored my own values, but hadn’t mirrored my values since I was 17 years old. I registered as a Democrat. I wasn’t excited about Clinton, but I voted for her, because the opposition was a literal sack of shit.
Now, for the 2020 Presidential race, I am excited and all in for Mayor Pete Buttigieg from South Bend Indiana. Don’t know how to pronounce it, don’t worry. Pretty much no one can. By the way, it’s Boot Edge Edge.
But the question I have been asked, and many of us who are supporting Mayor Pete are asked, is why him? I can’t speak for them, but I can speak as to why I support Mayor Pete.
First off, he’s a millennial. He is a candidate who knows that any decisions he makes as President, he is going to be alive to deal with the repercussions. If he is elected President, he would be the first mayor and the YOUNGEST PRESIDENT EVER. He is the same generation as I am, and he has more experience under his belt than the current occupant of the White House.
Secondly, he is an Afghanistan veteran, and he took a leave of absence from being mayor of South Bend to serve a 7 month tour as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan. He knows what those who have served in this war style are going through, and he’s gone through many of the post effects. In his book, The Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future, Mayor Pete explains his return from Afghanistan, and many of his experiences mirror that of my brother’s.
Thirdly, he is the first openly gay Presidential Candidate in American history. This is huge, especially with him being from Indiana, the state of Mike Pence and “religious freedom” laws that allow for discrimination against the LGBT community. Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten (who, by the way, is an amazing person to follow on twitter) were married in 2018. When he is asked about Vice President Pence’s blatant homophobia and discrimination, Buttigieg responded to Stephen Colbert,
” [Pence] is a nice guy to your face, but he’s also just fanatical.
I mean, he’s written that cigarettes don’t kill and he seems to think that the universe was created a few thousand years ago and that people like me get up in the morning and decide to be gay.
And the thing about it is, if that was a choice, it was a choice that was made way above my pay grade. So, what he doesn’t realize is that his quarrel is with my creator. My marriage has moved me closer to God and I wish he respected that.”
The God that I believe in is one of love and acceptance, and that is what the Bible teaches. The God of Pence, and of most organized religions, is one that encourages us to hate and discriminate his own creation. That’s not the God I believe in, and clearly not the God of Buttigieg.
Fourth, and this is a small point, he’s a small hometown boy from Indiana. So am I. I live in Sacramento now, but my formative years were spent in Taylorsville, Indiana.
Finally, he’s awesome. There is no dirt on him. The worst that anyone has on him is that he criticized Hillary Clinton for failing to acknowledge that there are issues in America that aren’t being met by the DNC and that he said he wants to educate Chick-fil-A on their anti-LGBT stance because he likes their chicken.
So, in conclusion, I’m all in favor of Pete Buttigieg. And, if you can’t remember that it’s pronounced Boot Edge Edge, you can just call him 46.