The 2016 Democratic National Convention wrapped up a few days ago and Hillary Clinton made history by becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. The contrast between the messages sent at the the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention couldn’t have been greater, as brilliantly illustrated in the comic below.
Overall, I thought the DNC went very well. Save the disrespectful and obnoxious behavior by a few Bernie or Bust people, it was a huge success. I’m far more energized than I was just a couple of weeks ago, and honestly, that is the entire point of the conventions. They are about energizing the base and laying the foundation for the rest of the campaign. The speeches, in particular, were exactly what they needed to be — inspiring and hopeful.
Hillary Clinton’s speech last Thursday was excellent. It wasn’t Obama-level excellent, but unless your last name is Obama you really shouldn’t be expected to reach that level. I felt like she made a very strong case for why she would make an excellent president. Not just a far better choice than The Donald, but a great choice in general. I’m not entirely sure if she was truly able to win over the on-the-fence Independents and moderate Republicans, but among her base I think she really strengthened her position.
What the DNC strengthened for me was my belief that this election has to a true “coming out” party for Millennials. Our generation is the largest demographic in the electorate, so if we vote in high numbers then we will dominate and will essentially decide the winner. In this election, we have the opportunity to take our democracy back, and to begin to cultivate much needed progressive change. The stakes are incredibly high, and no other generation has more at stake than Millennials.
I plan to blog a lot about the upcoming election and importance of Millennial engagement in this election in the coming weeks and months. So keep checking back for updates, and remember to like us on Facebook and to follow me on Twitter.
One last thought: I cannot wait for the debates!