As a young woman who has been active in the Democratic Party from a fairly young age, I’m often questioned about why I’m a Democrat. Some people assume I must come from a family steeped in Democratic politics. Others attribute my choice to my youth, saying I’ll “change my mind” and switch parties once I’m older. However, my reason for being a Democrat is simple and deeply ingrained: the values of the Democratic Party are the values I hold myself.
Generally speaking, Democrats believe in helping others, accepting all people as equals regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, and moving America forward to make our country even greater. Since becoming politically active as a young teen, I’ve found that Democratic leaders and politicians hold these values as well and work hard to ensure that we all benefit from them. Strong female leaders in the Democratic Party like Secretary Hillary Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and my personal hero, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, have served as my role models for their tireless efforts to help others. Whether they’re speaking out for women’s rights, affordable health care, or access to higher education, these women make me proud to be a Democrat.
Moreover, I enthusiastically support President Obama for embodying the values of the Democratic Party. Over the past four years, President Obama has put Americans back to work by bringing us over 30 consecutive months of job growth, given millions of Americans access to health care by passing the Affordable Care Act, and increased access to higher education through doubling the funding for Pell Grants. Moreover, he has protected the rights of women, immigrants, seniors, and members of the LGBTQ community through passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, pushing for Congress to pass the DREAM Act, strengthening Medicare, and supporting same-sex marriage.
President Obama is working hard to make America a better place and clearly has the record to prove it. Above all, though, I truly believe that President Obama cares about all Americans—a quality that knows no political party limits.
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