Four years ago, I wrote about why I supported President Barack Obama and why I wanted him to be re-elected as President of the United States. Sadly, he is constitutionally barred from running for a third term. As such, I will now discuss my reasons for why former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be elected as president.
Throughout much of this election cycle, it has been noted that the main reason for supporting either main candidate is that they're not the other person. My rationale will consist of why Clinton should be supported on her own merits.
Clinton is a highly experienced contender for president; it is absolutely nonsensical to claim otherwise. From 1993-2001 she was the United States' First Lady, from 2001-2009 she was a senator and from 2009-2013, she served as Secretary of State in President Barack Obama's administration. Her elected work alone makes her qualified; this doesn't even include any of Clinton's political work when her husband was governor of Arkansas and the time between then and his own presidency.
2. Calm under pressure
Clinton remained calm and collected during an 11-hour questioning session by Republicans in Congress about Benghazi. She repeated this behaviour during the recent presidential debates of this campaign. This is important because the President of the United States should not be a loose cannon; the role attracts all sorts of enemies and having a thin-skinned nature is an extremely undesirable trait in a candidate.
3. Supreme Court
As president, Clinton would appoint judges who would protect important provisions such as women's heakthcare rights, voting rights and marriage equality. These are advancements that would be foolish to reverse. The United States is still viewed as a forward-thinking country - reversing such advancements with the appointments of far-right judges would drag the country back at least fifty years, if not more.
4. Obama's legacy
President Hillary Clinton would ensure that the legacy that Obama leaves behind is safe. At present, 54% of Americans approve of the job he is performing as president. Electing Clinton should be important to anyone who wants to see a continuation of Obama's policies and achievements.
There you have it: Four reasons why I think that Hillary Clinton should be the next President of the United States. Her experience, temperament, Supreme Court choices and defense of Obama's legacy are all excellent reasons to vote for her over anyone else currently running for the Oval office. To say she would be a competent Commander-in-Chief would be an understatement.