At the risk of losing the audience I have worked so hard to build, I want to talk to you about what’s been keeping me up at night. While DIYS and design are my passion that I share with you, I hope that you know that there is much more to me than that.
I want my kids to grow up in a world with clean air, water, and energy. A world where no matter your race, gender, age, religion, or sexuality, we are all equal. I want whatever future decisions my daughter has to make about her body to be between her and her doctor, and not the government. I want my kids to walk into a school, or a movie theater, and not have to worry about a crazed maniac with a gun.
I want my kid’s friends to have the same quality healthcare that we do. I want them to know the difference between freedom of speech, and hate speech. I want them to grow up in a world where kids belong in classrooms not cages. I want them to turn on the TV and not see the leader of our country mocking the disabled or the heroes in uniform that put their lives on the line to defend our country. They are not “losers.”
I want them to live in a world where we respect and appreciate the importance of a free press. And that we have the right to peacefully protest without being tear gassed or shot at. I want them to live in a world that doesn’t see “Black Lives Matter” as a political slogan. I want them to know that words matter. And when the president of our country says “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” it is sending a powerful message.
I want them to believe in the power of their vote, and have faith in our democracy. I want them to appreciate our postal workers, and to know that science is real. And when they’re missing part of their childhood cooped up at home, I don’t want it to be because we had a leader that knew about the gravity of the situation and chose to (and continues to) mislead the public and ignore the experts.
I want them to live in a world where the leader of our country prioritizes our citizens over the relationships with dictators. I want them to feel safe. And when my son turns on the TV and watches the leader of our nation mock women about their looks, and talk about how he wants to grab them by the p***y, I want him to know that is NOT ok. Lastly, I want them to know that when I cast my vote for Joe Biden, it’s because I am thinking about them and their future.
I fell in love with Joe Biden many years ago when I first learned about his story. After losing his wife and daughter in a tragic accident, Joe took the train from Washington to Pennsylvania everyday just to be there before his son’s (Hunter and Beau) went to bed, and to be there in the morning to make them breakfast before they went to school. For decades he took that train, and he fostered relationships with the Amtrak crew. Such relationships that one crew member recalls Joe calling to check up on him after he suffered a heart attack. It’s the reason he gives out his phone number to kids with a stutter, or prolongs campaign events to talk with families about their struggles. Whether you agree with Joe on policy or not, that says a lot about a person and their character. And when he talks about his mother instilling in him that “Joey, no one is better than you. Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you,” I know that’s what type of leader he is.
I’ve watched Joe over the years. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him several times. I’ve listened to what he’s said, and I’ve watched what he’s done. There is a reason why so many of his Republican colleagues like John McCain had such respect for him regardless of their differing opinions on policy. And there’s a reason why people like Lindsay Graham said, “He is as good a man as God ever created.” I’ve seen him not only express empathy, but act on it. And when he announced his presidency for the 2020, I was elated.
Joe quotes his father a lot, and how he molded him to be the man he is today. “Joey, I don’t expect the government to solve my problems, but I expect them to understand my problem,” is a favorite of mine. And I believe that. I believe Joe understands. I believe America needs a leader that not only understands, but can express empathy and moral decency. And if you’ve followed him for awhile, you know he often follows up with his endearing, “I mean that,” and it always makes me smile.
Joe also understands the value of workers, and he understands that no one should have to work two jobs to put food on the table and a roof over their head. Joe understands the importance of labor unions, and how they’ve lifted up the middle class. He often tells people that his dad always used to say, “Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect.” And with all the talk about the economy under the current administration, just a quick reminder that the heavy lift to get our country out of one of the worst economic recessions since the Great Depression, all happened under the Obama/Biden administration.
Joe believes in science. He trusts the experts to guide us through this terrible pandemic. He knows Black Lives Matter, and that our criminal justice system is broken. Like his son Beau, he respects our men and women in uniform, and does not think they are “losers.” And he respects them ALL, not just the ones that “weren’t captured.” He believes in equality for all, no matter your sex, gender, race, or religion. He understands that health care is a right, not a privilege. He respects women. He prioritizes the lives of of Americans over ratings. He knows that words matter, and that our kids are watching. Read that again.
Look, I thought a lot about what my “goal” was in writing this. First, I wanted to give you a glimpse of why I support Joe. If I’m going to ask you to vote for him, I believe it’s my responsibility to tell you why. Second, if you’re already supporting Joe, I need you to vote. I need you to talk to everyone you know that will listen, and ask them to vote. I need you to volunteer, and get your friends to volunteer. And if you can, I need you to donate. Third, if you’re undecided, I ask you to consider what’s at stake. And more importantly, I ask you to not take my word for it, but to do your research. Be curious. And if you see a “meme” on Facebook, check the source, and see if there is truth to what’s being said. If you see a video clip, consider the context, and if it’s been edited. With so much at stake, and so much misinformation out there, we have to be diligent in knowing the facts. Lastly, no candidate is perfect. Don’t get stuck on one or two issues, but instead, I ask you to look at each candidate as a whole. Consider the big picture, and then make your decision. Because at the end of the day, it’s our kid’s future that depends on it.
Thank you for listening, and for being here.
Feedback? Comment below, or email me: (Deema Tabbara Lopez) at firstname.lastname@example.org