The day after the election

Chelse Benham   —  

Dear Secretary Clinton,

I greatly admire your strength and your commitment to this nation and its citizens. Your election loss deeply resonated with me. I felt metaphorically knocked down. It rocked my equilibrium and my ideas of what representation of the people means, and what qualities a person holding the Office of the President of the United States must possess. Ultimately, the election result moved me into a state of profound despair and fear for women, the LGBT community, minorities, and peoples the world over.
So large was the election impact on my life that I have yet to feel at ease with the results and the future it portends. I believe you exemplify those most eloquent and dignified characteristics fit for the presidency, and it is our country’s woeful misfortune that you are not leading it. Your success was sidelined by an angry populace wrought with bigotry and fear.
The day after the election, I was immensely sad for you and all that you have endured on the campaign trail. Though it made little rational sense, I wanted to give you a big hug and protect you from the truth. It’s the mother in me I guess.
I received and read your beautiful letter reflecting on the election and the future we must accept. Your words define the present and future of this country, “This loss hurts. But please, please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It’s always worth it. And we need you keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.” Though I continue to feel deep sadness, in that dark hour you once again lifted my spirits with your words and leadership.
You are a great woman and you made history. You fought on the national stage a great fight. You are an example for women everywhere and I will honor your wishes to do what’s right and good for our country. I will refrain from maligning those who voted against you and all that you stand for. I will proactively support future leaders carrying on your work who champion social and political policies that protect the rights of others and secure international harmony. This I pledge to you.

Your Sincere Supporter,
Chelse Benham