Thank you very much, Hillary Clinton

hillary clinton loses to donald trump
Hillary Clinton falls short in her bid to become the first woman president of the United States

Like millions of people around the world, the results of the 2016 United States presidential elections where Republican Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton came to me as a shock.

It’s not just because all scientific polls predicted that Clinton would win. It’s that I can’t believe that the American people will elect as president someone who draped his campaign in xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, sexism, and bigotry – apart from not having any government experience at all.

In the past few weeks and months, I’ve increasingly focused on the American elections to distract myself from my worsening frustration about the state of Philippine politics under President Rody Duterte. I tried to just shrug off all the bad news prior to yesterday (extrajudicial killings, foreign policy blunders, etc.), but in the last 24 hours, I reached my lowest point.

It was inspiring for me to see Hillary Clinton run an issue-oriented and all-inclusive presidential campaign against the know-nothing misogynist/racist/Islamophobic Donald J. Trump.

hillary clinton loses to donald trump
Hillary Clinton falls short in her bid to become the first woman president of the United States

I may not be an American voter, but I have spent countless hours reading and reading news related to the elections. Heck, I guess I’m more informed about the issues re the US presidential elections than most other American millenials.

I’ve closely followed her career since she lost the Iowa caucuses to Barack Obama back in January 2008. I cheered for her throughout the 2008 primary season, and I came to resent the fact that Obama’s delegate lead over her never budged despite her late victories. Over the years, she became one of my life heroes – alongside Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and the late Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago.

To Mrs. Clinton:

Thank you for your lifetime of public service to the American people. You could have opted to just retire peacefully at the height of your popularity when you left the State Department, but you chose to offer your leadership one more time.

The highest and hardest glass ceiling may remain rock solid for now, but you can take comfort knowing that you have inspired me and countless other aspiring young leaders throughout the world.

PS: Trump is now the leader of the free world so I wish him the best. I hope he doesn’t turn out to be the disaster everyone said he’ll be once he assumes office, for the good of the entire world.

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About Mark Madrona 1191 Articles
Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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