Sue Ann’s Why

Like many Democrats, I wasn’t expecting to get on board with a candidate so early in the campaign season, especially with over twenty in the race.

Love at First Sight

Like many Democrats, I wasn’t expecting to get on board with a candidate so early in the campaign season, especially with over twenty in the race. Then I stumbled upon the March CNN Town Hall and saw Pete Buttigieg for the first time. In the ten minutes I caught, I was convinced. You may think I’m exaggerating the ten minutes aspect of my decision, but, in reality, it was probably less than that.

In that short time, Pete answered questions and framed them in a context I’d never heard from any other candidate. I sat stock-still with my jaw dropped, thinking – this guy is specialReally special. This guy is going to be our next president. And it really was within the first ten minutes of listening to Pete that I got this strong gut feeling.

There were many things Pete said that resonated with me, that impressed me, but I will tell you the first one that sold me. When answering a question about immigrants, Pete said something like this: “Immigrants are part of our community. We have to take care of our community.” BOOM. No one else was talking about our immigrant population this way.

I hadn’t heard anyone else state the reality that immigrants are well-established in communities across the US. They live among us and have jobs and children in school. They shop at the grocery store and drive on the roads. I know this firsthand because I work with immigrants. I teach advanced level English as a Second Language to adults. Every year, I get to know approximately 50 immigrants. We have group discussions and they write essays for me. Our program has a childcare, so I meet their kids too. I know these immigrants.

Pete understands the complexity of immigration issues on an intellectual level, but it is his compassion that I especially love. Apply these two elements – intellect and compassion – to Pete’s approach to any issue, and you have what makes him extraordinary. It’s why Pete Buttigieg will be the next President of the United States.

About Sue Ann

Sue Ann Rawlins teaches English to adult English Language Learners. In her spare time, she is a world traveler flying around from her home base in Minneapolis as a standby passenger, meeting online friends. Author of Novel Friends, Sue Ann keeps up with her writings on her site, susieyoungatheart.com

Maggie’s Why

My faith demands action

I support Mayor Pete because I believe we could have a President who the people love, and one who also loves his people. Since 2016 I have been in a group that considers themselves “politically and religiously homeless,” not finding commonality with our evangelical church members who voted in (and continue to support) President Trump and not feeling any strong pull to one political party. Like Mayor Pete has expressed, my faith demands action, and that’s how a handful of social issues, such as climate change, immigration, and supporting and reforming our education and prison systems, created a chasm in my church. I don’t regret the fault lines being exposed, and for the first time, I have hope of someone who is able to build a bridge across the divide.

Mayor Pete’s commitment to thoughtful policy, people-oriented solutions, and his own religious beliefs make me think there’s not many people with whom he would be unable to find common ground, something our country is desperate for.

About Maggie

Maggie* is a 30 year old content strategist from IL who loves sweet wine and throw pillows. If you’re active on Twitter, you can (and in my opinion, should) follow her at @TheTeaOnPete.

*name changed for privacy

KC’s Why

He is a massive feminist. That is very important as this could truly equalize woman’s rights once and for all.

I think Mayor Pete is the best candidate for president. Why?

1.He is openly gay, even though he grew-up in a time were this was unaccepted. He loved who he loved and didn’t care what the media would say about it.

2. He was a veteran. He was willing to risk his life for our country. So how does that not say “Great leader for our country”?

3. He doesn’t shame Republicans, or those who use to and still do support Donald Trump.

4. He is a massive feminist. That is very important as this could truly equalize woman’s rights once and for all.

5. I guess he just gives me hope, for the country, for the government, for everyone.

I may be 10 years old, but I truly believe he is the right candidate. And trust me, if I were 8yrs older, he would have my vote. And one last thing, I don’t understand how some people try to shame him for being gay or too young or any other “dirt” they called him on, because I can’t see one good reason, one reason at all, why Pete Boot-edge-edge isn’t PERFECT for President of the USA.

About KC

KC is a 10-year-old girl who has been politically engaged as long as she can remember. She was looking forward to seeing the first female president last election and cried when Hillary Clinton lost. She lives a life of kindness, compassion and creativity.

Bryan’s Why: Part 1

Like everybody else, I was a skeptic at first.

Growing up in South Bend Indiana, I was subject to a certain boyish naivety that I can sit back and chuckle about today. As a kid I used to believe that the everybody on the planet loved Notre Dame football, that the only religion was Catholicism, and that the rest of the world was on the east side of town. It wasn’t until I moved away to Bloomington Indiana for college, and even more so to seeing the world as a United States Army Ranger after college, that I began to reminisce and discover the uniqueness of my hometown. I’ve always kept politics in my back pocket, with a one foot in and a one foot out approach. I could tell you about the President, and my party affiliation, but Governorships and Mayors I knew little about.

That all changed in March of 2019.

For a week straight I would turn on the nightly news and watch in anguish as our President of the United States went into sick a smear campaign defecting on the memory of Vietnam P.O.W. War Hero Senator John McCain. I decided at this time, that as a Veteran myself, that I had a duty to preform. I would set forth to do everything in my power to find and support a candidate that embodies the direct opposite of the current Presidency and administration. I would use my God given talents to campaign and promote a person who I felt had the vision, goals, and integrity that our country has been desperately missing for the past two years.

Fortunately, I found my guy in Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Like everybody else, I was a skeptic at first. But the more I researched Mayor Pete, the more I discovered that we share the same values, have a common bond as Veterans, and politically lean the same way. It didn’t take long before Mayor Pete had 100% of my loyalty and support. The excitement of the Mayor Pete campaign is contagious. I’ve never felt this way about a Presidential candidate my entire life. I’m reminded of how my Mom used to speak about following the Bobby Kennedy campaign in the late 1960’s. Watching Mayor Pete’s intent to run speech was epic. It’s already been compared to the likes of the JFK Inaugural Speech and the MLK “I Have a Dream Speech”. Few people know but Mayor Pete wrote the entire speech the morning of. His talent is genius.

Since joining the Pete Buttigieg campaign, I’ve been writing every week on my “Bryan With a ‘Why?‘” Facebook blog about the benefits that this dynamic individual brings to America. I also sit on the fact finding committee of a very large Mayor Pete Facebook sight called “Pete Buttigieg for President 2020”, and do my best to collect as much information as possible to refute the negative publicity and Fake News that the conservative right is now publishing on a daily basis. It tells me that Mayor Pete has captured their attention, and we’re one step closer to the White House.

About Bryan

Bryan is a married, 48-year-old father of 5 kids and two dogs, Mister and Cubbie. He’s an Army Veteran, a carpenter, and a writer. He’s a registered Democrat, residing in Toledo, OH, and returns to his hometown of South Bend, IN every month to care for his grandparents.

Christine’s Why

It’s his compassion, something that emanates from him in every interview I’ve seen and something that we are utterly lacking in the oval office right now. The answers to tough questions that he gives seemingly not because they poll well, but because it’s what he actually believes. Answers that aren’t meant to be put on a banner, they’re made to make you think and reflect. Also, I’m an atheist, but his perspective on how he and others on the left approach religion, by focusing on helping the needy and downtrodden, is shining a much-needed spotlight on the hypocrisy of the so-called “religious” right, who are filled with such hate, misogyny and greed that it makes me fearful for the future of our country.

I was hooked after I first heard his interview on Preet Bharara’s podcast Stay Tuned with Preet, and everything I’ve heard since then has just reinforced my thinking. He’s what this country needs right now. I think he can appeal to those in the center/center right who might have been out of our reach in recent decades. I’m hopeful that everyone will see what I and other supporters see.

About Christine

Christine is a 48-year-old married mom of two living in the New Jersey area who is registered as a Democrat.

Patrick’s Why

I remember lying in bed crying myself to sleep, begging God to change me and not let me be gay. I just wanted to be normal.

So much I can say would be true, but not get to the heart of it. Yes, he is smart, he has a record of competent leadership, he shares my values. But the same can be said of other candidates. Why him? So much of it boils down to the fact that he is wholesome. He is not a creature of political Washington who has been positioning himself to run for the past 10 or 20 years. As he has said, he looked at the office, and the needs of the moment, compared that to what he can bring and found a match. I see the same match.

I could pretend that his being a gay man has no role in my support of him. To the extent that is true. If I didn’t think he would be capable of rising to the occasion, I wouldn’t consider him. But given that I do believe in his ability, I can turn my head to what it would mean in my life to have an out, gay, married President. I’m 42 years old. I was raised in conservative rural East Texas, where I still live today with my husband. I remember growing up as an awkward little gay boy. I remember the exact moment I realized I was gay and put that label on myself. I was 9 years old. I was so scared. I felt alone. I thought being gay was a horrible secret that I had to keep hidden, and believes with every fiber in my being that I would be cursed to die sad and alone. I remember lying in bed crying myself to sleep, begging God to change me and not let me be gay. I just wanted to be normal. Over the years I grew to accept it and moved on, but those scars from childhood remained unhealed for decades.

I know today that things have changed. But in the back of my mind I imagine another 9 year old boy realizing that he is gay. I imagine him watching the news with his parents and hearing stories about this gay candidate rising in the polls. I imagine him on election night seeing this man making a victory speech and watching as the newly elected President proudly gives his husband a celebratory kiss. I imagine him watching the inauguration, where the new President is sworn in with his hand on a bible held by his loving husband. In that moment, this young boy looks at the television and thinks, “I’m like him. I’m not alone.” This boy will know that he can do anything he wants in life. He can grow up, go to college, fall in love, and get married. And if he wants, he can run for President.

I also think a lot about the parents of a young gay teenager who has just come out to them. So many parents in this situation face a lot of conflict and pain. Of course they love their child unconditionally. But will he be happy? Will he find love? Will he be cast out by society? Pete’s story, and his success, is a comfort to these parents as much as it is to their child. Of course your child can find love and be accepted by the world.

This is the world I want to make in my future.

About Patrick

I am a 42 year old gay man, living with my husband and our 3 dogs in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Not much else interesting or of note about me. I’m kind of boring these days and that is the way I like it.

You can follow Patrick on Twitter at @astrangerland