Why I am Voting - Sam Lanoff

When I visited Selma, AL to mark the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, I saw first-hand how far we have come since men and women put their lives on the line for what they believed in. My group traveled to Montgomery and the first Confederate capital, attended an eye-opening symposium at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and had lunch with the legendary freedom rider, Hank Thomas. He kept us riveted, recounting the harrowing firebombing of his bus by the Klan. Now that support for the Confederate flag is not coming from George Wallace—but from the president of the United State. Hate crimes around the country are up 60% since the inauguration, and we must canvass, phone bank and vote to get Republicans that enable Donald Trump out of office. As Democrats, we championed the Labor Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, reproductive rights and now see legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, and this work was accomplished by citizens that were determined to change these policies.

This election is our chance to put Democrats in office up and down the ballot to say no, we don’t want a schoolyard bully running the country. We don’t want to ban Muslims, build a wall or have Nazis marching down our streets. I’m voting for Democrats because they represent our generation on every issue. Democrats believe we need to address climate change, common sense gun laws, lower tuition costs, legalize marijuana and give people the tools they need to succeed. On November 6th, we the people can vote to reject this president and his enablers. If, like me, you are disgusted by the hate, vulgarity and incompetence of the current occupant of the White House, don’t boo, vote!

Sam Lanoff is a freshman from Briarcliff Manor, New York, studying International Affairs. He is a member of the GW College Democrats Blog Committee. He is an active member of the GW Rotary International Chapter, GW Rotaract, and was in the Hart Atrium protesting now Justice Kavanagh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.