Opinion: Votes should be earned, not deserved

By Olivia Covington

It’s official: Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016.

Not that this comes as a surprise to anyone. The former First Lady has had her eye on the oval office for years. And this year, she’s out for blood.

But with Hillary’s campaign comes a certain danger. It’s entirely likely that a good portion of the votes she’ll get will be cast for two superficial reasons: her gender and her past.

Hillary Clinton has long been the poster-child for women in politics. I’ve always admired the strides she’s made for gender equality, especially at the political level.

But you can’t vote for someone just because she has two X chromosomes. Gender has nothing to do with a person’s ability to lead.

Similarly, many people will give Hillary a pity vote because of her inability to completely break through the glass ceiling. Sure, she won New York and was Secretary of State, but she’s still always been “Bill’s wife.” For some people, putting her in the White House would be throwing her a bone. “You’ve been trying for so long,” they might say. “So I guess you deserve this now.”

But no one deserves anything. Is Hillary an intelligent and driven politician? Yes. But a lot of people are intelligent and driven, and only a few make it all the way to the top.

If you truly believe Hillary is the best candidate for president, then vote for her. But don’t give her your vote just because you think she “deserves” it.

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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