I spent last night volunteering at the food pantry. We’re supposed to be open 5-7 pm, but anyone who arrives by 7 pm will get groceries, and the volunteers stay as long as it takes. Most weeks, the last client is out no later than 7:10.
Last night, the last client left at 7:45.
I know that, realistically, there’s not much Clinton could do to make many of these clients’ lives better. The elderly woman who hobbles through with her walker, and is collecting groceries for a household consisting of her plus 3 grandchildren under the age of 14, is going to have a tough time with life no matter what. The immigrant who works a 12-hour shift, and is so tired by the time he’s waiting for groceries that he said last night he’d rather be in his bed than win the lottery, is not going to suddenly land a well-paying 9-5 job.
But I also know that many of these clients’ lives would be distinctly harmed if Trump is elected. They need Obamacare. They need a nation that doesn’t institutionalize discrimination against immigrants and Muslims. They need higher-education opportunities for their children or grandchildren that are affordable, not scams.
And so I’m very proud of M, who has spent the last several days campaigning down in Pennsylvania with the Democratic students’ group from his university. I haven’t heard anything from him since he left. But judging by the write-up here in the Pennsylvania news, those kids have been working really hard.
They’ve probably been working almost as hard as the elderly grandmother, and the exhausted immigrant.