Why We Should Vote our Midwestern Values this Election

From Left to Right: Andrew, Mom, Matthew, Dad (circa 20 years ago)

It was four days before Christmas Eve.

The shopping cart was piled high with shampoos, soaps, blankets, canned goods, pasta, and other everyday essentials. We wheeled it all down the aisle, making sure we had enough of everything for everyone, checking off each item from Mom’s handwritten list.

Once we got home, everything was carefully sorted and arranged into care-package cornucopias, each one destined for a family in need — specifically single-mother families with newborn children. We packed our family minivan to the brim with the baskets, and shepherded them all to a local St. Louis charity that provides care and support for single mothers down on their luck.

This longstanding family tradition is shared by dozens of other Missouri families who contribute their time and resources throughout the seasons.

Our family, and so many other families like ours, have been doing this for years. Why? Well, for us and so many others, our parents taught us the same Midwestern values that were taught to them: values like hard work, generosity, charity, kindness, community. Mom and Dad — two small business owners and active citizens in their local community — were born and raised here in Missouri too. They embraced beliefs that all our friends and neighbors in Missouri shared as well: the power of kindness over hate, generosity over exclusion, hard work over apathy, humility over arrogance.

Most of all, Mom and Dad taught us the truth about our shared humanity. We are all human, we all deserve love, and we are all in this together — no matter one’s background, gender, skin color, faith, sexual orientation, or economic situation. These are the Midwestern family values we know, that shaped us as children, and that we still cherish as adults.

Donald Trump stands for none of these values. He is flying far afield from anything decent, anything wholesome, anything respectful. His values and insulting rhetoric, erupting time and time again, are in no way representative of the Missouri we know. Would Donald Trump smile to a stranger as he passed them on the sidewalk? Would he let you merge into his lane on a busy highway? Would he hold the door open for you?

Our vast and diverse nation, with all our communities, all our neighborhoods, all our families… we are a far nobler people than who Donald Trump imagines us to be as Americans. We are kind, we are generous, we are humble, and we work hard for what is right.

This election, we are voting for the Presidential candidate we know best represents those family values we grew up with. Without question, there is only one candidate we support — and that individual is Hillary Clinton.

Just like Mom and Dad taught us, it is clear that Hillary knows and respects the importance of helping those less fortunate. She realizes that the challenges ahead must involve all of us, and she knows that America is a country built on inclusion, kindness, and diversity. These are the Missouri values we know and love, and this is why we support Hillary as the next President of this great country.

As one of our great Presidents of the last century so eloquently put it:

“Let us not be blind to our differences — but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”
John F. Kennedy, June 10, 1963

We are living in truly unprecedented times. This election cannot be about historical partisan loyalties or red vs. blue. This election is so much bigger than that. This election, we all need to stand up for the values we believe in. We all need to make our voices heard. We can’t sit this one out.

So on November 8th, get out there and vote with everything you’ve got. The United States needs us all, heartland included, now more than ever.

Matthew Brimer & Andrew Brimer

Matthew & Andrew Brimer are two brothers born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. They are both entrepreneurs, pursuing their passions of helping to make the world a better place. Matthew co-founded
General Assembly, a global 21st century educational institution for skills-based training, and also co-founded Daybreaker, a community and lifestyle brand that produces conscious, healthy morning experiences around the world. Andrew co-founded Sparo Labs, a St. Louis-based digital health company building Wing® — an FDA-cleared smartphone sensor designed to help prevent asthma attacks. Matthew lives in Brooklyn, and Andrew lives in St. Louis. They are voting for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming Presidential election.