Friday, September 30, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements

Hillary Clinton has received more newspaper endorsements while Trump still remains empty:

The Sun Sentinel has endorsed Hillary for president:

The Sun Sentinel Editorial Board urges everyone to use that ticket. Vote. And when you exercise that precious right, we urge you to cast your ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine.

We acknowledge upfront that one major reason to support Hillary is that Republican Donald Trump is manifestly unqualified to be president of the United States. In a related editorial, we explain why the Donald Trump/Mike Pence slate would be a terrible choice.

Trump's awfulness is not the only reason to vote for Hillary, however. There are plentiful solid reasons to be for Hillary (whose campaign uses her first name, so we will too).

It also notes how utterly terrible Donald Trump is:

In addition to those problems of judgment and temperament, Trump is lacking in basic knowledge and experience. It shows in his foolish comments suggesting that the United States might ignore threats against certain of our NATO allies. It shows in his "bromance" with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. It shows in his dangerously shallow understanding of nuclear policy.

That latter failure is downright scary. Trump has indicated he wouldn't be upset by significant nuclear proliferation. In a debate during the primary he did not know (until Marco Rubio told him) that "nuclear triad" refers to America's ability to deliver nukes via planes, subs and missile silos.

Even in the most recent debate he seemed uncertain both about what America's nuclear policy is and about what his own nuclear policy would be. Trump said that he "would certainly not do first strike," but he also said that "I can't take anything off the table." In other words, he is on both sides of this issue.

It is a fairly long editorial.

The Chicago Sun-Times urges voters choose Hillary Clinton in order to avoid a political train wreck:

Hillary Clinton has the potential to be an excellent president. She is eminently qualified by any measure — experience, knowledge, character or temperament.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has the makings of a miserable, even dangerous, president. There is no getting around it. In every way Clinton is strong, Trump is weak. In every way she has earned the job over a lifetime of public service, he has disqualified himself, serving nobody but himself.

Today, we endorse Hillary Clinton for president, and we endorse her early. The best way to avert a train wreck is to wave a warning flag as soon as possible.

The GOP San Diego Union-Tribune has decided to pick Clinton this year:

Now consider President Hillary Clinton. We understand the lack of enthusiasm for her candidacy, the anger over her private email server, family foundation and income from Wall Street speeches, and the questions about how America fared in foreign affairs when she was secretary of state. But despite Trump’s insistence otherwise, she has the better temperament to be president — and the experience, background and relationships with world leaders that we need in a president.

As secretary of state, she traveled nearly a million miles and visited a record 112 countries. As a U.S. senator, the Democrat showed she can collaborate with Republicans, using what Roll Call labeled an “incremental approach” that “could help restore a working relationship between the White House and Capitol Hill that has been in tatters” for years. As first lady, she expanded health coverage to millions of lower-income children after her husband’s administration lost the battle over universal health care and Democrats lost the Senate and the House.

The Chicago Tribune must have an editorial board made up of potheads. How else could anybody possibly endorse somebody even dumber than Trump, Gary Johnson?

With that demand for a principled president paramount, we turn to the candidate we can recommend. One party has two moderate Republicans — veteran governors who successfully led Democratic states — atop its ticket. Libertarians Gary Johnson of New Mexico and running mate William Weld of Massachusetts are agile, practical and, unlike the major-party candidates, experienced at managing governments. They offer an agenda that appeals not only to the Tribune's principles but to those of the many Americans who say they are socially tolerant but fiscally responsible. "Most people are Libertarian," Johnson told the Tribune Editorial Board when he and Weld met with us in July. "It's just that they don't know it."

Theirs is small-L libertarianism, built on individual freedom and convinced that, at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, official Washington is clumsy, expensive and demonstrably unable to solve this nation's problems. They speak of reunifying an America now balkanized into identity and economic groups — and of avoiding their opponents' bullying behavior and sanctimonious lectures. Johnson and Weld are even-keeled — provided they aren't discussing the injustice of trapping young black children in this nation's worst-performing schools. On that and other galling injustices, they're animated.

I don't know whether to laugh or shit.

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