No eligible voter should ever sit out a presidential election, but that is especially so this year. The landscape of the American political system may be forever changed by the Republican Party’s unapologetic nominee, whose scorched-earth, insult-driven, egomaniacal campaign long ago stopped caring about collateral damage to the party or down-ticket GOP candidates._____
It’s difficult to see how Trump’s perpetually dwelling on all things negative could restore anyone’s confidence in America’s future. But some voters tired of being let down by the politicians they typically elect are willing to take a chance. “What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump asked in trying to woo African American voters. He should ask that question of all the workers who lost their jobs or weren’t paid because of his multiple bankruptcies.
There’s a better choice for voters, and it isn’t even close. Many Americans consider Hillary Clinton just as flawed as Trump, but if you ignore the dueling TV ads and look at their records you will find that isn’t true.
You get that by electing someone with decades of public service and experience, someone who has laudable goals and will work relentlessly to achieve them with anyone who wants to get things done. We haven’t had a president enter office with that kind of resume in a long time._____
That’s why the nation should elect Hillary Clinton as president.
We do not make this pronouncement lightly. In fairness to both candidates and their supporters, we waited until all three debates were held before making our recommendation.
Millions of voters absolutely disdain their choices in this year’s presidential election — and who could blame them?_____
But the reality is either Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Democrat, or Donald Trump, a Republican, is going to be elected president, and voters ought to think long and hard about that choice.
We sure have and believe Clinton will – and should – win by default.
Trump’s promise was quickly erased when he had the audacity to chide U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona for getting captured by the enemy during the Vietnam War.
Republican primary voters should have summarily dismissed his candidacy right then and there. Instead, he was allowed to fester, and his derisive, derogatory comments have been aimed at everyone from minorities, to those with disabilities and to women. In fact, his lewd comments about women, caught on tape in 2005, outrageously condoned sexual assault. While Trump has expressed regret for those specific words, his crass remarks have plagued this campaign and have much of the country participating in a vile, perpetual race to the bottom. The Journal has long pushed for a more inclusive, tolerant society – right here in the Hudson Valley and across the globe – and Trump’s words and actions are diametrically opposed to those beliefs.
San Jose Mercury-News and East Bay Times:
Vote for Hillary Clinton._____
Clinton is highly qualified to be president. Trump is utterly unqualified. If he wins – which could happen if enough good citizens stay home Election Day – the shifts in American society affecting minorities, women, immigrants, Muslims and others will sharpen divides among us rather than healing them, as Clinton would try to do.
As first lady in Arkansas and the White House, a U.S. senator and Secretary of State, she worked tirelessly, accomplished much and gained wide experience – some of it from making mistakes, but if you learn from them, that’s the best kind.
Clinton’s vision for rebuilding America’s middle class makes sense. Trump’s reversion to massive tax cuts benefiting his own businesses and the wealthy has never produced the trickle-down benefits promised. During the Reagan administration, the national debt soared.
Hillary is the opposite. She fails to whip crowds into a frenzy, fails to dazzle us in debates. And her constant shading of political positions and personal beliefs is maddening, her hawkish foreign policy a clear cause for concern._________________________________________________________________
But she is a dogged, determined policy guru. She will put her head down and work, looking for solutions to every possible problem this nation will face. She may even help rebuild the Republican Party just by being who she is — a straightforward foil that half the country reflexively opposes.
Clinton is worthy of the office. She has worked all her life to get there, and no one will work harder once she arrives.
Her opponent isn’t worthy of anything except sitting in his chair in his lonely, gilded hotel room, flipping through cable news channels and complaining about them.
Oh, there is a basket of deplorables out there, all right — to borrow a phrase from one of the presidential contenders. But it’s not among the voters. It’s the deplorable presidential choices voters have been handed this election year.________________________________________________________________
Our political system has over the years been skewed by a host of rules and timetables designed to kowtow to regional sensibilities (Hello Iowa!) and partisan needs (welcome to Super Tuesday). This year we are paying the price for all of that.
With all the great talent this nation has produced, the voters are left with a choice between two of the most distrusted presidential candidates ever to share space on one political ballot. Fully two-thirds of American voters have said they distrust both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump. And frankly we can’t blame them.
No Donald Trump:
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
He has said and done so many things during the course of his campaign, from outright bullying his GOP rivals (“little Marco” and “lyin’ Ted”) to fanning the flames of bigotry (“rapist” Mexicans) to truly repugnant comments about women, that we have taken his measure and found it not only lacking in moral standards but profoundly dangerous to our nation and its highest office._____
Should his mouth, so unfettered by reason or humility, be loosed on the world with the power of the Oval Office behind it, we could hardly blame friendly nations for withholding trust or unfriendly ones for raising their guard.
We should have known. It’s not like Trump’s TV reality show personality has changed. We just didn’t think it would get this far – and clearly, the Republican Party didn’t either.
Trump announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015. Before the year was out he would say Mexican immigrants are criminals, that John McCain is not a war hero because he was captured and that he knows more about ISIS than our generals. He mocked a handicapped reporter, called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” and aligned himself with Russian President Vladimir Putin.