Sunday, November 06, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements 1

I have been away a few days, and I notice a few more papers have come out of the closet and endorsed Donald Trump.

Republican American:

Mr. Trump is no prize, either. Since the outset of the campaign, he has made headlines with bizarre, offensive and juvenile remarks. He also has demonstrated ignorance on policy. Everything was predictable. This is why our first major editorial on the race – published July 1, 2015 – suggested Republicans support Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker or former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. However, in light of Mrs. Clinton’s appalling record and personal qualities, Mr. Trump should get the nod.

On his website, Mr. Trump portrays himself as a supporter of conservatism. If he becomes president, he would be wise to surround himself with capable advisers, listen to them and craft truly conservative policies. A good place to start would be reversing the Obama administration’s anti-business agenda that has worn down the economy and strained the federal budget. There is reason to believe Mr. Trump gets this. Meanwhile, for the sake of national security and the dignity of the presidency, Mr. Trump should think before he speaks.

If Mr. Trump takes this approach, there may be a chance to move the United States beyond the trainwreck of the past eight years.


Florida Times-Union:

Trump, by contrast, in his short political career, is inspiring voters in ways rarely seen. The New York Times, in a recent profile, noted that Trump is “making the powerless feel powerful.”

The nation needs this. Trump is the better candidate to provide it.

He has surprised all the experts so far. We expect he will continue to do so in the White House.

Peninsula Clarion and Juneau Empire:

The presidential race has over the past few months devolved into a personality contest with little attention being paid to the issues facing Alaska and the nation, but the question facing voters on Tuesday is not which of the candidates is more or less flawed than the other.

No, the question voters should consider is which candidate’s future administration will be more receptive to policy changes that allow Alaska to move forward.

The answer to that question, for better or for worse, is the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

Athens Banner-Herald:

The Washington status quo needs to be dumped on its head, breaking decades of the power brokers’ stranglehold control. A line in the sand must be drawn now. The only candidate who can do these things is Donald Trump. Reprehensible things have come from his mouth, and he should be held to task for them and made accountable to correct and change. But equally worrisome is a shadowy secrecy of deceptive half-truths from Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric that inspires little confidence that serious or direct change will come in a Clinton presidency.

Suggestions that an apocalypse would come with a Trump presidency are inflated. For evidence, consider his offering of serious candidates, representing a strong jurisprudence, for Supreme Court vacancies.

Savannah Morning News:

In striving to make a recommendation, however, there is one thing that many Americans can agree on — the political establishment in Washington has been asleep at the wheel for too long and needs a major shake up and course correction to get this nation back on track. The feeling that our national leaders have abandoned America’s working class has fueled Trump’s come-from-nowhere campaign.

So the question becomes which of the two major party’s candidates is better suited to shake up the status quo in Washington?

In our view, there is only one candidate with the will and the ability to shake up Washington: Donald Trump.

Read the comments following this column.

Also read the comments following the Topeka Capital-Journal:

To be sure, Trump is a flawed candidate, with his years in the spotlight pockmarked by petty spats, bitter lawsuits and poorly reasoned assaults against those he doesn’t understand. Clinton, however, carries the baggage purchased during a 30-year career in government, including a seemingly never-ending investigation into her handling of possibly classified materials on a private email server. Years of cutting too fine a line with the truth has given Clinton a reputation she can’t shake, and the prospect of four years of congressional inquiries into a Clinton presidency is a wearying one. This is the time for strong, nonconformist leadership. Trump will stand for his principles, against even members of his own party. And less burdened on reliance of high-dollar donors, Trump isn’t beholden to special interests or Wall Street.

We believe a President Trump would be elevated by the magnitude of our highest office, his bullish tendencies tempered by the perspectives brought by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence.

St. Augustine Record:

Donald Trump is easy to dismiss — a cinch to dislike. He’s coarse and pugnacious. He’s self-absorbed and self-indulgent. But he’s also clearly a man completely unconcerned with “fitting in” to the crippled calamity of governance. That, alone, recommends him for the job he’s seeking.

Conventional wisdom says we should fear his handling of international relations. May we suggest that playing our role from a position of strength is far less dangerous than America’s current role as the doormat upon which petty dictators wipe their boots. In the Class of 2016, we’ve become “the country most likely to capitulate.” Our only real allies are on the payroll. Clinton’s world without borders is Pollyanna, and the most dire threat our country faces. You cannot reason with unreasonable leaders. Here at home we’re saddled with a health care system imploding upon itself, crushed under the weight of diminishing options and spiraling costs. Clinton is its apologist. P.J. O’Rourke noted, “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”

Augusta Chronicle:

We’ve been watching this campaign just as you have. We understand the circumstances are not ideal. Yet, Donald Trump is a successful businessman who knows how this country works and loves it deeply. His opponent is a career government functionary shrouded in ignominy. And she couldn’t be more wrong on the issues most important to most Americans.

Given the stakes, and given the night-and-day contrasts between the candidates on the issues, the choice is clear and urgent. On terror and immigration, trade and the economy, taxes and regulations, self-defense and individual liberty, there is just no comparison between these two candidates.

For both prosperity and posterity, we simply must elect Donald Trump on Nov. 8.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:

Trump has struck a chord with the “everyman” — some who haven’t voted in years or who may never have voted are now motivated to go to the polls on Tuesday. He’s done it by dialing in to the general public’s disdain of the current leadership. Trump offers something different. And to those fed up with eight years of President Barack Obama and the continuous failures we’ve witnessed throughout Hillary Clinton’s career, they’re ready, as we are, to take the leap into the unknown rather than four more years of the status quo.

We owe it to our country and to our future to make the nontraditional choice by electing Donald J. Trump as president of the United States on Tuesday.

Trump now has 17 daily and 5 weekly paper endorsements.

This is the lowest for a major party candidate ever.

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