Sunday, November 06, 2016

Newspaper Endorsements 2

For Hillary Clinton:

I guess the Mail Tribune changed its mind about endorsing a candidate:

The 2016 presidential campaign, however, is like nothing we have ever seen and, we hope, unlike anything we will ever see again. We feel compelled to speak out because the stakes are too high. Donald Trump must not become president of the United States.

To prevent that unimaginable disaster, Hillary Clinton should be elected. We say that not because we are particularly enamored of the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, but because electing her will ensure that Trump is defeated — and because we believe she is prepared to do the job.

Trump, on the other hand, is utterly unfit to serve as president.

It's not his policy convictions that lead to that conclusion, because he apparently has none beyond what he thinks will sound good to his supporters on a given day. Trump has changed his position so often on so many things — NBC News documented 138 distinct policy shifts on 23 major issues since he declared his candidacy in June 2015 — that it's impossible to know exactly where he stands on anything.

Ashland Daily Tidings:

There is no rational alternative to voting for Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. There are those on the left who see her falling short of their aspirations for this country. There are those on the right who would have her jailed.

There is little that will sway the minds of the far right. But those on the other end should consider two words — Donald Trump — to understand why it's important to set aside their misgivings and vote for Clinton.

She lacks the stage presence of a Bernie Sanders and her policies are not as far-reaching as his. But check out the "Issues" tab on her website,, and it's clear that what she hopes to build is a country that's colorblind and class-blind, a country that provides health care for all and opportunity for all who are willing to strive for it. She is an advocate for a clean environment and for dealing with climate change, for making higher education affordable and family wage jobs accessible.

On the same ballot is a man who would build walls to separate "us and them." Immigrants, women, the disabled, all have been targets of his scorn, or worse. Elections are often about hyperbole, but it does not feel like a stretch to say Trump is a man who could destroy what this country is supposed to stand for.

Beaver County Times is behind a paywall.

Athens Messenger:

For President of the United States, we choose Hillary Clinton. While we could offer many valid reasons having to do with foreign and domestic policy, it isn’t even necessary in this case. If everything you need to know to be successful is truly learned in kindergarten, Donald Trump must have missed the most important lesson — how to treat others as you would like to be treated.

The words that have come from Donald Trump throughout the course of his campaign should disqualify him for becoming our president. Trump has unabashedly — and repeatedly — verbalized and given new life to the worst stereotypes and prejudices. This has come in spite of the fact many people in our country have worked very hard to overcome racial, religious and gender bias. Electing someone like Trump to the most powerful position in the world rewards that way of thinking and only makes it harder for people to be treated equally regardless of their ancestry, gender or religious beliefs. Electing Donald Trump in spite of all of his racist and sexist remarks is issuing a free pass for everyone to behave in this way — with no real consequences.

The Vindicator:

Thus, in this election for president, the American voters are faced with the reality of choosing between the lesser of two evils.

From our vantage point, we believe that Hillary Clinton, despite all her flaws, would be better suited than Donald Trump to lead the country. While Clinton is not ethically fit to be president, given her lapses in judgment, a Trump presidency is inconceivable. He could easily do permanent damage to this nation, especially in the international arena.

It should be clear by now that neither party’s presidential nominee inspires us. There is no feeling of pride.

However, we find Clinton less objectionable than Trump.


The Anniston Star:

If there is something redeeming from the 2016 presidential election, it is that one candidate endured and passed a test of the skills needed to be president of the United States.

Over the past six months, we’ve witnessed Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, challenge an unpredictable, polarizing, dishonest and insult-a-minute demagogue in a contest where the stakes could scarcely be higher. At the same time, U.S. intelligence agencies report, a foreign government — Russia — engaged in espionage of her campaign’s electronic communications, likely in an attempt to sway the election.

It all looks a lot like what any U.S. president faces daily, where wisdom, intelligence and preparation are required.

In meeting Republican nominee Donald Trump in three one-on-one debates, Clinton was prepared, unflappable and strategic in how she confronted and soundly bested an unusual opponent. This is how Americans should expect Clinton to perform in the White House.

The Aspen Times:

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has been knocked silly by the right, and even the Bernie Sanders-supporting left, in her run for the White House.

She’s still standing tall but bruised in the wake of the rhetorical pile-ons, mystery emails and unrivaled attacks on her, many of which are because of her gender.

Is she charismatic or a great orator? That’s debatable, but one thing is clear: Hillary Clinton is an astute and savvy a politician as they come and won’t let America’s image go spiraling into the waste bin of modern history. As for opponent Donald Trump, his explosive, freewheeling rhetoric for the past 18 months should not only give Americans pause, it should make us frightened.

For sure, Clinton is hardly perfect — can you name one president who was? — but we are confident she has the chops and mettle as leader of the free world.

It is indisputable that Clinton’s experience in domestic and foreign policy, from her time both as the first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state, make her primed to take the next step. She has taken progressive stances on civil rights and educational policy, and her career in public service spans 40 years, including co-founding Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

Watertown Daily Times:

One of these two candidates will be our next president. It should not be Mrs. Clinton, but it must not be Mr. Trump. Regrettably, the only palatable choice is Mrs. Clinton.

We understand the deep frustration people feel with the government and the political institutions surrounding it. These concerns are valid, and we wish we had presidential candidates who could inspire more confidence.

It’s imperative, therefore, that we all become as involved with the political process as we can. Know where candidates stand on important issues, and demand results of those we elect.

Put pressure on U.S. House members and senators to serve their proper role as a check against the executive branch. Hold them accountable for balancing the power wielded by the Oval Office. They must mitigate the risks of a weak, corrupt or irrational president, and we should hold their feet to the fire to get this done.

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