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The Desert Sun Edorses Hillary

The Desert Sun Editorial Board:

Great leaders tap our better angels. And greatness requires “vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.” So advised one our most respected desert neighbors, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

By these measures, there is no other choice for president this year than Hillary Clinton. Though demonized by her critics, Clinton is supremely qualified to lead, especially compared to Trump.

The Desert Sun has not endorsed a Democrat in 90 years.

The San Diego Union-Tribune Edorses Hillary

The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board:

Terrible leaders can knock nations off course. Venezuela is falling apart because of the obstinance and delusions of Hugo Chávez and his successor. Argentina is finally coming out of the chaos created by Cristina Kirchner and several of her predecessors.

Trump could be our Chávez, our Kirchner. We cannot take that risk.

This paper has not endorsed a Democrat for president in its 148-year history. But we endorse Clinton. She’s the safe choice for the U.S. and for the world, for Democrats and Republicans alike.

Sun Sentinel Endorses Hillary and Denouces Donald

Sun Sentinel Editorial Board on why Hillary is qualified:

  • Hillary is smart.
  • Hillary has developed the contacts, here and abroad, to promote stability and peace. She has not “solved” the various crises in the Middle East.
  • Hillary has an extensive record of public service.
  • Hillary will push to improve oversight of Wall Street.
  • Hillary is fully qualified to serve as president of the United States.

Sun Sentinel Editorial Board on why Trump is a terrible choice:

  • Trump’s promises are an illusion, but the hate and anger that make him unfit are real.
  • Trump also shows a disqualifying hateful streak toward women, whom he has called “pigs” and “fat slobs.”
  • Trump’s hate extends to Hispanics, Muslims and even the disabled.
  • Trump is lacking in basic knowledge and experience.
  • Trump’s nuclear ignorance is terrifying.

Why Republicans are in Denial

Comment from Phil Boas, the director of the editorial page of the Arizona Republic, on “How a Conservative Paper Ended Up Endorsing Hillary Clinton.” Charles Bethea recounts:

Boas believes that many longtime Republicans who support Trump are in denial. “I hear it in their voices, the little qualifiers: ‘He’s not nearly as bad as she is.’ That kind of thing,” he said. “I know they know that he violates even their values. But they’re willing to make compromises because they so despise her.” The Republic, he added, was “not willing to make that compromise.” Clinton “treats the office with respect,” he said. “And Trump has no respect for the office that he seeks. And if the leaders of our country don’t respect our important institutions, no one is going to respect them. That’s why he scares us.”

Donald’s Racist Problem

Adam Gopnik makes an excellent point:

It slowly dawned on the listener that this was all of a piece with the rest of Trump’s racial attitudes: he believes that, as a rich white man, he had a right to stop and frisk the President of the United States and demand that the uppity black man show him his papers. Stop-and-frisk isn’t just a form of policing for Trump; it’s a whole way of life. The idea that he had a right to force a black man to go through what Obama rightly saw as the demeaning business of producing his birth certificate showed his fundamental contempt for any normal idea of racial equality. It was of a line with his equally bizarre notion that owning a country club that doesn’t actively discriminate against black people is not a minimal requirement of law but a positive achievement of the owner. This isn’t the case of someone misarticulating an otherwise plausible position; it was just a case of someone repeating, once again, not only a specific racist lie but also the toxic underlying set of assumptions that produced it.

Why Donald is Dangerous

David French:

When it came to foreign affairs, where the president’s power is at its peak, Trump is showing himself to be ignorant, unprepared, and impulsive. Indeed, it’s hard to think of three worse qualities in a potential commander-in-chief.

And unprepared:

A loud ignorant man is still ignorant. A blustering impulsive man is still impulsive. Last night an unprepared Trump proved that he’s not ready to be commander-in-chief. He’s most dangerous where he has the most power, and that should send a chill down every American spine.

The Arizona Republic Endorses Hillary

The Arizona Republic Editorial Board:

Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.

On dignity:

Clinton retains her composure under pressure. She’s tough. She doesn’t back down.

Trump responds to criticism with the petulance of verbal spit wads.

When the president of the United States speaks, the world expects substance. Not a blistering tweet.

On recklessness:

Trump’s inability to control himself or be controlled by others represents a real threat to our national security. His recent efforts to stay on script are not reassuring. They are phony.

The president commands our nuclear arsenal. Trump can’t command his own rhetoric.

This is a historic endorsement for Hillary. The Arizona Republic endorses a Democrat for president for the first time in 126 years.

Online Addiction

Andrew Sullivan:

I was, in other words, a very early adopter of what we might now call living-in-the-web. And as the years went by, I realized I was no longer alone. Facebook soon gave everyone the equivalent of their own blog and their own audience. More and more people got a smartphone — connecting them instantly to a deluge of febrile content, forcing them to cull and absorb and assimilate the online torrent as relentlessly as I had once. Twitter emerged as a form of instant blogging of microthoughts. Users were as addicted to the feedback as I had long been — and even more prolific. Then the apps descended, like the rain, to inundate what was left of our free time. It was ubiquitous now, this virtual living, this never-stopping, this always-updating. I remember when I decided to raise the ante on my blog in 2007 and update every half-hour or so, and my editor looked at me as if I were insane. But the insanity was now banality; the once-unimaginable pace of the professional blogger was now the default for everyone.

A fascinating read. I have been trying to kick this online addiction as well.