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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.

Donald Got Trumped

In the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton kept her cool and attacked Donald Trump throughout the night. Just eleven minutes into the debate, she trapped his ass and made him revealed his weaknesses. From his taxes to his sexist to the thousands of workers he stiffed, it was such a joy watching her destroying Donald with ease and poised. She was tough but smart in calling out his lies and getting under his thin skin. She showed us her presidential integrity. In constrast, he showed us white privilege: interrupting and shouting down a woman and a Black man.

A Strong Leader

James Calder:

As the father of a three year old girl, I am extremely proud that our next President may be the first female president. However, this has very little to do with why I am voting for her. She has a lifelong record of working to help people, to make changes to a broken healthcare system, which I know well, and she is a tough leader.