In a shining example of her broad-based popularity, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president was endorsed by the editorial board of the second most read newspaper in America, The New York Times.
The board’s stated purpose was not merely to endorse Clinton, but to raise awareness about the very real dangers of voting for Trump and they described him as “the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.” They began:
Our endorsement is rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service, often as the first or only woman in the arena.
The importance of Clinton’s candidacy as the first female presidential nominee of either party cannot be understated, as she has made a career out of shattering the glass ceilings which have prevented millions of American women from obtaining success they rightly deserved.
While equality has not fully found its way for all women in America, Hillary Clinton’s career is a large part of the reason why this nation has come so far in that effort.
The editorial board went on to describe some of Clinton’s many accomplishments:
Mrs. Clinton’s record of service to children, women and families has spanned her adult life. One of her boldest acts as first lady was her 1995 speech in Beijing declaring that women’s rights are human rights. After a failed attempt to overhaul the nation’s health care system, she threw her support behind legislation to establish the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which now covers more than eight million lower-income young people. This year, she rallied mothers of gun-violence victims to join her in demanding comprehensive background checks for gun buyers and tighter reins on gun sales.
The brilliant record of Clinton is in stark contrast to Trump, who has never held elected office, and who according to the board “discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway.” Clinton’s proposals to better the lives of American citizens are clear and concise.
From her drive to raise the minimum wage, to giving new mothers time off to care for their children, to promising to eliminate college tuition costs for families, to fixing a broken immigration system, Clinton truly cares for the American people.
She has promised to overturn the disastrous Citizens United ruling with a constitutional amendment and a vow that all Americans will have fair opportunities are some of the many reasons she is the only choice:
Mrs. Clinton and her team have produced detailed proposals on crime, policing and race relations, debt-free college and small-business incentives, climate change and affordable broadband.
How will Clinton make her policy proposals the law of the land? By working with the Republican Party. The president is responsible not only for those who voted for them but for every American regardless if they have an individual’s political support.
Having been on the receiving end of decades of relentless and baseless attacks by Republicans, Clinton has always found middle ground with those who are her political and ideological opposites:
To enact her agenda, Mrs. Clinton would need to find common ground with a destabilized Republican Party, whose unifying goal in Congress would be to discredit her. Despite her political scars, she has shown an unusual capacity to reach across the aisle.
When Mrs. Clinton was sworn in as a senator from New York in 2001, Republican leaders warned their caucus not to do anything that might make her look good. Yet as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she earned the respect of Republicans like Senator John McCain with her determination to master intricate military matters.
As was the theme with the editorial board’s endorsement, there is no real variety of choice in this election. One can either vote on the side of reason and sanity and support Hillary Clinton, or they can stand on the side of stupidity and hate and support Donald Trump.
Americans must stand with Clinton with her 40 years of public service. She is the most qualified candidate in American history who has been a First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State.
Conversely, individuals can support a man who has never held elected office and has not a single accomplishment other than numerous corporate bankruptcies while proudly proclaiming himself “the king of debt.” The last thing the American people require is a con man in the Oval Office. They require a tried and true leader like Hillary Clinton who has been tested with trials by fire who has come back stronger each and every time.
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Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.