Endorsement: Hillary Clinton For President - The Choice Could Not Be More Clear
"May you live in interesting times" is an expression that is reputed to be the English translation of an ancient Chinese curse. Without a doubt, this generation of Americans is living in "interesting times". Never before in modern history has so much been at stake in a presidential election, and never before has the contrast between the candidates been as sharp as the contrast that defines the difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
On one side of the aisle we have former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a relentless force for social progress who has dedicated her life to public service. Her first job out of law school was with the Children's Defense Fund rather than a high-powered corporate law firm; as First Lady she worked tirelessly to secure health care for all Americans (long before the word "Obamacare" had even been incorporated into the English language); as Senator she expanded health care and family leave for military families, and helped pass the Children's Health Insurance Program that now protects over eight million children; and as Secretary of State she brokered an unlikely cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
On the other side of the aisle we have Donald Trump, who became a billionaire real estate tycoon after inheriting millions of dollars from his father. A genius at self-promotion, he has kept his name in the public eye through various means including opening gambling casinos, hosting WrestleMania events, buying the Miss Universe contest (and nicknaming one of its winners "Miss Piggy"), turning his name into an international trademark and hosting a reality TV show. And now he has exploited the politics of division and fear to claim the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
During these perilous times we have already witnessed a divided electorate, a paralyzed Congress, skyrocketing racial tensions, a spike in violent crime, the development of a permanently underemployed underclass, declining U.S. influence abroad and growing income inequality at home. Our problems are daunting and growing worse. We need opportunity, not unrestrained greed. We need bipartisanship, not the deliberately divisive tactics of a professional provocateur.
Clinton will build bridges; Trump will build walls.
Clinton will provide immigrants with a pathway to citizenship; Trump promises to deport 11 million people and build a 2,000-mile Mexican border wall.
Hillary Clinton blames partisanship and corporate greed; Donald "You're Fired!" Trump blames Mexicans and Muslims.
Clinton will bring America together; Trump will radicalize U.S. Muslims by treating them as second-class citizens.
Clinton will keep America's international commitments; Trump has threatened to abandon our Balkan NATO allies to Vladimir Putin.
Clinton will end unfair tax loopholes, support a higher minimum wage, and create tax credits for poor families; Trump will drastically increase import duties, repeal the Consumer Protection Act and deregulate Wall Street in preparation for another Great Recession.
Most importantly for personal injury lawyers who represent the little guy against large corporations, Clinton has spent her lifetime fighting for women and children – the people who are most vulnerable. Some say that she is beholden to corporate interests, but anyone who looks at her long record of service knows that is not true. If all the other reasons to vote for Clinton are not enough, this one is the icing on the cake.
The Future is Not Written in Stone.
The prospect of a Trump victory, unlikely as it may be, is chilling enough to bring to mind a gem of wisdom from acclaimed novelist Pearl Buck: "Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied." Buck thereby reminds us that history can turn on a dime.
In the 2000 presidential election, the presidency was decided by a mere 537 votes in Florida – about one vote per precinct. Your vote matters. Use it.
As of this writing, for the first time in American History no major news publication has endorsed Donald Trump. In fact many conservative publications have chosen to endorse a Democrat for the first time in recent memory and, in some cases, the first time ever. Others have chosen to encourage voters to vote against Trump or to vote for a third party candidate. For a complete list of newspaper endorsements that is regularly updated, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspaper_endorsements_in_the_United_States_presidential_election,_2016.