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I Will Vote for Hillary Clinton Because I Cannot Possibly Vote for Donald Trump.

July 28, 2016

In Election 2016, I have a choice between Trump and Clinton, and Trump is too dangerous for me. I am no fan of Hillary Clinton; I am tired of political dynasties like the Bushes and Clintons. If I had had the opportunity, I would have voted for Bernie Sanders for president.

But that is not reality today. Clinton or Trump.

There is no way that I will miss casting my vote, and there is no way that I will vote for Donald J. Trump.

My chief research and writing focus is on K12 public education. Unfortunately, no candidate (Sanders included) realizes the damage that so-called “school choice” presents to America’s public school system. Maybe Clinton will come around; maybe not.

But my concerns about America’s relationship with the international community and. by extension, American national security, currently override all else as far as Election 2016 goes.

Yes, Hillary Clinton used an unsecured email server to transmit classified documents. This bothers me, indeed it does. But my concern with that issue is eclipsed by Donald Trump’s amazingly stupid verbalizing approval of a Russian hack of Clinton’s emails. As the July 27, 2016, New York Times reports:

Donald J. Trump said on Wednesday that he hoped Russian intelligence services had successfully hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, and encouraged them to publish whatever they may have stolen, essentially urging a foreign adversary to conduct cyberespionage against a former secretary of state.

 “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference here in an apparent reference to Mrs. Clinton’s deleted emails. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.” …
Mr. Trump later tried to modify his remarks about hacking Mrs. Clinton’s emails, contending they represented an effort to get the Russians to turn over their trove to the F.B.I.

“Asinine” does not capture the utter foolishness of Trump’s words– words that illustrate well the lack or forethought and restraint that Donald J. Trump would surely deliver on future occasions should he become (Heaven forbid) the next US president.

Until July 27, 2016, I had no intention of endorsing Clinton.

You could say that Donald J. Trump drove me to it.

On July 28, 2016, the day after Trump made the comment about Russia’s hacking Clinton’s emails, he said Putin is a better leader than Obama. I am no fan of Obama. However, Trump’s Putin-love is too much for me. Also in the New York Times:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Donald J. Trump called President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia “a better leader” than President Obama, offering the praise in an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Thursday, just a day after saying he hoped Russian intelligence services had successfully hacked Hillary Clinton’s email.

 Asked about comments he had made Wednesday at a news conference in Florida, where he said, “Putin has much better leadership qualities than Obama,” Mr. Trump reiterated his views in slightly starker terms.

“I said he’s a better leader than Obama,” Mr. Trump said. “I said he’s a better leader than Obama, because Obama’s not a leader, so he’s certainly doing a better job than Obama is, and that’s all.”

Mr. Trump also tried to walk back, in part, comments he made Wednesday about Russia hacking Mrs. Clinton’s emails — an extraordinary moment in which the Republican nominee basically urged Russia, an adversary, to conduct cyberespionage against a former secretary of state.

“Of course, I’m being sarcastic,” Mr. Trump said in the interview taped Wednesday that aired Thursday morning. …

In his nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump said he will put “America First.” Though his idea reflects an isolationist view and raises questions about Trump’s ability to successfully participate in international negotiations, he apparently is even unable to put America first in a balanced, decent way as he invites Russia to hack email of a former US secretary of state.

This frontal-lobe failure on Trump’s part cannot be casually dismissed. Again from the New York Times (July 28, 2016):

WASHINGTON — After all the ways that this year’s presidential election has made history, Donald J. Trump found a new line to cross on Wednesday, when he said at a news conference that Russia should hack his opponent, Hillary Clinton. …

There is simply no precedent for this: A presidential candidate publicly appealing to a foreign adversary to intervene in the election on his behalf.

“This is unprecedented — it is one of those things that seems to be genuinely new in international relations,” said Paul Musgrave, a University of Massachusetts professor who studies American foreign policy.
After a long pause, Mr. Musgrave added, “Being shocked into speechlessness is not the sort of thing you’re really used to in the business of foreign policy analysis.”

…This is the first time that a presidential candidate has openly asked a foreign power to meddle in the democratic process to his benefit. More than that, Mr. Trump seemed to be suggesting that Russia should violate United States law on his behalf.

Were Russia to follow Mr. Trump’s suggestion, the foreign intervention into American politics would be among the most severe of the past century.

On July 27, 2016, Rear Admiral John Hutson (Ret.) from the US Navy spoke at the Democratic National Convention. (View the CSPAN video here). I have transcribed his 8-minute speech below. As I was listening to it live, I decided to write this post declaring my intent to vote for Clinton because I am beyond done with Trump.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Good evening. My name is John Hutson, and unlike Donald Trump, there are two things that I know an awful lot about: law and order. For 11 years, I was a law school dean. For 30 years, I served proudly in the United States Navy, including as the Judge Advocate General. [Applause] Go Navy. [Applause.]

Donald Trump calls himself “the law and order candidate,” but he will violate international law. In his words, he endorses torture at a minimum . He will order our troops to commit war crimes in killing civilians, and he actually said, “You have to take out their families.”

And what did he say when he was told that was illegal?

He said, “Our troops will refuse. Believe me!”

This morning—this very morning—he personally invited Russia to hack us. That’s not law and order. That’s criminal intent. [Applause.]

Donald Trump would abandon our allies and let more countries get nuclear weapons. He lied about donating to veterans, and he called the military that I served in “a disaster.” It’s embarrassing enough that he’s the face of one of our political parties. The real disaster would be if we let Donald Trump become the face of the country that we love. [Applause.]

More than 120 Republican national security leaders—Republican national security leaders—recently warned that Donald Trump would, in their words, “make America less safe.” He even mocks our POWs, like John McCain. I served in the same Navy as John McCain. I used to vote in the same party as John McCain.

Donald, you’re not fit to polish John McCain’s boots. [Applause.]

But. But, America, we have a better choice. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who knows how to work with our allies; who has a specific plan to defeat ISIS. She’s smart, and she’s steady. She has the experience, the temperament, and the spine to be a superb Commander in Chief. [Applause.] She knows what makes u s the envy of the world. It’s not our abundant natural resources or our resilient economy, or even that we have the strongest military on earth.

Our strength comes from who we are and who we’ve always been: Our humanity.

If we lose our humanity, we lose the battle, and we lose the war. ISIS and other radical groups have no humanity. That’s their weakness. Our enemy can’t defeat us militarily. Victory for them won’t be found on the battlefield.

For them, victory is to make us more like them: People who torture, who destabilize the international order.

Who target innocents because they don’t look like them and don’t pray like them.

Donald Trump is a walking, talking recruiting poster for terrorism. [Applause.] And that’s not hyperbole. That’s not hyperbole. ISIS literally used Trump in a commercial.

You know, you can tell a lot about a person by whom they admire. Eleanor Roosevelt. Nelson Mandela. Dorothy Rodham. These are Hillary Clinton’s heroes.

Donald Trump? Well, Donald Trump admires Donald Trump. [Laughter.] And Saddam Hussein. And Kim Jong Un. And of Vladimir Putin, he said, and I quote, “In terms of leadership, he’s getting an A.” [Booing.]

I taught national security law. Praising dictators was an automatic F in my class. [Applause.]

Let me tell you something. In 2008, as the dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, I invited each presidential candidate to talk about terrorism… [chanting] I can’t make out what they’re saying… to talk about terrorism with me and other retired admirals and generals. Of all the candidates that we met with, Hillary Clinton was by far—by far—the best prepared and the most knowledgeable. [Applause.]

She listened carefully to our arguments. She tested us. We had more than 500 years of collective experience, and we learned from her. And this is before she served as Secretary of State, before she brokered a cease-fire in Gaza. Before she rallied the world to sanction Iran and advised President Obama to take out Bin Laden. And she restored our reputation in the world. [Applause.]

Anyone who has served with the young men and women in our armed forces knows how serious it is to send them in harm’s way. When you’re a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine, you don’t get to choose your commanders. But when you’re a citizen, you have the responsibility to choose a Commander in Chief who will keep us safe, strong, and secure.

Choose Hillary. Thank you, all.

I choose Hillary because I cannot possibly choose Trump.

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  1. Mary permalink

    Taking myself off your blog. Can’t believe you trust Hillary. Sucker.

  2. I can vote for neither. Praying for a miracle.

    • Hillary Clinton is a murdering, traitor, Communist. She has taken millions from our enemies and provided favors for that money and she will sell out this country. If you honestly think she will be better than Trump then you are not as bright as you think. Trump is far from perfect and he says things just for shock value but he is not a murderer. He is not a traitor and he does love this country. No President will save us. That is our job and we have failed miserably. All Trump will do is stop the bleeding for the next 4-8 years to give WE THE PEOPLE the time to do what we have failed to do for decades. We get the government wecdeserve. You are surely entitled to vote for whoever you choose and I am surelt entitled to unsubscribe to blogs I feel are created by people that support Communists over a boisterous patriot.

    • The miracle is WE THE PEOPLE and if Hillary wins there is no miracle coming. Making America Great Again will depend in us. Trump will give us the pause we need to right this ship.

    • can’t not can – sorry

    • Laura H. Chapman permalink

      Do not underestimate how close this election is likely to be.
      You are probably allowing Trump to win… if you fail to vote for Hillary.

      Like Mercedes, there is no way that I will sit on the sidelines and do nothing to stop his ascendence to a world stage. Trump is inticing other bigots to run for office, among these David Duke, unrepentant KKK leader who is seeking a Senate seat.

      “Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke announced his US Senate campaign Friday (7-22-2016) in Louisiana, promising to defend the rights of European Americans.

      “Thousands of special interest groups stand up for African-Americans, Mexican Americans, Jewish Americans, etc.,” he said in a YouTube video. “The fact is that European Americans need at least one man in the United States, one man in Congress, who will defend their rights and heritage.”

      Duke, a former Republican state representative and convicted felon, said his emphasis on the rights of European Americans is what distinguishes him.

      “The New York Times admitted that my platform became the GOP mainstream and propelled Republican control of Congress,” he said.

      “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years. My slogan remains ‘America First.’


      • Thank you Laura for this info. David Duke supports Trump, but Trump says he never heard of Grand Wizard Duke of the KKK, or even of the KKK. If this is true, Trump is a total ignorant moron since the bigoted murderous group is such a visible part of American history. But Trump continues to lie and lie…and we all know that birds of a feather flock together.

        He has unleashed the crazed bigots from all over the country who feel free to follow his rants and his call for violence.

        Trump’s longtime Florida butler,John Senecal, is a parrot of Duke and has said Obama whom he calls “zero” should be killed, and that all colored people should either be deported or killed, and that all Jews, world wide should be wiped off the face of the earth. All this info is online for verification.

      • My vote will not determine whether or nor Trump or Hillary wins this election and voters should resist being influenced by fear or shaming and vote their conscience. My conscience, at this point in the election and there is a long way to go, will not allow me to vote for either major candidate.

  3. Hillary Clinton is a murdering, traitor, Communist. She has taken millions from our enemies and provided favors for that money and she will sell out this country. If you honestly think she will be better than Trump then you are not as bright as you think. Trump is far from perfect and he says things just for shock value but he is not a murderer. He is not a traitor and he does love this country. No President will save us. That is our job and we have failed miserably. All Trump will do is stop the bleeding for the next 4-8 years to give WE THE PEOPLE the time to do what we have failed to do for decades. We get the government wecdeserve. You are surely entitled to vote for whoever you choose and I am surelt entitled to unsubscribe to blogs I feel are created by people that support Communists over a boisterous patriot.

    • Laura H. Chapman permalink


      I am 81. I entered teaching when Senator Joe McCarthy was eager make news by accusing a lot of people of being Communists and Communist sympathizers. You sound just like him.

      Being angry is one thing, making accusations that are very much like those of Trump and McCarthy is worrisome.

      Unlike you, I do not have the luxury of waiting 4 to 8 years in the hope that “we the people” will finally achieve better governance. Indeed, that seems to me a version of wishful thinking, things will come out fine if we just get our act together…If I bow out of national elections once or twice everything will be ok.

      If Trump wins, he and his cronies will choose several members of the Supreme Court and who knows how many of David Duke’s fans will assume office. You have your doomsday scenario, I have mine.

  4. Harlan Underhill permalink

    I can thoroughly understand your decision. In addition to everything else he has said, Trump has been very clear about his support for universal school choice. Despite that, I have come down on the other side of the choice because of one moment in Hillary’s testimony in the Benghazi hearings: “At this point, what does it matter.” At THAT point I concluded that she cannot be trusted with the lives of troops abroad, no matter what loose talk we hear from Trump. I believe she sacrificed American lives, the lives of American fighting men, for her personal political ambition. You and I, and all Americans, I think, actually want exactly the same things, safety, freedom, equality for all. We are divided by the how, not the what or why. Such has always been the case in argument about future policy decisions. Thus I do not despair no matter which of them wins the election. I believe that under either one, SOME progress will be made in one area or another toward the just society we all aspire to.

    • Laura H. Chapman permalink

      Harlan. I agree that Hillary is really vulnerable on Benghazi, but I also think Trump is incapable of thinking about justice, or the consequences of launching nuclear weapons, which seems to be his preferred strategy for killing ISIS, never mind the collateral damage.

      That scares me. Members of my family who served in the military in the Vietnam era have taught me about betrayals in that era. For many reasons, Benghazi was a disaster waiting to happen, if not there, then elsewhere.

    • I think you refer to HRC’ “What difference does it make.”

  5. I’m with you Mercedes…for all the same reasons. If Trump becomes President, the Anerican democratic system is over…he is a tyrant and wants to be dictator. He should be indicted for treason for his statement to Putin inviting him to hack into our governments emails. Those who insult you, and Diane Ravitch, for this intelligent stance are just too uninformed on world history to understand any of this.

  6. Jim Falk permalink

    Ms. Schneider, You amaze me. To think that you would pick a political hack with more baggage than a CSX freight train who has never been successful in any effort she has undertaken, an operative in a continuing criminal conspiracy, a confirmed liar and a person whose willingness to sell herself and her reputation in a fashion that gives prostitution a bad name over a self-made successful businessman of impeccable character amazes me and must be driven by an inbred affinity for the Democrat Party. You mention your concern over our future relationship with the international community. Have you considered how they will surely view us with a leader who can not be trusted to do anything without first ensuring that it will boost her power and her family fortune. I have never seen any evidence that Hillary loves America while Trump has set making America great again as his goal. If you haven’t seen “Hillary’s America” I suggest you do, but then with the mindset that comes through in your comments I doubt that it would have much impact on you. Your former admirer, Jim Falk, Fallon, NV

    • My best to you, Jim.

      If anyone accuses me of only posting comments of those who agree with me, I will refer that person to read the comments on this post.

    • Laura H. Chapman permalink

      Trump will make America great by doing what?
      His goal is a slogan.
      He says he will build a wall to keep out Mexicans and make Mexico pay for it. That really is a Soviet style solution. He likes dictators because they show “leadership.”
      He is a charlatan who thinks that the Presidency is like being the CEO of a business with everyone in his orbit subject to being hired or hired at his command.
      I am not about to help elect a blowhard bully to be President. And will not sit out this election.

    • Jim…what does it mean to “make America great again”? Does that mean to always have only White Christian presidents? Does it mean men should always make more money for working at the same job as a woman? Does it mean that there should be NO more public schools but only charter school businesses listed on the Stock Exchange? Does it mean that, iike Trump, it is always ok to CHEAT small business people who worked for you buy going bankrupt so you are absolved from paying them, but you retain your billions and your castle in Florida, and your other palace in NY, and the one in Beverly Hills…while the plumbers, electricians, etc. who you did pay to build your buildings go down in flames?

      Does it mean that you can commit treason as Trump did by asking Putin to hack our govenment emails…and then try to weasel out of it by saying you were being ” sarcastic”???

      If you think Trump is an American hero, you need more education on all this.

      Yes, many of us are not delighted with Hillary, but we are voting to keep an egomaniacal and violent bigot who want to be the American Dictator. out of the White House.

      • typo..meant to say Trump did NOT pay his workers, but stole their materials and wages by going bankrupt…and with his legion of lawyers, walked away with all the profits. Let’s see his IRS filings?

  7. annecharlesantiques permalink

    I’m with you, Mercedes. And if I disagreed with you, I might have more to say than the first comment.

    After nearly 20 years (1981 – 2000) of travel (professionally, as a professor and researcher) to Russia (then the Soviet Union), I don’t think that Hillary Clinton is a communist. If anyone was questioned about his loyalty then it might be me. After having made 3 trips to the USSR, I received a phone call from a man who said he was from the Agency, and that he would like to come to my office to talk with me. I asked, “What agency.” He replied, the CIA. Indeed he came, and questioned me about my travels to the USSR, and what I hoped to accomplish. He also noticed that by that time I had published several books, and textbook series, and asked me if I took any of these to the USSR. I said yes, as I brought a few to give to colleagues. He asked me if they would have any effect on the USSR’s educational system. I said that I doubted that. I said, they’ve no effect on our system of education, why would they affect Russians.

    The only one that I know of in the present campaign for President who might be communist learning, is the wife of the Republican nominee. She grew up in a communist family. But, I think she enjoys the fruits of capitalism more than her life in Slovenia. But, then I met hundreds of Soviets, Russians, Georgians, all of whom grew up under communism.

    I am much more confident in the Clinton/Kaine candidacy than the other side. There is clear evidence that the Clinton/Kaine ticket represents the diversity of our country, and will create a government that is open to more views than the other side. The other side is the American poster child of a demagogue, one who is inciting hatred, and will continue to do so into the future. The history of this man is one long life of hypocrisy (term used last night at the DNC).

    Finally, I’ve spent my lifetime to bring progressive views of learning to public education and higher education. The center piece of our work in the USSR was exploring progressive ideas with our Russian and Georgian colleagues. Indeed, I met one of the most progressive educators ever in Tbilisi, Georgia as part of our education program with Soviet education. And in Russia, the teachers we collaborated with understood the importance of progressive principles. And they did that in the midst of an autocratic educational system. I saw the same biology, math, and history books in all of the schools we collaborated with.

    To have a president that believes in erecting a wall and deporting Mexicans, as well as banning Muslims from our country puts us all in danger.

    Clinton/Kaine do not embrace these ideas. In fact, both of these people have devoted a great deal of their lives to doing the work that progressive “talk” about. They’ve done it.

    There might be personal issues that I might disagree with Clinton, put I would trust her to do the right thing.

    Finally, I hope your readers understand how inspiring you are to those of us who want education to improve, and to support the public’s creed of an education for all children that is well financed and staffed with the kind of teacher that you are.

    Kind regards,
    Jack Hassard
    Emeritus Professor
    Georgia State University

    • Jack I appreciate your current comment and your longstanding support.

      Being called a “sucker” by someone who supports a candidate known for calling others names is an irony not lost on me but apparently lost on its author.

  8. Blonde permalink

    Hillary is a globalist. Like Obama before her, her sole intent and purpose in becoming POTUS is to hand America over to the United Nations and the corporate elite so that We the People can have complete tyrannical rule from birth to workforce and beyond.

    Those who hate Trump don’t typically delve beyond the media soundbites – although that certainly isn’t like you, Mercedes. But I would think you know enough about Agenda 21 and the New World Order through your study of Common Core to know what is REALLY going on. To support the end of America for global rule by the UN is really an astounding position for you to take.

    To each his own, I guess.

  9. Jennifer Scriba permalink

    (nods head “yes”… then sighs)

  10. Jennifer Scriba permalink

    Mercedes, although I’m not a person of many words (until I’m front of a room of 3rd graders), I have always appreciated your thoughts/views. This has been the most challenging, contentious, political climate most of us have ever lived through as adults. It’s downright painful to realize people who’ve supported us are ready to ditch us because of what we believe. I’m lucky, no one has “unfriended” me, but a few have told me they’ll have to “unfollow” until the election’s over (and in person, we just DON’T discuss politics). Hats off to you as you stick your neck out everyday in the form of a blog. Teaching is a political act… writing is even more so (hands Mercedes a glass of iced-tea with a side of optional lemons).

  11. Used to Love NY permalink

    Mercedes…I totally agree with all you said. I am no fan of Hillary either but there are bigger issues at stake. If Trump was a Democrat the Republicans would be up in arms and calling him a Communist . Because he is running as a Republican, they make excuses for him. It seems Republicans would vote for Hitler is he was their party. It is a shame that his great nation has become so divided…truly the worst election ever. Thank you for another post that tells the truth.

  12. Debbie permalink

    I agree with this post 100%, thanks for having the guts and rational mind to say it.

  13. SpeedOften permalink

    Vote for Gary Johnson if you cannot vote for Trump. Hillary can not be trusted. She has sold out this country and every single citizen. The Clinton Foundation is a mountain of corruption.

    I don’t care who else you vote for, just please don’t vote for Hillary.

    • Gary, this is not a token vote for me. It is a vote intended to prevent a Trump presidency. A lot of people strongly disagree with my decision. I get that. But I made it carefully, and I cannot, cannot toss a vote to Johnson or Stein.

  14. permalink

    Have you watched Clinton Cash? Are you aware of her involvement in Haiti?

    As a military family, I am particularly sickened by the complacency and apparent condoning of Clinton’s responsibly for military deaths.

    Yes, Trump can be a bafoon and he either does not understand school choice and/or is an advocate HOWEVER, he is not demonstrated a history of chronic psychopathic crimes against humanity, religion, civil rights and our Constitution.

    Again, the willingness to overlook the well documented evidence if Clinton’s crimes is beyond comprehension.

    Specific to education, Clinton is specifically (per Tucker letter) unequivocally pro “choice”, outcome based education, HOME visits and parental “accountability” and the deliberate neural neutering of our children for the purpose of a dumbed-down compliant work force.

    I am highly disappointed in your condoning and the tragic misleading of your readership.


    • Some of us who are in complete agreement with Mercedes are lifetime educators. We do not hide behind false names, but use our real names because we show that we are not trolls meant to disrupt the conversation.

      Like Laura Chapman, I too am an older educator who has worked as a researcher, writer, and university professor for over 50 years. It horrifies me to see people with little knowledge of history, economics, and human behavior, pillory Mercedes, and Diane Ravitch, and others who are highly trained with fine minds, because they will not vote for a “con” man such as Trump. He is a reality show host with NO training nor understanding of government. He is such a cheat that he will not release his tax returns as every presidential candidate does. He calls Hillary a crook when the record shows his lifetime crookedness and his use of our laws to enrich himself.

      Trump proved to the world once again this week that he cannot and will not control his egomaniacal rants and his dangerous mouth. He committed treason by telling Putin to hack into our government emails and NO amount of his PR flacks words can change that. He should be indicted for treason. His is a proven thief and liar and has little real business acumen, as does Michael Bloomberg, but has mainly a huckster’s mentality. Anyone who would vote for him has their own mental problems.

      Many of us who are students of government as well as teachers of government, are not happy about voting for Hillary and recognize her baggage, but she is the candidate who is opposing this crazed man who sees himself as the Second Coming and yearns to be the American Dictator. Those who support him might look into their own reasons more carefully.

  15. Hillary is a #commoncore cheerleader like Jeb. Vote #hillary the careless for president.

  16. LAEducator permalink

    I cannot fathom anyone refusing to vote for Hillary when the alternative is Donald J. Trump. It is a shame that she has been so unfairly maligned by the media over decades simply because it fuels high ratings by feeding the rampant misogyny still so prevalent in American culture. I am ready for this strong woman to be the POTUS – warts & all!

  17. denisian permalink

    “Yes, treason – it’s apparently okay to use the word now …
    And what on this occasion makes Trump guilty of treason rather than all-too-familiar Trumpian bombast?
    … This claim, it should be noted, comes from Democrats and Republicans who – it seems like only yesterday – have told us that Russia, far from being hostile, was our strategic partner. It comes from a Democratic nominee who, as secretary of state, enabled Russia to take control of one-fifth of the uranium production capacity of the United States while millions in relevant donations and speaking fees flowed to the Clinton Foundation and her husband. And as for the scourge of foreign influence on American elections, the money that came the Clintons’ way thanks to the Russian uranium deal is but a small fraction of the foreign “donations” that have poured into their “charitable” foundation – influence purchases from what donors hope will be the next Clinton administration.
    The world is upside down.”

  18. While I have always enjoyed your informative posts regarding the sorry state of our educational system, I would find it difficult to follow your blog after this post. Anyone who is not boycotting this election, where it is so obvious a shadow government is in charge, cannot be considered a credible source of information or as having a shred of a conscience. Either candidate would be a monstrous potus, and the world deserves better from us as citizens of the most warmongering nation in history. There is nothing ‘sacred’ about voting, but there is certainly something evil in voting for such contemptible creeps as the only two who have been selected by the oligarchs for us to choose between. So do go and obey your masters who have so transparently directed you toward this vile creature through their propaganda media. Anyone so foolish and insincere deserves what they get. Only in this case, all U.S. citizens will be getting a new monster-in-chief thanks to you and the other sheeple voters who refuse in all their stupidity to ‘just say no’ to evil. Goodbye and thanks for nothing…

  19. I suggest that you give Jill Stein a closer look, you might see somethings you like, such as an unequivocal condemnation of standardized testing.

  20. I’m on the fence, but concerned about things HRC did not say in Philly: No mention of TPP, or
    the recognition that when trust is broken it’s very difficult to mend; no mention of the handling
    of Libya, Benghazi, or NATO’s war provocation with Russia.

  21. Jeff permalink

    I’m very disappointed in the deutsch29 endorsement of Clinton. My students also think that there are only two choices. They think they can save the planet by putting their plastic water bottles in a recycle box. But my students are only 15-16 years old and are informed by the same major media who push charters and common core. Most of the teachers I work with have replaced the Obama bumper stickers with Clinton (Hillary) stickers and I am pretty sure that the next 8 years will be just like the last eight years and the eight years before that and there will be plenty of anti public school activity to blog about.

  22. Nichole permalink

    I am absolutely stunned that you would endorse the most corrupt woman ever to serve our country. I have read your posts for a long time, but I am stunned that you have not done further research on HRC. I can’t support either nominee, but you are perpetuating the future decline of our educational system with your endorsement, that will no doubt reach and sway many people. I hope at a minimum you will invest a couple of hours and watch “Clintons Cash” and “Hillary’s America” as the facts are independently verifiable. The Clinton machine keeps getting a pass and the everyday American gets to pay for it – one way or another. This is a sad day for me.

    • I know about Clinton. This is a tough situation for me. I would have neither Clinton nor Trump, but Trump is too loose-lipped to be in charge of international negotiations. His lack of self control is dangerous, and his latest Russia-hacking comments tipped the scale for me. The contest is between Trump and Clinton, and I am so against a Trump presidency that I will not only not vote for him but I will vote for his only real competition. You certainly do not have to agree with me, but that is my reasoning.

  23. Jannike Johnsen permalink

    It saddens me that you, an outspoken and strong critic of the educational reform system not only in your state of Louisiana, but the entire US, would let fear be the guiding principle in choosing who to vote for in our presidential race. Especially when that vote is for a person whose educational policies are counter to the very things you write about in your blog and in your books. At this point, I’m not sure I can believe anything you write anymore. I considered you to be a journalist that wasn’t afraid to tackle educational injustice and reform. Now, I’ll always be wondering if you’re omitting something because you back/ support certain candidates or people. Or whether you’ll be as truthful, or as hard hitting, if Hillary wins the presidency. I understand that you are just an individual like the rest of us, but I expected you to either keep your own council regarding your personal choice, or to at least have the courage to vote for someone whose policies closely match your writings both here on the blog and in your books. Again, I’m very disappointed. #JillStein

  24. I will repeat, Mercedes, that I too, for the same reasons as you, will vote for Hillary. I am shocked that anyone who follows your erudite writing about education would turn around and insult your intelligence, never doubting for a moment that their own is greater. You have done some of the best research I have read, and I too deal in research, and you carry it further with presenting publicly your insights after carefully reflecting on your, and others, results.

    Kudos to you…keep it up…most of your readers admire and respect you and your body of work. I am amazed at the volume of excellent material you have turned out in the last three years. You are a wonder.

  25. laura997 permalink

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for communism and the destruction of America. She is an evil vile person who cannot be trusted with anything. She is only in it for herself and her Wall Street donors. She just said this morning that she believes not only the Second Amendment but all of our Constitutional rights should be subject to regulation. How you can vote for her amazes me. You are dooming the children for whom you claim to be an advocate to misery and slavery under an oppressive totalitarian government.

  26. There are other alternatives to Trump besides Clinton.

  27. Ken Watanabe permalink

    What’s more disappointing than anything is that eligible voters are facing the reality that they have two of the least favorite candidates–thanks to detrimental effect of money politics to fix political campaign(e.g., Citizens United) and voting system(e.g.,Voter ID Law). We have a drunken buffoon(possibly intoxicated with a 1000+ proof Russian Vodka “Drumptruckovosky”, a special gift from Vladimir Putin, eh!?) driving 100,000 horse-power Dump truck to wreck already fractured socio-economic and political system on one hand, and a shrewd plutocrat feeding “snobbish, arrogant,” creative class among liberals on the other. I don’t think she is a kind of democrat many people want because of her records of cozy ties with billionaires and free market enterprises. And many black voters still remember what she and her husband had done through the legislation of crime bills in the mid 90s. Her opponent is one and only reason she has a chance(though not assured) to win the election.

    For this election, I really cannot come up with anything better than stop the bleeding in order to avert the worst choice that could entirely paralyze the body of nation. I don’t feel any excitement or enthusiasm as I had in 1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. A vote for Hillary may be a path to the status quo for fragmenting democratic culture and uncertainty for fractured socio-economic system in a post-modern era. Yet, a vote for Trump bodes ill for the nation that will likely set its entire mental clock back to an ice age.

  28. Count me in. Great post hands down. It prompted me to start following your blog.

  29. Dianne permalink

    I haven’t read your blog in months after reading this post. I came back today to see if you posted anything further regarding your Clinton support, hoping you were having some buyer’s remorse. But, knowing your connections with Diane Ravitch, and considering the ties she has with Clinton (easily found by searching Wikileaks–seeing that the father of her children is featured in quite a few) your stance does not surprise me.

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