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