By the Talon Editorial Board
It seems every four years Americans are forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. And every four years we cry that there must be a better way. And every four years we argue that this election is too important to “throw away” our vote on a third party candidate. Well, this year… even though there has to be a better way, we really must choose between the lesser of two evils because this election is too important to the future of America.
It is the opinion of the editorial board of The Talon that Hillary Clinton (D – N.Y.) is the lesser of two evils and should be elected 45th president of the United States of America.
While we understand this is hardly a ringing endorsement, the editorial board felt that she is the wisest choice in a field filled with political novices and hate-mongering demagogues.
Clinton is the only candidate with a resumé worthy of the Oval Office. In her eight years as First Lady, she redefined the role from a White House hostess to an advocate for important issues like healthcare. As a senator from New York she fought for the first responders that perished on 9/11. As Secretary of State she was an advocate for women’s rights around the world.
The only other candidate with any government experience is Libertarian Gary Johnson of New Mexico who served two rather uneventful terms as governor of the nation’s 36th largest state. The Green Party’s Jill Stein is a medical doctor and Donald Trump (R – N.Y.) is a businessman and reality television host.
Although the board seemed to be more in line with Stein on the issues, Clinton was a strong second for her stance on issues ranging from foreign policy to immigration.
Besides experience, the other major factor for our endorsement is her temperament. Clinton comes across as thoughtful and level-headed. At times she can seem cold and distant, but this is preferable to the angry erratic style of her major competitor, Trump. Johnson seems clueless about a variety of important issues, and Stein’s stance on issues like vaccines make her seem out-of-touch with reality.
Furthermore, Trump’s rhetoric on issues like immigration, national security, and women’s rights frighten us. He seems to be pushing a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic platform that may cater to his core demographic (low-educated white males), but does not appeal to a majority of Americans.
Clinton is not without her own baggage. As First Lady, she helped President Bill Clinton push for criminal justice reform that led to the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of minorities for non-violent drug offenses. Her handling of her emails as secretary of state — while not criminal — raises questions about her transparency as a leader. But in total, her positives far outweigh her negatives.
Therefore, the editorial board believes America once again needs to swallow its pride and pull the lever for the lesser of two (or four) evils — Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Perhaps in four years we will have the luxury to vote our conscience, but in 2016 Clinton is the only safe choice.