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Vote 2016: Donald trumps Hillary

From the editor and adviser: While major newspapers around the country are endorsing candidates for presidency and other political offices on the ballot on Nov. 8, it is not the job of a student-run newspaper to do so.  The student journalists of The McNicholas Milestone are reporting on the current election because it is important that they report on a major event affecting their audience. The political stories published under the Milestone title do not reflect the opinions of the entire journalism staff or McNicholas High School nor should they be interpreted in any way as an endorsement of a particular candidate.  The journalism staff’s plan was to run an editorial story on both Trump and Clinton but at press time, the only editorial ready to publish is the one below on Republican candidate Donald J. Trump. If and when the story becomes available on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, it will be posted to the Milestone.

A win for Trump critical to success of US

It is critical to the future of America and the entire world, that yes, the undeniably flawed and imperfect Donald J. Trump, must be elected the 45th president of the United States.  The main objective of keeping the disgraced former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and her corrupt agenda out of the White House should be reason enough in and of itself for eligible voters of all backgrounds all across the country to cast a ballot for the Trump/Pence ticket.

Top Issues

Economy/Jobs

Trump’s plans focus on ending wasteful regulations that force millions of jobs out of the US while lowering taxes across the board including those imposed on businesses and the middle class.

Clinton, on the other hand, plans to push even further beyond Obama’s historic economic failures by continuing to raise taxes on Americans, and pushing for a $15 minimum wage.  While many voters think a $15 minimum wage would benefit the common American and help stimulate the economy, other sources reflect a different outcome.  According to Chief US economist at Oxford Economics, Gregory Daco, businesses would be forced replace employees with automation, which would then result in worker layoffs, while at the same time raising the price of their products to compensate for the overpaid workers.   “You don’t get any wage at all when you are unemployed. And if you are young and unemployed, you don’t get any job experience to help you rise up the ladder when you don’t get on the ladder,” said Thomas Sowell of the National Review in his October 11 article.

Supreme Court

The next president will be able to appoint between 1-4 new justices.  This will change the dynamic of the Supreme Court for decades to come, but will also have almost immediate effect with the hot button issues of the second amendment, immigration and most importantly, life.  We must elect a president that will appoint judges who understand the true sanctity and importance of a human life, and push for laws that protect life in all its stages, and Clinton would be the polar opposite of that president.  The pro-choice and Planned Parenthood backed candidate said, “Human rights are women’s rights are human rights.  Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely – and the right to be heard.”  Politicians like Clinton and her allies have done exactly what they speak out so proudly against.  They have promoted the silencing of millions of the most innocent and vulnerable in our world.  In fact, more than 29 million girls in America alone have had their right to a full life stolen from them since Roe Vs Wade in 1973.  Clinton has made famous the phrase “Love trumps hate,” but is she really showing America how to love when she speaks out against the most basic right to life, all while forcing an ever more Pro-Life America to fund the killing of our neighbors through tax dollars to Planned Parenthood?  In 2015, a CNN poll even found that 58% of Americans in today’s increasingly secular society oppose ‘all or most abortions.’

Mother Teresa said it best when she warned, “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want.”  Even though there is no perfect candidate, Catholics, same as all voters of any ideology, must not let their voices be suppressed by choosing not to vote.

Never Hillary

While Trump clearly has major personal issues and can be called a terrible person, Clinton’s actions dwarf Trump’s words.  While in no way shape or form should anyone ever tolerate, approve of, endorse or condone any type of sexist or demeaning words or actions, voters today can’t ignore their responsibility to stand up for the future of America.

As USA TODAY said in an Oct. 13 story, “I think we can all agree that what Donald Trump said about women was awful, but I would respectfully remind readers that he is not running for pope. What Hillary Clinton has done in the past 20 years is far worse than anything Trump has said, and her actions disqualify her from being president… This election should not be a popularity contest, it should be on the issues, on ideology.”

In their Oct. 31 article, the Chicago Tribune warns of what a Clinton presidency will be like.  “We do know enough about Clinton’s past behavior to know what she is likely to do if elected President. She will sell access to foreign governments to enrich herself; she will hide her true intentions and actions behind a lack of transparency, even if it means flouting the law; she will lie to the public to advance her political agenda, her career and protect her reputation, as she lied to the loved ones of the patriots killed in Benghazi … and she will continue to carry out her elected duties in corrupt ways.”

According to CNN and multiple news outlets, Clinton is the first major party nominee to have been the subject of an active criminal FBI investigation during her candidacy.  Both the potential criminal cases involving the Clinton Foundation’s corruption with “pay for play tactics,” and Clinton’s use of a private email server in handling classified government information have been investigated by the FBI, and the Clinton Foundation corruption investigation is still ongoing.  There seemed to be an obvious double standard for Clinton when the initial investigation into Clinton’s emails ended with no indictment, even with condemning evidence presented and described by the FBI director.

Veteran Lt. John Lester posed this question to the former Secretary of State.  “Had I communicated this information not following prescribed protocols I would’ve been prosecuted and imprisoned,” he said. “How can you expect those such as myself who were entrusted with America’s most sensitive information, to have any confidence in your leadership as president when you’ve clearly corrupted our national security?”

How can citizens elect a president who has allegedly lied to Congress and the FBI under oath multiple times committing perjury, lied to the American people, and could still potentially be convicted of criminal activity after she is voted into office?

Even though many thought the election was secure for Clinton, that is far from the case.  The vast majority of national polls show Trump is gaining momentum and narrowing the gap.  According to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, aside from the FBI controversy and Clinton corruption, one reason for Clinton’s decline may be her disconnection with the average American as she has not allowed a televised interview with any journalist since Sept. 12.  This is after months of not holding a press conference leading up to the crucial final days before the election.  Clinton would not be a president for the people, but would be acting in the best interest of the wealthy donors such as billionaires like George Soros, corporations like Goldman Sachs, and foreign governments that could have an influence on her actions as Commander-in-Chief.

The American people cannot ignore or turn a blind eye to the incredibly blatant conflict of interest that would present itself if Clinton is elected.  She would be at the head of the same federal government whose primary law enforcement agency is in the process of potentially criminally prosecuting her and her foundation.

Why Trump?

A vote for Donald Trump or any candidate does not mean that the voter is agreeing with everything the candidate says, does, or represents.  While both candidates have their serious flaws, it is clear that Clinton, the Washington insider, career politician who has been under ongoing criminal investigation belongs not in the White House, but rather a much different kind of federal facility.

To voters who can’t imagine a Hillary Clinton presidency, undecided voters, or voters planning to cast a ballot for a third party or a write in, it is the unfortunate fact of the current climate of American politics that only Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton has a shot to become the 45th president of the United States.  Unfortunately, barring some amazing unprecedented event, no one else has a chance at becoming our next Commander-in-Chief.  A vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein might be more comfortable because of the lack of controversy surrounding them, but it essentially is a vote thrown away.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz defended and explained his reasoning for casting a vote for the Trump ticket in the simplest, yet most powerful way, in a tweet, when he said, “I will not defend or endorse Donald Trump, but I am voting for him.  HRC is that bad.  HRC is bad for the USA.”

Voters today are faced with a real dilemma.  Should they vote based off personality and personal life?  Or do they vote for their position on the issues, policies, records and facts?  This election is not just about these two historically unpopular individual nominees, but rather about the direction and fate of America.

Video:  This clip from CNN blatantly shows Clinton’s statements contradicting with the FBI director’s during her initial investigation in which no charges were recommended.  Comey reopened the investigation into the emails before abruptly closing it for a second time just two days before the historic election.  The Clinton Foundation corruption case however, is still ongoing.

trumps

Trump was joined on stage by his family in Cleveland after accepting the Republican nomination for president in July. At the conclusion of the second presidential debate, Trump’s family was complimented by his opponent when Clinton said, “I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald.” Photo courtesy of Politico.com.

 

 

 

About Vinny Ramundo

Vinny Ramundo is a first year journalism student and staff reporter for the McNicholas Milestone. He is a student ambassador involved in Service Club, Rockets For Life, soccer, and baseball teams.

Discussion

31 thoughts on “Vote 2016: Donald trumps Hillary

  1. Very well written 👌🏻👍🏻

    Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2016, 6:21 pm
  2. Every person has their own set of ideals and goals, for themselves and their nation. Everyone has their own perfect world.
    However, no two people are exactly the same, so there will never be a candidate that perfectly aligns with your idea of a perfect world. Therefore, no matter who wins, they will cause damage to your way of life. They will never do exactly what you want.

    It is our job as citizens of the United States of America to take part in elections not with the intent of electing the party we like, or the candidate that we like, but for the candidate that we think will cause the least amount of damage to our idea of a perfect nation.

    By this logic, why would you try to justify to others who you support, who you prefer, or who you want to win? People aren’t going to change their choice, since they are voting for who will cause the least damage to their perfect world, to their ideals, to their goals. Unless you change what that person sees as important, keep your trap shut about who you want to win. It doesn’t matter.

    Besides the fact that neither candidate is completely fit for presidency, I can’t really tell you who I would rather have as president. Both major options present major compromise in what I want in a leader. Don’t try to talk to me about “How could you stand behind that person?” or “That person is dangerous” because you and I value different things. End of discussion. Get over it, elections are just damage control.

    Posted by Noah Pasco | November 9, 2016, 1:06 pm
    • Could not disagree more. The election is not about deciding who will do the least damage. Believe it or not some people actually believe a candidate can actually help our country. Just because you think they will both be bad for our country does not mean you can say that this is “damage control.” It is true that no one is perfect and that there is no perfect candidate, but that doesn’t mean our “job” is to elect a candidate that will cause the least damage. Our Duty and our Right is to vote for someone who can change this country for the better and lead us in the right direction.

      You are correct when you say that everyone has there own “perfect world,” but that is not what this election is about. This election isn’t about you, or me, or any one person. The world does not revolve around one person. This election is about our country as a whole and the greater good. This country was not founded on the idea that one person should have their “perfect world,” and that everyone who doesn’t get their perfect world should pout and complain. That is not at all what this great country was founded for.

      The idea that you can’t express your opinion in today’s world is ludicrous. If you don’t want to hear other people’s opinion, don’t listen, but don’t say that people shouldn’t share their opinion because freedom of speech and expression is something that so many people have died for, so many children left fatherless, so many mothers widowed, etc. So just because you do not agree doesn’t mean you should say that people should not express how they feel. So if you don’t care, don’t take the time to write a response, and definitely don’t try to criticize people for expressing their opinions which, in this case, are based on facts that were presented.

      Posted by Matt Pryor | November 9, 2016, 2:37 pm
  3. America has spoken. The people chose.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2016, 8:45 am
    • Actually, that isn’t true. The electoral college chose. Hillary won the popular vote 47.7% to Trump’s 47.5%. Therefore, under a just, truly democratic political system, Clinton would have won the election (unless Trump somehow takes back the lead in the popular vote as the final votes are tallied).

      Posted by Jared Taylor | November 9, 2016, 11:26 am
      • That is one of the reasons why our founding fathers were brilliant. If it was decided by popular vote, then people would never campaign in per say Ohio or other more rural areas. They would just campaign in NYC, LA, or other big cities. Everybody has a say and an influence.

        Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2016, 10:28 pm
      • Our brilliant founding fathers established the electoral college to ward against factions and because they felt that the common people did not possess the capabilities to choose a qualified leader. Today, the grounds on which this system was founded are totally obsolete, as our nation runs on a party, or faction, system, and the very thing that the electoral college was intended to protect against, the favor of the “common” people, will be in play no matter which side is chosen in a two party system. It’s outdated and counter-intuitive 250 years later.

        Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2016, 2:09 pm
    • The people chose Hillary. The Electoral College chose Trump.

      Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2016, 4:13 pm
  4. Fantastic and very convincing article, I agree with everything except the third party votes. A vote for a candidate not Trump or Hillary is a vote against corruption, rather than a wasted vote in my opinion.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2016, 4:22 pm
  5. Let’s not forget that Trump is going to represent our country to the entire rest of the world. While Hillary may have done some corrupt things, she is able to keep her composure in situations where she feels threatened. However, Trump has shown over and over again that he cannot. A good example of this is when he interrupted Clinton during the debates by yelling “wrong” into the microphone while she was trying to make a point. Clinton however, is able to keep quiet and wait her turn. He is not respectful to anyone unless they fall under the same group that he does; the straight, white, male.
    Trump is a bully. He breeds hate. His entire platform is based on hatred. What is that hatred going to say about our country to the other nations of the world? His blatant racism, sexism, narcissism, and all around skewed views are made clear through his ideas for this country. He wants to kick out an entire group of people based on their religion. His goal is to build a wall so that immigrants cannot come in. America is supposed to be the land of the free. It’s supposed to be a place where anyone can come and have the opportunity to reach their full potential, yet he wants to kick entire groups of people out. How is that going to make America look to the other nations of the world? How does that represent America? That is not America the country of the free, it is America the country of oppression, and that is not something that I want to be a part of. America is in a weak position right now, and adding Trump to that is going to a death wish for all Americans. Running a business is not the same as running a country. Trump has no political experience, and we cannot deny that, at the very least Hillary, is qualified for the job. It is more than clear to me who the next president of the United States should be. Trump’s ignorance is not going to get this country anywhere.

    Posted by Cameron Cheevers | November 8, 2016, 3:56 pm
  6. Let’s not forget about the fact that whoever is elected president is going to be representing our country to the entire rest of the world. While Hillary may have made some mistakes, she can keep her composure. Trump has shown the people of America that he cannot time and time again. Trump gets angry and lashes out, shown when he interrupted Hillary during the Presidential debates, yelling “wrong” over and over again as she was trying to make a point. His blatant racism and misogynistic nature will be an issue when he has to deal with leaders of other nations, as not every person is his “preferred” white male. Hillary has shown respect to Trump despite the fact that he has been horribly rude to her throughout this entire election. Trump, however, has shown over and over that he cannot do that.
    Trump is more than just rude, he breeds hate. His nature is to hate and bully people. What is that going to say about our country to the other nations of the world? His goal is to kick people out, and transform this country into his idea of what a “great America” is. This country is about freedom, giving equal opportunities to everyone, and helping all people reach their full potential, and Trump is not going to do that. He wants to build a wall, kick out people based on their race and religion. He has no political experience. Running a country is NOT the same as running a business. I do not agree with everything that Hillary does and says, but there is no doubt that she is qualified for this position. She has been cleared of her crimes for a reason. If she is president, we are going to have another 4 years like that of Obama. Not much will get done. But if Trump becomes our president, we run the risk of many wars. He wants to take rights away from people, rights that the citizens of America have fought long and hard for. Trump’s ignorance is going to ruin this country. It is clear what the better choice is.

    Posted by Cameron Cheevers | November 8, 2016, 2:24 pm
  7. Excellent and extravagant article. This article really made me think about our future leader of the United States of America. You stated the facts and left out the opinions. Very informative.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2016, 1:27 pm
  8. Very well written and informative.

    Posted by Anthony Ramundo | November 8, 2016, 1:26 pm
  9. Climate change is a thing. This man does not believe in climate change. I can and will not vote for whomever denies science.

    Posted by Nathan Rivard | November 8, 2016, 12:28 pm
    • Politicized “science” ceases to be science and becomes propaganda.

      Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2016, 7:50 pm
    • So someone who doesn’t believe in climate change therefore denies science and therefore should not be the president of the United States?

      Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2016, 8:16 pm
      • ..yes? The President of the United States, some people fail to remember, is the leader of the entire country, and therefore must be prepared to take a holistic approach to governing. The issues raised by the scientific community (chiefly climate change) merit as much government intervention as any implausible wall-based immigration reform. Until those in positions of authority recognize this as the issue that it is, we will continue to do nigh-irreparable damage to the earth.

        Posted by ANONYMOUS | November 8, 2016, 10:17 pm
  10. Very well written and informative.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2016, 12:16 pm
  11. Very well-written article…10/10! I’ll take someone who says mean things over a corrupt criminal \ liar any day. In case you needed more persuading…Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith. “What difference does it make?”

    Hilary For Prison 2016
    Trump Pence 2016

    Posted by Cam Voelker | November 8, 2016, 11:42 am
  12. this is very well researched and well-written. A Hillary Clinton presidency will be DISASTROUS for the country and we cannot let it happen

    Posted by Emily Potter | November 8, 2016, 11:19 am
  13. So you believe that America should like up behind a candidate who supports banning an entire religion from entering the US, who claims to know more about fighting terror than the generals, who has claimed Hillary’s “open borders” would allow 650 million people into the country in a week, who has repeatedly insulted women, who has appealed to white supremacists, who denies global climate change, whose tax policy would give massive breaks to billionaires, who would devastate funding for scientific research and development, who would slash social safety net programs, and if he loses, has suggested he would not accept the results? You want me to vote for him because you can’t accept that the FBI (led by a GOP appointed director) has cleared her of criminal wrongdoing? And I know that “Washington insider” and “career politician” are good buzz phrases that get people riled up, but they really don’t mean a whole lot. Bottom line is that Trump has spent his life making billions while screwing working people, talking himself up and insulting those who don’t look like him. Clinton has been instrumental in helping pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program, fighting for 9/11 first responders, and serving as a public leader for several decades. the choice today is pretty clear.

    Posted by Zach Hazzard | November 8, 2016, 10:20 am
  14. I appreciate the journalistic effort that went into the opinion piece, and I’ll be clear that I dislike Hillary for a variety of reasons. But Trump is a racist, mysonogistic, narcissist who would be the most dangerous president in the history of our country. I believe it is quite possible he has an undiagnosed personality order. As a former military officer, I have grave concerns that if he is elected, the next 9-11 will occur under his term because hate breeds hate, and Trump is a hateful individual.

    Posted by Robert Hazzard | November 8, 2016, 9:58 am
  15. A Win for Trump critical to success of US:
    • There’s not much to say about this because it is an opinion statement, however, the idea that “voters from all backgrounds” should cast their votes for Trump is a little ironic considering Trump’s blatantly ignorant comments towards women and minorities.

    Top Issues

    Economy/Jobs
    • “Ending wasteful regulations:” These “wasteful regulations” have been implemented in order to protect the environment. Trump’s proposition to remove regulations might have a minor affect (and maybe a small boost) on the economy, but it is ultimately at the expense of the environment.
    • Lowering taxes on big corporations and businesses would be catastrophic to the economy. Roughly 11% of federal tax revenues come from corporate taxes; reducing these taxes would cut funding to the national defense budget, education, Medicaid and Medicare, and countless other necessary programs.
    • The minimum wage issue is not about unemployment as the article suggests, but rather about a wage that a person could actually live off of. With a current full-time employee working roughly 2,080 hours per year and the current $7.25 minimum wage, they would make around $15,000 per year. This is hardly enough money to support a single person living on their own, and impossible to support a family.
    • Instead of reducing regulations and not raising the minimum wage, companies should be penalized for out-sourcing their jobs to foreign nations.

    Supreme Court
    • Liberals do NOT want to take away the right to bear arms- that has never been on the table. Do they want restrictions? Yes. Why a civilian would need an assault rifle or a high-capacity magazine is baffling to me. At the very least, all firearm purchases should require a waiting period and a background check. There is no foreseeable consequence to that. There is no reason why a civilian should need a firearm immediately. “We must elect a president that will appoint judges who understand the true sanctity and importance of a human life.” I completely agree with this statement. Trump is certainly not the man for this. Being pro-life means that you are against the death penalty, abortion, and unnecessary wars. Trump is completely for the death penalty… While he might be anti-abortion, as the good part of Americans are, he is certainly not pro-life. On the issue of Planned Parenthood: Abortions make up roughly 3% of their services; other services include treatment for STD’s, pregnancy tests, and cancer screenings, specializing in breast cancer screenings. The ideology behind the pro-choice movement is that it is a woman’s RIGHT to choose what she does with her body. Why should you or I be able to dictate how another person lives their lives?

    Never Hillary
    • “Clinton’s actions dwarf Trump’s words.” Yup, her actions. Let’s recall a couple of her actions: Sending emails on an unsecured server (which have come up inconclusive), Benghazi which was beyond her control for the most part- American forces would not have been able to arrive in time, even if the request for reinforcements was fulfilled. Number of embassy deaths under the Obama Administration: 4. Number of embassy deaths under the Bush Administration: 60. This is hardly an issue for Secretary Clinton. Let’s recall some of Trump’s actions/words: Calling Mexicans rapists, claiming the president was from Kenya, said John McCain wasn’t a war hero because he was captured, said women should be punished for having abortions, bragged about not paying income taxes, bragged about grabbing women by the p—y, saying that he would date his daughter, and the list goes on. Trump “not running for Pope” is no comparison to how a president should act. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is known for his right-wing conservatism and is not a credible source, BUT his statement applies even more to Trump than to Hillary. How can someone that has inherited a fortune and lived with excessive wealth his entire life relate to an average American person.

    Why Trump
    • It’s hard to respond to this portion because it doesn’t justify voting for Trump, it instructs the reader to not vote for Hillary. One thing that was never mentioned in this article was climate change. Climate change is a HUGE (yuge) issue, especially among millennial voters who have to remedy the issue. Clinton’s goal is to become a leader in innovation and clean energy. Trump decided that climate change is a hoax, despite the overwhelming support from the scientific community.

    I hope that covers everything.

    Posted by Jonathon Hazzard | November 8, 2016, 9:33 am
  16. Good use of facts and limiting opinion. Very thorough research and thought out reasoning. Trump may not be a good person, but “I would take a rude person over a proven corrupt one any day. ” –Steve

    Posted by Jacob Reuss | November 8, 2016, 9:32 am
  17. Really convincing point on combating climate change.

    Posted by Eric Dill | November 7, 2016, 11:33 pm
  18. Very informative and well written article. I learned a lot from this article and I think I’ve decided who to cast my ballot for. 😉 Keep up the good work Mr. Ramundo.

    Posted by Matt Pryor | November 7, 2016, 9:01 pm

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