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.
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.
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.
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.
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.