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 decided to run editorial stories on both Trump and Clinton from the perspective of the individual staff writers.
The Presidential election of 2016 is Nov. 8 and the decision between the two candidates may not be an easy one for voters. With the two choices for POTUS, Hillary Clinton is a better presidential candidate than Donald Trump.
Clinton plans to increase job opportunities in every way she can. Her proposal is to spend about $275 billion in her first term to rebuild America’s roads and bridges. According to CNN, “Economists across the political spectrum call it her best economic idea.” This plan would not only help clean up many areas, but overall is said to create 10 million jobs.
As Trump preaches about his economic plans being “America First,” Clinton envisions “Family First.” While talking about her plans Clinton was quoted, “We will help you balance family and work.” She wants to enforce paid family leave that will allow families to grow and be healthy, while eliminating as much stress as possible. Her “Family First” economic vision will “empower Americans to live better lives,” Clinton said.
Once in office, the new president could be appointing up to four Supreme Court justices within his or her four year term. These will be decided on by their stance on different issues such as pro-life vs pro-choice and immigration. Clinton’s plan is to not deport any illegal immigrants except violent criminals and terrorists. This opens the country to plenty more people, allowing their families to grow in a safe environment. “This really is a breathtaking step toward open borders,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “If you take that step, it needs to be put in front of the public: Do you think immigration laws are irrelevant unless the illegal immigrant has committed a violent offense or drug crime?”
While Trump’s economic plans may be preferable to wealthier people, it is very difficult to ignore the candidate’s personality and scandals throughout the years. Trump has been accused in many cases of making unwarranted sexual remarks. He has furiously denied all accusations and will often play off these accusations by making excuses, such as calling the comments “locker room talk.” His words and actions show that as a person, he is entirely unfit to try to run a country, especially one that has been working tirelessly every day toward social progress and acceptance.
When announcing that he would be running for the Republican nomination on June 16 of 2015, in regards to immigration Trump said, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Through these words, he stereotyped many people who do not deserve these titles. His character flaws would play a very big part in how he would want to run American. This could destroy many lives that never warranted this treatment.
Voting for Clinton may not be easy for some because it is difficult to get on board with everything the candidate has been accused of in the past. However, her economic plans and stance on many social issues are more than agreeable. She stands up for those who it seems Trump practically bullies and is working towards helping the country grow as a community rather than to discriminate. Clinton’s America is about helping one another, creating jobs, allowing families to thrive, and growing as an accepting country.
This commercial for Clinton depicts Trump’s America vs. Clinton’s America. It shows Trump as discriminatory and prejudiced while Clinton promotes equality and education.