Traditionally, The Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and The Mayo Free Press do not endorse presidential candidates.
This year we are breaking that tradition.
After much deliberation, discussion and analysis, we are endorsing Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.
Clinton, like most people who run for President, is a flawed candidate.
She has a penchant for secrecy.
She mishandled classified information on a private email server.
Questions persist about her and her family’s charitable organization, The Clinton Foundation.
If any of the other 16 candidates who ran to be the Republican Party presidential nominee had won, it’s probable we would have continued our decades old tradition of not endorsing presidential candidates.
But that’s not what happened.
There’s a reason conservative and right-leaning newspapers, conservative foreign policy experts and Republicans across the country have come out in support of Clinton.
While he ran in the Republican primary and is the Republican nominee, Trump is a Republican by no stretch of the imagination.
For fiscal conservatives, he proposes to build a wall between the United States and Mexico that economists estimate would cost around $25 billion to construct, not to mention the money required for upkeep and maintenance.
For Tea Party members, Trump hasn’t given a solid plan for decreasing the deficit, much less the debt.
For neoconservative hawks, he suggests America should only help its allies if they pay up.
Pro business? Trump offers to approach trade deals in a manner akin to a hostage negotiation.
Religious Evangelicals? Trump claims to have Christian faith, but has stated that he’s never asked God for forgiveness, a tenant of most Christian denominations.
Worried about religious freedom? Trump has suggested banning Muslims from coming in the country.
Constitutionalist worried about presidential overreach? He displays appreciation for the unbridled power of the dictators of the world and a baffling lack of knowledge about the Constitution.
Family values voter? The recently leaked Access Hollywood tape from 2005 finds Trump bragging about kissing and grabbing the genitals of women he meets.
Trump has cited his business resume as a reason why he should be President, a resume that includes multiple bankruptcies, multiple rescue loans from his father, hundreds of contractors who claim he never paid them and years of tax returns he falsely claims he’s not allowed to release.
The portion of Trump’s 1995 tax returns recently released by the New York Times find him claiming a $916 million loss.
If that’s his successful business resume, one weeps to think of the unsuccessful one.
For months, Trump supporters have said that his constant insults, his mocking of, well, take your pick—disabled people, war heroes, immigrants, women, Republicans, Democrats, voters—was strategic.
One day, they insisted, Trump would show a more presidential side, less reality television and more stately, less insult-driven and more policy-driven.
That day has not come, not even now, less than a month out from the General Election.
The world has changed drastically in the last few decades, but there is an old reliable question to judge presidential candidates.
Which candidate can be trusted at 3 a.m to make the right choice for the country?
We know where Donald Trump is at 3 a.m. He’s on Twitter, attacking whoever he thinks is insulting him on that particular day.
The presidential race is a long job interview.
If America is a business, then the American citizens are its investors. We invest with our tax dollars, and we also invest with our votes.
Donald Trump is good at getting people to invest in his ventures, ventures that turn out profitable for him even if not for anyone else, even if the venture ends in bankruptcy with the investors left holding dust.
He’s a good salesman.
He’s not good for America.