Nov 022016

President Obama campaigned for Hillary Clinton at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this afternoon. He was as fired up as I have seen him since his own campaign in 2008. Watch and listen…

But above all… VOTE!

The full transcript of President Obama’s remarks follows the break.

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Sep 072016

Yesterday, the Dallas Morning News told us that Donald Trump is not qualified for the presidency of the United States and does not deserve your vote. (see previous post) Today, they took it a step further and endorsed Hillary Clinton for that high office. The paper reports that it has been over 75 years since they last endorsed a Democrat. Here is a bit of what they wrote…

We recommend Hillary Clinton for president

There is only one serious candidate on the presidential ballot in November. We recommend Hillary Clinton.

We don’t come to this decision easily. This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation’s highest office since before World War II — if you’re counting, that’s more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections…

We’ve been critical of Clinton’s handling of certain issues in the past. But unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has experience in actual governance, a record of service and a willingness to delve into real policy.

Resume vs. resume, judgment vs. judgment, this election is no contest.

In Clinton’s eight years in the U.S. Senate, she displayed reach and influence in foreign affairs. Though conservatives like to paint her as nakedly partisan, on Capitol Hill she gained respect from Republicans for working across the aisle: Two-thirds of her bills had GOP co-sponsors and included common ground with some of Congress’ most conservative lawmakers.

As President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state, she helped make tough calls on the Middle East and the complex struggle against radical Islamic terrorism. It’s no accident that hundreds of Republican foreign policy hands back Clinton. She also has the support of dozens of top advisers from previous Republican administrations, including Henry Paulson, John Negroponte, Richard Armitage and Brent Scowcroft. Also on this list is Jim Glassman, the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas…

Trump’s values are hostile to conservatism. He plays on fear — exploiting base instincts of xenophobia, racism and misogyny — to bring out the worst in all of us, rather than the best. His serial shifts on fundamental issues reveal an astounding absence of preparedness. And his improvisational insults and midnight tweets exhibit a dangerous lack of judgment and impulse control.

After nearly four decades in the public spotlight, 25 of them on the national stage, Clinton is a known quantity. For all her warts, she is the candidate more likely to keep our nation safe, to protect American ideals and to work across the aisle to uphold the vital domestic institutions that rely on a competent, experienced president.

Hillary Clinton has spent years in the trenches doing the hard work needed to prepare herself to lead our nation. In this race, at this time, she deserves your vote.

DNC 2016

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Jul 292016

It’s been an amazing week, hasn’t it? I haven’t had much of chance to write about it here, but it really has been a busy and thrilling week. In case you somehow missed it last night, here is Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech. I thought she did a heck of job.

Meanwhile, here is Donald Trump’s reaction to the Democratic National Convention…

Do you really think we can trust this guy with the nuclear codes?

P.S. The “little guy” to whom Donald refers is Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City. Click here to watch his DNC speech.

Jul 112016

It has been a while since I recommended that you read a particular piece, but I’d appreciate it if you would read this editorial in The Washington Post.

Both are unpopular. Only one is a threat.

“This election,” a spokesman for Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said Thursday, “remains a dumpster fire.” Well, yes, the two major-party candidates for president are historically unpopular. But if this election is unusually bad, it is not because both parties chose bad candidates. There is no equivalence between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — as even responsible Republicans should be able to recognize.

Ms. Clinton is a knowledgeable politician who has been vetted many times over. She understands and respects the U.S. Constitution. She knows policy. She can cite accomplishments in the public interest, such as pressing through an important children’s health insurance program during her husband’s administration. As a senator, she was respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. She completed four years as secretary of state to generally positive reviews. She began her presidential campaign by rolling out a series of serious policy papers.

None of this means you have to like Ms. Clinton or believe she would be a good president. You may disagree with her views; we have done so often enough and will do so again when we think she is wrong. You may believe she was foolish to push for the Libya intervention, arrogant to keep her emails out of the official State Department server, greedy to take large speaking fees as a private citizen. But measured against other major-party candidates of recent times, Ms. Clinton is well within established bounds of competence, knowledge, commitment and integrity. She is not a dumpster candidate.

Mr. Trump, by contrast, has waged a campaign based on bigotry, ignorance and resentment. He has no experience as a public servant, and his private record of bankruptcies and exploitation should be disqualifying. He regularly circulates falsehoods. He has no dis­cern­ible interest in or knowledge of policy. Just in recent days, Mr. Trump tweeted out an anti-Semitic image circulating on neo-Nazi websites and attacked the media for reporting as much. He called one sitting senator a loser and threatened another while proving that he lacks even a passing familiarity with the Constitution. He praised one of the most vile dictators of the 20th century.

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Jul 052016

President Obama made his first campaign appearance with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today in Charlotte, North Carolina. Watch and listen…

You may have noticed that I haven’t had a lot to say about the current campaign for the presidency of the United States. There is a simple reason for this. The Republicans are going to nominate Donald Trump. Let me repeat that. The Republicans are going to nominate Donald Trump.

It is difficult for me to believe that the Republicans are serious about this year’s presidential election. I mean, Donald Trump? Never has there been a nominee less qualified for the highest office in this country (or indeed, the world). Never. It angers me that the media are even paying attention to this “man.” The only reason they are doing so, and they will confess to this if you ask them, is that his antics are good for ratings.

I do not believe that even Trump himself seriously believes he will ever sit in the Oval Office. He is an egomaniac and a pathological liar. He thrives on attention and what he perceives as adulation.

The Republicans should be embarrassed. The intelligent ones are.

Jun 022016

Hillary Clinton delivered what may well prove to be the definitive speech of the 2016 presidential campaign today. You may have missed it. You should take the time to watch and listen now.

Should you have any friends or relatives who may still be thinking of voting for Donald Trump, you really need to share this video with them.