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Of course we’re endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. It’s the only sane thing to do.

Actually, for anyone who knew anything at all about Donald Trump prior to his foray into politics (and who is sane), the choice became obvious the minute Trump became the Republican candidate. For those (sane) individuals who did not know much about Trump prior to his nomination as the Republican candidate for President of the United States, but who then witnessed the widely televised, widely reported flood of unregulated filth which spewed forth from his lips pretty much every single day on queue, the choice was also obvious.

As for those fence-straddling holdouts who continued to nurture a flickering flame of hope that Trump would somehow evolve from knuckle-dragging Neanderthal to Enlightened 21st Century Man within the space of a few months, all three presidential debates served as an overflowing bucket of cold water to pour on that match.

Abandon all hope ye who foolishly continue to believe that Trump can make anything great, let alone the United States of America. As for the NeverHillary crowd who continue to tell themselves that a vote for the Green Party’s Jill Stein or Libertarian Gary Johnson is a vote for conscience and righteousness over Politics as Usual, feel free to pat yourselves on the back for doing absolutely nothing in the face of one of the largest and most dangerous internal threats to this nation’s well-being that most of us have experienced in our lifetime. Neither Johnson nor Stein is in any way even remotely qualified to be President of the United States, and if the Green Party and Libertarian Party wants to ever be taken seriously in a presidential election year, they need to submit a seriously qualified candidate.

Because make no mistake, Donald Trump is not simply the Republican alternative. If that were the case, then more than one major American newspaper might have endorsed the man. As it stands, the only major media outlet to endorse Trump besides the Las Vegas Review-Journal, is The Crusader, which happens to be the official newspaper of the Ku Klux Klan and, well, not exactly major. Other than the Review-Journal, no other conservative newspaper was willing to put its name behind someone as offensive (and unqualified) as Trump, but the Klan recognizes and embraces Trump as one of their own.

Hillary Clinton has her flaws, sure, but when compared to Trump it is simply no comparison at all. This is in no way, shape or form a case of the lesser of two evils, because that would be to create a false equivalency, as if each of them are guilty of committing same-sized transgressions.

They are not. Not even close.

To be clear, most of the so-called ‘charges’ made against Clinton that her detractors love to drag out time and again have either been debunked – as in Benghazi – or wittled down to actual size once the facts were introduced – as in the supposed email server scandal. Anyone who takes the time to do just a minimal amount of Google research on this subject can find this out for themselves.

As for whether Clinton has changed her positon on certain issues over time, sure she has. And it’s understandable why some may choose to see this as opportunistic. But if one views Clinton’s evolving views over the scope of her extremely lengthy and complicated career in public service, it shouldn’t be that shocking that she changed her mind a few times. It also shouldn’t be shocking to learn that she flat-out screwed up more than once and got more than a few things wrong. Just ask yourself if you have never gotten anything wrong in 40 years or so. The only difference is when Clinton made her mistakes, they got played out in the headlines for everyone to judge.

Contrary to popular belief, Hillary Clinton is, indeed, human. And fortunately for the rest of the country, should she become our next President, she is a human being with a near superhuman resumé that makes her easily the most qualified candidate of either party to seek the office of the presidency in more than 50 years. She is more qualified than Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, or Richard Nixon.

Indeed, to find anyone anywhere near as qualified as Hillary Clinton, you have to go back to President Lyndon Baines Johnson, one of the greatest presidents of the 20th century, who also happened to be extremely polarizing and not very well-liked by any means. But it was Johnson who pushed through the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and then the Civil Rights Act of 1968. There is no way to know for sure, but it is highly doubtful than President John F. Kennedy, popular and beloved as he was, could have ever succeeded in passing such essential legislation. He simply didn’t have the know-how, the experience or the relationships required to tap dance through that congressional minefield and come out victorious on the other side.

Like Johnson, Clinton possesses the know-how, the experience, and has cultivated the sort of relationships necessary – both domestically and internationally – to serve as an effective commander-in-chief. She also possesses a fierce intellect combined with a virtually unflappable demeanor, all of which will serve her – and us – well as a leader on the world stage. She was married to a governor who later became president, becoming intimately familiar with what it takes to run the office, went on to become senator from a major state (New York) where she received strong marks for her performance, ran a presidential campaign as the first female nominee for one of this country’s major political parties, then served as Secretary of State for President Barack Obama, who beat her in the 2008 primary race but is now campaigning for her tirelessly along with his wife, Michelle.

Trump, who trumpets his business experience as a reason to vote for him, has filed for bankruptcy six times. He has used his bankruptcies to avoid paying contractors who worked on his properties, such as the failed Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His candidacy is enthusiastically supported by the Ku Klux Klan. His racist past as someone who fought alongside his father, Fred Trump, to prevent blacks from moving into his properties is well-documented. His reprehensible attitudes toward women is also well-documented courtesy of the now infamous video released on the weekend prior to his second presidential debate. He has encouraged violence against protesters at his own rallies, even offering legal protection to any of his fans who engaged in violence against protesters. He has made fun of the handicapped.

The one thing Trump has not done is to prove himself worthy of the title, President of the United States. He is, in fact, the one label he fears above all others; Trump is a loser.

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