Choose the left: Do you support Hillary?

President Barack Obama has displayed grace and class over the past eight years. Whether or not you agree with Obama’s policies or decisions, you have to admit that the past eight years have been fairly peaceful.

So, when a president of his caliber recommends to the public that we should vote for a certain candidate, we should consider his opinion.

“I can tell you this, Hillary Clinton has been tested,” Obama said, according to The New York Times. “There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office.”

Hillary Clinton has that same grace and class as Obama, compared to her opponent, Donald Trump.

We believe this recommendation should be heard and acknowledged.

None of us understand the struggles that come with being president of the United States; however, Obama does.

“Look, I know how hard this job can be,” Obama said, according to a YouTube video posted to Hillary Clinton’s official channel. “That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done.”

Obama is not the only president who has gone on record in support of Clinton. Former President George H.W. Bush, a Republican, disclosed his intention to vote for Clinton.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former Maryland lieutenant governor and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, posted a photo with Bush to her Facebook, along with the caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”

We believe that this means something. When two presidents from differing political parties both agree that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified choice to win the election, we should look at reevaluating our standpoints.

We understand there are more than two parties running in this election. However, we also know that the Independent Party, since its forming in 1967, has not had one of its candidates win the election for president of the United States.

This causes us to believe that voting for an Independent or third-party candidate this election may not hold as much weight among those who vote for the traditional two parties. We invite you to consider Obama’s advice.

Trump and Hillary’s public presences are on two opposite sides of the spectrum. During the first presidential debate, Trump acted childish and disrespectful when he interrupted Hillary during most of her statements, according to the debate’s transcript on The Washington Post website.

On the other hand, Clinton was calm and collected despite Trump’s multiple intrusions. We don’t need someone who will offend everyone from every walk of life. We need a president who can stay calm under pressure and who can deal gracefully with the public.

During Obama’s administration, Clinton served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

“An eye-popping 69 percent of Americans approve of the job she has done as the country’s top diplomat, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, with a scant 25 percent disapproving of her performance,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

It appears that the majority of the public loved Hillary Clinton while she was in office.

It was not until she became a presidential candidate that the general public deemed her unworthy and tarnished her name.

The media shed light on her faults and we the people, tore her to shreds. Hillary Clinton did not deserve this defamation.

The bottom line is that when it is time to pick between Trump or Clinton, Clinton has more experience in powerful positions and has glowing recommendations from presidents and countless political figures.

We believe that Hillary Clinton would run the country with more grace and class than Donald J. Trump ever could.

We are asking you to evaluate your current standpoint and consider Hillary Clinton as an option for the next president of the United States.

*Editor’s note: 18 editors voted in favor of this editorial, while 7 wrote an article dissenting the editorial.

'Choose the left: Do you support Hillary?' have 13 comments

  1. October 4, 2016 @ 1:28 pm Hillary's not all she's cracked up to be - BYU-I Scroll

    […] week’s editorial attempted to convince readers that Hillary Clinton is a viable option for president of the United […]


  2. October 5, 2016 @ 9:54 am Kristy Reese

    I respectfully disagree with the overall message of this article, although will not disagree with a couple of the smaller points extraordinarily being used to come to an overall conclusion. Clinton does display more grace than Trump. Clinton does have more practical experience for the role than Trump. Fine. Agreed. But those points, and Obama’s endorsement of Clinton (whether he is graceful with words or not) falsely lead to a conclusion which ignores policies that have been and will be supported that are simply not beneficial to the nation – inclusive of social, economic, and structural governmental policies.


  3. October 5, 2016 @ 10:28 am Susan Fritzle

    I agree that Trump is bad news. There is a better choice. Evan McMullin a Constitutional conservative, just left his job as Chief Foreign and Domestic Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives. He has CIA Counter-Terrorism experience and knows how to address ISIS. He has a bachelors in International Law & Diplomacy from BYU and an MBA from The Wharton Business School. He is a unifier. Pro-Life, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Constitution. He will untangle the executive, legislative and judicial branches so Congress can function as intended. People in 40-45 states will be able to vote for him by November 8th, either on the ballot or as a registered write-in. General Michael Hayden, past director of the CIA and NSA, calls McMullin a “breath of calm and competence”. McMullin only needs to win the electoral votes of 1 to 3 states in a tight race to deny both Trump and Clinton the 270 EC majority, which would send the election to the House. Where he has already been their trusted chief advisor. Each state would get 1 vote there, and McMullin stands a very good chance of being their consensus choice. Please learn more about him at evanmcmullin.com Watch past speeches, etc at mcmullinnews.com . Evan is the person who brought “Caesar”, the Syrian defector to Congress in 2013 to testify and share pictures of the genocide Assad was perpetrating against the Syrian people. He understands the causes behind the massive influx of refugees, has experience vetting them, and has a plan to address ISIS. He believes in being proactive in identifying situations like this, instead of just mildly reactive, as the past administration been.


  4. October 5, 2016 @ 10:56 am Michael Davison

    I think many of the common objections to Hillary Clinton are based on misinformation and slander by her opponents, but I also recognize that there are legitimate reasons to not vote for her.

    She was found to have no involvement in the tragedy at Benghazi, to be careless but not criminal with her emails, and to be uninvolved in the origins of birtherism. Her gun “control” proposals are very moderate. She’s clearly much more honest than Mr. Trump, and she will fight for women and children as she always has.

    On the other hand, she is unlikely to be any kind of advocate for religious freedom or the rights of unborn children.

    I think she’d do more good than harm as President, especially in comparison to Donald Trump. On the other hand, I respect people who want to vote third-party instead.


    • October 8, 2016 @ 6:22 pm Brenda Kamka

      I appreciate your comment because it is generous-minded to all. Thank you for your civility.


  5. October 6, 2016 @ 6:09 am Mark Bennett

    I am saddened by both choices. Can I vote for either? Both sides will significantly disrupt freedom of religion in one way or another. Both sides have shown aggression to liberty. Both sides will promote a morally bankrupt society in one way or another. Disturbing candidates are elected because we vote for them. Our votes speak to the kind of society we want. I support third party Evan McMillan, as he is inclined to support religious liberty, and other liberties I care about. I will vote in favor of candidates who help the causes I believe in. As the founding fathers voted for liberty with the declaration of independence (with small chance of success), I will vote for liberty with Evan. You may at least check him out.


  6. October 6, 2016 @ 9:33 am Marta O. Smith

    Even if Clinton was only “careless” and forgetful about all those e-mails, that does not excuse her. People have been disciplined and even jailed for leaking less classified information than she did. I do not want a “careless” person as President of the United States. I am voting for Evan McMullin.


  7. October 6, 2016 @ 9:50 am Susan Fritzler

    Destroying evidence, destroying the public record, and obstructing a Congressional investigation are crimes. This goes beyond her attempt to hide her activities on a private server.


  8. October 6, 2016 @ 10:30 am Jordan

    Is this real? Like, this was written with the intent to be taken seriously? This is not college-level by any measure. Did anyone at this school provide any feedback to the writer? Embarrassing for BYU-I…


  9. October 6, 2016 @ 11:24 am Anonymous

    “…you have to admit that the past eight years have been fairly peaceful?”
    The Obama administration pulled the troops out of Iraq causing a power vacuum. This power vacuum caused Iraq to become the “wild west” in which case ISIS was able to fortify itself. ISIS is a legitimate threat to the safety of the entire world (France, Brussels, Boston bombings & etc.). The country even more racially divided and it continues. I could go on and on…


    • October 11, 2016 @ 11:17 am Mike

      Can I add the slowed economy, strained international relations with Russia and China that have been threatening to throw us into a second cold war, and the ridiculous number of scandals (NSA data bases, Fast and Furious(giving cartels guns), Benghazi, etc.)
      If this was peaceful, the normal world is far scarier than I thought.


  10. October 6, 2016 @ 11:29 am Erik

    President Obama on Hilary Clinton… “She’s driven by political calculation not conviction, regularly backing away and shifting positions … She embodies trench warfare vs Republicans, and is consumed with beating them rather than unifying the country and building consensus to get things done. She prides herself on working the system, not changing it.”


  11. October 11, 2016 @ 11:09 am Michael

    This is completely inappropriate. The poll numbers are cherry picked and dated, the arguments are ridiculous, and the assumptions and research fall short of what should expected in an article that was so over overwhelmingly approved by the editorial board.
    We ought to vote based on proven public character, not endorsements of that don’t exist (Bush Sr.) or from someone in the same political party.
    Public criticism of such major failures is always warranted. Choosing to make someone the most powerful person on earth, it would be irresponsible to not criticize and thoroughly vet them.
    I wish the board would take less biased, more researched and more well developed approach to writing and allowing articles into their paper.


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