I write to you, because like hundreds of other powerful voices in America, you both endorsed Hillary Clinton for President and since then have lamented that she has lost.
I certainly understand reasons for not endorsing Donald Trump; I can cite many reasons for which he is not deserving of an endorsement. I suspect I can come up with a list longer than yours as I suspect that there are other items with which I disagree with Trump that you would actually support.
My purpose is not to debate with you why Trump is better than Clinton or vice versa. Instead, I will ask: why do you endorse Hillary Clinton?
I come to this question based on my reading of your op-ed endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. Based on your stated reasons, there is little reason to accept that Clinton should be acceptable to you. The reasons you cite are reasons to not endorse this individual for president.
I will offer: Hillary Clinton is directly or indirectly responsible for actions and policies that have impacted – and will continue to impact – many of the people that you believe she would help.
· She is responsible for the death and dislocation of tens of millions of people of color throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Read of her role in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan only for the more recent examples. Clinton advocates policies that will continue these disasters, ultimately leading to war (and potentially nuclear war) with Russia.
· As to the African-American community in America, read Thomas Sowell. He does a far better job than anyone of explaining why African-American communities have faced a significant decline beginning in the 1960’s and continuing to this day – after decades of steady improvement. Clinton advocates policies that will only continue this trend.
Other things to consider:
· Corruption. One can easily conclude this one word describes Clinton, even if one only considers events of this campaign. Yet, there is more, much more. Consider a legacy of corruption during 25 years in national politics – to say nothing of the time in Arkansas. They say where there is smoke there is fire. But what can one say about more than 25 years of smoke? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my children growing up in a world where corruption like this is considered a role model.
· In the previous two elections, this same America twice elected Barack Obama. Suddenly, did the country turn racist? Further, Trump did not win only with middle-aged white male votes. Check he vote counts for every minority group and compare these to past elections. It isn’t only white males that found the entire legacy of Clinton distasteful and untrustworthy.
I do not intend to write chapter and verse on the above points. You are a thoughtful individual, and you know better than I do the weight of every statement you make. It is for this reason that I humbly suggest you become better educated at such topics before you attach your name to such causes. If this is important to you, it is easy enough to become educated on the two points above.
In any case, for these reasons and others I do not say that this then requires an endorsement of Trump. I only ask again: why endorse Hillary Clinton?