Did you know that the Herald-Zeitung endorsed Hillary Clinton in the presidential race?
We didn’t know that.
As the people who would have to discuss, consider and write any such endorsement, you can imagine our confusion.
We would call it surprise, but in an era of social networks where Bill Gates will give you $5,000 if you share a picture (he won’t) and the United States Post Office is going to start charging for e-mail (it’s not) and a Nigerian Prince has an amazing economic opportunity for you (it’s a scam), it’s not really that surprising at all.
We have not endorsed a candidate in the presidential race — or any other political race on the November ballot and we have no intention of doing so.
We have written about the presidential campaign in this spot, weighing in on issues that we believe should matter to our readers and to the broader American public — and there’s little question that those positions have often been hostile to Donald Trump.
We aren’t going to apologize for being opposed to racism, xenophobia and misogyny, nor for being critical of a campaign that is openly hostile to the First Amendment, paints a portrait of a bleak dystopian future with a solitary savior and seems far too cozy with our once and likely future adversary, Russia.
Those are issues that people of all stripes, including prominent members of the Republican Party, have spoken out about. Whether they weigh in how you cast your ballot is a decision that is entirely up to the individual.
Hillary Clinton has her own issues that raise troubling questions — including the numerous and seemingly complex ties between foreign leaders and companies and her family’s foundation and, at the very best, a cavalier and careless attitude about technology and security that this nation can ill afford in an era of growing cybersecurity threats.
While we won’t endorse a candidate in this space, we will endorse the idea that Americans should be able to talk openly and earnestly about the problems this nation faces and potential solutions.
To do so we end this editorial with the words of Abraham Lincoln — a president we would unhesitatingly endorse.
“I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”