Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at The Manor Complex in Wilton Manors, Fla. Photo/Patrick Farrell MCT Campus
CLINTON CHARMS. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a rally on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, at The Manor Complex in Wilton Manors, Fla. photo/Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald/TNS

Citizens should know the facts on Trump and Clinton before casting their vote. With the election just around the corner, voters nationwide will make their final decision on the most fit candidate. Never before have two candidates divided the country as clearly as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Clinton displays promise

Focusing on unity, Democrat Hillary Clinton aims for liberal reforms. Her views on national policy, her professionalism and political experience verify her worthiness of presidential responsibilities and honors.

Clinton’s ideals on equality far exceed her republican opponent’s. Her campaign promotes respect toward women, minorities and the disabled. Clinton’s policies regarding the disabled aim for better access to employment and living in integrated communities, lessening society’s tendency to belittle the disabled. Her speeches give deserved recognition to disabled persons as equally capable of holding professional positions and maintaining successful careers. She connects to supporters of all walks of life – the poor, minorities, middle class and disabled – through reaching out and meeting them personally. As a woman, Clinton embodies women’s equality in the workplace with her career successes and future goals. She plans to close the pay gap, enforce affordable childcare and paid leave, end violence against women, and advocate for women’s rights internationally.

Clinton’s fair tax plan exemplifies her recognition of America’s need for reform. She plans to cut tax loopholes for the wealthy, so every citizen pays his fair share to the government. Proposed policies such as the “Buffett Rule” guarantee taxpayers making at least $1 million a year will pay 30 percent of their income to federal taxes. According to, on average, companies with one to five employees pay 20 percent more on federal tax compliance than larger firms. She promises to simplify and lessen taxes for small businesses.

All presidents address the nation in important times of turmoil. Clinton’s passionate speaking appeals with humor or power, while inspiring hope and driving America toward change. When she accepted her presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention, Clinton assured democrats she represented the public and needed their support:

“And to all of you supporters here and around the country: I want you to know, I’ve heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America. We wrote it together – now let’s go out and make it happen together,” Clinton said.

Clinton’s work in activism started in 1969, and her experience as Secretary of State, senator of New York, U.S. and Arkansas First Lady and a lawyer provide her familiarity with the law and experience serving the people. She will use this experience to help the U.S. to continue to be a respected world power.

Capable candidates uphold high virtues and represent fairness and justice. Clinton admits a lapse of judgment occurred in her use of a private email server for confidential material, but thorough FBI investigations have yet to prosecute her for foul play or loss of material. Clinton recognizes her past mistakes with humility and remorse.

Contrarily, Donald Trump displays little capacity for presidential powers and responsibility. Not only does he lack the necessary political background, but at least 10 women stepped forward claiming he sexually assaulted them. Scandals such as taking $250,000 from the Trump Foundation for personal businesses and evading taxes call Trump’s virtues, integrity, management skills and communication skills into question. Videos of foul language and blatant disrespect toward women turned Trump’s party against him: over 160 Republicans, including Florida representative Tom Rooney, publicly voice their distrust in Trump’s leadership and decision-making abilities.

Trump’s bitter and argumentative nature can lead only to chaos and anarchy, as people fill with hate and resort to violence and self-dependence. He immaturely and subjectively name-calls opponents with terms such as “Crooked Hillary” and “Little Rubio.” This name calling influenced supporters to create shirts saying, “Trump that B@!*h,” referring to Clinton. A Trump supporter at a rally in North Carolina attacked a protester, and the crowd chanted, “Let him stay!” as security forced his exit. In an interview, Trump claimed his most influential bible quote is “an eye for an eye,” which is often misinterpreted to mean justification for revenge.

“The enemy is cutting off the heads of Christians and drowning them in cages, and yet we are too politically correct to respond in kind,” Trump said in a letter to USA Today.

Trump further spoke of torture, stating that torture is still deserved, even if ineffective. His dramatic tendencies that distract the public from important topics bear uncanny resemblances to dictators such as Hitler or Mussolini. Citizens lose their judgment in his mesmerizing flare of an unfiltered attitude, style and rationale.

If for no other reason than Trump’s complete lack of qualifications, Clinton clearly upholds the strongest assets for presidency. Progressive plans and positive charisma push the former Secretary of State higher in polls as anger and persecution clouds Trump’s sunny dreams for the 2016 election. On Nov. 8, America’s choice of their love for Trump’s dramatic scandals or Clinton’s humble, professional campaign will define the country for the next four years.

By Chasity Maynard

Howdy, I’m Chasity, reference editor. In addition to journalistic writing, I love music, running, dancing, and poetry. I am the lead trumpet player in my ensemble and a lifeguard, as well. I juggle my busy schedule with a mild chocolate addiction and an awful habit of spewing bad puns. I live by this quote: “Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

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