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Spokane Paper Endorses Trump In A Different Way

An old conservative paper endorses Biden.

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In a newspaper editorial that should be required reading in every Democrat voting household in America, the Spokane Spokesman-Review endorsed President Trump for reelection by making a logical argument based on facts, not emotion. It states what many Americans emote, but what more should think: Personal feelings, while vital when staring at rainbows or contemplating unicorns, are not proper adult criterion for a decision on a presidential race.

FNC: “In an endorsement published this week, a Washington state newspaper said it agrees with President Trump’s critics that the commander-in-chief has numerous faults – but that doesn’t mean Trump doesn’t deserve a second term.”

“We recommend voting for him anyway,” the Spokesman-Review of Spokane wrote Sunday, “because the policies that Joe Biden and his progressive supporters would impose on the nation would be worse.”

The paper described a choice between “a wretched human being [Trump] whose policies and instincts for helping America thrive are generally correct,” and a “doddering, doting uncle [Biden] who would hand out gifts the nation can’t afford in order to win people’s love.” Well. The president has his faults, as do we all. But we take issue with part of the description above.

The endorsement, written by publisher William Stacy Cowles, concluded, “economic policy and principle should prevail. Vote for Donald Trump.”

The faults? “He panders to racists and prevents sensible immigration reform in a nation built on immigration labor and intellect. He tweets conspiracy theories. He’s cavalier about COVID-19 and had led poorly through the pandemic. He seeks to dismantle the Affordable Care Act without proposing a replacement. He denies climate change.” Some of these are flat out wrong. A couple are sadly true. But we’re not electing a pastor or our national BFF, we’re electing the CEO of the United States of America. Thus results matter over personal foibles or annoying bad habits that are not important in the general scheme of things. Per results? With acceptable yet unfortunate exceptions, he has done a good job.

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Biden, if he won, “would strike at the economic well-being of the country. He “favors massive growth in government and a historic increase in federal spending through green initiatives, free health services, free education and other ideas grounded in reliance on the state as savior rather than creating an environment in which individual liberty and hard work can thrive. Public employee unions would hold outsized power and demand greater spending. To afford it all. Biden and a Democrat-controlled Congress would have to impose unprecedented tax increases or accept catastrophic deficit spending. Taxes and spending likely would increase under Trump, too, but the nation stands a better chance of moderation and reform with him in the White House than it does with Biden pushed left by progressives intent on reshaping America to fit their fantastical vision.”

In a counter note, the New Hampshire Union Leader, an influential conservative paper especially during the New Hampshire primary, oddly endorsed Joe Biden. The paper is a paleo-conservative organ and likely takes umbrage at some of the president’s trade and social policies.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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