To The Daily Sun,
For Mr. Robitaille and Ms. Lavasser and Ms. Fecteau and anyone else:
You should have reservations or concerns about Hillary Clinton. Even if you were a huge Hillary Clinton fan. You should have reservations. You should also have reservations about Donald Trump, even if you are a flag-waving gun-toting "Make America Great Again" Stormtrumper.
Some folks seem to think Bernie Sanders is perfect and without flaw. You people should have reservations, too. If you don't, you're verging on glassy-eyed religious belief, and that ought to scare the heck out of you. I also have serious reservations about Gary Johnson and Bill Weld — the Libertarian candidates. Who wouldn't? I mean seriously.
If you don't have reservations about the people who want to run this country, then you really don't understand what the responsibility of being a citizen means. In a healthy democracy, you should have reservations about every potential leader. As a responsible citizen, you should regard every candidate, especially yours, with a deep and healthy skepticism. You should know (hopefully) the difference between healthy skepticism and fanatical intransigence, and between skepticism and conspiracy theory. You should be able to adjust your perception based on new data as necessary even if it goes against what you think you know.
As a responsible citizen, it is your responsibility to demand answers to tough questions at every single opportunity. And you should demand it of your surrogates as well. That one thing right there is the entire and only reason for freedom of the press as laid out in the First Amendment. This is something that those who captain the ship of the "modern media" seem to have forgotten in large regard. Any politician who is offended and outraged by being questioned in detail by the press is categorically unfit to hold office in our republic.
As a responsible citizen, you should view every promise made by any candidate, especially yours, as probable biosolids until proven otherwise by their actions. You should demand of your candidate full and detailed plans for keeping those promises once in office, including the consequences. It is also your duty as citizens to have a realistic grasp of reality and understand when promises can't be kept for pragmatic reasons and not be a fool about it. As a responsible citizen of the republic, you should have reservations about your candidates. Every single one. Every single time.
You don't owe these candidates anything. They owe you. And as a citizen of the United States of America, your loyalty should be to your fellow citizens, to your nation, to humanity, to civilization, and to the ideals incorporated into the Constitution — not to individuals, not to political parties, not to demagogues of whatever stripe. This is a republic, not a monarchy.
If you have reservations about somebody who wants to run this country, good. You certainly should. That's the first step to making this world a better place. But you need to deal with facts, and not rumors, innuendo, falsified claims, or fantasy. If we can all be truly objective — even me — then we have a far better chance of electing someone who works for all of us.
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