Joe Biden
The nation cannot afford four more years of him. It needs the Biden-Harris ticket to make things right. — South Florida Sun Sentinel
Endorsement: Save our democracy. Vote for Joe Biden - South Florida Sun Sentinel - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
President Trump is actively working to undermine every major institution in our country, which is how autocrats seize and hold power. Joe Biden respects our Constitution and the rule of law. In this most perilous time, the South Florida Sun Sentinel recommends Joe Biden for president.

A republic, Madam, if you can keep it — Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia, 1787, when asked what the Constitutional Convention had proposed.

The question that Franklin answered 233 years ago overshadows every other issue in the presidential election. It is why we recommend, with enthusiasm and a sense of urgency, that voters elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be the president and vice president of the United States. In so doing, the American people will answer whether our representative democracy, under the rule of law, is still worth keeping.

That is the overarching question, which makes this the most fateful campaign since the survival of the nation was at stake in the Civil War.

... The president’s fatal flaw, to the nation’s peril, is his narcissism. For the national interest, he can’t see beyond the nearest mirror.

... Trump is no conservative. He is an illiberal, demagogic populist who appeals to racism and misogyny for a critical mass of votes and is inflaming the divisions in an already polarized nation. Whatever benefits some people see in his economic policies, they are not worth that price.

The president should set an example of personal decency. Trump is vulgar, crass, coarse and vicious toward anyone, even in his own party, who disagrees with him. He cannot admit a mistake for fear that it would make him look weak. When a reporter asked him recently whether he regrets lying to the American people, he couldn’t come up with an answer.

He is shrewd, calculated and cunning, but those traits do not substitute for intelligence, thoughtfulness and curiosity.

... In this time of collective loss and grief, the American people have a purpose. It is to entrust their highest office to a decent man in whom kindness and empathy are as natural as drawing breath.

As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example.”

Biden and Harris are the right people to set the right example.

The presidency is, as Teddy Roosevelt put it, a “bully pulpit.”

Trump has profaned that pulpit. Joe Biden will fill it with honor.