The classic distinctions between liberal and conservative, as implemented by our circa 2016 Democrats and Republicans, has become ambiguous. Our Democratic nominee generally favors free trade and international engagement and the our Republican nominee the opposite, to cite just two policy areas. So what is the difference now between our Nation's two major parties? The article accompanying the endorsement of the Arizona Republic suggests a distinction of emotional v. rational. For the first time in its 125 year history, the newspaper is endorsing the Democratic nominee.
From the Republic:
The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting.
Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not.
Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.
Cool headed, stay-the-course conservatives, and knee-jerk reactionary liberals seem to be swapping slogans with conservatives wanting to burn the place down and liberals proposing to stay the course.
As much as Dems like to cite facts and figures to convince the populace of a certain policy, emerging neuro-science research shows that most of our decision making is emotionally motivated.
So, who would you rather have at the console? Spock or Kirk?