From the editorial board of the Des Moines Register:
The outcome of the 2016 presidential election won’t tell us anything we don’t already know about the two major-party candidates — but it will say a lot about who we are.
Are we a nation that believes in freedom of religion, a right our founders held so dear they enshrined it in the First Amendment, or are we a nation that denies entry and citizenship to people of one specific faith?
Are we a nation that believes in the rule of law and the limited powers of the presidency, or are we a nation that wants its president to prosecute and jail his political opponents?
Are we a nation that believes in shared sacrifice and the notion that taxes are the dues we all pay for living in a free society, or are we a nation that exempts people of means from that obligation at the expense of the less privileged?
Are we a nation that measures its greatness by its generosity and its global commitment to helping people in need, or are we a nation defined by conspicuous consumption and the accumulation of personal wealth?
Are we a nation that celebrates the cultural, ethnic and racial diversity that 200 years ago made America the “great melting pot” and which even today makes us stronger and more secure, or are we a nation that categorizes Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers, and provides no sanctuary to refugees fleeing war-torn countries?
Are we a nation that that forcefully condemns murderous foreign leaders who support terrorist activities that threaten our way of life, or are we a nation that expresses admiration for the so-called “strong leadership” of tyrants and despots?
It goes on wonderfully from there.