How to Vote for the Best Presidential Candidate

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Affiliated Party

There is absolutely no reason to vote for a presidential candidate based on their affiliated party. Each candidate should be chosen on their individual voting record on the issues that affect everyone in the country.

Having the support of a political party helps to consolidate Congress and Senate votes, but it really should not be a defining trait of our country's leader, or Commander in Chief.

The reason behind this is because our country's leader should have the support of all of the citizens, not just one particular party over another one. A leader is elected to facilitate action, progress, and compromise.

The Characteristic of a Leader:

Let's build a road.

We need workers, supervisors, managers, and leadership oversight.

During the progress of building the road, the oversight leader drops by one day to check on the progress. He or she checks on every detail of the road building process. Then the leader climbs into his or her helicopter and goes up to check the road from the air.

The leader returns to the job site and calls a meeting. He or she informs the crew that they are doing a great job. The supervisors are providing all the necessary materials and equipment and safety procedures. The managers are taking care to provide adequate financing.

The leader then proceeds to map out the direction that the road should go!

All of the good intentions of the road crew are for nothing if the project is going in the wrong direction. That is what leaders are born to do - show us where the road will eventually end.

It follows that the leader of our country should "show us the direction" that we need to go. Keep this in mind when choosing a President.

The White House - Our Leader's Home

The White House in Washington, D.C.
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How to decide which candidate to vote for...

One of the first things you need to do when deciding who to vote for in any democratic election is to identify the issues that have meaning for you. From there, it is a simple search to find the candidate that most closely holds the same ideals as you do.

In this hub, I am presenting the most commonly talked about issues of 2015 going forward into the 2016 presidential race.

The issues change from election to election and from one candidate to another, so this hub will be updated frequently to reflect who the current candidates are and how they view the issues as they present themselves.

Great U.S. Presidents

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Which of the Issues are Important to You?

Even the best of leaders may only accomplish one or two great things in their careers. So, out of all the issues facing our country today, we are most likely to realize progress on a few key issues. Our next President is not going to "fix" everything. He or she is not going to be perfect.

The best way to decide on who to vote for is by choosing a candidate based on how closely they align with the issues that matter to you. The more issues that the candidate takes a stand on, the better. Your only job is to pick the candidate that will work on the issues in the best way that agrees with your own values.

Make a List of Current Issues

Here is a list of the issues being talked about today. You will need to make your own list of the issues that are important to you. Choose the five or so issues that you feel are most important. Then, you can make a list of the candidates that support your issues.

  • Stimulus policies such as raising the minimum wage (example chart provided below)
  • Gun Control
  • Term Limits
  • The War on Drugs / Legalization of Marijuana / Decriminalization of Drug Abuse
  • Domestic Security / Border Security / Terrorism and the NSA
  • Middle East / Israel Policies
  • Reducing the Deficit / Government Spending
  • Social Security / Pension Policies / Wall Street Accountability
  • National Health Care Policies
  • Campaign Finance ( Super Pacs)
  • Family Planning (Women's Health Care)
  • Equal Pay
  • Job Creation
  • Defense Budget
  • Income Tax / Property Tax / Tax Reforms
  • Income Inequality
  • International Trade
  • Social Services
  • Immigration
  • College Costs and Education
  • Climate Change / Pollution
  • Alternative Energy
  • Foreign Policies / United Nations / Foreign Aid
  • Space Exploration
  • Prison Population / Privatization of Prisons / Death Penalty
  • Upholding the Constitution of the U.S.A.
  • Adding or Removing "Religion" from the Constitution
  • Race Relations
  • National Infrastructure and National Parks

As you can see, there are many issues facing our country's leaders today. You need to choose the issues that are most important to you, and then choose a leader based on which direction they would most likely lead us.

Sample Chart on How to Choose the Best Candidate Based on the Issues

Below is a sample chart on how to compare your candidate search based on your personalized issues list. Then do the actual research to determine how the candidates actually vote, not just how they say they vote, or how someone presumes that they vote.

Do your research and decide on the candidates based on your personal preferences. Don't let your family or friends decide, or the "news" stations decide. Don't vote based on Poll results. YOU need to be responsible for choosing the right person for the job.

It's not a popularity contest, or a beauty contest. Don't choose our next president based on the way they comb their hair or the cut of their clothes.

Don't choose based on rumors or repetitive attacks. Just because someone is accused of lying, doesn't make that person a liar. Check them out on Google, Snopes, or any number of fact checking websites. Check their voting record!

Issue - Raising the Minimum Wage for Workers

There are always at least two sides for every issue and you should research both or multiple views on each issue. Then you will have a snapshot of the candidates and how they have publicly announced regarding the issue.

Pro:

  • Workers would receive enough in wages to have a minimum standard of living
  • Supporters predict that raising the min. wage would act as an economic stimulus (people would spend more because they will have more disposable income and this would create new jobs in goods and services)
  • a higher min. wage would lower turnover rates and decrease business training costs.

Cons:

  • Opponents of minimum wage increases say that this is an unfair burden to businesses and would decrease new hiring.
  • Increasing the minimum wage has not been proven to be an effective relief from poverty rates.
  • Young unskilled workers would not be hired because traditionally the cost of training them is low to allow for learning on the job.

Compare the Candidates - Example Chart

Candidate
Supports Raising Min. Wage
Does Not Support
Hillary Clinton
X
 
Donald Trump
 
X

How do you choose? and be honest - no one will know except you.

When voting for the President of the USA, how do you make up your mind?

  • I vote for the candidate who most agrees with how I feel about current issues facing our country.
  • I vote for the candidate that all my friends are voting for.
  • I vote for whoever is ahead in the polls.
  • I vote for the best looking candidate.
  • I vote by party line.
  • I never vote.
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Easy Quiz

Just for fun, I took the quiz suggested by JackLee in his comment below.

The quiz is located at - https://www.isidewith.com/

I have posted MY quiz results below and I agree with the results that I got by taking this quiz.

I Support Bernie Sanders for President!

Quiz results for myself.
Quiz results for myself. | Source

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gmwilliams 11 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

This is a great, insightful hub. Excellent points presented here.


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jackclee lm 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

There is an easy way to decide - go to -

https://www.isidewith.com/

It will match your positions on issues with all the candidates.


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Austinstar 11 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Thanks Grace! I can only hope people will do the right thing.

Jacklee - That is the lazy way out. People really do need to educate themselves instead of doing an online quiz. But better something than nothing. Thanks for the link.


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MizBejabbers 11 months ago from Arkansas

Austinstar, this is a very level-headed analysis of the voting situation. I work in state government, which would be considered a microcosm of the macrocosm (federal) or do I have that backward. Anyway, I’ve seen that inexperienced candidates elected to higher office tend to be a perfect example of the Peter Principle. As in any career, it is usually best to let them get a few years experience in the trenches before they are placed in high office. Therefore, I personally would not vote for an inexperienced candidate who stands exactly for what I believe in over an experienced politician whose views are similar but not in total agreement with mine. It goes back to the old statement “would you prefer a brain surgeon with 20 years experience or a med student to perform brain surgery on you.” (Please excuse me, Dr. Ben Carson, because this was coined years before you entered the political arena for this country's highest office.)

I understand why people are fed up with today’s politicians, but they’ve been voting in “change”; they’ve got change and they still aren’t happy. Just remember that any time one party is in power in Congress and the other party is in the White House, there will be gridlock. Put the same party in both places, and a either socialism or fascism could result. Scary, huh?


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Lela, I'm a huge fan of common sense and simplicity, where ever and whenever feasible. You've put forth an interesting as well as helpful way to view this big picture.

As an aside, I'd like to suggest that it would be a benefit for us to expand on the two-party system. There are endless reasons, not important to list at this time (another hub perhaps)

Registered forever as an Independent for clearly logical reasons, I vote for the human being...NOT the party. Always have, always will.

I agree with you that it is of utmost importance to do as much digging as possible on each candidate in terms of their records, achievements and/or screw-ups.....keeping in mind at all times that "No one politician, Prez or otherwise is perfect" Weigh the facts and make informed decisions being realistic, for the good of our entire country.

Your list of issues that concern us all at this time is fairly spot on, Lela....If the next POTUS solves even 2 or 3, he's performed a task that obviously no one before him has. This can only be positive.

I love your poll....LOL....Sorry to disappoint those who might vote for the best looking.....Brad Pitt or George Clooney are not running....not yet anyway!..........Excellent article, Lela.


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Austinstar 11 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Thanks, Paula. I wish we could get rid of ALL the "party affiliations". Each politician should be evaluated on his or her own qualifications. The Party system sucks.

But George Clooney would get my vote for sure!

I was totally shocked that my quiz results show that I agree with Huckabee in any way, shape, or form. That guy gives me the heebie jeebies.


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RonElFran 11 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

In saying there is "absolutely no reason" to vote for a president based on party, I think you overstate the case a little. Certainly party should not be the determining factor, but in our system it should be a factor.

Remember that presidents don't make policy in a vacuum. What they propose will be heavily influenced by party politics, and what they are able to actually implement very much depends on whether the majority parties in the House and Senate are with the president or against him (or her). That's why simply listing a candidate's positions on issues is of limited utility. Whether or how any of that will actually be put into practice is very much dependent on party politics.


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Austinstar 11 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

If the candidate that most agress with your values is in one party, are you NOT going to vote for him or her if you are in the opposing party? That is just wrong.


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Huckabee pretty much laid himself to rest when he insisted upon publicly defending & supporting little Miss self righteous Kim Davis who refused to do her job, follow the law and issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Notice she's no longer a headliner? Her 15 minutes of fame tantrum has been cleaned up, wrapped up and shoved into a time capsule.


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Austinstar 11 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Jacklee, I'm disallowing your comment because it is off topic. This hub is not about asking people how they feel about the issues, but how to choose a candidate.

You are asking about an issue directly, not about a candidate's position on an issue.


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jackclee lm 11 months ago from Yorktown NY

Austinstar, you are the hub creator and I respect your decision.


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MizBejabbers 11 months ago from Arkansas

Huckabee used to be MY Governor. He made a stand here that was illegal, and the next year the General Assembly changed the law to accommodate him. Perhaps people should remember that when they decide on a candidate.

What Ron is saying is very much in line with what we were taught in my college government class about voting, candidates, and political parties.


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Genna East 11 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

This article is so refreshing given the current emotional climate that holds too much sway over voters that clouds judgment and interferes with knowledge in making critical choices. This is a must-read for all voters. Thank you.


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Austinstar 11 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Thank you Genna. I have tried to remain neutral about the issues, but my quiz results are the result of how I, personally feel about which candidate to vote for.

I would encourage all to go to the - I side with - web site. It is very informative about the issues and how the candidates stand on them.

We are going to have to filter out the rumors and lies to get to the truth.


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Say Yes To Life 10 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

I don't keep up with politics, because it bores and confuses me. What I do is, before going to the polls, I look up who will be on the ballot, do some quick research on the web, and make my choice beforehand. For people who are unaware and don't understand what is going on, I believe this is the best way to vote.


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Austinstar 10 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Yoleen, It's probably more important to follow and vote for local politicians. They are more likely to be people you might know and who care about your community. The US presidential election is always going to be "trending" world politics. And empires rise and fall just as they have for millions of years.

But still, the national elections do deserve your vote and your participation. Every vote does count in some small way.


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pagesvoice 8 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub. You laid out some very interesting ideas on what voters should look for in deciding on a potential candidate. For me, I ignore the pundits and instead seek out those who are most aligned with my political philosophies. Zealots, those entrenched with mantras of hate speech, to fear mongering and talk of war are ruled out immediately.


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jackclee lm 8 months ago from Yorktown NY

Actually, a more telling sign of who is best for our country is looking back at the last 7 years...If you like what has been going on, vote for the one who wants to continue it and expand on it. If not, the opposition party is your best bet. Or else, stay home. At the end of the day, it matters not what a politician say, but what is the results of their policies. It is as simple as that.


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Dwight Phoenix 7 months ago from Jamaica

Good hub.Very detailed. I learned some things about the US's politics.


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ptosis 6 months ago from Arizona

I like the online quiz because that's the only place thats show the third party people http://presidential-candidates.insidegov.com/


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hubber8893 5 months ago

Detailed information presented in a well organized manner. Although, you have presented all the issues and concerned promises aspired from candidates, what about these promises being fulfilled by the candidate who became president after making them?


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Austinstar 5 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Becase this hub is about who to pick before he/she becomes president.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 months ago

Lala, I like your article. Unfortunately it looks like the Trumpster is right and he may have his chances snatched from him, and Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen of Canada, If his momma was voting in Canada when he was born she had to be a Canadian citizen.

As for who will become president, who ever that is can only do as much as the Congress and Senate can't prevent him/her from doing.

The president does not have the power that you may think.

Blessings my friend.


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Austinstar 4 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

The president really only has the power of popularity. A good president will be respected as a leader. They don't make policy, but gain support from the will of the popular vote. It is usually the majority.

While Trump may be popular among some people, he is not popular at all with the majority of the voters of this country. In fact, Trump is way below the popularity scale of Hillary Clinton. Even though she is not thought of as being popular, she is head over heals more convincing and experienced than any of the other candidates, including my favorite, Bernie Sanders.

The Republicans have completely destroyed any popularity they might have had at one time.


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Kristen Howe 4 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Austinstar, this is a great hub on how to vote the right choice to be president. I knew that Kasich and Cruz tried to stop Trump last week for the primaries, and failed big time. I'm going to vote for Kasich or Clinton to stop Trump becoming president. It's amazing on how he's gotten this far already.


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nicomp 4 months ago from Ohio, USA

Well, we're down to four candidates as Kasich and Cruz bailed within 24 hours. It sure looks like a hold-your-nose-and-vote election.


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nicomp 4 months ago from Ohio, USA

" I'm going to vote for Kasich or Clinton to stop Trump becoming president."

Definitely: we need to elect someone currently under FBI investigation. Nothing can go wrong.


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Austinstar 4 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Bernie is still in the running. The FBI has concluded that Hillary is in the clear. Keep up, nicomp.


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jgshorebird 4 months ago from Earth

I disagree. A president's only job is to keep government small, not lead. A president is not a king. The people lead themselves - in America. Or they should. The president's only job is to stay out of the way. To lead the Armed Forces, to protect our rights -- that is all. We have no right to a minimum wage for example -- as Bernie Sanders would say. If that were true, then others are forced to pay. Force is wrong, in America. But okay in Amerika for nice comrades and such. So a large portion of your list would need to be jettisoned, if you wish to live in a free country. The question is, do you? But the hub is very well thought out and I think Fidel Castro would agree with Sanders completely.


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Austinstar 4 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

jg - while having a small government is a really really great idea, the USA is now too huge and top heavy to change.

Our elected officials are SUPPOSED to manage the money we give them to run the country and serve us, the citizens. They should get a salary for doing that, but they definitely should NOT get rich and should NOT be bought and paid for by rich, power hungry, fat cats that want to rule!

If politicians were true public servants, we wouldn't have to worry about communism or corrupted socialism. It's OUR money and it's given to provide goods and services for US!

That is what people do not understand. They are elected to do the job of managing our country's resources and to provide oversight for our citizens. This has long ago ceased to be their main function.

For these and other reasons, our government will fail, just as all great governments have failed when they got too top heavy and began the infighting that we see today.

All we can do in the meantime is to try to elect representatives that will WORK for us, and stop playing power games.

It's sad, but there you have it.


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jgshorebird 4 months ago from Earth

AS,

You depress me. I need to go write some more fiction to perk myself up. Jeez.


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Austinstar 4 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

I know! The truth really hurts, don't it?


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nicomp 4 months ago from Ohio, USA

"They should get a salary for doing that, but they definitely should NOT get rich and should NOT be bought and paid for by rich, power hungry, fat cats that want to rule!"

puulease!!! two-thirds of the federal budget goes to entitlements. Everyone gets bought-off except the rich. Democrats and Republicans both elect people who will give them free stuff.


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Austinstar 4 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

"puulease!!! two-thirds of the federal budget goes to entitlements."

Yes! We are ENTITLED to get OUR MONEY BACK!

Thank you!


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nicomp 4 months ago from Ohio, USA

Sigh. We are entitled to a government that doesn't double the deficit in 8 years. They are sending us our great-great-grandchildren's money.

We are also entitled to a government that upholds the Constitution they swore to uphold. When you find food stamps and free school lunches and free housing and free health care in the Constitution, please let me know.


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Austinstar 4 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

(Shaking my head)

Our representatives were elected to use OUR money to manage programs that they enacted. This has nothing to do with the constitution, it has to do with OUR taxes - and the way our representatives manage the BUDGET.

Our representatives set up "food stamps, school lunches, housing, and health care" using OUR money! We elected them to do these things!

We get what we pay for - if we elect bad managers, then we get bad management. Is this clear enough for you?


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nicomp 4 months ago from Ohio, USA

It's clear that the Constitution has no meaning to you. We did not elect anyone in Washington to abrogate that document.


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Austinstar 4 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

It's clear that you don't understand the function of government. They are our EMPLOYEES!

If they don't uphold the constitution and do their jobs of managing our resources and defenses, then we have the power to FIRE THEM!

Please vote with this in mind. Stop electing celebrities, and start electing people who work for us.


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nicomp 4 months ago from Ohio, USA

Undoubtedly.


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Peggy W 4 months ago from Houston, Texas

In the time I have been of an age to vote I have never seen such divisiveness in government. Your list of considerations and priorities was well thought out. Despite talking about many of these problems for years and years...not much seems to actually get done. I really fear for the generations to come if we don't start heading in the right direction..and soon. I take my voting seriously. Eager to check out that isidewith site. Good hub Lela.


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Austinstar 4 months ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Thanks Peggy! My only wish is for people to educated themselves on the real issues that affect us daily. These people are supposed to be working for us!

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