How to Vote for the Best Presidential Candidate
Candidate Comparison Chart Updated 9/14/2016
Comparison web sites for Trump and Clinton:
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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
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Supports Raising Min. Wage
Does Not Support
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?See results without voting
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!
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