Information is key to voting wisely
By Quinn Storm, News Editor
As Election Day approaches, early voting is Nov. 7 and voting day is Nov. 8, receiving the correct information on a candidate’s stances is imperative to making the correct decision when casting one’s ballot. The four major candidates of this election are Donald Trump (Republican), Hillary Clinton (Democrat), Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (The Green Party). If one has not decided on which candidate to vote for, reading up on each one’s policies may help influence their decision. Additionally, learning policies of other candidates may swing one’s opinion toward voting for someone else.
Donald Trump’s policies focus on issues such as cyber security, veterans affair reform, trade, tax plan, regulations, national defense, immigration, healthcare, foreign policy and fighting ISIS, energy, education, the Constitution and Second Amendment, child care and the economy. Obviously, since Trump is a Republican, his ideals are shaped by Republican ideals- so, his decisions may be considered more conservative next to someone such as Hillary Clinton. As one example, Trump does not wish to take people’s gun rights away from them, whereas Clinton supports the restriction of weapons on the streets. Perhaps one of Trump’s greatest talked about ideas is the building of a wall on the border between Mexico and the United States. This idea specifically ties into both immigration and national security, as Trump attempts to convince voters that he will, “Make America Great Again (donaldjtrump.com).”
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, focuses on similar issues as Trump, but takes vastly different stances. Clinton’s more liberal ideals focus on the economy and jobs, education, the environment, health, justice and equality and national security. While Trump focuses mainly on issues such as national security, Clinton seems to focus more on tax revenue and equality for all people. Furthermore, Clinton openly disagrees with Trump’s policy to disallow any refugees from Syria or other countries to enter the United States. Clinton attempts to appeal more to young voters and by touching on topics that the younger generations care about; she’s hoping voters will say “I Stand With Her (hillaryclinton.com).”
Gary Johnson, a Libertarian from Massachusetts, is also making waves in this election. Johnson centers his beliefs around the ideals of small government that won’t interfere as much in the public’s lives- keeping government “out of my bedroom, and out of my pocketbook (I Believe We Will Win campaign advertisement from johnsonweld.com).” Johnson is focusing his campaign on wasteful government spending, taxes, term limits, jobs, civil liberties, foreign policy and national defense, religious freedom and non-discrimination laws, support for veterans, immigration, criminal justice reform, internet freedom, the environment, education, abortion and the war on drugs. Much like Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the race, Johnson believes in the legalization of marijuana, which may help his appeal to the younger generation. Unlike both Trump and Clinton, Johnson does not want to build a wall or simply let everyone into the country. Johnson’s immigration policy relies on heavier checks on background and tax incentives to people who are looking to immigrate to the United States. Although there are similarities to ideals of other candidates, the small differences set Johnson apart, as well as his ideals of small government.
Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, promotes a more green and progressive United States throughout her campaign. Many voters may think of her as a more left-wing option for president, like Hillary but more so, compared to the more right-wing candidates such as Johnson and Trump. Stein has a plan which she has named “Power to the People,” which includes topics that she believes will provide the American people with the best outcome. These topics are a more green country, creating and providing jobs, ending poverty, the right of healthcare, the right of education, a fair economy, protecting the earth, ending racial injustice, justice for all people, freedom and equality, peace and human rights and people’s empowerment.
Stein, along with Johnson, is a third-party candidate that looks to overturn the rule of the two major parties. An introduction of one of these third parties into a major office could, in their arguments, result in a better country for all. In Stein’s address to voters on her website, she says, “The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it’s not in our dreams – it’s in our hands (jill2016.com).”
While each of these candidates may have major differences in their beliefs, it is up to each individual voter to decide who may be better for them and their country. Whether one wants small government, which a voter could get from a Republican or Libertarian candidate, or a bigger, more invasive government, which one may gain from a Democratic or Green Party candidate, the information from each of the candidate’s on their stances on various issues is important to receive.
Although each candidate’s main focus may be on a different major topic, some have similar opinions and the smaller, nitty gritty arguments could be what sways each voter’s opinions. More information for each of these candidates can be found on their websites: Donald Trump’s website is donaldjtrump.com, Hillary Clinton’s website is hillaryclinton.com, Gary Johnson’s website is johnsonweld.com and Jill Stein’s website is jill2016.com.