Let's Talk Politics

Let's Talk Politics

I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather then politics shaping what people think is true.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson

So this year will be my first year that I can and will be voting. I find my choice a difficult one as the candidate I am considering, isn't necessarily one I completely agree with. As I write this I already know it will anger some people but I want to encourage only positive comments and interactions. I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and should not be told that they are wrong even if you disagree with them. I think that the most important thing we can do is have a voice and in order to have our voice heard we need to vote. So if you haven't already, register!

I find it very unusual that someone is completely republican or democratic, most of us will agree with a lot of issues from one side but not all of them and end up falling somewhere in between.  The worst thing you can do is vote for a candidate because they are in the party you support without being informed on any of their stances or even the opposite parties politics. As someone who grew up in a private Christian school, I find myself a republican on most issues aside from abortion (I am pro-choice) and gay rights (I am for equality). When it comes to other issues such as business, gun control, healthcare and immigration I am a republican. Of course there are always exceptions to these, but overall I find myself leaning right.

So I have my beliefs and values but now I have to decide which candidate I believe will serve our country best. There are three names everyone's talking about right now in politics and they are Donald Trump (republican), Hillary Clinton (democrat) and Bernie Sanders (who just joined the democratic party for the race, although we all know he's a socialist). There are other candidates that I think could do a great job, but due to lack of funds, experience and exposure I don't believe they will make it to the election, at least as a front runner for the two main parties. Before reading further I think it's important to know where they stand on issues and what they believe so here's the links to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sander's sites that explain some of the basics. So when it comes to voting, I don't feel complete confidence in any of the candidates or find myself liking one more than the other due to my views and expectations for the candidates. (If I'm being honest, I think only two candidates will be relevant when it comes time to vote, Trump and Clinton).

It seems that whenever anyone brings up Trump there seems to be a lot of controversy. His supporters are die hard Trump fans and then there are people who absolutely hate him (there doesn't seem to be much of an in between). Clinton seems to have a lot of support from democrats (she has Obama's endorsement) and female voters. Clinton also has knowledge from her position in office as US Secretary of State, unfortunately her husband Bill Clinton has caused some voters to be uneasy about her being in office. As optimistic as I try to be, when it comes to politics you have to consider the pros and cons of each candidate and also compare them to the other candidate. Questions I ask myself seem to be; Will they lead our country in a positive direction? Do I think they can execute their plans? What will they do to improve our countries current state and how will they handle the mistakes of the former president? Where do they stand on issues that are important to me? What are their strengths and weaknesses both personally and professionally? Of course we can agree with both candidates that there are certain things in this country that need to change. Immigration, healthcare, our nations debt, education and gun control are just a few of the many issues that our new president will have to address.

What you guys really want to know is who I'm voting for. My decision may still change and I find myself really liking Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. If Bernie wins the democratic vote then I will vote for him but if not then I will vote for Trump. When it comes down to it, I could vote for Hillary, Bernie, or Donald. I really don't like Hillary, I think Bernie is being unrealistic and while "free" is good it's just not going to work, and so I'm left with the candidate for my party, Donald Trump. So as I'm sure many of you want to know why I'm going to vote for Trump. Me voting for Trump DOES NOT mean that I am a racist, ignorant or any of the other insults people are throwing around. You see the constant posts on Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and other media outlets playing clips of Trump saying something outrageous and they talk about how ignorant and stupid people are for supporting him. We could go on talking about the awful things he's said or why he shouldn't be president but I could do the exact same for Clinton. It's ignorant to not be informed on all the great points he makes, and while he is extreme, extreme can be effective. He has built himself up from nothing and raised his children to be successful. America needs someone extreme, who isn't taking the time to be politically correct and instead uses that time to get things done. Making America great again is an inspiring slogan. Year after year we have had presidents that have been lazy, pushed our nation into further debt and furthered other problems our country are now facing. Trump has a great track record of having plans and executing them. He gets things done and I'm impressed by his strategies. Too many of us like what Trump has to say but won't admit it because of others. As Trump is brutally honest, I have decided to be too. I truly believe that he can help our country. I don't like the negativity that surrounds him and I think that could be a problem if he were elected. I think he will need an attitude adjustment, but even just during the debates these last few months I've seen a change in how he handles situations. 

I know for a fact I'm about to get torn apart, but just because I want him as president does not mean I agree with everything he says, it just means I agree with what he says more than I do with Hillary or Bernie. I know so many people who actually like and support Trump but are scared to say so because of other people.  I know this is a lot to ask, but please refrain from the negative comments, I'm completely aware of all the things he has said but I'm also aware of what the other candidates have said. I feel like in this race it's about choosing the less of two evils.  I'm a republican, and he is the republican candidate. We are all entitled to our own views, and opinions and I want to clarify that what Trump says or thinks is not necessarily what I would say or think. If I could have another candidate for the republican party such as Cruz or Rubio I would, but when it comes down to it Trump will more than likely be the Republican candidate. There's a reason he's gotten as far as he has and it's because contrary to popular belief people do like him.

Again, I would never think less of someone because of their political views or be rude or mean to someone because of their views either. I think it's a really controversial topic that I wanted to state MY opinion on. If you want to share you're political views that's completely welcome, but do not belittle me as a person because of my views. I'm no political expert, but I do try to be as informed as I can for someone who is fairly new to all of this. I may be completely wrong, I'm sure many people will think that I'm insane, but again it's my right to vote for who I want to, crazy or not.

Melinda

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