OK, I know you’re scared of Trump…or mad at Hillary. But — as Bill Clinton used to say about the economy — IT’S THE ISSUES, STUPID! The media would rather talk about sex and bluster — it’s good for ratings. (Politicians have learned that talking about the issues with actual details only causes problems.) But this election will have real consequences, and how we vote — Democrat or Republican — will shape our society. It’s much more than the president. It’s the Senate and the House of Representatives. There’s no right or wrong, other than understanding how each party stands on the issues that you care about and voting accordingly.
Here’s my challenge: Ignore the personality stuff and the silliness on the news. Compare each party’s stances on the issues to your beliefs. (It’s fair to say that candidates embrace their respective party platforms, and generally vote in lock step with these.) Take this issues “blind taste test,” make your choice — Democrat or Republican — and then vote.
|25 Issues||Party #1||Party #2|
|Climate change||a hoax||really important|
|National healthcare||no (privatize it)||yes (build on it)|
|Social Security||more privatized||status quo, public|
|Environment||fewer safeguards||more safeguards|
|Energy||friendlier to oil||friendlier to renewables|
|Foreign relations||build walls||build bridges|
|Israel||BFF with privileges||friend with limits|
|Iran nuke deal||no||yes|
|Corporations||fewer restrictions||more restrictions|
|Banks||fewer restrictions||more restrictions|
|Taxing the wealthy||less||more|
|Inheritance tax||end it||keep it|
|Labor unions||should be weaker||should be stronger|
|Minimum wage||no raise||raise it|
|Marijuana||status quo||reclassify, liberalize|
|Supreme Court picks||conservative||liberal|
|Voter rights||don’t expand||expand|
If you think this issues-based comparison might be helpful to others, please share it. Thanks, vote thoughtfully, and GHA (God help America).