449 Days And Counting – What To Think About as the 2016 Presidential Election Approaches
Why is the candidate running for President? Do they have a history of public service? Do they really have America’s best interest in mind?
Polls/Surveys – Is It Gallup or Undefined
When you hear a percentage mentioned, whether it’s by a candidate, a news station, a publication or blog, make sure it’s attached to a legitimate poll and defines the cross-section of people questioned. Polls can be skewed to validate a person’s viewpoint. If you poll 20 of your friends, they will say you’re a great person. What happens if you poll exes, are they going to give you the same review?
TV Stations Have Political Leanings
A TV Stations news and the programs they broadcast host people who support their views. They will also poll people who back their opinions. Keep this in mind as you watch TV and as you read articles about the elections. If it mentions a specific TV station survey, again, is it official or slanted?
Make Sure To Fact-Check
Politicians will exaggerate. As everyone knows, America’s first amendment is freedom of speech. Sometimes candidates will propagate fabrications about other candidates with negative advertising. Remember, just because the targeted politician ignores it, doesn’t make them guilty. Also, just because something negative is repeated and reiterated and repeated again does not make it true.
Bullies Do Not Make Good Presidents
Theodore Roosevelt’s expression, “Walk softly and carry a big stick” are words to strongly consider. The loudest person in the room may get the most attention, but this may actually mean that they are the weakest candidate. What candidates have diplomacy and executive qualities? Think about the last 30 years of US Leaders. Who brought America up and who brought America down? Then draw your own conclusions.
Intelligent Candidate or Not
It’s true anyone can be President in America, if you’re at least 35 years old and a natural born US citizen. No one ever says it, but in order to be President, you must be intelligent. As the election approaches, think about the smart Presidents and the not-so-smart ones. Who did the better job?
Big Picture vs. Extreme Thinking
A President cannot have extreme views. The old cliché applies here: Are they part of the solution/the present and the future or are they part of the problem/stuck in the past?
Track Record, Track Record, Track Record
Just because a candidate makes a promise doesn’t mean they will keep it. Who has followed through in the past and helped make the United States and the world a better place and who has not?
House of Representatives And The Senate
Keeping election promises also depends on The Congress and The Senate. These offices are very important. A candidate may make election declarations, but will the Senate and House pass bills, or will they (for political reasons) just block a President who belongs to the opposite party?
Religion Belongs in the Place of Worship
Separation of Church and State. If you want to be Christian or Catholic or Jewish or Muslim or Buddhist or Lutheran or 100’s of other religions, then be them, but candidates should not interject their religious beliefs into the government.
Are you registered? Contact your local election board if you need to register or if you’ve moved since the last time you voted. Do vote in the mid-term elections. You can affect the future of your country. Your vote does matter. And for young voters or just young at heart, here are 10 Reasons why you should vote.