On Tuesday you will vote (if you are a US citizen), and so rather obviously if you would like to see specific things happen, then you vote for the candidate whose stated manifesto aligns with what you would like to see.
Do you only have two choices, what about the others?
If indeed the third party candidates have manifestos that align with your core beliefs, then you will naturally vote in that direction. You know that they will not be elected, and so I’m honestly not sure what you hope to actually achieve by doing that because the only meaningful way your vote can result in somebody actually doing something you agree with is to pick one of the two whose manifesto best aligns with the issues you feel strongly about.
Having said that, I should also add the rather obvious – Nobody can dictate whom you must or should vote for.
Often however a vote is not a rational choice. This is because we tend to align tribally and give very little consideration to what the candidate proposes to actually do, nor do we really consider if the candidate will be capable of actually achieving anything. Instead many vote Red or Blue (or Green or Yellow) right down the ticket without really knowing who these people actually are, what their past track record and experience has been, or if they would be capable of the pragmatic approach that politics demands to actually get something meaningful achieved. Remember that it is a democracy, we are not establishing a dictatorship (unless of course you actually are voting for Trump, because then all bets are off), and so once in office it can come as a bit of a shock to some to discover that they need to be adept at Bipartisanship (unless you are a Tea Party member because they strive to not do that and end up getting nothing done).
Why do so many just vote one colour?
It might be tempting to consider those that emotionally align with just one colour, red or blue, to be either ignorant or stupid, but that is not what is going on. It is a truly understandable human attribute to behave like this for the wholly practical observation that humans just do not have the bandwidth to analyse it all at an analytical level, so instead we take a heuristic shortcut and vote for our tribe because that is the safest quickest option.
The net effect we now see is that many traditional red voters are voting out of red loyalty for some rather non-traditional and quite frankly obnoxious ideas. This is not universally true because some have been analytical and have been pragmatic voters who will focus on issues, not brand loyalty.
So with that thought in mind, let’s ask ourselves one question about one Candidate. Yes, we are awash with lots of mythological and quite frankly fictitious nonsense that can quite happily be ignored, I’m not going there right now.
What would Hillary Do?
To answer this, let’s simply take a look at her declared manifesto, and list out what it contains …
- A fair tax system – Making sure the wealthy, Wall Street, and corporations pay their fair share in taxes. – Read more
- Addiction and substance use – Through improved treatment, prevention, and training, we can end this quiet epidemic once and for all. – Read more
- An economy that works for everyone – We need to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. – Read more
- An end to Alzheimer’s disease – We can prevent, effectively treat, and make an Alzheimer’s cure possible by 2025. 0- Read more
- Autism – Millions of Americans live with autism—and we’ve got to do more to support them and their families. – Read more
- Campaign finance reform – Our democracy should work for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected. – Read more
- Campus sexual assault – It’s not enough to condemn campus sexual assault. We need to end it. – Read more
- Climate change – Taking on the threat of climate change and making America the world’s clean energy superpower. – Read more
- Combating terrorism and keeping the homeland safe – It’s not enough to contain ISIS and the threat of terrorism—we have to defeat it. – Read more
- Criminal justice reform – Our criminal justice system is out of balance. – Read more
- Disability rights – We must continue to expand opportunities for Americans with disabilities. – Read more
- Early childhood education – Every child deserves the chance to live up to his or her God-given potential. – Read more
- Fixing America’s infrastructure – Strong infrastructure is critical to a strong economy. – Read more
- Gun violence prevention – We can—and must—end the epidemic of gun violence. – Read more
- Health care – Universal, quality, affordable health care for everyone in America – Read more
- HIV and AIDS – We have reached a critical moment in our fight against HIV and AIDS. – Read more
- Housing – We need housing policies that connect working families to opportunity. – Read more
- Immigration reform – We need comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship. – Read more
- Jobs and wages – We can make the boldest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II. – Read more
- K-12 education – Strong public education is the key to preparing our children for the future. – Read more
- Labor and workers’ rights – When unions are strong, America is strong. – Read more
- LGBT rights and equality – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans deserve to live their lives free from discrimination. – Read more
- Making college debt-free and taking on student debt – Hillary will make debt-free college available to everyone and take on student loan debt. – Read more
- Manufacturing – Hillary Clinton’s plan to strengthen manufacturing so we always “Make it in America.” – Read more
- Mental health – We have to address the mental health crisis in America and end the stigma and shame associated with treatment. – Read more
- Military and defense -We should maintain the best-trained, best-equipped, and strongest military the world has ever known. – Read more
- National security – With policies that keep us strong and safe, America will lead the world in the 21st century. – Read more
- National service – Do all the good you can. – Read more
- Paid family and medical leave – It’s time to guarantee paid family and medical leave in America. – Read more
- Poverty – No child should ever have to grow up in poverty. – Read more
- Protecting animals and wildlife – The way our society treats animals is a reflection of our humanity. – Read more
- Racial justice – America’s long struggle with race is far from finished. – Read more
- Rural communities – America’s rural communities are the backbone of this country. – Read more
- Small business – We have to level the playing field for America’s small businesses. – Read more
- Social Security and Medicare – We must preserve, protect, and strengthen these lifelines. – Read more
- Technology and innovation – We can harness the power of technology and innovation to work for all Americans. – Read more
- Veterans, the armed forces, and their families – America must fully commit to supporting veterans. –Read more
- Voting rights – We should be making it easier to vote, not harder. – Read more
- Wall Street reform – Wall Street must work for Main Street. – Read more
- Women’s rights and opportunity – We need to break down barriers that hold women back. – Read more
- Workforce skills and job training – Every American should be able to learn the skills they need to compete and succeed. – Read more
Ask Yourself Just one question …
Is there anything in that list above that you actually object to?
If the answer that is “yes” then I can only suggest that you are most probably not a decent human being.
Remember, you don’t actually have too like her. This is not a marriage proposal, instead it’s a job interview, and you need to work out if she can or cannot actually do the job.
If you like what you see in the list above, then you know what you need to do on 8th November. Oh, and to help her be effective, you need to vote right down the ticket to get rid of the “do nothing” folks who are not even prepared to work on common goals that would help everybody.
If you want to vote in a manner that has a progressive outcome, then vote analytically tomorrow, don’t just revert to brand loyalty.