Who Will You Be Voting For?

Who Will You Be Voting For?

Both parties have many strong voices, some stronger than others.

The 2016 election seems far off, however, candidates are already gearing up and campaigning to be the people’s choice for the United States.

Both parties have many strong voices, some stronger than others.

From the Republican side, potential candidates like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Donald Trump, and even South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham have stepped up. And more are stepping up by the day.

The same is true from the Democratic side with potential candidates like Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb.

So, who will you be voting for in 2016?

Jeb Bush, son of former President, George H. Bush, and George W. Bush’s brother, stands firm with support for immigration reform and creating legal status for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. This sets him apart from other Republican candidates like Donald Trump. Socially, he stands firm with his fellow Republicans and their “Christian” conscience.

Lincoln Chafee, former Governor of Rhode Island, is campaigning with his priorities on an aversion to more foreign intervention, creating a strong middle class community within our economy, protecting citizens’ civil liberties, and creating a environmentally aware and responsible country.

Chris Christie, current Governor of New Jersey, is setting out with proposals to reform entitlement spending and to create an economy that will sustain future generations. On foreign policy, like any Republicans, he’s in favor of a stronger national defense and military system to be able to not only stand with our allies but stand up to those who threaten the U.S.’s safety, like ISIS. Unlike others, he is pushing for education reform, similar to that he enacted in New Jersey, and making higher education accessible for all.

Hilary Clinton, former US Secretary of State, is promoting herself as the champion that the U.S. needs. She hopes to create an economy that working, middle-class Americans can thrive in, as well as provide tax relief for them, in addition to making higher education affordable and attainable for all. Unlike many of her fellow Democrats, she wishes to make a military system that’s innovative and streamlined to protect our nation from all threats, foreign and domestic.

Donald Trump, New York businessman and entrepreneur, is campaigning with the ideas that a Free Market is the best market, as well as the importance of conservative family values, strong military system, and keeping America, “America.” He’s a major supporter of veteran causes and has utilized social media to get his messages heard, loud and clear.

Bernie Sanders, current Senator of Vermont, wants to change the income and wealth inequality in the U.S. as well as get big money out of politics. He has made climate change and environmental issues a high priority within his campaign, advocating for a habitable planet for future generations, as well as reforming what he’s calling “real family values” to include values that better our country instead of repressing individuals. He’s a strong supporter of women’s and gay rights as well as advocating for parents and the ill within our community.

Lindsey Graham, current Senator of South Carolina, stands firm with many of his fellow Republican candidates and is running with the ideals of security: securing our nation, future, and values. He’s a proud supporter of the U.S. military system and taking necessary steps in order to secure the nation, as well as keeping strong family values and constitutional liberties at the forefront of American minds.

Jim Webb, former Senator of Virginia, has not been discussed as much as his fellow Democrats but is running with a focus on economic fairness, the national infrastructure, criminal justice reform, and reforming foreign policy—sharing many ideals with other Democrats hoping for a spot in the 2016 election.

Although there are many more potential candidates running, hoping to reform and change our nation, it’s important that we as citizens decide what is best for our country. Register to vote and research which candidate represents your values the best. For more information about each candidate's, visit their 2016 election websites.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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