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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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.


I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.


Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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