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Free Thinking: Taking Mainstream Media Off the Air

This election cycle revealed many troubling changes within America. We saw how quickly we as a nation allowed ourselves to become divided, how many on both sides of the aisle are extremely willing to turn a blind eye to the flaws of their candidate and just how fragile the psyche of the American liberal is – which isn’t really breaking news to anyone.

Perhaps one of the biggest things this election cycle revealed, however, is how out of touch with the average American mainstream media has become.

Last night and all day today the mainstream media expressed shock at Trump’s victory. They couldn’t believe that Donald J. Trump had actually won the election for President of the United States of America.

But it couldn’t be that much of a shock, right?

Logically, the election revealed the majority of Americans wanted Donald Trump for their president and, yet, the shock and dismay was clear to see on most of the networks as they reported on each new state won for Trump.

Why?

Because the mainstream media is biased and largely reports what they want Americans to believe, not what is necessarily true.

While the mainstream media is reporting real news taking place and presenting accurate facts in most cases, it’s the way they present these stories and facts that subtly change the way the consumer absorbs the information.

They tell you what they want you to believe in such a way you think they’re presenting unbiased facts when it’s really anything but unbiased. It’s so subtle, you almost believe you came up with the idea yourself!

Had the mainstream media actually been listening to the American people, instead of trying to push their own biased agenda, this election wouldn’t have been such a shock to so many Americans. Most of us were so caught up with the predictions of the polls and skewed samples, we missed what actual Americans were saying.

As a consumer, there are several lessons to take away from this election cycle. First, keep your eyes wide open when consuming information from the media. Don’t just accept what is presented to you as truth; verify what they’ve said is actually true.

Second, don’t be afraid to have a different opinion from the mainstream media. They’ve gotten it wrong before and they’ll get it wrong again. All you can do is stand for what you know to be true.

Lastly, take time to unplug from the media once in a while, including social media. Get out in the real world and try to get a pulse on public opinion for yourself – you might be surprised at what you find!

Remember, media corporations are businesses and the business of media can’t turn a profit without a little controversy to help sell stories. If the world was perfect, there would be nothing to report. If there’s nothing to report, they don’t make a profit. Sometimes the media can exaggerate what might indeed be true in order to create more controversy to increase their sales.

Don’t let anyone dictate what you should think, believe or say; exercise your brain and think for yourself!

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A Thought for the Day After the Election

For over a year, we’ve all been waiting for this day. The day that couldn’t come quickly enough to put us out of our misery. The day has finally arrived — tomorrow is Election Day!

We’ve been subjected to endless Facebook posts, the mud-slinging, the lies, the political pitches and the desperation. But now, the circus can finally come to an end! Tomorrow we will elect our next President of the United States of America.

But this past year has left many ready to just get this election over with, and not with excitement and anticipation for a new chapter in our nation’s history. Many, including myself, feel this election is a lose-lose situation for the American people. And in many ways, it is.

One the left side of the aisle, we have a corrupt liar who is under FBI investigation who craves power more than any other person on the planet. On the right side of the aisle, we have a narcissistic dingbat who doesn’t even have enough common sense and self-control to stay off Twitter at 2 a.m. Not to mention all the other scandals this year has brought us: emails, lewd comments, sexual objectification of women, covering up the accounts of sexual assault and rape victims, pay for play, corruption, slush funds and just plain old sheer idiocy.

It’s easy to see why so many Americans feel hopeless and are ready for this whole election cycle to be over.

But it’s important to remind ourselves, not just for this election but for anything we may face in our lives, of this timeless truth: God is in control.

Oftentimes, it’s easy to see the mess we’ve made or the chaos which surrounds us and begin to feel hopeless or scared. But in the midst of chaos, God has a plan. No matter what the results of the election are tomorrow or who our next president will be, none of that will change the eternal truth that God remains in control.

No man or woman can ruin God’s plan. No person is able to destroy the designs of YHVH. God does not need a Republican or a Democrat or in the White House for His purposes to prevail. He is Almighty and is able to triumph no matter who has control of congress, who is appointed to the Supreme Court or who sits in the Oval Office.

Let me clear, I’m not saying your vote doesn’t matter or you shouldn’t get out there and vote. I’m saying that He is unshakable and unchanging. After fulfilling your civic duty and voting, we must leave the election in His hands and trust that man, with all his flaws and shortcomings, will never overturn the eternal plan of the Father.

While we might be surprised, disappointed or even angry about the outcome of tomorrow’s election, He isn’t. He has a plan and a purpose for every twist and turn of life.

So as you get ready to vote, keep this truth in mind.

“A man plans his ways in his heart, but YHVH establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Happy voting!

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Election 2016: We’re Doomed

I have never used the phrase “we’re doomed” more than I have during this election cycle. We already knew Hillary would be the Democrat nominee – I’m pretty sure Bernie would have “mysteriously disappeared” had she not – but I really was holding out hope that we would have a real candidate on the Republican side to vote for this November. Unfortunately, I have learned my lesson: never put your faith in the American people.

I really, truly believed that this was just a phase the American people were going through; that once they got Trump out of their system they, like an unruly teenager, would come to their senses and see reason and take the choosing of the President of the United States of America seriously. Alas, they did not. And now I’ve been bitterly disappointed once again. It’s my fault, really. I should have known better than to expect the American people to demonstrate common sense and good decision making.

So here we find ourselves – between a rock and a hard place – needing a solution to our dilemma.

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones and already know who you’re voting for. Congratulations! Unless of course you’re voting for Hillary and in which case, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.

But in all seriousness, for many of us who tend to lean to the right side of the aisle, we find ourselves in a tough spot.

If you’re like me I know who I’m NOT, under ANY circumstances voting for, but I haven’t quite figured out who I am voting for.

When it was first announced that Trump would be the nominee, I toyed with the idea of joining the “Never Trump” crowd and vowing that even a rock would make a better candidate for president. But that would mean voting for a third party candidate – and in the absence of a viable third party candidate, I was back to the rock and square one.

The reason I find it so difficult to vote for Trump is because, simply put, he’s an idiot. I believe the more PC way to put it would be “he does not have the political savvy befitting a presidential hopeful.”

Time after time we have seen political debates reduced to nothing more than petty mud-slinging, lying, personal attacks and outright bullying. This is who the American people want representing them to the rest of the world?!

Second, his policies are appallingly similar to any candidate on the wrong left side of the aisle. If you were to write the stance of both Hillary and Trump side-by-side on a piece of paper without attribution, the list would be almost indistinguishable! So it’s almost like voting for Hillary either way…and at that realization a part of my soul just died.

Third, I have no idea how he plans to address any of the problems facing America. Trump is known for saying he’s going to build a wall along the Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it. Unfortunately, that’s just not realistic and it’s not going to happen. I’ve heard Trump supporters say that Mexico will be convinced to pay for the wall because Trump is going to block all illegal immigrants from sending their welfare checks back to Mexico. The problem with this logic is that Mexico is bringing in more money from the drug cartels crossing the border than any amount of money being sent from entitlement checks, so removing the welfare checks would hardly be enough to make the Mexican government concede to paying for the wall.

Trump also says he’s going to block all Muslims from coming to America. Again, anything is possible in the land of rainbows and unicorns but in the land of reality, I don’t see Trump being able to make that happen either. Congress would have to approve those measures and barring another major, horrific attack, I don’t see that happening. I don’t believe our country wants nor is in a place where we should start banning any specific group from entering our country.

So again, given the fairytale solutions to our real life problems, we’re back to square one. That rock is looking pretty good, isn’t it?

I’ve considered voting for a third-party candidate. There’s always Gary Johnson running on the Libertarian ticket. But after this stunt he pulled (which would have been hilarious had we not been talking about a presidential nominee) and watching this video (WARNING: some people are morons and do things that are stupid, gross and inappropriate and then put it on the internet) I decided I couldn’t bring myself to vote for anyone from this party. I also couldn’t bring myself to vote for Gary Johnson (even though he’s a New Mexican) after he didn’t know what/where Aleppo was and couldn’t name a world leader he admired. <insert major eye rolling and sighs of despair here>

But I also know that voting for a third-party candidate can be dangerous because we know they’re not going to win so why “waste” the vote. Now, I don’t actually believe that any vote cast after thoughtful consideration is ever a waste, but I do believe it can be strategically useless.

If you vote for a third-party candidate you know is going to lose and you don’t strongly believe in them anyway, you’re practically giving a vote to the candidate you don’t want to elect because you’re not ensuring their opponent wins.

Once I realized I wasn’t going to find a candidate I wanted to vote for, I decided I needed to shift my way of thinking. I’m used to thinking of voting in terms of who I want to see in office (which is how it should be) but under these circumstances, I’ve decided I need to shift my way of thinking. Instead, I need to focus on who I don’t want to see in office.

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I do not want to see Hillary Clinton become president. So now I need to do everything in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen. What’s the best way to ensure Hillary is not elected? As much as it physically pains me to say it: vote for Donald Trump.

I was completely ready to do this until the last few weeks.

Watching Trump self-destruct during the debates and listening to him try to construct a coherent stance on issues has been painful beyond belief. I cringe every time I hear him speak. He doesn’t know how to control himself. He doesn’t know how to remain calm and level-headed. He doesn’t know how not to defend himself against every, single accusation. He doesn’t know how to stay off Twitter at 2 a.m.

To be honest, I’m not as disturbed by the accusations of sexual assault or the crude “locker room talk.” Not because I think it’s ok but because the same people who are exploding over the accusations against Trump are the same people who dismiss actual rape and assault charges against Bill Clinton and ignore Hillary’s bullying of the female victims.

For the first time since I’ve been able to vote, I have seriously considered not voting for either of the candidates this election – and that pains me.

It’s a tough decision for people like myself who know we will never vote for Hillary, yet find Donald Trump unpalatable and ridiculous. He’s not conservative. He’s Republican only in name. He was a Democrat until about five minutes ago and his stance on many issues hasn’t had time to catch up yet. I know many conservatives, particularly among evangelical voters, fully support Trump because he says he is pro-life and will appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. But I have serious doubts about his intentions to actually do this.

He’s terrible. She’s a criminal. We’re doomed. How is anyone supposed to make a real decision?!

Ultimately, the main thing he has going for him, in my opinion, is the fact he’s not Hillary Clinton. That has been Trump’s saving grace this entire election. She has bullied her husband’s victims of rape and abuse and she led the charge on covering up her husband’s infidelity, rape and abuse. Through the FBI’s investigation we learned that Hillary was guilty of “gross negligence,” which is a conscious decision to disregard the need to use reasonable care.

Wikileaks revealed in the Podesta emails Hillary has “begun to hate everyday Americans,” there was concern from Chelsea Clinton about “compromised” technology during visits to China and information revealing her campaign had paid protestors to stir up trouble and violence at Trump rallies.

As Secretary of State, she claims she didn’t know what the “C” indicating “Classified” meant. She ignored requests for help that resulted in the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, including an American ambassador. She set up a private email server on which she did official Secretary of State business. She has been paid obscene amounts of money by foreign countries through the Clinton Foundation to grant favors in her official capacity as Secretary of State.

Even through this past weekend we learned the FBI was reopening the investigation into Hillary’s emails because of a connection found in the Weiner investigation. One can only imagine what raunchy mess they found there.

I’m still on the fence on if I’ll vote for Donald Trump or not. There’s a 99.9% chance I’ll be voting for him but I’m still holding out hope on the .1% chance there will be some political savior who will fall from the sky, riding a white horse that will save me from voting for Donald Trump.

But I know that’s probably not going to be the case.

So how will you be voting this year? Hillary? Trump? Will you be voting your conscience? Will you be voting for the lesser of two evils? Will you not be voting at all this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Brexit

Brexit: Lessons on Liberty


In a historic move, the United Kingdom voted last week to leave the European Union. The outcome of the vote on the referendum of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union nicknamed “Brexit,” a play on “Britain” and “exit,” is a sign that global politics is shifting – with many lessons for the American people.

The only areas of Britain that voted to remain in the EU were London, which has a disproportionate share of wealth and power, and Scotland. Virtually every other area of Great Britain, including Wales, said enough is enough.

Under the European Union, more than fifty-five percent of the laws in Britain originate with unelected officials and judges in Brussels (EU capital) with no ties to Britain. The people of Britain were voting to remove themselves from under the thumb of the foreign elite who have become disconnected from the average citizen.

The vote represents a rejection of globalism and a rebirth of nationalism as the UK has decided to put Britain first. One of the biggest factors driving the Brexit vote was an increased concern over unlimited immigration into the UK. With no rules in place limiting immigration into the UK and the growing concern over global terror, the British want the freedom to implement laws and regulations to protect their borders and implement their own anti-terror policies.

Brexit is also an absolute rejection of the economic and intellectual elites who have profited from the existing system while remaining massively disconnected from the middle class that has seen their income shrink. By voting to leave the EU, Britain voted for a future in which the power of unelected elites is diminished and the power of everyday individuals is enhanced – I wonder where they got that idea!

Amplifying the rejection of foreign powers meddling with Britain’s politics, the vote also demonstrates a defiance of President Obama’s threat that Britain would be last on our priority list for a trade deal. Back in April, Obama said that despite the histories of America and Britain being intertwined, if Britain were successful in leaving the EU they would have to go to the “back of the queue” in regards to future trade deals with the United States. Way to treat our allies who simply want the same sovereignty we take for granted enjoy!

There are several implications of this historic vote for us across the pond. Let’s take a look at some of the possible implications the Brexit vote could have on the United States.

Economy
As of 2am ET on Friday, June 24, mere hours after the results of the Brexit vote were finalized, the Dow was already down 700 points and the European market was down 11% at the opening bell — this is the largest single drop in its history.

The UK is the world’s fifth-largest economy and one of the United States’ largest trading partners, so there is concern that any economic pains felt in the UK might make their way here as well. To avoid disruption to their business in the EU, many big companies and banks might move staff to Germany or France. There’s also legitimate concern that increased unemployment coupled with the growing economic uncertainty could lead to a recession in the UK, which could trickle into the US economy as well.

Global Stability
Far-right politicians in the Netherlands and France have expressed interest for “Brexit” referendums in their countries as well. If enough countries decide they want out of the EU, there is a very real possibility that the EU could collapse. While the collapse of the EU may not be the most terrible thing in the world (the EU has been increasingly critical of Israel and is essentially the proto-type for a global, socialist government), there would be dramatic, far-reaching effects that would be felt around the world. There would certainly be economic collapse, political and social chaos, not to mention the unintended consequences on global security. If governments around the world are thrown into chaos, it would be the perfect distraction for terrorist groups to make a move.

Additionally, Scotland, which voted to remain in the EU, is almost certain to once again push for its independence in order to join the EU as a sovereign nation. Leaders in Northern Ireland may push to reunite with Ireland – the fight for which has rarely been a peaceful one. All of this could leave the US and the world to face a volatile and unstable Europe.

Similarly, with the UK part of the EU, the US is currently able to exercise a certain degree of influence on the EU through its relationship with the UK. With the UK leaving the EU, the US will have to begin cultivating better political and economic relationships with other European countries in order to ensure we don’t lose any influence we might have within the EU.

Election 2016
The rally cry of Brits wanting to leave the EU this year have been slogans such as “make Britain Great again,” “let’s take back control” and “believe in Britain.” Sound familiar? These are the same slogans we are hearing in America in regards to the upcoming presidential election. No doubt presidential hopefuls will take a cue from the Brexit vote and vamp up their messages. Many of the concerns driving the Brexit vote are the same concerns facing Americans heading to the polls this November – immigration, global terrorism, the economy and international policy just to name a few.

Fears surrounding immigration, in particular, was a major factor in the decision of the thousands of Brits who voted to leave the EU. Expect both sides of the aisle to pay special attention to these points in the months leading up to the election.

Trump, in particular, who was showing signs of tempering down his positions somewhat, is expected to continue full steam ahead with his ideas on immigration, including building a wall along the Mexican border and his proposed Muslim ban.

But while Hillary may be behind the power curve with her stance on these issues, don’t be surprised if you see a sudden (slight) shift to the right on these issues. She is would be an utterly incompetent politician if she didn’t recognize the temperature in Europe (which is typically quicker to adopt a more liberal position than America) as a sign of what is coming in America.

Though the Brexit movement involves issues of politics, immigration, economic concerns and global terror, at the heart of the movement, Brexit was a vote for personal freedom, national autonomy and a rejection of rule by a self-appointed oligarchy. Our founding fathers taught the world that lesson in 1776. Since then, we have taken our freedom and sovereignty for granted; but we can no longer afford to do so.

If we have learned anything from Brexit and the UK it should be that we have a duty to protect and defend our freedom and sovereignty before its too late; before we allow our laziness, disguised as liberal and tolerant thinking, to give way to corrupt and deceitful leaders quietly stealing away our liberties.

One of the many ways to keep this from happening is to thoughtfully vote. Don’t simply follow popular opinion; find out the facts and make your own decision based on them. I pray we never find ourselves in Britain’s position of having to vote for our own sovereignty.

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Trump Boycotts Debate after Feud with Megyn Kelly

Ahead of tonight’s Republican Debate on Fox News, Donald Trump escalated his feud with Fox reporter Megyn Kelly. This childish feud started back in August 2015 at the first Republican debate when Kelly took Trump to task over derogatory statements he’d made about women. Trump – who prides himself on being tough, unapologetic, and politically incorrect – felt he was being unfairly targeted by the news channel and publicly criticized Kelly and the network.

Trump announced this week that he would boycott Thursday’s Fox News debate following a mocking Fox statement which suggested that Trump would replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers and that the leaders of Iran and Russia “both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly” if he becomes president.

Trump accused Kelly of being a “lightweight” and announced he will hold a completing fundraiser instead of attending the debate.

As if this whole feud isn’t already childish and completely ridiculous, Trump just took it up a notch by tweeting out a racy pic of Kelly from a photo shoot she did for GQ in 2010 and called her a “bimbo.” Classy, Donald. Classy.

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Honestly, I think this whole thing is ridiculous. Is this really the kind of man we want to see in the White House? A man who involves himself in Twitter feuds with TV news anchors? A man who publicly throws temper tantrums for getting criticized by the media? THAT’S POLITICS! If you’re going to be president, you better get used to being scrutinized and criticized by the media! Grow up, put on your big-boy pants and try to act like an adult because you’re running for the position of the leader of the free world for goodness sake!

I honestly hope this feud will make him drop in the polls. Ted Cruz is running a close second behind Trump and I would love to see him take the lead in this presidential race!

Tell us what do you think of Trump’s actions and the feud between Trump and Kelly/Fox News in the comments below!

Ballot Box

Presidential Primary Voting Dates

Looking for when your state votes in the primaries? Look no further than this handy chart! You’re welcome.

Presidential Primary Dates by State, Date

State Date Filing deadline Primary/caucus Primary type
Iowa February 1, 2016
Caucus Closed
New Hampshire February 9, 2016
November 11, 2015Primary Mixed
Nevada February 20, 2016 January 1, 2016Democratic Caucus Closed
South Carolina February 20, 2016 September 30, 2015Republican Primary Open
Nevada February 23, 2016January 9, 2016Republican Caucus Closed
South Carolina February 27, 2016November 16, 2015Democratic Primary Open
Alabama March 1, 2016November 6, 2015Primary Open
Alaska March 1, 2016January 28, 2016Republican Caucus Closed
American Samoa March 1, 2016Democratic Caucus Open
Arkansas March 1, 2016November 9, 2015Primary Open
Colorado March 1, 2016January 25, 2016Caucus Closed
Georgia March 1, 2016December 1, 2015Primary Open
Massachusetts March 1, 2016January 4, 2016Primary Mixed
Minnesota March 1, 2016January 4, 2016Caucus Open
North Dakota March 1, 2016Republican Caucus Closed
Oklahoma March 1, 2016December 9, 2015Primary Closed
Tennessee March 1, 2016December 1, 2015Primary Open
Texas March 1, 2016December 14, 2015Primary Open
Vermont March 1, 2016January 11, 2016Primary Open
Virginia March 1, 2016December 10, 2015Primary Open
Wyoming March 1, 2016Republican Caucus Closed
Kentucky March 5, 2016January 7, 2016Republican Caucus Closed
Kansas March 5, 2016January 20, 2016Caucus Closed
Kansas March 5, 2016March 1, 2016Caucus Closed
Louisiana March 5, 2016December 4, 2015Primary Closed
Maine March 5, 2016December 15, 2015Republican Caucus Closed
Nebraska March 5, 2016March 11, 2016Democratic Caucus Closed
Maine March 6, 2016December 15, 2015Democratic Caucus Closed
American Samoa March 8, 2016Republican Caucus Open
Hawaii March 8, 2016February 16, 2016Republican Caucus Closed
Idaho March 8, 2016December 9, 2015Republican Primary Closed
Michigan March 8, 2016December 11, 2015Primary Open
Mississippi March 8, 2016January 15, 2016Primary Open
District of Columbia March 12, 2016January 4, 2016Caucus Closed
Guam March 12, 2016Republican Caucus Closed
Northern Marianas March 12, 2016Democratic Caucus Closed
Virgin Islands March 12, 2016Republican Caucus Open
Puerto Rico March 13, 2016Primary Open
Florida March 15, 2016November 30, 2015Primary Closed
Illinois March 15, 2016January 6, 2016Primary Open
Missouri March 15, 2016December 29, 2015Primary Open
North Carolina March 15, 2016December 21, 2015Primary Mixed
Northern Marianas March 15, 2016Republican Caucus Closed
Ohio March 15, 2016December 16, 2015Primary Mixed
Arizona March 22, 2016December 14, 2015Primary Open
Idaho March 22, 2016February 5, 2016Democratic Caucus Closed
Utah March 22, 2016Caucus Closed
Alaska March 26, 2016January 29, 2016Democratic Caucus Closed
Hawaii March 26, 2016January 8, 2016Democratic Caucus Closed
Washington March 26, 2016February 26, 2016Democratic Caucus Closed
Wisconsin April 5, 2016January 26, 2016Primary Open
Wyoming April 9, 2016March 10, 2016Democratic Caucus Closed
New York April 19, 2016February 4, 2016Primary Closed
Connecticut April 26, 2016March 4, 2016Primary Closed
Delaware April 26, 2016February 26, 2016Primary Closed
Maryland April 26, 2016February 3, 2016Primary Closed
Pennsylvania April 26, 2016February 16, 2016Primary Closed
Rhode Island April 26, 2016February 23, 2016Primary Mixed
Indiana May 3, 2016February 5, 2016Primary Open
Guam May 7, 2016Democratic Caucus Closed
Nebraska May 10, 2016February 25, 2016Republican Primary Closed
West Virginia May 10, 2016January 30, 2016Primary Mixed
Kentucky May 17, 2016January 26, 2016Primary Closed
Oregon May 17, 2016March 8, 2016Primary Closed
Washington May 24, 2016March 10, 2016Republican Caucus Closed
Puerto Rico June 5, 2016Democratic Caucus Open
Virgin Islands June 5, 2016Democratic Caucus Open
California June 7, 2016March 26, 2016Primary Closed
Montana June 7, 2016March 14, 2016Primary Open
New Jersey June 7, 2016April 4, 2016Primary Mixed
New Mexico June 7, 2016February 2, 2016Primary Closed
North Dakota June 7, 2016May 2, 2016Democratic Caucus Closed
South Dakota June 7, 2016March 29, 2016Primary Closed
District of Columbia June 14, 2016March 16, 2016Primary Closed
Presidential primary dates are still being determined. The dates listed are subject to change.
Every Vote Counts

Presidential Candidates: Where Do They Stand, Where Do You Stand?

With the Presidential Primaries quickly approaching, it’s time to decide who you will vote for! But I know how overwhelming it can feel to sort through each candidate and their stance on all the issues. So I’ve put together a few charts outlining some of the top Republican and Democrat candidates and their stance on 19 different issues. There was a lot of info to sort through (a lot — I hope you appreciate all this because I almost gave up several times) but here’s a quick rundown of how to navigate the charts.

Each of the charts falls into one of five main categories: Individual Rights, Domestic Issues, Economic Issues, Defense and International Issues, and Foreign Policy. At the end of each chart is a key-code with a broad definition of what the candidates’ stance translates to. At the bottom of each chart is a “NEXT” or “PREVIOUS” button that allows you to scroll through all the issues included in this section.

A few things I learned while going through the candidates:

  • You will not agree with each candidate 100%, so don’t discount anyone just because you don’t agree on one or two issues. It will be important to prioritize which issues are most important for you and then find the candidate who you most agree with.
  • These are complicated issues, so each candidate (for the most part) has elements of both sides of the coin. To help you understand how the candidate really feels about an issue, I’ve also included “What the Candidate Has Said” about this issue on most of the charts. This will help you get a better understanding of where the candidate stands on a particular issue.
  • Just hearing bullet points is not enough; you must do your own research and dig further into the details of what the candidates really stand for (ex: gay marriage: “oppose gay marriage but not homosexuality)
  • Once I started doing research into each of the candidates — and seeing what they had actually said on each issue — I was surprised to find that I agreed with some candidates more or less than I had previously thought.
  • Here are two websites that have been very helpful to me as I researched the candidates.

This first website was probably the most useful for me and the one I’d recommend the most. It allows you to answer a series of questions which you can also rate on the level of importance to you and then tells you which candidate you tend to vote most like. It also breaks down your similarity percentage for each major candidate — including the ones`you disagreed with. https://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz

This second one allows the user to go issue-by-issue and see each candidate’s view on the issue. http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm

  • For all the voters out there who think all politicians are corrupt and are looking for a Third Party candidate, I’ve included Roseanne Barr of the Peace and Freedom Party for your consideration <I hope you realize that I’m being sarcastic and have only included her to lighten this very dense subject. But she really is running as a Third Party candidate for President.>

Happy Hunting!

*NOTE: These charts are best viewed on a laptop or home computer, not a cell phone.*

Individual Rights

Abortion, Women & Minorities, Same-Sex Marriage, Religion (Keeping God in Public Sphere), Environment
CandidatePositionWhat the Candidate Said
Jeb BushOpposes abortion rights.Abortion ok when LIFE of mother at risk, not just her HEALTH. Defund Planned Parenthood, but not with federal shutdown. I defunded Planned Parenthood in Florida; do same federally. Parental consent; clinic regulation; pro-life counseling. Prevent use of public funds for stem cell research. Restrict abortions to incest, rape, & health.
Ben CarsonStrongly opposes abortion rights. Drugs OK to prevent conception in instances of rape & incest. Maybe exceptions for life of mother, not for rape or incest. No abortion for convenience.
Chris ChristieOpposes abortion rights. "Default pro-choice" until hearing 13-week fetal heartbeat. Ban abortions after 20 weeks, with exceptions. I'm pro-life with exceptions; take it or leave it. Put defunding of Planned Parenthood on the president's desk. Successfully defunded Planned Parenthood in New Jersey. 1994: Donated to Planned Parenthood; opposed public donation. 1996: partial birth procedure is reprehensible.
Hillary ClintonStrongly favors abortion rights. Expand embryonic stem cell research. Keep abortion safe, legal and rare. Lift ban on stem cell research to cure devastating diseases. Must safeguard constitutional rights, including choice. NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. Sponsored bill for emergency contraception for rape victims. Sponsored bill providing contraceptives for low-income women. Supports parental notice & family planning. Voted liberal line on partial birth & harm to fetus. YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.
Ted CruzStrongly opposes abortion rights. Ban taxpayer funding of abortion & partial birth abortion. Companies can deny insuring birth control. Opposes churches providing birth control. Opposes public abortion funding. Protect innocent human life with partial-birth ban.
Carly FiorinaOpposes abortion rights. Ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization. Opposes both federal abortion funding & judicial activism. Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research. Sanctity of life, except in the case of rape and incest. Supports giving legal protection to unborn children.
Rand PaulStrongly opposes abortion rights. Force a Senate vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. Fund community health centers instead of Planned Parenthood. Life begins at conception. Opposes federal abortion funding. Supports "Plan B" morning-after contraception. Supports religious freedom to deny contraceptive coverage.
Marco RubioStrongly opposes abortion rights. Abortion is complex issue; we must reduce the number of them. Pro-life, but understands that woman's right is the law. Abortion is complex issue; we must reduce the number of them. Ban abortion after 20 weeks. Consensus that life begins at conception; so no abortion. Expand birth control exemption for faith-based organizations. Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research.
Bernie SandersStrongly favors abortion rights. Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. Ensure access to and funding for contraception. Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life.
Donald TrumpOpposes abortion rights. Ban late abortions; exceptions for rape, incest or health. Defund Planned Parenthood. Favors abortion rights but respects opposition. I am now pro-life; after years of being pro-choice. I am pro-life; fight ObamaCare abortion funding. I changed my views to pro-life based on personal stories. Planned Parenthood is important, but abortions must stop.
Roseanne BarrStrongly favors abortion rights. Abortion is a woman's right.
Abortion PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe right to abortion empowers women and is an important part of women's health rights and women's reproductive freedom. That right includes the right to a government subsidy for poor women who want an abortion. You believe in the 'Right to Choose' and are strongly pro-choice.
FavorsRestricting 'Partial-Birth Abortions' or other specific procedures is reasonable, but clinic access should be unfettered, since other women may choose differently than you. You are pro-choice, but believe that some restrictions are acceptable.
OpposesThe fetus is a human being who has rights independent of its mother's rights. You are "pro-life." While abortion under certain circumstances might be tolerated, the basic rights belong to the fetus, not the mother.
Strongly OpposesAbortion is immoral because it kills a human being, and should never be tolerated. 'Roe v. Wade' should be overturned and we should protest abortion clinics as other forms of injustice are protested.
Jeb BushOpposes legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities. Opposes affirmative action. Gay rights & feminism are "modern victim movements." Provide licensure exams in Spanish, for free. Dismantled Florida's affirmative action program. Replaced affirmative action with "One Florida" initiative.
Ben CarsonOpposes legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities. Opposes affirmative action. Underdog status is no longer determined by race. Political correctness undermines Black Lives Matter movement. Arrests for "Driving While Black" is common.
Chris ChristieOpposes legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities. Neutral on affirmative action. Black Lives Matter encourages cop killing.
Hillary ClintonStrongly favors legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities. Strongly favors affirmative action. Equal pay is not yet equal. Human rights are women’s rights. Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. We’ve come a long way on race, but we have a long way to go.
Ted CruzOpposes legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities. Opposes affirmative action. Disallow Ku Klux Klan from participating in Adopt-A-Highway. Don't empower more lawsuits by demanding equal pay. Supports ending racial preferences for college admissions. NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.
Carly FiorinaFavors legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities. Favors affirmative action.Hired by AT&T after court ordered them to promote more women. Named "Most Powerful Businesswoman", but lists are bad idea. U.S. will be better off when women have equal opportunity. Women professionals are not treated the same as men.
Rand PaulOpposes legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities. Opposes affirmative action.Women won the "war on women": they're no longer downtrodden. Boycott countries that demonize women, like Saudi Arabia. Be aware of those who are missing out on American Dream.
Marco RubioOpposes legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities. Opposes affirmative action. Voted against Paycheck Fairness Act. Incentivize foreign language curriculum in elementary school.
Bernie SandersStrongly favors legally requiring hiring women and minorities. Strongly favors affirmative action. Affirmative Action makes up for past injustice. Until blacks, women, and other minorities are proportionately represented in the upper classes of the economy and the workplace, society owes them a hand up. Government should actively enforce Affirmative Action laws in private companies. NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions.
Donald TrumpOpposes legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities. Neutral on affirmative action. I'm "fine" with affirmative action, for now. Political correctness is country's problem, not my problem.
Roseanne BarrRequire companies to hire more women & minorities.
Affirmative Action PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsAffirmative Action makes up for past injustice. Until blacks, women, and other minorities are proportionately represented in the upper classes of the economy and the workplace, society owes them a hand up. Government should actively enforce Affirmative Action laws in private companies.
FavorsUnder-represented groups should be favored, but perhaps basing results on formal quotas goes too far. Nevertheless, the government should prosecute companies which discriminate against women and minorities.
OpposesAffirmative Action is a noble idea, but should not be enforced by government. Government should enforce an end to racial prejudice, period.
Strongly OpposesAffirmative Action is better described as Reverse Discrimination. Quotas based on race and gender are wrong, whichever race or gender they favor. Under-represented groups should fend for themselves without government intervention.
Jeb BushOpposes same-sex marriage. Don't create gays as another category of victims. Don't-ask-don't-tell ok if it doesn't affect policy. Let businesses express religious freedom against gays. Respect civil unions & same-sex lifetime commitments.
Ben CarsonOpposes same-sex marriage. Constitution protects gays equally, but not marriage. Give gays rights, but not marriage, because it's a choice. Legal binding relationship for gays to enjoy property rights.
Chris ChristieComfortable with homosexuality but opposes same-sex marriage. Disagree with Supreme Court, but gay marriage is law of land. Homosexuality is not a sin; people are born that way. If my kids were gay, I'd give them a hug; but no marriage. Marriage is an institution between one man & one woman.
Hillary ClintonStrongly favors same-sex marriage. Gays deserve domestic partnership benefits. I support gay marriage personally and as law.
Ted CruzStrongly opposes same-sex marriage. Most states can ignore Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. One-man-one-woman marriage is building block of society. Opposes gay pride parades and opposes gay marriage.
Carly FiorinaComfortable with homosexuality but opposes same-sex marriage. Supreme Court overstepped by legalizing same-sex marriage. Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. Marriage is between a man and a woman; but civil unions ok.
Rand PaulComfortable with homosexuality but opposes same-sex marriage. Gay contracts ok, but gay marriage is offensive. Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it. Make federal benefits equal for gay couples. Opposes same-sex marriage. Redefining marriage leads to economic and moral problems.
Marco RubioStrongly opposes gay marriage. Strongly opposes gay marriage.
Bernie SandersStrongly agrees with same-sex marriage. Neither governments nor corporations have any right to decide about sexual preferences. Give same-sex partners the same status as heterosexual partners, and give same-sex marriages the same status as traditional marriage.
Donald TrumpOpposes same-sex marriage. After Supreme Court vote, gay marriage is a reality. No gay marriage; no same-sex partner benefits. Same-sex marriage is a state issue. Tolerate diversity; prosecute hate crimes against gays.
Roseanne BarrStrongly favors same-sex marriage. Support same-sex domestic partnership benefits.
Same-Sex Marriage PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsNeither governments nor corporations have any right to decide about sexual preferences. Give same-sex partners the same status as heterosexual partners, and give same-sex marriages the same status as traditional marriage.
FavorsHomosexuals should be treated with equal respect as other members of society, not treated as criminals. You acknowledge the diversity of our society by including same-sex partners in most or all benefits of heterosexual marriage partners, but civil unions are preferable to using the term 'marriage.'
OpposesHomosexuality is a lifestyle choice, and therefore those who choose it should live by the consequences of their choice. Marriage between a man and a woman is the central institution of American society - we shouldn't do anything that perverts that concept or threatens that ideal.
Strongly OpposesHomosexuality is immoral. You believe that the 'Gay Agenda' seeks to normalize homosexual activity and make it part of the mainstream as 'just another lifestyle.' We must draw the line so that homosexual values are not imposed upon our children.
Jeb BushStrongly favors keeping God in the public sphere. Don't restrict creationism discussion, but don't require it. Focus on abstinence. More government money to religious groups. School prayer OK if prayers are voluntary and student-led.
Ben CarsonStrongly favors keeping God in the public sphere. All religions provide beliefs that make us reasonable. End the "war on God." Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution. National Day of Prayer is a suggestion, not a requirement. PC police make us afraid to say "Merry Christmas"
Chris ChristieOpposes keeping God in the public sphere. Catholicism informs who I am; but not my political decisions. No federal department to promote Judeo-Christian values.
Hillary ClintonOpposes keeping God in the public sphere. Allow student prayer, but no religious instruction. Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. Teach Bible as history & literature; not science or religion. *NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration
Ted CruzStrongly favors keeping God in the public sphere. Defend Judeo-Christian values against liberal fascism. Defend Ten Commandments and "under God" in the Pledge. Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state. Stop IRS from asking: 'tell me the content of your prayers'.
Carly FiorinaNo DataNo Data
Rand PaulFavors keeping God in the public sphere. Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state. Resist government imposing religious views of marriage.
Marco RubioStrongly favors keeping God in the public sphere. Acknowledge God in everything we do & everywhere we go. Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state. Silent on voluntary school prayer.
Bernie SandersStrongly opposes keeping God in the public sphere. NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state.
Donald TrumpNeutral/No OpinionNeutral/No Opinion
Roseanne BarrStrongly opposes keeping God in the public sphere. Oppose teacher-led prayer in public schools.
Religion (Keeping God in Public Sphere) PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsJudeo-Christian values are American values. Belief in God is what America was founded upon, so tax-funding religious organizations, or praying in school, does not violate the separation of church and state. Displaying the Ten Commandments is appropriate because they are the moral basis for Western law. The Pledge of Allegiance should continue to include the phrase "Under God."
FavorsWe need to teach values in our schools and account for our religious values in providing social services. The more our children are exposed to prayer, the Ten Commandments, and other traditional values, the better off they are.
OpposesFaith-based organizations and prayer in schools are inappropriate because they fail to recognize American pluralism and religious diversity.
Strongly OpposesSeparation of church and state precludes allowing school prayer, or providing funding for religious organizations. It also precludes other aspects of religion in government buildings, such as posting the Ten Commandments in public places. We should not violate the Constitutional principle in this case.
Jeb BushOpposes less environmental regulation.
Ben CarsonFavors less environmental regulation.
Chris ChristieFavors less environmental regulation.
Hillary ClintonStrongly opposes less environmental regulation.
Ted CruzFavors less environmental regulation.
Carly FiorinaFavors less environmental regulation.
Rand PaulStrongly favors less environmental regulation.
Marco RubioStrongly favors less environmental regulation.
Bernie SandersStrongly supports more environment regulation.
Donald TrumpStrongly favors less environmental regulation.
Roseanne BarrCorporations befoul our food and water supply.

Domestic Issues

Crime (Criminal Sentencing), Guns, Healthcare/ObamaCare, School Vouchers, Energy, Drugs
CandidatePositionWhat the Candidate Has Said
Jeb BushStrongly favors stricter criminal sentencing. Stricter penalties for drug, sex, & gun offenses. Supports death penalty.
Ben CarsonOpposes stricter criminal sentencing. Develop inner city resources to build alternatives to crime. Equip police with body cameras to avoid abusiveness.
Chris ChristieFavors stricter criminal sentencing. Bail reform: Keep dangerous criminals in jail until trial. Police officers are afraid to enforce the law.
Hillary ClintonOpposes stricter criminal sentencing. Address the unacceptable increase in incarceration. Get body cameras on police; tackle mass incarceration. Give kids after-school activities to prevent gangs. Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance.
Ted CruzStrongly favors stricter criminal sentencing. Supports the death penalty. Fully monitor sexual predators & bring them to justice.
Carly FiorinaStrongly favors stricter criminal sentencing. Supports capital punishment for certain crimes
Rand PaulStrongly opposes stricter criminal sentencing. REDEEM Act: seal non-violent criminal records to allow jobs. Justice cannot occur without a trial, especially minorities. Drones have executed people wrongfully, like death penalty.
Marco RubioStrongly favors stricter criminal sentencing. Endless death row appeals hinder justice. Mandatory life sentence for repeat sex offenders.
Bernie SandersStrongly opposes stricter criminal sentencing. Judicial discretion should not be diminished by formulaic sentencing like 'Three Strikes.' Let judges and juries decide what penalties to apply in each case. The death penalty should be abolished as "cruel and unusual punishment".
Donald TrumpStrongly favors stricter criminal sentencing. Black lives matter, but we need strong police presence. Capital punishment isn’t uncivilized; murderers living is.
Roseanne BarrPrison-military-industrial complex uses slave labor.
Crime PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThree Strikes' laws put dangerous repeat offenders where they belong - behind bars, for life. And the Death Penalty gets rid of them once and for all. Mandatory sentencing and strict enforcement make sure that judges don't let off criminals too easily.
FavorsKeep death penalty and 'Three Strikes' laws on the books because they seem to be effective, but consider ways to deal with special circumstances so we can avoid horror stories of inappropriate imprisonment.
OpposesStrict enforcement of pre-determined sentencing threatens civil rights and should be used cautiously. Police, courts and prisons should focus on effective enforcement rather than strict enforcement. The death penalty should be used with extreme caution, if at all.
Strongly OpposesJudicial discretion should not be diminished by formulaic sentencing like 'Three Strikes.' Let judges and juries decide what penalties to apply in each case. The death penalty should be abolished as "cruel and unusual punishment".
Jeb BushFavors gun rights. Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check. Reduce gun violence and protect 2nd Amendment. Signed first-in-the-nation Stand-Your-Ground law.
Ben CarsonStrongly favors gun rights. 2nd amendment critical in guarding against tyranny. Law-abiding citizens have right to guns without registration. No limits to gun ownership, except in cases of insanity. Semi-automatic weapons ok in countryside, but not cities.
Chris ChristieLimited gun rights. Favors gun control measures from law-enforcement perspective. Gun laws ineffective; focus on mental health. Gun restrictions based on terror watch lists is a state issue. We already have too many firearms in our community.
Hillary ClintonStrongly opposes gun rights. Background check system could prevent Virginia Tech massacre. Get assault weapons & guns off the street. Get weapons off the streets; zero tolerance for weapons. Gun control advocates see Clinton as an ally.
Ted CruzStrongly favors gun rights. 2nd Amendment is ultimate check against government tyranny. NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets.
Carly FiorinaStrongly favors gun rights. Let people on no-fly list purchase guns; it's poorly managed. Strong supporter of Second Amendment gun rights.
Rand PaulStrongly favors gun rights. NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. Oppose laws which would limit the right to gun ownership.
Marco RubioStrongly favors gun rights. 2nd Amendment is a cornerstone of our democracy. Deal with gun violence, but do it constitutionally.
Bernie SandersOpposes gun rights. YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets.
Donald TrumpStrongly favors gun rights. A very strong person on the Second Amendment. Dems and Reps are both wrong on guns. Gun ownership makes US safer, not more dangerous. Gun violence is inevitable; regulations won't help.
Roseanne BarrStrongly favors gun rights. Supports absolute right to gun ownership.
Gun PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe right to bear arms is a basic Constitutional right and expresses the democratic principle of self-defense against tyrannical government. Leave gun rights as they are.
FavorsIt's not the instrument, it's the morality. Gun ownership should not be restricted - most gun owners use them safely and responsibly. To reduce gun-related crimes, address the moral problems of society and other issues.
OpposesThe only "gun right" is to self-defense against criminals and the right to a secure home and a secure person. Tighten registration rules and keep guns away from kids.
Strongly OpposesMore guns mean more killing. Limit availability of guns by whatever means are effective. The 2nd amendment does not mean an unlimited right to any and all firearms.
Jeb BushOpposes ObamaCare. ObamaCare is focused on access; should be focused on quality. Compromised on limiting medical malpractice awards.
Ben CarsonOpposes ObamaCare. Obamacare is about restriction and control. ObamaCare robs you of your ability to control your own life. Free medical care to fix primary care deficit.
Chris ChristieOpposes ObamaCare.Opposes ObamaCare.
Hillary ClintonStrongly favors ObamaCare. Strongly favors ObamaCare.
Ted CruzStrongly Opposes ObamaCareStrongly Opposes ObamaCare
Carly FiorinaStrongly Opposes ObamaCareStrongly Opposes ObamaCare
Rand PaulStrongly Opposes ObamaCareStrongly Opposes ObamaCare
Marco RubioOpposes ObamaCare.Opposes ObamaCare.
Bernie SandersStrongly favors ObamaCare and its expansion. Too few Americans have adequate health insurance. The government should make funds available for more complete coverage, or should expand existing government-run coverage to all citizens. A single-payer system would solve most healthcare problems.
Donald TrumpStrongly Opposes ObamaCareStrongly Opposes ObamaCare
Roseanne BarrMore federal funding for health coverage.
Healthcare/ObamaCare PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsToo few Americans have adequate health insurance. The government should make funds available for more complete coverage, or should expand existing government-run coverage to all citizens. A single-payer system would solve most healthcare problems.
FavorsThe government should provide coverage or subsidize health insurance for at-risk groups such as children and the elderly. Society benefits when more people are covered. Universal health insurance is a good goal, although some market methods can work as well as government systems.
OpposesWhile more thorough health coverage is a noble idea, further health coverage should be promoted through non-government means.
Strongly OpposesNationalized health care would entail a government takeover of a large portion of the economy and undue intrusions into our personal medical histories. Remove the federal government from the health care industry.
Jeb BushStrongly favors school vouchers.
Ben CarsonStrongly favors school vouchers.
Chris ChristieStrongly favors school vouchers.
Hillary ClintonStrongly opposes school vouchers.
Ted CruzStrongly favors school vouchers.
Carly FiorinaStrongly favors school vouchers.
Rand PaulStrongly favors school vouchers.
Marco RubioStrongly favors school vouchers.
Bernie SandersStrongly opposes school vouchers.
Donald TrumpStrongly favors school vouchers.
Roseanne BarrSupports parents choosing schools via vouchers.
School Vouchers PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe government should not be in the business of running schools. State-funded vouchers should pay for privately-run education at private schools, parochial schools, charter schools, home-schooling, or whatever schools parents choose. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" act sets the stage for terminating failing schools.
FavorsSchool choice helps the poor who would otherwise be stuck in failing schools. Why should only the elite be able to afford private school? Subsidize parents' school choices to foster equality, as long as the school respects separation of church and state, and meets basic state standards. Charter schools are a good compromise.
OpposesContinue experimenting with charter schools, and with public school choice, but only as a limited experiment, and no vouchers. We should create pressure to improve our public schools, not abandon them. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" act is an unfunded mandate.
Strongly OpposesPublic schools are an important component of American society. Improve public schools rather than destroying them with vouchers. More teachers, smaller classes, more funding - then parents will choose public schools.
Jeb BushOpposes green energy. Opposes green energy.
Ben CarsonOpposes green energy. Climate debate is distracting and irrelevant. Petroleum independence would deprive terrorists of funding.
Chris ChristieFavors green energy.
Hillary ClintonStrongly favors green energy.
Ted CruzStrongly opposes green energy.
Carly FiorinaOpposes green energy. Pass the Keystone Pipeline even if Obama vetoes it. Supports renewable energy tax credits.
Rand PaulStrongly opposes green energy.
Marco RubioOpposes green energy.
Bernie SandersStrongly favors green energy.
Donald TrumpStrongly opposes green energy.
Roseanne BarrReplace coal & oil with alternatives.
Energy PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsOveruse of fossil fuels causes serious problems that we should deal with immediately by raising carbon taxes, raising CAFE standards, federally funding research into alternative and sustainable energy resources, and push to implement the Kyoto Protocol.
FavorsWe should establish a market-based solution for excess carbon emissions, and the problem will be solved. The Kyoto Protocol should require developing countries' participation to make the solution work.
OpposesThe cost of dealing with global warming is far higher than the potential damage, so we should do nothing. There's some evidence for global warming, but the effects are not certain. We should perhaps sign on to some international agreements, but make only minimal financial commitments for now.
Strongly OpposesThere's no such thing as global warming - it's all natural climatic variation. And if there is a problem, it won't affect us much, and we can deal with the problems as they arise.
Jeb BushStrongly favors stricter drug laws and believes marijuana is a gateway drug.
Ben CarsonStrongly favors stricter drug laws and believes marijuana is a gateway drug.Strongly favors stricter drug laws and believes marijuana is a gateway drug.
Chris ChristieOpposes stricter drug laws and disagrees marijuana is a gateway drug. Opposes stricter drug laws and disagrees marijuana is a gateway drug.
Hillary ClintonOpposes stricter drug laws and disagrees marijuana is a gateway drug.Opposes stricter drug laws and disagrees marijuana is a gateway drug.
Ted CruzOpposes stricter drug laws and disagrees marijuana is a gateway drug. Does not support the legalization of marijuana.
Carly FiorinaOpposes stricter drug laws and no opinion if marijuana is a gateway drug. Believes legalization of marijuana should be left to states.
Rand PaulStrongly opposes stricter drug laws and strongly disagrees marijuana is a gateway drug.
Marco RubioStrongly favors stricter drug laws and believes marijuana is a gateway drug.
Bernie SandersStrongly opposes stricter drug laws.
Donald TrumpNeutral on drug laws. Yes to medical marijuana; otherwise, decide by state
Roseanne BarrRe-write drug laws to be sane and people based.
Drug PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsDrug use is immoral and drugs poison our youth and our society. We should fight the Drug War using all reasonable means - Just Say No!
FavorsThe Drug War is winnable if we invest enough resources. We should do whatever we have to do: More police, more border patrols, more intervention abroad, more prison terms, more prisons.
OpposesWe should have regulated decriminalization. Medical marijuana might be legalized, for example, as might clean hypodermic needles. Our drug policy should be reformed, with less criminal penalties and more drug abuse clinics.
Strongly OpposesThe Drug War should be ended. It has failed, condemning a 'Lost Generation' of blacks and Hispanics to prison and criminal records. End it now like we ended alcohol Prohibition, and organized crime and drug-related crime will decrease like it did when Prohibition ended.

Economic Issues

Stimulus, Taxes, Immigration, Social Security
CandidatePositionWhat the Candidate Has Said
Jeb BushStrongly opposes stimulus policies and thinks a market-led recovery is best.
Ben CarsonStrongly opposes stimulus policies and thinks a market-led recovery is best.
Chris ChristieStrongly opposes stimulus policies and thinks a market-led recovery is best.
Hillary ClintonStrongly favors stimulus policies and thinks stimulus is better than market-led recovery.
Ted CruzStrongly opposes stimulus policies and thinks a market-led recovery is best.
Carly FiorinaStrongly opposes stimulus policies and thinks a market-led recovery is best.
Rand PaulOpposes stimulus policies and thinks a market-led recovery is best.
Marco RubioStrongly opposes stimulus policies and thinks a market-led recovery is best.
Bernie SandersStrongly favors stimulus policies and believes stimulus is better than a market-led recovery.
Donald TrumpStrongly opposes stimulus policies and thinks a market-led recovery is best.
Roseanne BarrFederal Reserve stole our money and our future.
Stimulus PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe federal government should inject as much funding as needed to recuperate from the Great Recession, including direct federal job creation. Nationalization of banks and companies is more appropriate than bailouts.
FavorsThe federal government should institute incentives for private corporations for more hiring, to recuperate from the Great Recession. Funding to "bail out" private companies should be accompanied by rules for corporate behavior and repayment.
OpposesCutting taxes and reducing regulation is the means to recuperate from the Great Recession.
Strongly OpposesThe federal government caused the Great Recession, and keeping out of the economy will end it.
Jeb BushStrongly opposes higher taxes, including on the wealthy.
Ben CarsonStrongly opposes higher taxes, including on the wealthy.
Chris ChristieStrongly opposes higher taxes, including on the wealthy.
Hillary ClintonStrongly favors higher taxes, including on the wealthy.
Ted CruzStrongly opposes higher taxes, including on the wealthy.
Carly FiorinaStrongly opposes higher taxes, including on the wealthy.
Rand PaulStrongly opposes higher taxes, including on the wealthy.
Marco RubioStrongly opposes higher taxes, including on the wealthy.
Bernie SandersStrongly favors higher taxes, including on the wealthy.
Donald TrumpFavor higher taxes for wealthy. End corporate taxes. Lower individual rates. Consider a one-time tax on the wealthy to pay down the debt.
Roseanne Barr48% tax on high income earners is fair.
Tax PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsA progressive income tax is one of the cornerstones of modern society. Its premise is that the wealthy contribute proportionally more than those with lower incomes. That is the right way to run our tax system, and we should keep it that way.
FavorsFlatter taxes benefit the wealthy more than the lower and middle class. We should focus tax relief on the majority of taxpayers instead of on the richest few percent, while preserving important deductions like mortgage interest and charitable donations.
OpposesA Flat Tax would simplify the entire tax system. It would get rid of loopholes that drive tax-avoiding behaviors. And it would remove most deductions and the special interests that come with them. In the meantime, tax cuts benefit the economy in both good economic times and bad economic times.
Strongly OpposesIdeally, the income tax and the IRS should be abolished. Perhaps a national sales tax, like the FairTax, is a good replacement. Lower and flatter taxes are a good first step.
Jeb BushFavors immigration reform. Create a legal status, not a path to citizenship, for undocumented residents. Limit family-related legal immigration.
Ben CarsonOpposes immigration reform. Allow undocumented residents access to a national guest worker program if they leave the country first.
Chris ChristieFavors immigration reform.I've never been opposed to tuition equality for illegals
Hillary ClintonFavors immigration reform.
Ted CruzStrongly Opposes immigration reform. End Obama's illegal amnesty via Congress' checks & balances.
Carly FiorinaElements of both. No comprehensive reform; but yes to DREAM Act. Opposes granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.
Rand PaulFavors immigration reform. Legal status, but not citizenship, for illegal immigrants. See immigrants as assets, not liabilities. We will find a place for illegal immigrants in America.
Marco RubioElements of both. GOP DREAM Act: visas for going to college or military. Green cards after 10 years; secure border; & e-Verify. Legal status, but not citizenship, to migrant's children. No amnesty in any form, not even back-of-the-line.
Bernie SandersStrongly favors immigration reform.
Donald TrumpStrongly opposes immigration reform.
Roseanne BarrSupports illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
Immigration PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsImmigration restrictions are basically racist because they keep out Hispanics and other non-whites. We should reform US immigration laws and use them to increase our diversity and cultural tolerance. Social services should be offered to all residents of the United States regardless of immigration status. Illegal aliens should be offered amnesty if they prove themselves as productive members of society.
FavorsThe government should make few restrictions on immigration. If the number of immigrants is too high, establish an immigration fee and raise it until the number of immigrants is acceptable. Or change the immigration quotas by some other method.
OpposesMaintain legal immigration while enforcing against illegal immigration. Tighten our borders - decrease substantially or stop all immigration so we can address domestic problems.
Strongly OpposesWe should strictly enforce our immigration laws by increasing border patrols, and we should crack down on illegal immigrants already in the US by deportation and by removing all their social benefits. In the long run, we should decrease immigration.
Jeb BushFavors privatizing Social Security.
Ben CarsonStrongly favors privatizing Social Security.
Chris ChristieFavors privatizing Social Security – but do away with it for wealthy.
Hillary ClintonStrongly opposes privatizing Social Security.
Ted CruzStrongly favors privatizing Social Security.
Carly FiorinaFavors privatizing Social Security.
Rand PaulFavors privatizing Social Security.
Marco RubioOpposes privatizing Social Security.
Bernie SandersStrongly opposes privatizing Social Security.
Donald TrumpElements of both. Let people invest their own retirement funds. Social Security isn't an "entitlement"; it's honoring a deal. Cannot change Medicare or Soc.Sec. and still win elections.
Roseanne BarrOppose privatizing Social Security.
Social Security PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsOur retirement funds should not be entrusted to the government. The entire Social Security system should be run instead as we currently run IRAs, Keogh plans, 401(k)'s, and other private pension plans.
FavorsThe Trust Fund might be invested in the stock market or via some other private investment vehicle. Individuals should be given at least some control over how their retirement funds are invested.
OpposesSocial Security should remain under federal control, but you want reforms on how the Trust Fund is handled. In particular, the 'Lockbox Bill' is a good first reform, since it keeps the system secure while avoiding privatization.
Strongly OpposesSocial Security should remain forever under federal control to ensure that all Americans have a secure retirement. The Trust Fund should not be invested in anything like the stock market, since that would introduce undue risk.

Defense & International Issues

Free Trade, Military, American Exceptionalism
CandidatePositionWhat the Candidate Has Said
Jeb BushFavors free trade.
Ben CarsonOpposes free trade. Stop severe trade imbalance via stiff tariffs.
Chris ChristieNeutral. Supports free trade, but distrusts Obama's TPP agreement. Trade mission to Mexico doubles as foreign policy tour.
Hillary ClintonElements of both. Chief advocate for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Global trading system isn't up to standards of fairness. I absorbed new info and changed my mind to oppose TPP.
Ted CruzStrongly favors free trade. Defended Chinese company on intellectual property theft.
Carly FiorinaOpposes free trade. Change rules about outsourcing; current climate forces it.
Rand PaulStrongly favors free trade. China trade improves economy AND makes fight less likely.
Marco RubioStrongly favors free trade. Continue reducing barriers to free and fair trade.
Bernie SandersStrongly opposes free trade.
Donald TrumpElements of both. Embrace globalization and international markets. Foreign companies are taking jobs from US.
Roseanne BarrOpposes expanding free trade.
Trade PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsFree trade is always in the people's interest. We should have open trade with every country in the world. The government has no right to make restrictions on imports or exports. NAFTA, GATT, and the WTO should be expanded and made less restrictive over time. Globalization is good.
FavorsFree trade is in our national interest because it provides economic growth and jobs. We should only restrict free trade when it poses a security risk. Including environmental and labor safeguards are acceptable if they can be successfully negotiated into trade agreements, but should not be used as a pretext to stop trade agreements.
OpposesFree trade should be replaced by fair trade. Free trade is not in our national interest when it poses a risk to job security, causes humanitarian problems overseas, or results in environmental damage. Globalization should focus on benefiting people instead of benefiting multinational corporations.
Strongly OpposesAmericans should buy from other Americans because that creates American jobs. We should restrict trade with any country which costs us jobs or which creates a trade deficit. Globalization is just another means of corporate influence over our society.
Jeb BushStrongly favors robust military.
Ben CarsonStrongly favors robust military.
Chris ChristieStrongly favors robust military.
Hillary ClintonOpposes robust military. Balance lower military & higher diplomacy budget.
Ted CruzStrongly favors robust military.
Carly FiorinaStrongly favors robust military.
Rand PaulSomewhat favors robust military. National defense is important, but no blank check. Put defense spending on the table for reducing budget.
Marco RubioStrongly favors robust military.
Bernie SandersOpposes robust military. Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill.
Donald TrumpStrongly favors robust military.
Roseanne BarrUS out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Military PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsWe have an obligation as the leaders of the world to maintain a strong military. And we have an obligation to our service personnel to pay them adequately.
FavorsWe should consider carefully before making more cuts - for example, base closings have hurt local economies, and reducing military personnel has put pressure on employment.
OpposesBuild smart, not necessarily big. Money is often better spent on issues other than defense. We should cut back on troops stationed abroad and focus on quality of our troops instead of quantity.
Strongly OpposesDefense spending includes huge amounts of pork-barrel spending and should be reduced dramatically. We should change our Defense policy to one of defense, instead of one where we police the world. Pull US troops out of Europe, Japan, Korea, and elsewhere. We are wrong to have a military that is as large as the rest of the world combined.
Jeb BushElements of both. We are leader among equals in community of nations. Supports economic cooperation between US and China.
Ben CarsonStrongly favors American exceptionalism.
Chris ChristieStrongly favors American exceptionalism.
Hillary ClintonOpposes American exceptionalism.
Ted CruzStrongly favors American exceptionalism.
Carly FiorinaFavors American exceptionalism.
Rand PaulElements of both. No isolationism; but don't go abroad seeking enemies. Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty.
Marco RubioFavors American exceptionalism.
Bernie SandersStrongly opposes American exceptionalism.
Donald TrumpStrongly favors American exceptionalism.
Roseanne BarrWe do need a little bit more socialism in America.
American Exceptionalism PositionBelief
Strongly FavorsThe United Nations has too much power; the U.S. should withdraw, or restrict their actions. The same applies to other international institutions.
FavorsUnited States military forces should never serve under other countries' commands; but multinational forces are acceptable under U.S. command. In general, the U.S. should consider her own national interests first, and then act with other nations in accordance with those interests.
OpposesWe can best advance U.S. interests by building alliances and working with other countries on mutual interests. Multilateralism is more effective than unilateralism.
Strongly OpposesThe U.S. is just one country among hundreds; we are an important country but the opinions of others count too. We should not throw our weight around, but should use "soft power" and seek other non-military solutions.

Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy, Israel & Iran, ISIS & Iraq
CandidatePositionWhat the Candidate Has Said
Jeb BushOpposes noninterventionist foreign policy.
Ben CarsonOpposes noninterventionist foreign policy.
Chris ChristieOpposes noninterventionist foreign policy.
Hillary ClintonOpposes noninterventionist foreign policy.
Ted CruzStrongly opposes noninterventionist foreign policy.
Carly FiorinaStrongly opposes noninterventionist foreign policy.
Rand PaulStrongly favors noninterventionist foreign policy.
Marco RubioStrongly opposes noninterventionist foreign policy.
Bernie SandersStrongly favors noninterventionist foreign policy.
Donald TrumpElements of both. Support Israel, our unsinkable Mideast aircraft carrier. Support Russia, but with strings attached. Opposed Iraq war in 2004 & predicted Mideast destabilization. No humanitarian intervention; only to direct threats. Iraq should pick up the tab for their own liberation.
Roseanne BarrOpposes expanding the armed forces.
Jeb BushPro-Israel. No deal with Iran.Cancel any nuclear deal President Obama reaches with Iran. Strengthen ties with Israel.
Ben CarsonSupports Israel. Possible deal with Iran. Congress must be involved in Iran deal. U.S. should listen to and consider Netanyahu’s words.
Chris ChristiePro-Israel. No deal with Iran.End current negotiations with Iran. Strengthen ties with Israel.
Hillary ClintonPro-Palestinian. Nuclear deal with Iran. Work toward a two-state solution. Do not necessarily freeze settlement building. Support framework for nuclear deal. Continue diplomacy efforts and some sanctions.
Ted CruzPro-Israel. No deal with Iran.Strong support for Israel. Increase and toughen sanctions. End current nuclear talks until Congress approves the outlines of a deal.
Carly FiorinaPro-Israel. Possible deal with Iran.Support Israel by breaking off nuclear talks. Verify actions before Iran sanctions are lifted.
Rand PaulPro-Israel, for now. Diplomacy with Iran. Supports aid to Israel but thinks it would be best to phase it out. Sanctions for Iran and diplomacy first.
Marco RubioNo Iran deal. Toughen sanctions. Scrap proposed nuclear deal.
Bernie SandersPro-Palestinian. Nuclear deal with Iran. Supports current talks with Iran. Critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Donald TrumpPro-Israel. No deal with Iran.Calls for closer alliance with Israel. Walk away from nuclear talks. Increase sanctions.
Roseanne Barr"Pro-Israel." Pro-Palestinian. Supports deal with Iran. Pro-Israel but anti Israel's right wing government. Self-determination and right of return for Palestinians. Stop the endless clamoring for war with Iran.
Jeb BushEmbed U.S. trainers with Iraqi troops. No decision yet on whether to send more ground troops. Build new U.S. base in Anbar province.
Ben CarsonThe U.S. should step up its efforts to destroy the Islamic State militant group. Do not “tie” the military’s hands.
Chris ChristieWilling to send U.S. troops. Invading Iraq was a mistake.
Hillary ClintonNo boots on the ground. Use regional troops.
Ted CruzDon’t send U.S. ground troops, yet.
Carly FiorinaArm the Kurds.
Rand PaulArm the Kurds, declare war. Limited troops.
Marco RubioIncrease the president’s power to combat.
Bernie SandersOpposed the Iraq war. Calls for troop withdrawal as soon as possible.
Donald TrumpSend a limited number of combat troops on the ground.
Roseanne BarrNo data