The 2016 Presidential Election is upon us, and American Citizens continue to battle with the decision of who will be the next President of the United States, it’s important to analyze and understand the stance each viable candidate has held on particular issues that could highly influence the future of our country and its relations with the rest of the world.
Donald Trump, Republican Nominee
Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, has offered a controversial perspective on the election through his extreme stances on issues such as abortion rights, gun laws, immigration, foreign policy, and so on. In regards to his stance on immigration, he wants to build a border at the wall between Mexico and the United States and deport all Muslims. He wants to enforce the system that allows immigrants to enter our country, as he believes they are flowing in illegally “like water.”
While Trump is pro-life, he also believes in de-funding planned parenthood after hearing controversial rumors that they sell babies body parts. While this was debunked, and statistically it is known that abortions only make up 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides, he still continues to believe that abortions can be performed merely days before the due date of the child (another belief that is also incorrect). He supports the right to the second amendment to bear arms, and wants to “clean up the streets,” of violent criminals and provide a stronger array of mental health services to those who are in need.
In Foreign policy, Trump has proclaimed he wants to “make American safe again,” by destroying what he believes to be radical Islam. Although he wants to end the nuclear deal with Iran, he has also very casually and openly talked about using Nuclear weapons as a form of war. When analyzing his stance on taxes, he wants to cut the business rate by 15 percent and reduce the individual rates in three percentage brackets – 12, 25 and 33 percent.
While Trump himself noted that, “he knows a lot of wealthy people who aren’t paying their taxes and it’s unfair,” he himself has admitted to not paying his own, which he noted makes him “smart.” In 2014, Trump’s stance on global warming was that it was, “an expensive hoax,” but has since changed his perspective, noting that “all individuals deserve clean air and water.”
Hillary Clinton, Democratic Nominee
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presidential Nominee, has offered perspective on issues that similarly reflect those of President Obama. While her deleted email controversy has given uprise to Trump’s label of “Crooked Hillary,” she arguably has a strong political background and a deeper understanding of the issues at hand. Clinton believes we need to have a comprehensive immigration reform that leads to a path of equal citizenship, rather than deport individuals. In regards to abortion, she believes that the government has no right to interfere with a woman’s body and her choices over it.”
Her stance on gun laws shows the staggering statistic that over 33,000 people in America are killed by guns each year, and that in order to fix this problem, we must close the loophole on gun purchases and provide stronger background checks for those who wish to purchase weapons. When speaking on taxes, Clinton notes that “the wealthy pay the least amount of taxes,” and that America needs to provide tax relief for those who suffer in poverty and for middle-class Americans.
Clinton stands for an affordable college curriculum and higher focus on providing a world-class education to all students. For her stance on crime and safety, she argues that we must end mass incarceration and put body cameras on police for higher accountability access.
On Foreign policy, Clinton differs from her Republican opponent. She never references wanting to end “radical Islam,” as we see Trump proclaiming, but rather wants to, “maintain a cutting-edge military, strengthen our alliances and be firm with our rivals, defeat ISIS, and enforce the Iran nuclear deal.” While many are still looming under the uncertainty of her potential presidency after 30,000 of her emails were released from a private server, the investigation has since been “debunked.”
Clinton continues to hold a strong stance that supports “quality, affordable health care for all American Citizens, and hopes to increase American Energy by expanding the use of solar power energy to half a billion panels by 2020. She also believes that “supporting [our] veterans is a sacred responsibility” and plans to provide veterans with world-class health care and increase education opportunities in order to prevent veteran homelessness and suicide.
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Presidential Nominee
Johnson, who accepted the nomination at the 2016 Libertarian Party National Presidential Nominating Convention in Orlando this past May, has a stance on political issues that both align and directly differ from both the Democratic and Republican nominee. When addressing concerns of education, Johnson thoroughly believes that it is in the best interest of young, learning minds to to move control of K-12 education from the federal level to the local and state level. On the topic of the American economy, he blames both idealized parties on the 20-trillion dollar deficit in national debt. In correlation, he opposes increasing taxes, especially on wealthy individuals, and hopes to keep the minimum wage at its current standing.
While he does note a belief in climate change, he doesn’t think rules and regulations should be implemented to slow it down if they will affect the current economy. On Foreign policy, he does not want to expand on military advancements and to instead focus on domestic partnerships. He is an opponent of gun control, he strongly supports all uses of marijuana and states that, “government should stay out of individuals healthcare concerns,” when addressing commentary on abortions and, from his perspective, a failed Obamacare campaign.
Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Nominee
Stein believes in raising taxes for wealthy individuals and wants to cut taxes for poor and middle class Americans. She opposes unwarranted government surveillance, strongly supports the legalization of marijuana, and wants to guarantee tuition-free public education from pre-school to college for all American citizens. On climate change, Stein hopes to end the use of fossil fuels and begin a transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy use by 2030.
On health issues, Stein would like to make free healthcare available to all in a “Medicare for All” program that requires no co-pays, premiums or deductibles. By eliminating private health insurance, she hopes to reduce prescription drug prices and the overall costs that are often associated with healthcare. For criminal justice, she opposes jailing youth and would like to end the death penalty. She wants to cut military spending by 50 percent and cut off foreign aid to nations she deems to be “human rights abusers,” which consists of allies such as Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.