Non-Trump Candidates You Should Give a Shit About

Non-Trump Candidates You Should Give a Shit About

With a ridiculous amount of media attention on foot face aka Donald Trump, I feel like his gigantic orange face and its associated dramas are blocking everyone's view of the bigger picture.

The question that’s being asked is: Who is the best candidate to run America?

Non-Trump Candidates You Should Give a Shit About

Whether you’re an Aussie like me, or a US citizen who will be voting, this is an election which affects everyone. In light of this, I’ve put together a synopsis of other candidates and their ideologies, policies and track record so you can get educated about who you would actually want to run America and what it might mean for you if they win.

 

The Democrats

SIDENOTE: Kindlings doesn't necessarily align with any particular party. However as a disclaimer, our principles are generally more liberalist in nature.

 

Bernie Sanders - United States Senator (Vermont)

Bernie Sanders
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a continuation of disastrous trade policies which have cost this country millions of decent-paying jobs and have led to a race to the bottom.
— Bernie Sanders on the trans-pacific partnership

Which party: Democratic Party

Key policies, philosophies, ideologies:

  • Wants to enact a single-payer healthcare system through Medicare for all
  • Wants to make public college tuition-free for everyone by taxing financial transactions
  • Wants to raise payroll, estate and corporate income taxes
  • Known for not taking money from corporations to fund his campaign
  • American liberalism, modern liberalism, progressivism

Prominent supporters?  Sarah Silverman, Spike Lee, Neil Young, Mark Ruffalo, Will Ferrell, Susan Sarandon

Believes in: Abortion as an unrestricted women’s right, legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities, same-sex marriage, making voter registration easier, expanding ObamaCare, prioritising green energy, economic stimulus is better than market-led recovery, higher taxes on wealthy citizens, there should be a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, avoiding foreign entanglements

Against: Keeping God in the public sphere, easing EPA regulations, stricter punishment to reduce crime, vouchers for school choice, the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug, privatising social security, supporting and expanding free trade, expanding the military, supporting American Exceptionalism

On the fence about: Absoloute right to gun ownership

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton - Former Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton.jpg
If we really want to strengthen families, then we have to finally, once and for all, have to fix our broken immigration system.
— Hillary Clinton on immigration

Which party: Democratic Party

Key policies, philosophies, ideologies:

  • Opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement
  • Opposes Keystone XL pipeline
  • Wants to raise taxes on capital gains held for one to six years
  • American liberalism, modern liberalism, progressivism

Prominent supporters? Lena Dunham, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Robert De Niro, Magic Johnson, Pharrell

Believes in: Abortion as an unrestricted women’s right, legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities, same-sex marriage, making voter registration easier, expanding ObamaCare, prioritising green energy, Economic stimulus is better than market-led recovery, higher taxes on wealthy citizens, there should be a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Against: Keeping God in the public sphere, easing EPA regulations, stricter punishment to reduce crime, absoloute right to gun ownership, vouchers for school choice, the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug, privatising social security, supporting and expanding free trade, expanding the military, supporting American Exceptionalism, avoiding foreign entanglements


The other side: Republicans

SIDENOTE: Naturally, being liberalists in our ideologies, Kindlings doesn't really support Republicans in general. However for the sake of educating yourself and understanding what policies might be put in place if a republican wins, here’s what Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich look like. They might still probably be better than Trump, sadly.

 

Ted Cruz    - United States Senator (Texas)

Ted Cruz
You don’t get rid of the bad guys by getting rid of our guns. You get rid of the bad guys by using our guns.
— Ted Cruz on gun control

Which party: Republican Party

Key policies, philosophies, ideologies:

  • Opposes the Export-Import Bank
  • Opposes ethanol subsidies through the renewable fuel standard
  • Wants states to be able to have their own definitions on marriage
  • Conservatism, fiscal conservatism, social conservatism

Prominent supporters? Justin Bieber, Chuck Norris, Mike Lee, Mark Levin

Believes in: Keeping God in the public space, reducing EPA regulations, stricter punishment as a way to reduce crime, absolute right to gun ownership, vouchers for school choice, privatising social security, supporting and expanding free trade, expanding the military, supporting American Exceptionalism,

Against: Abortion as a women’s unrestricted right, legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities, same-sex marriage, expanding ObamaCare, prioritising green energy, the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug, economic stimulus is better that market-led recovery, higher taxes on the wealthy, a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, avoiding foreign entanglements

On the fence about: Making voter registration easier

 

Marco Rubio - United States Senator (Florida)

Marco Rubio
We can’t background-check them. You can’t pick up the phone and call Syria, and that’s one of the reasons why I’ve said we won’t be able to take more refugees. It’s not that we don’t want to, it’s that we can’t.
— Marco Rubio on Syrian refugees

Which party: Republican Party

Key policies, philosophies, ideologies:

  • Wants to reform the tax code into two brackets at 15 percent and 35 percent. Would eliminate many tax credits and deductions but create an additional child tax credit of $2,500
  • Wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with refundable tax credits for purchasing health insurance. Would let insurance be sold across state lines
  • Wants to undo the sequestration budget cuts on defense and use funds to "modernize our forces."
  • Conservatism, fiscal conservatism, social conservatism

Prominent supporters? Bob Dole, Bobby Jindal, Donnie Wahlberg, George Pataki, Larry Ellison, Jim Inhofe, Mia Love, Rick Harrison (Pawn Stars), Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

Believes in: Keeping God in the public space, lessening EPA regulations, making voting registration easier, vouchers for school choice, the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug, supporting and expanding free trade, expanding the military, supporting American Exceptionalism

Against: Abortion as a women’s unrestricted right, legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities, same-sex marriage, expanding ObamaCare, prioritising green energy, economic stimulus is better that market-led recovery, higher taxes on the wealthy, a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, privatising social security, avoiding foreign entanglements

 

John Kasich - Ohio Governor

John Kasich
I think there are things we can do to protect the environment. We should. But we shouldn’t worship the environment.
— John Kasich on climate change

Which party: Republican party

Key policies, philosophies, ideologies:

  • Wants to lift budget sequestration caps on military spending, while cutting waste in the Pentagon
  • Wants states to be responsible for all health insurance regulation
  • Supports ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood, but doesn’t want to shut down the government over it
  • Conservatism, fiscal conservatism, social conservatism

Prominent supporters? Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charles Barkley, Christine Todd Whitman, Pat Tiberi, Ray LaHood, Rob Portman, Robert Bentley, Steve Stivers, Tim Allen, Urban Meyer

Believes in: Legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities, keeping God in the public sphere, making voter registration easier, stricter punishment as a way to reduce crime, absolute right to gun ownership,vouchers for school choice, the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug, privatising social security, supporting and expanding free trade, supporting American Exceptionalism

Against: Abortion as an unrestricted women’s right, expanding ObamaCare, prioritising greeen energy, economic stimulus is better than market-led recovery, higher taxes on the wealthy, a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, expanding the military, avoiding foreign entanglements

On the fence about: Same-sex marriage, EPA regulations being too restrictive

 

What should you do  you do with this information?

 If you’re an American citizen, you probably know a lot more about this than me, but I guess the obvious thing is to do some more research, vote for someone you think will make America better and shout from the rooftops for your friends and family to do the same.

If you’re like me, and living elsewhere, whilst you may not have the power to vote, and the election has less direct impact on you, it’s still hugely important for you to understand and educate yourself on the consequences you face depending on who wins. Figure out where you stand and continue ignoring foot face.

Still trying to figure out where you stand? You can browse through policy stances and find out more about the 2016 presidential candidates here.

 
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