Whether you know it or not we are driven to vote for a particular candidate by party, person or policy. In an ideal world most of us would vote based on the policies of on an individual and how we believe it helps society as a whole.
As you know, we live in anything but the ideal world.
Studies show that most people vote the person. You like the person and project him or her to be the buddy sitting next to you on the bar stool, coffee shop or tailgate. The psychology of fandom is simply projecting ideal traits on the person we idolize.
A good portion of us vote in our own self-interests. That could encompass the person or policy depending on self-interests that particular election cycle. That’s why most young people vote for Democrats. They want a free education, free food, free money, free anything. And that’s why most people older than 30 vote Republican because they realize there is no such thing as free anything when you are paying taxes.
There are zealots who will always vote the party line regardless of what sordid facts exist about the party’s standard bearer. How else can you explain feminists cheering for Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Maxine Waters while ignoring Nikki Haley, Sarah Sanders Huckabee, and Sarah Palin. This explains why people can vote for President Trump, President Obama, and President Nixon, while ignoring solid human beings like Ben Carson, and…and…well, no other good human being in politics comes to mind right now but you get my point.
The mid-terms elections are tomorrow and we know a few things. Both parties care nothing about us or the country. They only care about getting our votes. Looking at the landscape, most of the people in congress, the senate, and the white house are horrid human beings. In fact, it’s a stretch to refer to them as human beings.
So that leaves policy. If you are a typical American you do not read the policy papers most candidates author. You don’t research the incumbents’ voting records. And you probably do not completely understand the issues. After all, how exciting can researching NAFTA be? We take shortcuts. If our present life is better today than it was with the previous administration than we presume the policies are working and vice versa. That’s not necessarily a scientific way of doing it but what the heck.
President Trump was and is not my candidate or preferred choice to be president. But when you strip away the personality and look at the record, the truth is he has been quite successful. His policies have led to the lowest unemployment numbers ever for Hispanic and black Americans, and one of the lowest numbers for women.
During his time in office, the economy is booming with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growing above a three percent rate. The unemployment rate is near a 50-year low and the stock market has jumped 27 percent.
With that report card, it’s safe to say his policies are working. If you like constitutional justices than you are happy with his choices for federal justices and supreme court justices. If you favor legal immigration than you are a fan of his position on illegal immigration.
I prefer a government that enables progress but stays out of the way of people. I want a government that drives innovation, not regulation. And finally, I want a government that fosters self-reliance, not dependence.
Can any government achieve that? No. So I simply vote for the person I think has the best policy regardless of the party.
I came across a terrific and comprehensive guide to Election Night 2018 written by Josh Kutner, a sophomore at George Washington University. It is a must read for anyone interested in politics but not able to keep up with so many races. Kutner does a fantastic job of breaking down the races.