The Difficult Decision of 2016

Illustration of Trump Vs Clinton

The 2016 election will change the face of the United States in November. There are a lot of “firsts” this year, and voters seem to be fed up with their options.

Democrats voted in Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and wife of former president Bill Clinton.

Republicans chose Donald Trump, billionaire businessman, as their presidential nominee.

A Clinton presidency would mark the first time a woman won the presidency in the United States. If Trump wins the election, it would mark unknown territory for a president that has no political experience.

Voters flocked to Bernie Sanders for president, but the Vermont Senator did not beat Clinton in the primaries. Sanders voters will need to vote for Clinton if she has a chance to beat Trump to win the election, and despite Sanders’ pleas to back Clinton, his supporters have stated that they will not “fall in line.”

Recent polls show Trump gaining traction or surpassing Clinton in many states she was previously leading.

The difficult decision arises for voters that want change, and this is perhaps the main reason we’re seeing a billionaire businessman nominated on the Republican side. A look at the two candidates shows the stark differences between the two:

Democrat Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton IllustrationHillary Clinton first won an elective office position in 2001, but she first stepped into the White House as the First Lady during her husband’s presidency between 1993 and 2001. Clinton held the following positions:

  • Senator from 2001 – 2009
  • Secretary of State from 2009 – 2013

Clinton is a well-educated candidate from Chappaqua, New York. She only held an elected position for 8 years, whereas most presidents hold an elected position for 15 years. Clinton received her BA from Wellesley College and attended Yale University, leading into her time as an attorney for the Rose Law Firm.

Clinton would be the first woman president of the United States. Policies for individuals that she backs are:

  • Abortion being a woman’s right
  • Legal requirements to hire women and minorities
  • Same-sex marriage (something she had discouraged in the past)
  • Keeping goods in the public
  • Expanding healthcare
  • Prioritizing green energy
  • Higher taxes for the wealthy

Clinton disagrees with:

  • Expanding the military
  • Privatizing social security
  • Absolute right to own a gun
  • EPA regulations are too restrictive

The issue with Clinton for voters is that recent polls show voters believe Clinton is dishonest. Clinton has been caught in repeated lies, some of which include:

  • Her private email practices being legal
  • Never sending or receiving classified material on her private server
  • Healthcare costs are at their lowest level in 50 years

The list of lies from Clinton can continue. Major concerns were amplified after DNC leaked emails showed the DNC worked to elect Clinton and undermine the Sanders’ campaign. Clinton has also been linked to taking money for favors. The issue is being investigated by authorities.

Voters believe the current path of the country will proceed under Clinton. Changing the mind of Sanders’ voters will be an issue for Clinton moving forward. She needs these voters to win, and many feat that some of Sanders’ supporters plan to vote for Jill Stein as a third-party candidate or Trump.

Republican Donald Trump

illustration of Donald Trump with We Will Make America Great Again
July 27, 2016: Illustration showing Republican Party presidential president 2016 candidate Donald John Trump set inside circle with words “We will make America Great Again” done in stencil retro art style. Licensed from BigStock Photo

Donald Trump is a complete unknown in the world of politics. The outspoken billionaire funded his road to the nomination using his own wealth, and voters best know him for his reality television shows.

Trump is a proven businessman with a questionable background following several bankruptcies.

The billionaire appeals to voters that want something different. Trump has not been afraid to call for drastic actions, including building a wall between Mexico and the United States as well as strict restrictions and deportations of Muslims in the United States.

Policies that Trump strongly agrees with are:

  • Keep god in the public space
  • EPA regulations being too restrictive
  • Stricter punishment reduces crime
  • Right to gun ownership
  • Higher taxes on the wealthy (more on that below)
  • Privatizing social security
  • Expanding the military

Trump made waves when he said, “For the wealthy, I think frankly, it’s going to go up. And you know what? It really should go up,” when discussing taxes. The billionaire backtracked less than a week later, stating that his top tax rate of 25% would probably need to be higher. The current top tax rate is 39.6%.

Policies Trump strongly disagrees with are:

  • Supporting free trade
  • Easier pathways to citizenship
  • Prioritizing green energy
  • Expanding healthcare
  • Same-sex marriage

A major concern for voters is Trump denying climate change. The businessman is considering Harold Hamm, an oil and gas executive with a focus on fracking, as his energy secretary, which raised a few eyebrows.

Trump and Clinton are both known for flip-flopping on issues. An issue that should concern voters is that Trump backed Clinton previously. “I like her, and I like her husband,” he said in an interview. Trump has stated that he and the Clintons have been good friends for many years.

The billionaire has changed his tune, and Clinton has been caught in many lies leading up to the election, too.

The former First Lady was under two federal investigations during the campaign trail, which should concern voters, too. We’re seeing a lot of firsts in the 2016 election, and at this point, it‘s anyone’s guess who will win the presidency.

Jacob Maslow is the founding editor of Conservative Free Press and has established over a dozen online news sites, including several in Thailand, Russia, Turkey and other areas where the government restricts the press.

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 Jacob Maslow is passionate about writing. For more than ten years, he's used that passion to transform the web presence of a number of legal and medical professionals in creative, innovative and effective ways that get them noticed in a crowded field. Jacob is originally from Brooklyn. He packed up his five children and made Aliyah in 2014. Jacob's experience and varied interests lend themselves to a diverse palette of topics ranging from technology, marketing, politics, social media, ethics, current affairs, family matters and more. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys being an active member of social media including groups on Facebook and taking in the latest movies. 
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