In Part 1 of my two posts entitled It’s Not About the Candidates, It’s About The Parties, I outlined the only three possible situations that could even theoretically exist on 11/9/16: 1) Hillary Clinton won 270 or more electoral votes and is President Elect, 2) Donald Trump won 270 or more electoral votes and is President Elect, or 3) neither Clinton nor Trump won 270 or more electoral votes, which according to the Twelfth Amendment, has moved responsibility for selecting our next President and Vice President to the House of Representatives and Senate, respectively. I also pointed out why regardless of which of these is the outcome, the ultimate result will be the same — i.e., we will have made a choice between two ideological extremes, the tenets of which are expressed in the platforms of the Democrat and Republican parties [I have explained in depth in previous posts to this blog why none of the “alternative candidates” will become President, and why people who vote for anyone other than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton — or who don’t vote — will have unwittingly voted for one of these two candidates].
In Part 2 of those two posts, I included a simple table that boils the “planks” from the platforms of the two parties down to their ideological/philosophical positions on ten issues that I think most people would agree highlight the extremes of their two ideologies. Click on this link to display that table: Party Philosophy Comparison. To access the full party platforms themselves [which I suggest in the table that you also read], follow these links: Democrat Party Platform; Republican Party Platform.
I have repeated here these brief excerpts from those posts simply to emphasize yet again how important it is for voters to 1) understand what a clear ideological / philosophical choice we have at this time, 2) decide for themselves which of these choices most closely aligns with their own worldview and value system, 3) let that guide their voting decision [not the personalities and shortcomings of the candidates], and 4) VOTE.
Charles M. Jones