The Next U.S. President: Whose Choice Is It?

The Next U.S. President: Whose Choice Is It?

Lauren PesinWednesday,28 October 2015

You’d think listening to most mass media that the next U.S. President will be determined by how many people with vaginas vote; who loves “The Trump”; and which side holds the majority vote on “Planned Parenthood”.

Although some truth may reside in that opinion, my original thought is that issues matter.  Not only do the issues of the day matter to me, but I want  to know if “the issues” (such as immigration and the economy) will determine who the next U.S. President will be.

My research indicates multiple answers and outcomes. The overall answer varies depending on who you are. The hot issues for the 2016 election include: immigration, same-sex marriage, education, taxes, economy, health care, climate change, foreign policy, the environment, terrorism, race relations, and the Keystone pipeline.

I can’t tell you how many times people, one, assume I’m voting for Hillary because I’m a female; and two, assume I’m voting for Hillary because she’s a female. Quite frankly it’s borderline offensive because the Presidential candidates of 2016 (just like all those that came before, including Obama) are defined by more than gender or race.  As I will be voting for candidates based on what they “stand for,” I think other voters will too.

Will some people vote for Hilary because she’s a woman? Yes. Will people vote for Trump because he’s accidentally hilarious (actually ridiculous), has laughable hair (that waves hello), or because he says stupid thinks like:

Sadly, the answer is “yes”.

With the circus continuing to stage the cast of candidates, is there any indication who will win the Presidency?

The answer at least for the moment indicates the voting blocs of single white women and Hispanic voters may be the key. Go girl power! If that’s the case, the Democratic party (likely Hillary Clinton) is poised to win the Presidency. If immigration, health care, and human rights drive the voters, then the Democratic Party will be successful.

Alternatively, if you ignore polling and apply a data model to predict the next President, then a Republican will win. Please, not Trump!

Another perspective — one that I tend to believe — is that nobody knows how people will actually vote until voting day.

In the end, we have a multitude of choices, among them: we can vote our preference and wait and see what happens; we take a more active approach and try to influence the outcome by rallying support for a candidate using the political process to sway the largest voting blocs; or we can do nothing, ignoring the mass media and imminent replacement of the commander-in-chief.

You have a choice. Choose wisely.

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