I'm hearing “lesser of two evils” alot this election. I sense angst and confusion. Its unfortunate that the media-driven barrage of “facts” becomes noise in our heads that makes our vision cloudy. My reaction to the onslaught of news cycle hype is to go back to basics—our values. How do the different political parties translate those values into a platform for candidates?
A google search of the Democratic, Tea Party, and Constitution Parties can clarify how your personal values are translated into principles by the parties. Specifically, how do the three (plus one bogus) candidates running for Ohio's 2nd Congressional District differ according to party affiliation? Which candidate's party values match your own?
William R. Smith--Although he has a D beside his name on the ballot, Smith is not a Democrat. He is an impostor hijacker of the Democratic vote. This fraud needs to stop right here, right now.
Brad Wenstrup—Tea Party. This party has 15 core beliefs that include “sacred” gun ownership, pro-domestic employment, downsizing government, elimination of special interests and deficit spending, reducing personal and business income tax, strong military, and traditional family values. For the core beliefs see http://www.teaparty.org/about-us/
Jim Condit, Jr.--Write-in for Constitution Party. “The goal of the Constitution Party is to restore American Jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the Federal Government to its Constitutional boundaries.” “We fully support well regulated militias organized at the state level.” “We oppose any Federal control over the education of children”. “We call for abolishing the Department of Energy”. “We reject the notion that homosexuals, transgenders, or those who are sexually deviant are deserving of legal favor or special protection...” For the seven principles (and links to the full platform) see https://www.constitutionparty.com/our-principles/seven-principles/
Janet Everhard MD—Write-in for Democratic Party. The preamble to the party platform says “we believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.” “...We are stronger when our economy works for everyone”. “...a good education is a basic right of all Americans”. “We believe in helping Americans balance work and family...and in guaranteeing equal pay for women.” “We believe that climate change poses a real and urgent threat...” “We are stronger and safer when America brings the world together and leads with principle and purpose”. “Democrats are the party of inclusion...diversity is not our probem--it is our promise.” “We believe in protecting civil liberties and voting rights...” For the full platform see https://www.demconvention.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Democratic-Party-Platform-7.21.16-no-lines.pdf
With the addition of the write-in candidates, the 2nd District race now allows voting your values. Every voter should be able to choose a candidate that can truly represent YOU!