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The Republican candidate, Attorney General Abbott will fight to uphold the long, traditional family values of Texas. Abbott's goal is to preserve our Constitutional right to bear arms, enforce illegal immigration laws as a strong opponent of amnesty for illegal aliens, the reduction of taxes, as well as those deemed to be unconstitutional, the sanctity of life, and reducing state spending on government programs. He plans to increase the quality of education in state schools, as well as the use of technology in the classroom.
The Democratic candidate, Senator Wendy Davis, her campaign is centered on ensuring that all Texans receive equal opportunity in terms of employment, women's healthcare, and equal treatment by the government. Her belief is that the government should have the incentive to counteract these problems by increasing spending and regulation in such areas. She has received national attention for her efforts in her senatorial filibuster for introducing a controversial women's healthcare bill, along with laws concerning abortion rights.
The Green Party candidate, Parmer's objective is to bolster the economy of the state of Texas, increase levels of security of the Texas borders, rail lines, and airport security. a strong proponent on the preservation of the environment, he places emphasis on the effects of global warming, greenhouse emissions, cleaner air and water, and the preservation of species and wildlife. As well as showing support for the balancing of the state budget system and promoting job expansion across the state.
Which Candidate's Ideologies Correlate the Most to That of Your Own?
Frequently Asked Questions and Common Voting Misconceptions
Q: ''Why would MY vote matter? I'm only one person.''
A: While, it may feel very true that in a population of millions of voters, it may very easily seem that one single vote cannot make a difference in the outcome of an election. The main goal of your political participation is not voting merely for the purpose of deciding the outcome of an election, but to voice your individual, personal views pertaining to the subject matter. The main reason why students should be exercising their right to vote is to take a stand on issues that matter to them, allowing their voices to be heard by legislators, and acquiring that feeling of accomplishment that they have expressed their concern over the issues. After all, it is true that every vote is important and every vote counts in determining the end result of an election.
Q: ''None of the candidates share my personal, political ideologies''
A: It is crucial that students be made aware of the fact that in midterm and national elections, they not only vote for the specific gubernatorial or presidential candidates, but also for a variety of other issues, such as banning or allowing fracking in their county, regulations on purchasing liquor, restrictions regarding firearms, and voting for individuals for other numerous governmental positions. Though they may not agree with everything the candidate has to offer, it is wise to make the best decision on choosing a candidate that most closely resembles the views of the voter.
It has been determined by the Campus Vote Project that '''well over a quarter of college students reported in 2010 that they did not register to vote because they did not know where or how to register or they missed the deadline.'' This fact means that we have a duty to inform them of the importance of registering to vote.
In many cases, ''apathy isn't the issue with getting college students to the polls. In 2010, less than 13 percent of college students said the reason they didn't vote was because they were not interested.'' This means that we ought to do everything in our power to convince these sort of students to realize just how critical their political involvement happens to be, as well as they should show interest in the one thing that ultimately affects their living situation.
Where do your Ideologies Lie on the Political Spectrum?
Do you think that you might be ideologically conservative, liberal, or moderate? By learning more about exactly what constitutes these ideologies, it will help you to discover where your beliefs lie. Generally speaking, conservatives typically associate themselves with the Republican platform, while liberals tend to identify with the Democratic platform. Moderates usually fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, with views that are usually a combination of conservative and liberal ideologies.
1. Generally favor low taxes and reductions in spending
2. Advocate a strong national defense program
3. Disapprove of excessive federal legislative intervention regarding social and civil rights programs.
4. Support one's constitutional right to bear arms.
5. Tend to support appropriate punishments for criminals and law enforcement
6. Usually support the sanctity of life and considered pro-life.
1. Generally call for the raising of taxes for corporations, upper-income Americans, and believe that doing so would stimulate the economy.
2. Typically favor peaceful relations with other nations, offering a ''laissez-faire'' or let it be approach to foreign policy.
3. Belief that the government has the job of correcting ''social wrongs'' and advocate reform in this respect.
4. Likely to be proponents of gun control regulation, providing for stricter gun laws in order to protect citizens of the danger of firearms.
5. Tend to focus more on correcting the problems that lead to crime than performing the appropriate punishments for criminals.
6. Tend to be pro-choice.
With some general stances of those holding these ideologies, this may help you to better discover your own personal beliefs regarding these issues and to find the platform you might identify yourself with.