In this election (November 8), we are making decisions that will be critical to the future of our nation for years to come. Yes, the people we select are important; but the ideas they support are even more important because the elected will be making moral, legal, economic, education, national security, and other policy decisions that will remain in place long after those individuals leave office.
Tony Perkins of Family Research Council Action, in September, wrote to supporters:
“Never in our lifetime, and perhaps never in a century or more, have the two major American parties presented such a starkly opposite vision for our nation’s future.
“And yes, platforms do matter. In a way, the party platform matters more than the specific candidate. Many times over the decades, we have seen candidates win office and then shift gears. But at the same time, we have seen the platform of the winning party shape the legislation that comes to life in Congress [or state legislature] and becomes the law of the land during that administration.
“This is the best-kept secret in American governance…a fact of political life that gets very little attention in the media. They hype the “personality politics” of an election and leave the party platforms in the shadow, largely ignored. Yet the platforms have a way of guiding our decisions—shaping our future—impacting generations to come.…
“Many conservatives are openly stating that they intend to ‘sit out’ this election because they’re not happy with the presidential candidates. This thinking is dangerous, and if not corrected, it will be disastrous. The next four years—and beyond—are on the line.”
It is vital that each voter understands the ideological position of the candidates, which is represented by the platform of the party under whose banner he is running. To learn about some significant differences between the Democrat and Republican platforms, go to the “2016 Election” tab, where you will find such a comparison, along with links to some non-partisan voter guides.
Educate yourself before you vote, and share your knowledge with others.