POLITICAL PARTIES IN THE USA
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© November 2016, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
This article discusses four political parties. Other parties exist, but they are so small they count for little at this time. For each, I will discuss their policies, history and evolution, and religious orientation.
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
HISTORY AND EVOLUTION. The Republican Party was founded in the 1840s as the anti-slavery party because the other major parties, including the Democratic Party, were all pro-slavery.
At this time, the conflict over slavery was heating up in the United States. People were looking for an alternative to the pro-slavery parties because they knew that slavery was tearing the nation apart. They also knew it had to end, even if it meant a war between the states.
The Republican Party fulfilled this need. It offered a new vision for America based upon the original ideas of liberty and justice for all.
For its first 20 years, the Republicans were a small party. They won only minor political victories, mostly in the North of the nation where slavery was already illegal.
The first major victory was the election of Lincoln as president of the United States in 1860. For this reason, the Republican Party is known as the party of Abraham Lincoln and the party of liberty.
In fact, Abraham Lincoln did not win a majority of the popular vote. He won the election because the vote was split three ways, and because he was an amazing man. He was a sound thinker and a great speaker. If he were alive today, he would remind some people of Ronald Reagan – a man who could communicate with the people.
Besides managing the Civil War, which was quite a feat, the eloquence and wisdom of Abraham Lincoln built up the Republican Party and converted it from a tiny splinter party into a major political party.
The split. Today, the Republican Party is deeply split in America. The reason is that the leadership of the party has been taken over by communist forces, while the rank and file members are still very pro-the Constitution, pro-religion, and pro-liberty.
Communism is a theory that history consists of a struggle between classes of people. The theory includes the need for a dictatorship to set things straight.
Until this year, 2016, the leadership prevented any presidential candidate from running under the Republican banner who was not at least somewhat oriented toward communist principles or able to be controlled in this direction. We hope Donald Trump is an exception, and this remains to be seen.
POLICIES. The Republican Party is the most conservative, centrist, Constitutional and Judeo Christian-oriented of the large parties of the United States.
Is it “right wing”? Republicans are often accused of being a “right wing” party. This is not true. It is a centrist party. This means that its platform and doctrines are in the center – neither “left wing” nor “right wing”.
The words “right wing” in politics refers to ultra-religious, theocratic parties and dictatorships such as the governments of Iran and some other Middle Eastern nations. The Republican Party of America is nowhere close to these. For more on this topic, read Politics – Right And Left on this website.
Natural rights. Republicans believe in natural rights. This is a basic doctrine found in the Declaration Of Independence and Constitution of the United States.
It declares that all citizens have rights that go beyond the reach of any government, including the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This position is not shared by the Democratic Party or the Green Party.
The rule of law. The Republican Party strongly supports the rule of law, a basic principle of a republican form of government. The rule of law means that all citizens are treated equally under one set of written laws that are made public for all to see.
Its opposite is called “the rule of men”, in which judges, kings or others arbitrarily decide what will be the rules and laws, and hand out justice based upon whim.
Justice. Justice is defined as the way a society judges what is the fairest and best way to resolve disputes. The Republican Party strongly endorses the old concept of equal justice that was begun by the Greeks on earth.
To understand justice better, Western societies have traditionally pictured justice as a woman holding a sword in one hand and a scale in the other hand, while she is blindfolded.
The sword represents the force of the law to punish the guilty and reward the innocent.
The scale represents her ability to carefully measure the situation or crime, in order to render the best judgment for all involved in the situation.
The blindfold signifies that she does not judge by any superficial characteristics such as race, gender, skin color, or other body features. Even the tone of voice and the accent of the speech must be disregarded.
This is the concept the Republican Party supports. It is called the doctrine of equal justice, one of the greatest legal accomplishments of Western society. Indeed, thousands of battles with tyrants were fought to achieve it.
Constitutionalism. The Republican Party supports the idea of a written Constitution of the United States and of each state in the United States. This was a new idea in 1776.
A constitution is the contract between the people and their government, setting out which powers shall be delegated to the government, and which powers are reserved to the people and to the states.
This is still a rather radical idea. Most nations do not have a Constitution, or theirs is basically a phony document that means nothing. This even includes Great Britain today.
The Bill Of Rights. The Republican Party also strongly supports the specific rights enumerated in the United States Bill Of Rights. These are the first 10 Amendments to the National or US Constitution, and similar Bills Of Rights found in every State Constitution. Here is the Bill Of Rights:
Preamble to the Bill of Rights
The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time
of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent
misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as
extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure
the beneficent ends of its institution.
- September 25, 1789.
Congress shall make no
law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise
thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of
the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a
free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
No soldier shall, in time
of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in
time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people
to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against
unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable
cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place
to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held
to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment
or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval
forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public
danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in
jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a
witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without
due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without
In all criminal
prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial,
by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have
been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law,
and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted
with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining
witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
In suits at common law,
where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial
by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise
reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of
the common law.
Excessive bail shall not
be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments
The enumeration in the
Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage
others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated
to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states,
are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Honest government. The Republican Party stands for using words in laws that convey the actual meaning of the law.
A person in law. For example, the Fourteenth Amendment To The US Constitution was made law soon after the Civil War. It was supposed to give full citizenship to the former American slaves.
The word person appears twice in the Amendment, and presumably refers to the former slaves. However, elsewhere in the code of national laws, the word person is carefully defined as a corporation, partnership or trust. It does not mean a human being.
The use of the word person was a trick. The former American slaves were never given full sovereign citizenship. Instead, they were given a second-rate “person” status as subjects of the United States.
Even worse, attorneys were then taught that the word person in the law applies to all American citizens. This meant that all Americans were changed into second-rate subjects of the United States instead of remaining sovereign citizens.
The states. Another glaring example appears in the Internal Revenue Service law, and other government agency law books. The law often refers to the power of the agency over the states.
However, if one looks up the definition of a state, which is tucked away several thousand pages within the code book, the word state means the territories and possessions of the United States, but not the 50 states. This means, in fact, that these laws really do not apply to the citizens of the 50 states of America. It is quite a shock!
These are just a few examples
of deception within the laws of the United States designed to confuse people
and to change the nature of the country from one of freedom to one of bondage.
Economics. The Republican Party supports liberty in the economic sphere of life. This means a belief in the ability of people to trade goods and services freely. This idea is called free enterprise capitalism or the free market. It is the system of economics which has built the modern world.
Regulation. Republicans favor less government regulation of the economy and more private regulation to control pollution and product safety. For details about the problems of government regulations, read The Regulatory State on this site.
Occupational Licensing. Republicans favor right-to-work laws and oppose many occupational licensing laws that simply restrict entry into many professions today. For example, to read about the problems with medical licensing, read The Case Against Medical Licensing on this website.
Human rights. The Republican Party has an enviable record of human rights, being strongly anti-slavery, anti-class warfare, pro-women, pro-Black, pro-Hispanic and pro other minorities. The exception is that the party does not support homosexual marriage or abortion, as these are proscribed in the Bible.
Democrats often accuse Republicans of being bigoted and narrow-minded, when the opposite is actually true, except in the areas of homosexuality and abortion.
RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION. The Republican Party generally supports the importance of the Bible, along with the Christian and Hebrew religions, as guides for living and for running the nation.
Religious freedom. Republicans support the right of all citizens to worship exactly as they please, provided each allows the same freedom for everyone else. This means that Islam is not welcome in America, according to the Republicans, because this religion permits killing anyone who does not believe as they do.
Moral principles. Republicans endorse Biblical moral absolutes. For example, they support the Ten Commandments of Moses. These laws include “Do not kill”, “Do not steal” and “Do not bear false witness” (or “Do not lie”).
The 10 Commandments, is, in fact, the basis for the Western legal system. Yet, the other three political parties in America, and all political parties in Europe, do not support these fundamental moral absolutes.
The Golden Rule. Another moral absolute for Republicans is the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This is the single most important rule for governments to follow with their people and with other nations, according to the Republican Party.
It is vital to realize that the United States was founded upon these principles. It is unlike any other large nation on earth in this regard.
The nation was not founded upon “liberty”, “justice for all” or anything else. It was founded upon the principles and teachings found in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. So the Republican Party is the only party that recognizes the roots of the nation and why it succeeded so well in the past, and continues to succeed in today’s world.
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
HISTORY AND EVOLUTION. The Democratic Party was founded shortly after the War of 1812. It was a mixture of the old Whig party and the Anti-federalist party.
These groups favored a powerful central government. They did not like the idea of a modern republic. They would have preferred that the United States be a monarchy, as existed in Great Britain and throughout Europe. However, they realized that the forces of freedom were too strong in the United states for this to occur.
Therefore, they favored policies that created and maintained elites. They still do this today. In fact, Democrats still fear the mass of the people and believe that the masses cannot be trusted to govern themselves.
The takeover. In the early 1900s, communist forces began to take over the democratic party. This has occurred slowly, but has sped up in the last 20 years. Today, the policies of the Democratic Party are identical to those of the Communist Parties throughout the world.
The takeover has been fairly easy because both the original Democrats and the communists believe in rule by elites, and both dislike the true rule of law, which means to treat everyone equally under the same laws.
Sadly, some rank and file members of the Democratic Party are not aware of the communist takeover of the party. They mainstream media keeps these people very ignorant of the real agenda and policies of what used to be their political party.
POLICIES. As stated above, the policies of the
Democratic Party are today identical to those of the communist party.
Politics. Today the Democratic Party is a far left wing party. This means it is totally secular and quite authoritarian. However, Democrats do not like the term “left wing”.
They prefer to call themselves liberals and progressives. These are much kinder-sounding words, but they are fake names. There is nothing “liberal” or “progressive” about their policies. The correct designation for this Party and its members is far left wing.
Social democracy. The Democratic Party believes that, at this time, the United States should be a social democracy, and not a republic. Both are governed by elected leaders. The difference is that a republic has many checks and balances in its structure to limit the power of the government.
In a social democracy, as found in most European nations, there are fewer checks and balances. Once in office, the leaders can pretty much do as they please, with some limits, but not that many. In other words, a social democracy is a far more autocratic and tyrannical system than a republic.
In fact, the social democracy idea is only temporary for the Democratic Party. Their real desire is a communist dictatorship. However, they have to move in this direction gradually so as not to upset people too much.
Sovereignty. The Democratic Party wish to do away with national sovereignty, a key idea in the Declaration Of Independence and Constitution of the United States.
Sovereign means “ruling above all others”. National sovereignty means that no one orders America around. She is her own boss!
The Democratic Party, however, believes that we would all be better off under the rule of the United Nations and other world communist bodies. This was the plan for the European Union and the Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR, an idea that still exists today.
Fortunately, these efforts have failed, so far, but we must watch them carefully, as they are not dead.
The Democratic Party supports many United Nations efforts to end the national sovereignty of America, such as treaties on handguns, food, medical drugs, trade, “war crimes”, political correctness and more.
In essence, the Democratic Party wishes to “undo” or negate the entre concept of the American Revolution. American public schools today teach that a small band of “white male slaveholders” with names such as Washington and Jefferson set up a rogue government - and it is time it ended.
The US Constitution. Democrats wish to do away with, or at least destroy the spirit of the US Constitution. They call it old-fashioned, but really they think it is too freedom-oriented.
They have succeeded in getting rid of many of its sacred provisions. These include the gold standard for money, the need for warrants signed by a judge and specific in order to arrest or search a person or location, protection against eminent domain abuse, tax fairness, equal power of the three branches of government, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, some private property rights, and many other provisions.
The Democratic Party has done this through legislative and judicial actions that are thoroughly unconstitutional. However, Democrats have controlled the Supreme Court of the United States for over 50 years, giving them ultimate control over the laws of the nation.
Egalitarianism. The Democratic and Communist parties believe strongly in egalitarianism. The real meaning of this is that the masses should be kept equally poor.
This is very different from the concept of the Founders of America, who wished to reward hard work and thrift by allowing people to accumulate personal wealth if they so choose. Their idea was equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. Their reasoning is that one person might spend his time working, while another might choose to lay around all day. It makes little sense that both should be equally rewarded financially.
The American Declaration Of Independence states that all are created equal. This means that everyone deserves equal opportunities and equal treatment under the law. The Democratic Party would turn all this on its head, setting up a wealthy elite and the rest must be kept poor, but equally so.
Justice. Democrats do not like equal justice. Instead, they favor a doctrine they call social justice.
Social justice is not blind, does not weigh the situation carefully. It is just someone’s opinion about what is right and wrong. The words social justice are meant to sound new and “progressive”. In fact, this idea is very old and crude. It was the old way of doing things in which the king or queen would just listen to both sides for a few minutes and then say “Off with his head”, or some other stupid pronouncement without careful deliberation.
In fact, social justice is all about superficial factors such as one’s race, gender, skin color and national origin. At the same time, it denies our individuality and soul qualities which truly define us.
It also makes a mockery of the concept of equal treatment under the law. It is moral relativism taken to the extreme.
For example, if a black man kills a white man, under social justice the black man might receive a very light sentence if the judge or jury thinks that black people are all oppressed, so murder is just “getting even” or “natural retribution”. However, if a white man kills a black man, even in self-defense, he might be punished severely is the judge thinks that all white people are racists and oppressors.
I hope the insanity of this kind of “justice” is apparent. Yet it is taught today in the high schools, colleges and in the left-wing media as if it is truthful and valid.
Economics. Democrats seek to confiscate the wealth of the people with high taxes, fines, inflation of the currency and other tricks.
Democrats do not like the gold standard, which means that all money is backed by real tangible assets such as gold. They have successfully destroyed this check on excessive government spending. The result is enormous national debt and huge interest payments by the people to the Democrat-controlled banking establishment.
Democrats also seek to destroy the free market economy and substitute a command-and-control, top-down bureaucratic economy even if it is a dismal failure, which it is. So we hear constant criticism of capitalism in the left-wing media, with no mention of the amazing successes of this economic system.
Labor unions. Democrats strongly favor labor unions as a way to destroy capitalism. Support for labor unions is a basic communist principle.
Environmentalism. In the past 50 years, the Democratic Party has strongly endorsed government regulation of the environment and the “government save the earth” movement. They have not endorsed private sector environmentalism, however, as this is based upon enforcing strong private property rights, which does not make for greater government control over the people.
Occupational licensing. Democrats favor a proliferation of licenses to control all occupations. This change is already well under way in America and Europe.
The family. The public stance of the Democratic Party is pro-family. However, many of their policies harm families. These include opposing Christianity, generous government welfare programs for single parents, high taxes on families, destruction of jobs that pay enough to support a family, and other destructive laws.
These policies have succeeded well in destroying the family unit, especially among African-American families. Today, about 70% of Afro-American children are born to unwed mothers.
Education. Democrats support forced government schooling from a young age, including daycare for babies. This means that children at age 2 or 3 should ideally be removed from the home and sent to government-run daycare centers for indoctrination at this young age. This is to enhance their control over the population.
The Democratic Party opposes school choice, voucher programs and home schooling. Many European nations already ban home schooling. The reason is again to have better control over the youth for brainwashing and propaganda purposes. They have introduced legislation in some states to do just this by various means.
The Democratic Party also favors Common Core, a government educational curriculum that does not teach critical thinking, or reward logic and right answers. In math, for example, the theme is that the answer matters less than the child’s explanation of how he or she arrived at the answer. This is sometimes called fuzzy math. It makes for a fuzzy brain, which is the goal.
Liberty. The Democratic Party favors much less liberty for the people. They want to restrict speech and action through hate speech laws, social justice laws, and political correctness laws, among others.
They also favor round-the-clock tracking of the people’s locations and activities. This has begun using cell phones, smart meters, and the National Security Agency photo database. New automobiles must also have tracking devices that cannot be turned off, even when the car is parked.
Liberty, they say, is an outdated doctrine that does not work today and just gives rise to meanness and selfishness.
Health care. Democrats favor government-run health care with no alternatives. The real reason is for control of the people. The mere threat of denial of health care is an old-fashioned and excellent way to put pressure on people to obey the elites.
Democrats also favor mandatory vaccination as a method of infecting the masses with diseases and introducing other chemicals into their bodies easily. Again, the goal is total control of the people.
In fact, vaccination does not work as a means to stop disease, but this truth is not taught to the people by the Democratic Party-controlled mass media in the United States.
Weapons. Confiscation of all personal weapons is a major platform of the Democratic Party and the Communist Party. This is called “gun control”, but it is really people control.
Democrats routinely lie in the media that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are the cause of crime. In fact, guns in the hands of the citizens stop thousands of crimes every year. This is well-proven by crime statistics.
Wherever citizens have the right to carry guns, especially concealed weapons, crime rates go down. When citizens are prohibited from carrying and using weapons, criminals have an easy time.
By the way, left-wing politicians and other elites always use armed bodyguards. However, Democrats do not believe the masses should have the same right of self-defense.
Religion. The Democratic Party seeks to destroy every vestige of the Judeo-Christian religious orientation of the nation. They cannot announce this publically, as it goes against their image as the party of the common man. However, this is their intention.
To help destroy religion, they strongly favor abortion on demand at any time during pregnancy. However, there are other agendas involved in their heavy pro-abortion stance. The five goals of abortion on demand are: 1) legalize murder so they can later do it to others, 2) degrade the sacredness of life, 3) damage women, 4) reduce the population to a manageable size, if needed, and 5) promote free sex and to diminish the seriousness of rape. In other words, if you get pregnant, don’t worry about it. Just have an abortion.
The Democratic Party also strongly favors homosexual rights and homosexual marriage. They know that this weakens the traditional family unit. They also favor rights to copulate with animals, and polygamy, in some instances.
Moral relativism and no truth. The Democratic Party has no use for Biblical moral absolutes such as the 10 Commandments of Moses, which can stand in the way of their cause. For example, they favor murder if it serves their cause. This happens to be identical to Islamic Sharia law, which is a variant of communism.
Democrats also have no use for telling the truth and are perfectly willing to “bear false witness” if it serves their cause.
They also have no use for the Golden Rule, since they are the elite and superior to the masses. Thus, they are not going to treat others as they wish to be treated.
RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION. The Democratic Party is violently
anti-Christian. Communism is their
religion, although this is kept a secret from the members. Oddly, a number of Democrats are
Jewish, but these people are not religious today.
Total yin. The Democratic Party favors all policies that make the body and brain more yin. This is a more esoteric understanding of their goal, but important to consider. For details, read Yang and Yin on this website
THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY
HISTORY AND EVOLUTION. The Libertarian Party was founded after the defeat of Barry Goldwater for president in 1972. It began as a more conservative wing of the Republican Party. They claim that it is a return to the party of the founders of the United states, who were called classical liberals in 1776. This, however, is far from the truth. Here is why:
The American Founders were all devoutly religious men and women. To check this, just read their writings. The Bible was their guide to thought, behavior and government policy.
Today’s Libertarians, however, are anti-religious and do not follow the principles in the Hebrew And Christian Bibles. So they are nothing like the American Founders, although they share a love of the Constitution.
Guns. The Libertarian Party strongly favors the right to own and keep personal weapons, one of their better policies.
The rule of law. Libertarians also staunchly defend the rule of law and equal justice.
Liberty. The Libertarian Party favors the most liberty for the people of any political party. It favors legalizing all drugs, and legalizing prostitution, homosexuality, abortion and many other behaviors that even the Democratic Party does not favor. Their concept is that as long as one does not harm others, most behavior should be legal.
The problem is that drugs do harm marriages, adults and most of all children. Prostitution harms women, families and marriages. Homosexuality harms its members, and it harms all of society by spreading disease.
The American Founders also loved liberty, but their religious orientation kept things in check. The Libertarians have nothing to keep them in check.
Foreign policy. The Libertarian Party favors no alliances at all with foreign nations. This, they say, was the policy of George Washington, America’s first president, and it worked well.
If course, in those days America was terrified of another invasion, so the wisest policy was one of neutrality. Today, America is a strong nation that protects hundreds of other nations from communism and totalitarian rule.
The idea of dropping all this is wonderful for communism, but would be a disaster for many small nations that cannot afford their own military forces, and would still be unable to defend themselves in case of a large-scale attack. So this foreign policy is so ridiculous it is amazing anyone believes in it.
National sovereignty. The Libertarian Party also does not believe in national sovereignty. They believe everyone should have the right to live wherever they wish.
Therefore, there should be no immigration laws or national boundaries preventing people from living where they wish. This idea is also so crazy it is amazing anyone believes in it. It is also the exact opposite of the view of the American Founders.
RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION. The Libertarian Party platform does not endorse or support any kind of religion. In fact, this party is quite violently anti-Biblical and anti-Christian in its views.
THE GREEN PARTY
HISTORY AND EVOLUTION. This is a very small political party in the United States that is basically the same as the green parties of Europe. It began in the United states in the 1970s or so.
Socialism. Green Party policies are basically socialist. This means they favor a powerful central government to regulate the society. They are not communists in that they do not believe in the economic theories of Karl Mark.
However, the Green Party does not trust the masses to govern themselves. In this sense, they are thoroughly elitist and authoritarian, even if they bill themselves as “socialist democratic”.
Saving the earth. The Green Party emphasizes “saving the earth” as their number one policy. Hence the name green party. Environmentalism is their religion and creed.
Unfortunately, they have been talked into false doctrines such as global warming, climate change, and reducing our “carbon footprint”. In this, the Green Party members are dupes used by the much smarter communists to curtail freedom around the world and destroy the free market economic system that has brought prosperity to most of the world.
An important Green Party principle is that all rights and privileges of people are secondary to their “religion” of saving the earth. This means that any and all of a person’s rights may be suppressed or suspended if a person violates the environmentalist code of saving the earth.
This includes that a person may be imprisoned – deprived of liberty to move about – if he or she opposes the environmentalist policies of the nation. In this sense, the Green Party platform is similar to a dictatorship.
RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION. The Green Party is anti-Hebrew and anti-Christian, in general, although it will seize upon any group or teaching that supports its environmental agenda.
The Green Party’s religion is environmentalism, and it is quite fundamentalist in this dedication. This means that everything is interpreted literally and seriously, and any violation of the religion is treated with swift and severe punishment.
Please notice a few items:
1. The only Judeo Christian-oriented political party today in the United States is the Republican Party. This is quite important since it was these principles that built America and that brought Europe out of the Dark Ages. Abandoning them is fraught with danger.
2. The four parties above represent themes or currents of thought that everyone needs to be aware of. Otherwise, you will be deceived by intentionally confusing rhetoric and lies. These currents are:
A. True freedom and liberty under God – The Republican Party.
B. Totalitarian rule of a secular elite- The Democratic Party.
C. A sort of free-for-all – The Libertarian Party
D. A planetary survivalist dictatorship – The Green Party.
Please think about these alternatives whenever you vote or support candidates.