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Why Voters Choose Candidates based On Their Party Approval

Why Voters Choose Candidates based On Their Party Approval

Letters to the Editor: Voting GOP makes no sense if you care about civility

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series in which John Stocks takes a look at how candidates are viewed by the electorate. Next week, he will discuss how many voters see themselves as nonpartisan in light of the recent political battle.

Dear John Stocks,

It seems increasingly clear that our nation has taken a wrong turn in recent years. We are now a nation of polarizing political positions, often based upon a candidate’s party affiliation. There is no middle ground anymore.

The election of Donald J. Trump was a watershed event. He not only won the Republican Party nomination, but he went on to become the first choice of the Republican Party’s voters.

Trump also won the votes of the vast majority of Americans who identify as independents. It is these voters who made it possible for the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, to win the United States’ highest office.

In short, Donald Trump is America. To vote for him is to vote for something other than what you think our nation was founded on.

So why are voters choosing candidates based upon their party affiliation? You might ask, why wouldn’t they be able to vote for a non-partisan candidate?

Well, I’m glad you asked. The answer to that question is more complicated. In fact, there is a significant amount of effort being done by the national media to portray all members of the Republican Party as unprincipled and racist and that the Democratic Party is “progressive” because it supports free-market capitalism and free trade in agriculture and elsewhere in the economy.

This is a deliberate attempt to turn the current voters into a partisan voting bloc.

When the national media turns their focus away from the other issue of the day — which should be the economy — and towards the Republican Party and the policies they support, we

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