There’s a sort of nervous anticipation for the 2020 election. Americans are all chomping at the bits to see what will happen next. After the unprecedented result of the 2016 general election, we’ve found ourselves in politically uncharted waters. Will this red wave of revived conservatism continue, or will a left-wing regime be the victor in 2020? To find out, we’ve put President Trump and all the Democrat candidates under a hyper-focused microscope where any misstep could be detrimental to their candidacy – possibly even unrecoverable. What route will President Trump go on 2A, would he dare betray his pro-gun base? Can Joe Biden figure out how many genders there are? Can Kamala Harris get her own record straight? It has essentially become a game of who’s going to hiccup next and guesstimating how much that hiccup will cost them. Understandably so, all this hype surrounding 2020 can make the world of voting seem like a petty mess of inconsistent candidates. It can be confusing for people who aren’t particularly “into” politics, which is a big factor in why some choose not to vote at all. Who are these political parties? Where do they stand? All drama aside, let’s get back to basics into the nitty gritty of what the top 3 modern parties believe at the core. 

Democrats

Believe in bigger government and equality of outcome.

  • Abortion 

Pro-choice. It is a woman’s right to choose whether she should terminate her pregnancy or not. (Debatable on term limits)

  • Economy

Increase minimum wage. Impose heavy taxes on the wealthy and corporations. 

  • Environment

Climate change is an imminent issue they will be addressed through regulation and bans. Specifics are unavailable as this topic is barred from the 2020 Democratic debates.

  • Gun Rights

Pro-gun control. Heavy regulation on gun ownership meaning increased background checks, banning assault weapons, and restricting gun sales.

  • Healthcare

Eliminate privatized medicine and implement socialized medicine (like Affordable Care Act) where all citizens are mandated to sign up.

  • Immigration

Allowing all immigrants in legally or illegally, regardless of criminal background, where they come from, who they are, etc. Minimizing staff and funding of border security.

Extras: Pro-Reparations, Pro-Student Debt Forgiveness, Green New Deal

Republicans

Believe in smaller government and equality of opportunity.

  • Abortion

Pro-life. Abortion is murder and is not a “woman’s right” as all lives should be protected. (Debatable on exceptions for rape and incest cases)

  • Economy

Decrease taxes and regulations on corporations and wealthy, in order to incentivize them to hire people and pay better wages.

  • Environment

Incentivize businesses to use clean and renewable energy. Goal of energy independence.

  • Gun Rights

No additional regulations on guns. Anti-gun control. Some may support a mild form of red flag laws but most do not.

  • Healthcare

Keep privatized medicine, but reform it in a way that will protect those with pre-existing conditions.

  • Immigration

Pro-border security/funding and legal immigration. Many support reforming the current immigration system to make it easier for people to immigrate here on a merit based system.

Extras: Anti-Big Tech, Pro-Israel, Pro-Free Speech

Libertarians

Believe in less government all around. Less government will lead to equality.

  • Abortion

Up for debate between right and left leaning Libertarians.

  • Economy

Remove regulation, reduce taxes, and more free market. 

  • Environment

Free market will encourage innovations that will help the environment.

  • Gun Rights

Anti-gun control. No exceptions. 

  • Healthcare

Remove government from getting involved in healthcare. Pro-reform.

  • Immigration

Pro-immigration reform. Immigrants should be allowed to legally immigrate so long as they are peaceful.

Extras: Pro-Legalization of Drugs, Pro-Internet Freedom, Restore Voting Rights for Non-Violent Offenders

For the sake of a little unity in all this division, here are a few issues Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians generally have in common: education reform, criminal justice reform and national debt. While all parties agree these are significant problems that desperately need to be addressed, none know exactly how to take them on. When it comes to the upcoming debates, these are going to be key issues to clue in to as everyone will likely announce fresh perspectives. 2020 is going to be another historic election for America and the direction it will take. Again, will the red wave continue, or will the Democrats win back what they thought was theirs? Therefore, it is pertinent that everyone utilizes their 26th Amendment right to form their very own educated vote.

Written ByGrace Saldana

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