Electing a US President

Presidents in the US are elected to a 4-year term.  They can choose to run for a second term however they cannot serve for more than 8 consecutive years.  There is a candidate for the Republicans and a candidate for the Democrats although other Independent parties can and do get their names on the ballot.

Democratic or Republican – What is the Difference?

Initially the differences were quite defined.  For example, Democratic governments wanted to see Federal government play a big role in the lives of the US citizens.  They believed, for example, that a teeny tiny very wealthy State like the State of Rhode Island, should “spread their wealth” to other less fortunate States.

Republicans generally believed that the Federal government should allow each state to run its affairs and that each State should learn how to “stand on their own two feet.”  They did believe however that in the event a State needed Federal government intervention (as California did some time ago when they needed financial assistance) the Federal government’s assistance can be requested.

However most recently it seems as there is quite the blurring of the lines between what each party believes (e.g., gun control, taxes, abortion, etc.).

The Candidates

The candidates can come from various sectors and may have already had a long standing career in government or they can be businessmen or businesswomen who have run successful businesses in the past and believe they have what it takes to run a country which is unlike running a successful business.

They are required to satisfy very stringent background checks to ensure that we do not have a lawbreaker on our hands.  In addition they are scrutinized to make sure that they have the best interest of the entire population of US citizens at heart.  They need to commit to working with other nations around the world so as to maintain peaceful relations.

They will choose a running mate who needs to also go through a very thorough scrutiny – this is the person that will replace the President in the event he or she resigns (as did former President Richard Nixon), is not fit or able or in extreme cases is impeached because of a violation (as was former President Bill Clinton – although his impeachment took effect after his term was already over).

After a series of debates we usually end up with a candidate from each opposing side.  Drama and mud-slinging is usually a big part of the process which has the tendency to cloud the real issues.  As citizens we simply need to set aside personal preferences (this is not a personality contest), dig deep and find the candidate’s real agenda.

Can We Make a Wrong Choice?

What if our beloved candidate turns out to be some self-centered, ego-maniacal warmonger man or woman?  Rest assured that the Founding Fathers of our country already knew this likelihood could exist.

That is the reason why our system of government has 3 branches designed to provide a “checked and balanced” system of government:  the Executive branch (or the President), the Judicial branch (a system of judges) and the Legislative branch (the lawmakers).

The Legislative branch itself has two branches (the House of Representatives and the Senate).  This is the branch of government that has a representative from each State bringing all of their respective needs to light.

Our much awaited US Presidential Election between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Tim Kaine versus Mr. Donald Trump and Gov. Mike Pence will be held on Tuesday 8 November 2016.

May the best man or woman win!