Philadelphia, PA — Last night, July 26, 2016, at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC), Hillary Clinton was nominated to be their presidential nominee for the November 2016 general election. She joins the two other major presidential candidates who have already been nominated by their respective parties, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Republican Donald Trump. There are several other candidates running for president in 2016, most notably the Green Party’s Jill Stein; however, none are expected to be on the ballot in all 50 states as the three major candidates.
Clinton is one of several women nominated by their respective political parties, the first being Gracie Allen of the Surprise Party in 1940. The only notable female presidential nominee has been Jill Stein of the Green Party who was that party’s 2012 candidate. Much was made last night at the DNC about Clinton’s potential at being the United States’ first female president as being a major reason for her nomination.
So, where do these three major presidential candidates stand on the major issues of our day?
While Hillary Clinton was making public statements that she did not believe in same-sex marriage, Gary Johnson is and was supportive on the issue even though it was unpopular at the time. Today, Johnson is still for it, Clinton has “evolved” and Trump is against it.
Terrorism and Wars
Both Clinton and Trump are interventionists looking to police the world and bomb those in other countries. Johnson is neither an interventionist or an isolationist and feels we need a strong defense but we should not attack others without being attacked first or under imminent threat.
Both Clinton and Trump are supportive of trade agreements that pick winners and losers for different industries and companies. Johnson supports true free trade among countries and individuals.
Donald Trump has said repeatedly he intends to build an impenetrable wall between the U.S. and Mexico while deporting millions of illegal aliens. Hillary Clinton wants a path to citizenship for those illegals who are already here. Johnson advocates for a renewed secure work visa system to encourage illegals to comply and pay taxes.
Gary Johnson would like to see the U.S. move toward a FairTax system which would abolish income taxes in favor of a consumption tax and eliminate corporate welfare. The FairTax system has many detractors who promote myths of the program rather than fact which is likely why the idea has stalled in D.C. Clinton is promoting an increase in taxes for both the American people and corporations. Clinton calls this a fair tax system; however, it is clearly less fair when you look further into it. Trump is seeking to reduce the tax burden for the middle-class while simplifying the tax code.