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It is so much easier to know how to vote when you identify your philosophy -- the reason why you vote the way you vote. If you strip away the emotions and feelings or whether you like the candidate or cause, voting will be so much more straightforward.
Politicians, by their very nature, are people pleasers. Regardless of party affiliation, politicians do polling and focus groups to find out the exact formula of what the largest group of people want to hear so they get the most votes. That is just how the game is played, which is why we must look beyond how well a politician talks and how good a politician makes us feel to not only their platforms on specific issues, but on their track records on specific issues. Actions speak louder than words.
There is an online test you can take that might help you narrow down your political, economic, and social philosophy a bit more specifically than just Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Green Party, for example. It is called The Political Compass™ and if you can get through the questions, you will find pretty accurate results for yourself which you can apply to the coming 2010 election cycle, both locally and nationally.
Find out who you are and what you believe by clicking on Take the Test. Please allow about 3-4 minutes to take it.
From now on, as the politicians and the issues come up, they will be discussed in my articles in those terms to make your decisions easier to make in November.
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