I don’t really know how to put this, but one of the really heartening things about this election and Corbyn is that it doesn’t feel like it’s just me or all the other card carrying lefties that want to put a stop to austerity anymore. Loads of people from my old school many of whom weren’t particularly political, many of whom were downright Tory back then are sharing Corbyn’s speeches or anti-NHS privatisation articles or articles on low pay etc etc etc. I know that doesn’t mean they’re all revolutionary socialists but it’s nice to know loads of other people care about all this stuff too.
Believe there should be tax cuts, but only for lower to middle class.
Taxes should be increased on the wealthy as well as corporations
Not against raising taxes to fund the government
Pro gay marriage
Aims to limit gun ownership and enforce stricter laws
For increasing the minimum wage
Pro trade restriction (to protect jobs for Americans)
Believe in a lot of government oversight in health care, want medical care affordable to everyone.
Believes that governments should help those in need with things such as food stamps and Medicaid
In military; less manpower, more targeted/analytical strikes
Overall, decreased funding for the military
Anti fossil fuels, wants government funding/taxed to help stop drilling etc.
Anti privatisation of federal land
Wants to progress in education. For example: implementing Common Core system
Believe taxes can be used to decrease class size and hire new teachers
Wants to increase funding for NCLB (No Child Left Behind Act)
Anti school vouchers
Loans and grants for college should be governmentally funded
Anti gender and race quotas in college
Believe that crimes that do not involve violence should be given less harsh punishments
Anti capital punishment under any and all circumstances
Aims to be politically correct. In some circumstances anti free speech (meaning you can (lightly) punished for slander, for example)
Want to restrict some freedoms that are believed to be extremely detrimental to citizens.
For example, some foods/how foods are made
Government regulation is needed to protect consumers
Greater support for undocumented immigrants. For example, pathways to citizenship provided and they will not be deported if there is no criminal record and/or they have lived in America for at least 5 years
Pro separation of the church and the state
Promotes individual rights and justice
Want to cut taxes for all citizens
Don’t believe in raising taxes
Anti abortion - sometimes not depending on the candidate
Anti gay marriage - sometimes not depending on the candidate
Believe that minimum wage should not be increased so all Americans can have access to products and businesses can keep costs low
Pro free trade, to keep costs lows and revenue growing
Believe that too much government involvement in healthcare will decrease the quality of service
Oppose the Affordable Care Act for that reason, believing it will be ultimately detrimental in the long run
Acknowledges the fact that those in need should have help (food stamps, Medicaid for example), but believe it should be privately funded and minimal government funding should be used.
Also aims to implement tighter control/stricter rules
Believes military effort should be used rather than targeted regimes
Overall pro increased spending for military
Wants to expand drilling for oil to keep costs low for all Americans
Pro privatisation of federal land
Aims to have public input and wants citizens to decided how to approach most environmental issues.
Believe progress can be made in education by implementing longer hours and electing programs that require students to be focused
Pro school vouchers and homeschooling
Loans for college should be privately funded
Believe in harsher punishments for crimes, including non violent crimes (ex. selling drugs)
Believe complex systems should be implemented to make sure everyone who commits a crime faces an adequate punishment
For this reason, most republican candidates are pro capital punishment.
Believe that American citizens should have freedom in their choices. For example, free speech, food can be made however a company desires etc.
Believe that government regulation hinders the free market
Harsher on undocumented immigrants
Aims to protect U.S borders with stronger enforcement to prevent this from happening in the first place
the SNP getting 56 out of 59 seats in scotland with just over a million votes is not democracy, you are all correct.
the greens had about the same and got 1 seat no that is not democracy I totally agree
but if you are a left wing person who is passionate about the importance of the NHS and caring for vulnerable individuals and creating a better society from this shit heap in which we currently reside
DO NOT fight back against the SNP. do not hate the SNP. hate our voting system. fight back against first past the post.
the SNP are anti-austerity, anti-privatisation, and stand for all the things the Tories want to destroy - they are not the enemy here.
join a political party, get involved, read up on proportional representation and other voting systems and campaign for change. the SNP will be doing the same thing while acting as an enormous part of the very, very small left wing presence in Westminster. they are on our side and together with parties like the greens and plaid cymru we can make a difference.
the Tories want us isolated and scared; let’s be together and terrifying.