If you are voting for someone strictly because they are the first [insert gender/race/sexuality preference here] then you need to re-evaluate your priorities.
If you are voting for someone because they are offering you free stuff that you didn’t earn, then I suggest you find a real job, so that your hard work also pays for someone else to be lazy.
If you think democratic socialism is no big deal, read some history. Nazi Germany was a democratic socialist republic, so was the U.S.S.R. Lenin, Stalin, Hitler; yeah those guys were elected under a democratic socialist government.
If you vote strictly because of your faith, ignoring the politician as a person and simply as an agent of your religion, you need to stop confusing government and religion.
If you are voting for someone to further a narrow-minded cause, that will honestly be dropped once your idealistic candidate is elected, you need to realize that the world has bigger problems than who sticks what in what hole.
If you are voting for a candidate that you firmly believe will lead our country with honor and dignity, who will make tough decisions for the betterment of every citizen of this country, who will try to repair the polarization of our country, then you are on the right path.
I can’t and won’t tell you who to vote for. Yet, always remember, there is a whole lot more at stake than just your personal feelings. The country (and the world) has gone a bit crazy in the past few years (decades). We fight among ourselves over petty insecurities. More people feel they are owed something than ever before. More people are quick to scream “racist” or shout “bigot” over the smallest slight. People have become afraid to have opinions. People have stopped saying what they feel, for fear of being labeled. Good people sit by quietly for fear of public shaming.
This is why elections are important. If you can’t look at every side objectively, and I mean every side, then you should strive to do so. Educate yourself! Don’t just follow the crowd. Don’t attack a candidate until you know where they stand. Don’t follow the crowd, your peers, or even your own family. Do some damn research and make your own decisions. Listen with your ears and your mind. Don’t be afraid to be that one person who goes against the grain. And if you do, own it! Stand up for your beliefs! Defend your choice with facts, not just hearsay.
Lastly, vote. I don’t care if you think your vote doesn’t matter. Vote. I don’t care if no one else is voting. Vote. I don’t care if you don’t like the candidate. Vote. Your ability to vote is a small say you have in a huge governmental machine. Often that machine plows over us without even noticing our presence. Voting can make you be seen, but only if everyone votes. You do make a difference, so get the hell out there and vote.