In just a few short months, voters will be called upon to elect the next president of the United States. Numerous state and federal representatives are likewise campaigning for election/re-election in November. Many of these incumbents and hopefuls have already hit the trail in search of voters.
If you're a professional truckdriver, it's not always easy to stay on top of each candidate's platform. After all, there are loads to be delivered, and money to be made. But choosing a candidate or party to support in this year's election is a decision that should not be taken lightly.
Luckily, a professional trucker can turn to the Internet to help make his/her decision an informed one. Listed below are the official web sites of the four major political parties. Each provides insight into the parties' respective philosophies, and each contains a wealth of information that can help you choose a candidate who best represents your needs and beliefs. Please note that the web sites are listed in alphabetical order. Also note that neither OOIDA nor Land Line specifically endorses or supports any particular political party:
The American Reform Party
Founded by Ross Perot and made famous by Minnesota Gov. Jesse "the Body" Ventura, the ARP has put together an easy-to-follow web site with state and federal information alike. The party platform is easily accessible from the main page. And although the site's press releases have been scant in the past few months, look for things to speed up as November draws closer.
The party has chosen to endorse Ralph Nader (Green Party candidate) for president. You can read his announcement of candidacy here. And if you're looking for a Reform Party representative in your state, this site should be your first and last stop. Check it out at www.americanreform.org.
The Democratic National Committee
A multi-level, highly functional site, democrats.org has put the Internet to good use. The site contains video and sound bytes from party officials on various topics. An added feature allows you to receive late-breaking DNC news via e-mail.
State-by-state candidate/party information and action is easy to find and follow. The site also provides links to other democrats who have their own respective web sites. And if you're not registered to vote, you can do so here.
There is some mudslinging, but it's easily discernible and easily avoided. Information is also available in Spanish. Go to www.democrats.org and see it for yourself.
The Libertarian Party
Since 1971, the Libertarian Party has been one of the larger third-party organizations in the United States. Now, they have a web site.
The site has an exhaustive list of libertarian candidates seeking election in 2000. If there's one in your district, you'll find him/her here. Announcements can also be received via e-mail. Historical information on the party and its past conventions is readily available. And if you're not certain what you're looking for, take the tour. It provides an overview of the entire web site.
As of May, the Libertarian Party had not yet chosen a candidate to endorse for president. Visit www.lp.org to see whom they selected at their June 30 convention.
The Republican National Committee
The Grand Old Party has put together an effective and informative web site. State and federal information is abundant. "GOP-TV" provides a daily video update of party happenings. The actions of George W. Bush, the party's candidate for president, are well documented here.
In addition to recent news and editorial content, rnc.org provides a list of several GOP-friendly links. And if you're not registered to vote, you can become registered via the RNC's web site.
The GOP engages in some mudslinging, but it is easy to recognize and avoid. See what the Republican Party has to offer at www.rnc.org.