The USA political system is divided into two camps....Democrat and Republican. Only rarely is another party elected to anything, and almost never on a national level. So if a person votes for an Independant, for instance, his candidate will almost certainly lose. Then we have the Conservative/Liberal thing......this does not define whether you are a Democrat or Republican in the USA. Although you can say something like More Republicans are Conservative than are Liberal".......or "Republicans have Conservative leanings, more so than Liberal leanings". And the opposite is certainly true.
So just how do you define who you are, with respect to a party affiliation? Depends.....depends on what you consider most important. Keep in mind that if you find a candidate that thinks exactly like you do, he will not win an election if he is not either a Democrat or Republican. And you will never find a candidate that mirrors your own views exactly. So if you want to have any say at all in just who is elected, you must vote for either the Democrat or the Republican. There are a few exceptions to this, but very few.
How you judge a person, when you step into that voting booth? Depends....depends upon your own knowledge of that particular person. And this is a hard one, requiring a conscious, determined effort to separate the truth about a person, from the deceptions. And even if you make this effort, and who has enough time to do so, there is little assurance your final judgment will be correct.
That's why the Democrat/Republican split is so important. If you call yourself a Democrat, and run for office with that label, you are saying a lot about who you are, and how you will do things.....and the opposite is true.
The biggest thing here is the word "Trust". Can I trust this candidate to do what he says he will do? To make this decision you have to go by past performance.....the paper trail we all leave. If you are unaware of a candidate's past performance....you are left with that Democrat/Republican label, since that label at least tells something about a person.
When Clinton ran for president the first time, a major theme of his was a "middle-class" tax cut......something that is of major concern to me. Of course he broke that promise immediately. But I wasn't fooled by his false promises concerning taxes, for several important reasons. He calls himself a Democrat, and democrats in general, always bring higher taxes. And I knew him to be completely untrustworthy, from his past doings in Arkansas, both political and private. So I voted for the Republican who ran against him.....the lesser of two evils, if you will. At least I had a remote chance of being satisfied with the Rebublican candidate......with Clinton I had no chance at all. The next eight years with Clinton as president proved my judgment correct....my taxes went up, the security of the USA went down, and Clinton was exposed on live television, as a total liar.
Next time you vote in the USA, keep all this in mind.....when you might be tempted to vote Democrat.