Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me. Today words seem to hurt more than physical harm for many people. Terms such as "racist" or "Ultra-Maga" or "sexist" are being hurled at people to get them to think with their feelings and not think with their minds. Some people are beginning to vote for a candidate not because the candidate's beliefs align with theirs but because that candidate is a member of a certain group (woman, black, or gay). First my disclaimer, I am not against any of these groups. In fact, I am a gay man. However some people vote for a woman candidate with political views different from theirs because they do not want to be called a "sexist". They vote for a black with different views as they don't want to be called a "racist". They vote for a gay man with different views as don't want to be called "homophobic". They vote against a Trump endorsed candidate as they don't want to be called an "Ultra-MAGA Fascist".
Whether in sports, gambling, or politics, people like to win and be considered the "good guy". Sadly some political parties will do anything to win (steering clear of policies and platforms and focusing mainly on identity politics). In other words putting more emphasis on a group alliance of people from a certain race, religion, or social background than on the party's platform.
Your vote matters and must be researched and well thought before you enter the polling booth. It should be based on candidates that follow the principles of our democratic republic. Since your vote is private, it needs to be based on policies and not vote for a candidate so that you don't appear prejudiced toward that candidate's identity. Don't let name calling affect your vote decision. Sound judgment is needed to save our democratic republic. Think and not feel when you vote in November.