I'm voting for Hillary Clinton because I'm a Democrat.
I know that's not very popular, but her ideas are more aligned with my centrist philosophy. Donald Trump has taken things so far right, I don't know whether to believe him and take his word for it or hope he moderates and see what happens.
Personally I don't want to see what happens. We did that with Bush (if you are a Dem) and with Obama (if you're a Rep).
But what choice do I have? Bernie didn't make it. My generation (18-29) year olds want the old man in the White House.
Not to poke fun at anybody because I'm sure you think I'm wasting my vote, but IMHO any vote for a 3rd party candidate is a wasted vote. We have a duopoly between the Donkeys(or jackasses, your preference) and Elephants. We don't get proportional elections in this country like England that allow for multiple political parties to thrive. We have either the Liberal/Progressive Party and the Conservative Party.
I do believe the GOP is divided in more ways than one. There are true Libertarians who are fiscally conservative but socially liberal. There are nativists like Trump who are conservative socially and economically. There are Socialists on the D side who are both liberal on the social issues and economy. Then there are moderates like myself who are generally progressive but depends on the issues.
I don't like deficits more than my R friends, but we've had them our entire history save for the Clinton admin. Thanks to George Dubya, we lost that surplus.
If it weren't for Dubya, I could see myself supporting a moderate Republican candidate in my later years, but I don't think I'll ever switch parties and vote Rep.
Remember, Sanders is a socialist who only joined the Donks in 2014. Trump has switched both parties twice. Dem, then Rep, then Dem, now Rep again. Can you really know what he's thinking?
i know people like Trump's gravitas but he has no knowledge of foreign or public policy and that scares me. I don't like politics as usual but a politician like Clinton is better IMHO than some firebrand. The devil you know is better than the one you don't imho.
And Obama bashing aside, he mostly continued W's war on terror, which Hillary will continue, until the midterms in 2018.
i don't get why Dems aren't the party of national security. Email jokes aside, we got UBL. FDR won WW2. Both parties are pro USA, but the D's don't want to spend as much on the military when every other nation only has 1 air craft carrier except France with 3, and here we want #11. Is it really necessary?
cyber security and spec ops should be priority. I don't think we need million man armies anymore. We need to look ahead into 21st century warfare. Cyber war.
Zero days was a good movie.
Last OT thought, I don't know if Israel will ever allow a Palestinian state. Both sides blame the other but IMHO if you keep taking land like the US did with native Americans, pretty soon all the P's will have will be like reservations and it will basically be one state, the state of Israel. And I'm a supporter of Israel, but I think if they don't try and support a two state process and solution now, what will the situation be in 50 years? Might get worse. Who knows? If they get out ahead of it and allow the state of P to be born, shit maybe peace in the Middle East can be realized. It might give more Arab nations reason to recognize Israel.
But as long as they keep killing each other, both sides are to blame, not one is innocent, and terrorism has no justification, I think it keeps the cycle of violence spinning. You take out Hamas, but more follow in their place. It's the pits. Both sides say the entire land is theirs. Well shit, where's King David when you need him? If nobody can compromise, nobody gets the land. Two state solution. As my dad would say, compromise means nobody gets what they want, they get half of what they want because they can't agree lol.
Ah crap, I just hope our future presidents and congresses, both D and R, put USA first. Take care of our country at home and abroad. Don't start pre emptive wars without slam dunk solid Intel. We need to figure out a way to catch these Isis bastards once and for all. A retired colonel told me, every time we get rid of 1, 10 take his place. It's my generations Vietnam except our drones are keeping our soldiers out of harms way (for the most part, no infantry boots on the ground etc).
Hope Hillary and Donald both focus on spec and black ops to really take the fight to these asymmetrical guerrila punks.
What do you guys think? What's the answer? If Trump is POTUS, what do you hope/think he'll do? I respect each and every one of you and am proud you're patriots and fellow Americans. Just because we see things differently politically, doesn't mean we can't be lovers of freedom and supporters of the USA, still the best damn country on earth by far. God bless