I have voted in every election since I turned 18 years old. I voted for Romney in 2012. I voted for McCain in 2008 — but I distinctly remember thinking on the day after the 2008 election that “Well — at least America electing the first African-American President should do wonders for race relations.” Too bad Obama was the “Divider in Chief” when it came to race during his 8 years as President.
My political philosophy is that I am a hard-core libertarian, with the exception that I am a “hawk” on national security issues. My avatar shows me back in 2013 on the day my son graduated from Army boot camp. I also served in the Army for three years back in the 1980's.
I believe that adults “own” their own bodies — and should be free to do whatever they like with their bodies. Which means I support legalizing all drugs; prostitution should be legal; all forms of gambling, including on the internet, should be legal; all forms of sex between consenting adults should be legal; and even though I personally consider abortion to be abhorrent … to be consistent I am opposed to making abortion illegal — because the woman “owns” her body.
The one caveat I add — and it is a huge one — is that with all this freedom and liberty comes personal responsibility and accountability. So I don’t care if you are driving while drunk, or stoned on pot, or any other drug — if you are impaired and cause an accident that kills or seriously injures somebody I believe you should go to prison for a minimum of 15 years if a fatality occurred and 10 years for a serious injury like paralysis. It is a mockery of justice that most people convicted of vehicular homicide serve less than five years in prison.
So I invariably wind up voting for the Republican candidate not because they share my hard core libertarian views — most do not….but they are still closer to my views than liberal Democrats.
Although I will say this about Trump getting elected — he has exposed the GOP Congress (the vast majority) as being nothing but hypocritical liars.
They promised us over and over since 2009 that if we just gave the GOP the necessary political power the first thing they would do is repeal Obamacare.
Well….America called their bluff….and the GOP folded. I am furious at Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. So when the Democrats take back the House in the 2018 mid-term elections the GOP Congress will blame Trump — when failing to implement his agenda will by why they got wiped out.
The only reason the Senate will probably still be held by the GOP is the way the electoral map falls in 2018 — of the 33 seats up, only 8 are held by Republicans, and 10 of the 25 Democrat seats up for election are in states won by Trump. So if the Democrats actually take back the Senate that would be an even bigger political upset than Trump’s victory last November.