I voted Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary. When she lost I voted Obama & even though I felt he let us down in his first term I voted Obama again for a second term with the hope he would try to honor his campaign promises. He has let me down in many ways, foreign policy being not the least.
My entire family has always voted a straight Democratic ticket. My step-father was the President-Business Manager of a trade union, having fought the REAL fight when people were getting their heads split open over the right to organize. In fact, he got HIS head split open in the late 1930s.
So since 1968 I've voted Democratic all the way through Obama's second term. That's now changed. And I'm not alone. My entire family and SEVERAL of my lifelong friends are voting for Donald Trump this cycle.
Like most of our Democratic friends a couple of years ago we all scoffed at the mention of the name Trump. We sucked in every negative review of the man as though it was gospel. But when he decided to run I decided to listen, at first with the idea I would go on Twitter and BOMB him with negative comments. That didn't happen.
Since 2008 I have tried to follow Hillary's so-called political career very closely. Either I've changed radically because of the Wisdom of age, or she's changed radically because of the influence of MONEY. I suspect it's both. Now when I watch & listen to Hillary I see one thing: a phony. There is NOTHING about her I like. People complain that Trump is not specific with his "plans" or "proposals" or "platform". After listening closely to Hillary that is exactly how I feel about her. All I know is 1) she's a woman who wants to be the first woman President, 2) She's flip-flopped on several former positions, 3) she hates Donald Trump. That's about it. NOTHING specific about how she plans on repairng the crumbling infrastructure of the United States, fixing the damage caused by "Obamacare" (I listen to my doctor on that subject & he claims he's in real trouble because of the new regulations), keeping this country safe from radical extremists who want to convert the world to Islam & on and on. NOTHING specific. Just "we can't let Donald in!" and "I have a plan!". I don't know what the plan is.
I had seriously considered Bernie Sanders until the activists SNATCHED the microphone from his hand and PUSHED him aside like he was completely unimportant. i watched with disgust as he did nothing about it, and on that day I knew I could never support a man who was that weak at his own rally. His apologists would ramble on forever that Sanders was "open to the plight of..." blah blah blah. I don't buy it. Even if he is, MY President does NOT let others control his agenda. Good bye Senator Sanders.
We listen intently to Donald Trump. He is not a racist. He loves women. His agenda for the country is VERY specific. And oddly enough his TRADE plan is VERY MUCH the same as that which Thom Hartmann himself has been advocating for years: TARIFFS.
Now we find ourselves Republicans for the first time in our lives. But only because of Donald Trump. The fact that he obliterated his competition - those Republicans responsible for most of the ill-will Democrats have against them - is a PLUS. If Trump was not in there I more than likely would have gone with Bernie Sanders as the only alternative to Hillary and cast my fate to the wind.
I lost faith in Thom Hartmann & Amy Goodman after listening to their false reporting on the situation in Ferguson. Ferguson is 10-minutes from where I live. What happened there was NOT that which was reported by MSNBC & most of the left-leaning "journalists" covering that travesty. It was an eye opener to be where the action was & actually see & hear outright lies - yes, LIES - reported by people with an agenda, e.g. Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow & Lawrence O'Donnell. After YEARS of listening to them, their reporting of the events at Ferguson caused me to forever tune them out. How disheartening.
To sum it up, I believe completely that Donald Trump will be our next President. The loss of sovereignty to global forces will stop. Ralph Nader wrote "Only the Super Rich Can Save Us." I doubt he could have predicted that's EXACTLY what is going to happen. The Democratic Party today is NOT the Democratic Party of my step-father. Democrats have lost their way.