This will be the 12th Presidential Election that I will cast my vote in.
Back in 1972 I was 21 and could finally vote…I think in 1971 there was a new law that allowed 18 year olds to vote…I recall something about “Your old enough to kill but not for votin’.” Richard Nixon (R) vs George McGovern (D) I voted for McGovern but Nixon won.
1976 Gerald Ford (R) vs Jimmy Carter (D) Walter Mondale from the great State of Minnesota was Jimmy Carter’s Vice President Candidate. I voted for Jimmy and he won.
1980 Ronald Reagan/George Bush (R) vs Jimmy Carter/Walter Mondale (D). I voted for Jimmy and he lost to Reagan.
1984 Ronald Reagan/George Bush (R) vs Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro (D). Of course I voted for Walter and Geraldine…she was a heck of a lady! Alas Reagan won again.
1988 George HW Bush/Dan Quayle (R) vs Michael Dukakis/Lloyd Bentsen (D) I voted for Dukakis and he lost to Bush.
1992 George HW Bush (R) vs Bill Clinton (D) vs H.Ross Perot (I). I voted for Perot and Clinton won.
1996 Robert Dole (R) vs Bill Clinton (D) vs H Ross Perot vs Ralph Nader. I voted for Perot and Clinton won.
2000 George W Bush (R) vs Al Gore (D) I voted for GW and he won.
2004 George W Bush (R) vs John Kerry (D) I voted for GW and he won.
2008 John McCain/Sarah Palin (R) vs Obama (D) I voted for John and Sarah and Obama won.
2012 Mitt Romney (R) vs Obama (D) I voted for Romney and Obama won.
2016 Donald Trump (R) vs Hillary Clinton (D)
Next week I will cast my vote and that vote is based on several issues. First and foremost Veterans and Soldiers now serving getting the back up they need and deserve. The economy, the Second Amendment, health care rates in Minnesota have gone up to high to be affordable so that needs to change, we need to secure our borders and deport anyone who is not here legally.
Being the wife of a Serviceman who had a Top Secret Security Clearance, I know that anyone who shares classified documents should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
I used to say “I am an independent and I will vote for who I believe will serve our country the best with honesty and integrity.” This year that seems to be an impossibility with either candidate. So I looked at the Party Platform. I guess I must be a conservative.
One thing I think that is really really scary…who ever wins could change the course of our Supreme Court for many years to come.
I look forward to the end of the mudslinging and I hope who ever wins that we can all come together as Americans.