Politics; such a divisive subject. Some people say they want to unite, but only divide. Some don't speak of unison at all, but seem to pull people together.
Maybe you like this candidate, and dislike the other. Then the one you like says something that is contrary to how you think. Do you vote for the other candidate?
Politics is delicate surgery. Too far one way, or the other, and you may make someone angry, or even lose a friend.
I made a comment last year, about the president, and two Marines having to move their wedding because the president waned to 'play through'. I didn't consider it very controversial. But someone who I had been friends with for almost 40 years took exception. He said I was what was wrong with this country. He then asked me to de-friend him on Facebook. Several months later he introduced me to his much younger wife, and acted like we were just old friends. I was courteous, as a decent person, but not impressed.
I consider myself to be pretty conservative, but I don't try to persuade people that my thoughts are the right ones. If you don't agree with me politically, then I not only encourage you, but believe it is your duty, to vote your conscience. And I will support you in voting that way.
But don't try and stop me from voting my conscience. Protests in this country are a time-honored right. But please don't try and stop me from doing what I believe is right. You do not have the right to stop me.
As it is my duty to support you in voting for things I don't believe, it's your duty to support me. Some say that the right to free speech doesn't protect nice speech, but rather speech you find abhorrent. In the United States, The Ku Klux Klan and Black Lives Matter both have the right to speak their hatred. I do not like what they say, but I accept their right to say it.
Some will say that Donald Trump should not run for president because he is from outside politics, that he has no chops for it. Some would also say that Hillary should not run, as she has to many chops. My philosophy has always been, the first thing that should disqualify someone from running for public office, is the fact that they want to run for public office. In that vein I consider Hillary to be the least qualified person running.
Having said all of that, whoever is elected will be my president. I will not join those jackasses who said that George Bush or Barack Obama was not their president, simply because they didn't vote for them. It doesn't matter who you vote for, because in the end, someone gets the job. And like it or not, that person is the President.
I will end with this. No matter who is elected president, the United States will survive. The earth was hit by an asteroid 65 million years ago that killed most of the life on earth. But the planet is still here. And so the United States of America will continue to survive. (drops mic)