My first election I voted for Richard Nixon for President in 1972. My friends at Cal were merciless in their taunts but my main reason was his foreign policy expertise and that was showcased by engaging and 'opening up' China. I felt a bond with the Republican party until the Reagan years when the serious conservatives began to take hold and issues regarding women were suddenly in the hands of a group of old white men without a female clue. I am fiscally conservative but socially liberal I guess so now I vote for the person and not the party. In fact at this poont I actually am more prone to vote for anyone who is not an encumbant. Why you may ask as it takes time to gain seniority. The answer is as time has passed and I have seen the result of seniority, I have decided our government should not be a career or a family dynasty where people enter normal and leave wealthy with too much power. I would really like to go back to the origins of democracy, ancient Greece, where everyone had to serve one term. There goes cronyism! I am an independent voter because the party lines are very blurred these days and the lobbyiests are actually in control which even George Washington believed would be the ruination of our nation.And that folks is why I am an independent voter.
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