My name is Dave and I currently live in Florida (which will explain any posts that I might have that are of state or local flavor).
I first became involved in politics when I worked as a volunteer in both Ohio and Michigan primaries for George McGovern’s presidential campaign.
During that same year, I also enlisted in the military and spent twenty years working in Air Force Intelligence.
I supported Jimmy Carter’s campaign for president after hearing him speak in Iowa, but before the end of his first term began to feel that the Democratic Party was no longer representing my views.
I felt that the Reagan administration was successful on many fronts and began feeling more comfortable calling myself a Republican.
When Iraq invaded Kuwait, President George H.W. Bush talked a coalition of nations into fighting a war that I did not believe was necessary. I never felt that Iraq was going to invade Saudi Arabia (and still don’t). When US forces became involved militarily, I supported their efforts to win the war. (Of course, I had no choice as a member of the military, but I also supported them in my personal views.)
I retired from the Air Force and could not bring myself to vote for George H.W. Bush for re-election–partially due to the war and partially due to raising taxes (he said “Read my lips, no new taxes” I did. He raised taxes).
After September 11th, I supported our efforts in Afghanistan. I did not believe that Iraq should be a target for invasion, however. I believed at the time, that if we were to attack ANY country who supported terrorism, it should have been Iran, not Iraq. Again, once troops were committed, I supported the war effort. I don’t believe you should commit troops to a war and then not support their effort to win it. I might question the motives for invasion, but I find the politians and news pundits who, after supporting the invasion, have done nothing but contribute to the enemy cause with negative comments.
Now we are dealing with a falling dollar, illegal aliens crossing our borders at will, politicians who would give our sovereignty away and a country dependent on other countries for our energy.
I currently have no political party because I feel the two major parties have been hijacked by extremists.
When I enlisted in the military, I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I believe our Constitution now faces both.