In case you couldn't tell by now, I'm not very ideological. I'm certainly not a partisan Republican nor a partisan Democrat. I don't hate nor love Trump either. I think he is a disgusting individual, but I have supported some of his policies and opposed others just like every other president in my lifetime. If I don't like either major party candidate, I have no qualms voting third party against both. I first voted in 1968 when one had to be 21 and have cast a ballot for a third party candidate five times in presidential elections. Only twice was I an avid supporter of a third party candidate, that was in 1992 and 1996. The other times it was more or less a vote against both. I was perfectly happy to let others decide who was their lesser of two evils.
I always disliked Hillary ever since she was first lady who treated the military in and around the White House like s***. Bill treated them very good and respected them. Not Hillary. This stuck with me. It's why Bill is one of the top four president's in my life time even though I never voted for him.
Even then Hillary was acting like she was just too darn good to be around the military. Too, I don't know, aloof, elitist, superior to associate or even be around them. That stuck with me. It's the same for Trump when he basically said that McCain was a bad soldier because he got caught. Something akin to that. From that point on, there was no way I'd ever vote for him regardless of who he was running against. 2016 just happened to pit these two against each other.
Hillary was never liked by the military, active, retired. The reasons vary, but for us old vets, it can be traced back to the time she was first lady who at that time was very disdainful of the military. As someone who's been military his entire life, 21 years active duty, 26 additional years working for the army as a department of the army civilian, there's no way I could vote for either one.
Call it personal where policy never entered into it. I would have voted for any other Democrat which in 2016 against Trump except Hillary. I was even rooting for Sanders to beat Hillary in the primaries so I could vote for him. The same goes for any other Republican against Hillary with the lone exception of Trump. I was perfectly happy to let others decide who the the candidate they least wanted to lose, not win, but least wanted to lose win the office as long as I had a say in the down ballot offices. There's no way I was going to help either one get elected, I was going to do everything I could to stop both. Even though I knew that was a fools errand.
It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.