I am retired and live in Florida. I was a Democrat in my youth and switched starting in 1980 when I voted for Reagan. I have been a registered Republican since 1984 and have voted for every Republican presidential since Reagan.
I collect political campaign items from George Washington to the current campaign. (There is very little to collect between Washington and Andrew Jackson’s 1824 campaign.) I have a strong interest in Abraham Lincoln political items and the 1896 and 1900 McKinley - Bryan campaigns. But I have several items at least from every campaign from 1824 to 2012. I’ve not bought anything yet for 2016.
I have also made an extensive study of American history. I have published articles in the hobby publications like “The Political Bandwagon,” “The Keynoter” and the now defunked “Political Collector.” If you want to know an answer to an American history question, I either know it or have a good idea where to find it.
I am a fiscal conservative with some libertarian leanings. I think that the Federal Governemnt is bloated and that the national debt is going to destroy us. I favor gay marriage and believe that married couples should have the right to an abortion if they so choose in the early part of pregnacy. I believe in free markets and free trade. I can’t agree with the Libertarian idea that you have to wait until the barbarians are at the gate before you can defend your country. I also don’t think that it’s a great idea to let everyone take the drugs of their choice, which seems to be a libertarian idea.
I am a reluctant Trump supporter. I will vote for him because he is not Hillary Clinton. If I am allowed to express my views here, I will explain why I feel that way.
I worked extensively for Mitt Romney 2012 and knocked on doors in the Florida heat to help him get elected. I also worked the phones. I might work in the Florida Senate race this year.
I guess I’ve said enough to please some people and anger others. That’s who I am. I’ve too old to let “the get along to come along” demands to dominate my views. I favor smaller government with fewer laws and regulations. I know that you must compromise to hold a political party together, but I do have principles that I will not break.