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Who will be our 45th President of the United States of America? As we head for elections this fall, in the words of Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, “Vote your conscious in November.” Watching both the Republican (RNC) and Democratic (DNC) conventions on social media, I come away feeling even more uncertain of either party. Frankly, I dislike both candidates, but out of the mouth of my own elderly father, “Vote for the less of two evils.” Consider which candidate would do less damage in office for the next four years and possibly for the next eight years.

While married, my husband and I were “Conservative Democrats.” My husband was an attorney and worked for the State of Georgia. He became an Administrative Law Judge in 1982, about a year after we were married. I volunteered for the Democratic Party when I entered a graduate (Masters) program in spring of 1989. After our marital split in 1996, I became a registered Republican and still to this day….

I am a disabled woman now due to chronic illness and an autoimmune condition. I am single (divorced), retired with only a teacher’s pension and disability. I have a limited income. After earning a doctorate in education in 2004, I taught public high school until 2010. I taught English to special education students. I retired from schoolteaching due to disability in May of 2012.

As I watched the DNC this week, I did not hear one word about ISIS until last night – the third night. Vice-President Joe Biden made a statement about ISIS, however, why wasn’t it not mentioned otherwise? Was it the embarrassment of removing American troops from Afghanistan? Nothing was said of Islamic threats and tactics either. I stayed glued to my television all week waiting to hear about Islamic issues, only to be disappointed.

Media reported that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met privately four hours in the Oval Office after the attack in Libya. President Obama had yet to be notified. Why wasn’t he alerted first? Where was backup and why wasn’t it organized? Americans died because there was no enforcement secured. Their deaths may have been prevented through proper organization of troops.

Also, I didn’t notice the American flag until last night and there was only one on stage. Tonight, there are several American flags. The Democrats are finally getting wiser! Hillary will give her acceptance speech tonight. Chelsea will introduce her mother. Speakers are saying that Hillary has guts. Yes, it must take guts to stand in front of millions watching and declare you are the best running candidate for office.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, spoke on Tuesday night. I listened to his speech, as he declared love for his wife. If Clinton loved his wife so much, why did he openly cheat on Hillary left and right? And where is Monica Lewinsky? Will she make another appearance before long? One thing is certain. Monica was definitely prettier than Hillary. No pun intended.

A recent poll of registered voters revealed that 68% to 70% of voters were dissatisfied with the direction of this country. Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign claims that all is right with America and this country is great. First Lady Michelle Obama said eight years ago that the nation wasn’t great. That conflicted with her speech on Monday night.

Americans need to wake up and look around them. Some just don’t want to see the truth. The Democrats are leading the nation into a Socialist society. They want to override the middle class with only upper and lower classes. More terrorists are entering the country with terrorist threats against the country. More law enforcement officers are injured or killed everyday by defending their own officers. Property taxes are highly inflated and rising, while unemployment remains a national concern among people in the workforce and recent college graduates.

In the past decade, health care has been costly for the average American, while people on welfare and illegal aliens fill the Health Departments applying for Medicaid. Guess who pays that bill? The taxpayers do! Gun control is ‘out of control’ becoming significantly problematic in major cities all over the country. More young adults and children are killed in schools from gunmen that were allowed to purchase firearms without so-called ‘sanctioned’ or legalized gun laws. More mass killings are seen across the country as in the recent shootings in Orlando, Florida. The country is trillions in debt and raising taxes to bring in revenue for the nation. College students and graduates are deeply in debt due to student loans and delinquent bills.

Hillary’s pitch of Donald Trump’s “Not qualified for office, fake campaign and bully tactics,” are trumping the podium for Trump’s slamming words that “Maybe Russia will find Hillary’s 30,000 missing emails.” Do we want or need a bully in office? And what happened to the individuals that lost their money and scholarships to Trump University years ago? The DNC hasn’t left Trump in a good light. They stated he ran millions in debt and claimed bankruptcies, leaving businesses in a jam to take the fall. On the other hand, the RNC had made Hillary look like an incompetent woman who needs advice on everything…they talked mainly about her crooked political strategies and dishonesty. Yet, Hillary claims she is the best qualified to lead the nation.

Some feel that Trump is a God-sent for our nation. Is he the man for us? My parents didn’t raise a dummy. I do believe in equality and fairness to all. I don’t believe in misleading people with unproven statements or half-truths. As much as we have been lied to these past eight years, Americans are getting sick and tired of all the bureaucratic monopoly in Washington D.C. Nothing is being done and I feel that once Hillary is in office, the nation may see a repeat of Obama Care and political tactics. More so, it may get worse.

I am not a “Pig” either, in Trump’s slurring words in his viewpoint of women. He wasn’t just talking about Rosie either. Trump doesn’t feel that Hillary is capable of holding office, yet Hillary trumps Trump in political experience. A woman is equally capable of holding office if well-qualified for the job. I am for equal opportunities and humanity for all, men and women, race, creed or color. In the quote of President Obama’s speech last night, “Yes, we can!”

I leave you in light of V.P. Biden’s speech last night, “God bless you and God bless America.” Vote your conscious, but whatever you do, please get out in November and vote! Don’t let Obama serve another four years by not voting for either candidate. That would be a national tragedy. This is your time to get out and make a voice for yourself as well as your family. The time to decide the direction of this nation. What do you want in terms of civil rights? Of American rights? Of LGBT rights? Of illegal immigrants? Of prayer in schools? Of national security? Of gun control? Of Social Security and Medicare?

As our forefathers stood in the halls where liberty and democracy were created, let freedom ring for all citizens who stand proud to say America is their homeland, their country and one that they love. “Libertas Omnium” or “Libertas Supra Omnia,” which translates to “Freedom for all.” As Spock said in Star Trek’s Wrath of Khan, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or one.”

Written by Anne Rakestraw Murray