I don't really consider myself a republican or democrat. I try to listen to what candidates have to say, but over the last twenty years, I haven't really seen any of them stick by what they claim while on the campaign trail. Trying to steer a boat as big as our country and keep it on a true course has to be all but impossible. I don't think it's possible to do a "good job" at that level in this modern age. We, as a country, are not going to come together on any major points. Almost everyone I know or deal with has a very low opinion of lawyers, yet how many politicians these days are from any other profession? I can't remember the last time I heard of a long time politician who was a machinist, a nurse, a farmer, or any other profession. They are quick to claim how "salt of the earth" they are when it's convenient for them to say things like that, usually during an election year, but again, they just tell us whatever they have to get us to vote for them. The people who represent us are professional double talkers. Spinning stories is what they do for a living, so why in the world would we want lawyers ascending to the highest levels of power in our Government? How does a person who speaks only legal-ese and makes a six figure salary know how I can best put my kid thru college ten years from now? Politicians believe only in expediency.The days of finding someone the whole country will rally around are gone. Instant media, instant Facebook updates and the speed of technology has all of us convinced our opinions on any subject matter and that we all could do a better job given the chance. I would hate to be President. How do you run a country with so many wolves snapping at your feet from every angle imaginable? I don't think any ONE person has the charisma or tact to be able to sway a majority of our country on any topic. If we are ever able to get past democrat versus republican it will be at least a start in the right direction. Immediately labeling ourselves as one or the other, you've already polarized yourself against the other half. As a country, we are so caught up in only a two party system that it seems what matters, electing the best person for the job, gets lost in the argument of the person being a republican or a democrat. I don't like wasting my vote on a third party candidate any more than anyone else does. I have done this a couple of times, then, in hindsight, was pissed off at myself because I knew damn good and well the winner was going to be someone with a D or an R beside their name. I wish I could believe that these candidates running for office are trying to get there to help the people they represent, but I don't believe that any longer. Over the years, I have come to the conclusion and continue to believe that anyone who will spend 100 million dollars to get elected to a job that pays one twentieth of that has an alternate agenda and really doesn't care of my hardships. A politician's job in our era is to smile politely, appeal to as many people as possible on any given topic while not committing to anything on paper or in person. The celebrity factor of politics is what seems to matter now. The fact you aren't getting anything done is hidden by how many guest appearances you do on TV and how many people you have following you on Twitter. Time and time again, we see politicians caught up in scandal, belittling the trust over and over we the people bestow upon them to represent our wants and needs. I've never lived in England but I think it's interesting that members of the ruling family are expected to serve in the military in some capacity. I highly admire this quality, if you are going to rule, you need to know how to serve the country you are going to be in charge of. Being in the military doesn't automatically make you a great leader, but at least you can come at the job from the angle you have put boots on the ground in the name of your country. I don't know how our country is going to sort anything out, if we ever find a way, I'll be amazed. Not very realistic, but I'd love to fire everyone, from the President on down the line to the newest Senator and Congressman, tell everyone thanks, but your services are no longer needed. Everyone get together as small communities and elect some folks who might actually serve us rather than themselves. Lepp, don't think your service goes unappreciated, Semper Fi.