That is an easy answer but want to make sure you understand how I think politically in my past.
I am a registered Republican but I have always voted for the person I thought was the best for the job regardless of political party. I was a big fan of Ronald Reagan during my early years of voting and liked his leadership qualities. He made me proud to be American and felt he had good control over the country and the rest of the world. I then supported George H. W. Bush for many years but did not like many political decisions he made during his Presidency. In 1996, I voted for Democrat, Bill Clinton for his second term in office because during his first 4 years in office he was helping balance our budgets and was keeping our national debt in check despite the many terrible things swirling around him at the time like his known extra marital affairs with Jennifer Flowers and the North American Fair Trade Agreement he signed. Despite some personal issues Clinton had and some things I considered bad moves politically, I felt that he had implemented some good policies during his first 4 years like FMLA [Family Medical Leave Act] and he was tough on illegal immigration signing the IIRIRA [Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1966] to deport illegals and also reduce the number of legal immigrants by several hundred thousand per year. Plus Bill Clinton was just a very likable candidate, the type of person who seemed like he could relate to you and your situations in life.
If we move ahead to 2008 Presidential election, to be honest, President Obama was not a well-known candidate to me at the time and I had not done extensive research into his policies as Senator of Illinois. However, after 8 disappointing years with George W. Bush administration, it was apparent that America was looking for a major change. The Republican candidate that year was John McCain and I did vote for McCain in 2008, not because I had passion for him but because of his military background and the terrible 9/11 tragedy. In the back of my mind I knew McCain was going to lose to Barack Obama but because I felt that I did not have any solid background information on Obama, his youth and lack of political or business background did not attract me to Obama as a candidate. Once Obama was elected, I was behind him as our new President. He talked about his white mother and black father often, his difficult childhood and the fact that he was committed to work hard and not take vacations to get things in this country on track. America needed a change and I was able to say this man is well spoken, young and could be good for our country. What a better way to unite us all as brothers and sister with a man of mix race.
During his first 4 years of office, I found him to be talking down to citizens in his addresses to America and blaming everything he could not get done in office on former President Bush or no cooperation with Republicans. He also was getting involved with way too many social issues of America and not spending enough time worrying about terrorists that were starting to penetrate America and keeping us safe. The bailouts of the banks and the auto companies with our tax money were something I could never agree with. The bailout to me stood against everything I believed in. The way things worked in my mind was the strong survive and the weak fall away in business. He continued to ‘bad-mouth’ America, the country I loved by telling us how unfair things are between economic classes, race, religion, sexes ... His ideals seemed to be moving away from what I believed in and was moving towards a socialist society. I always felt that socialism is a great idea but it does not always work. America was built on hard work and I built what I had on hard work. More and more social programs were being built to give away tax moneys, immigration was on the rise but the saddest part was sanctuary cities were being created to allow illegal immigrants a place to go, live and be protected, which is against Federal Law and President Obama did nothing to stop it. My feelings as a citizen of the United States that this was not keeping me and my family safe.
By the 2012 election, things in America had started to change to a country that I no longer recognized. As a white middle class male, I no longer could state my opinion on what President Obama was doing. The minute I said anything negative about his policies, I was told I was a racist. That is very odd because many of my friends are of different races, sexual orientations, women, religions... I saw a bad precedence starting in America. In 2012, I was going to vote against Obama regardless of who the other presidential candidates were. The person who I was hopeful would unite the country, seemed to be tearing down everything that I believed made up of America. Our President was leading the sheep to the slaughter (just my opinion). As we both know, Barack Obama won a second term in office and my feeling was the country will continue to slide into a direction that I feel is not in our countries best interest. Race wars, murder, weak military, national debt, illegal immigration, hate crimes, bullying, flag burning, unemployment, under employment, ACA ... all things for the average working American was getting worse. Many individual special interest groups’ things were getting better but if we look at things for the overall good of America, we were imploding.