In the first two 2016 presidential debates, the Iraq War has been a seemingly hot-button topic with Democratic nominee and former Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee and business mogul Donald Trump repeatedly referring to it as a mistake that never should have happened.
This presidential election is one for the books. And although veterans have historically been strong advocates of voting as a civic duty, contentious nature of the 2016 election may change that. According to census data from the 2012 election, 71.2% of veterans are registered to vote. But this election, between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Republican candidate Donald Trump, has left many Americans questioning whether the electoral system is broken. Some veterans are voting for third-party candidates like Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, but others are choosing a different path: Abstention.
Facebook knows about the birthday gifts you bought on Amazon, has archived all your embarrassing high school breakup statuses, and knows exactly where your mom finds those religious motivational memes she sends to everyone. Unsurprisingly, it also has an idea about your political leanings. And even if you think you’ve managed to outwit Mark Zuckerberg by not posting that photo in your “Make America Great Again” hat, and keeping your political rants to a minimum, you haven’t.