Well, it’s out there now. The campaigns have staked out their messages, and they are both saying, “The other guy is an incompetent, self-serving, manipulative, authoritarian leader wanting to dismantle the ideals of the American experiment and take over government to serve their own purpose.”

Your vote for president is not about differences in policy, it’s for an individual. Differences in policy, in the details on how to further your ideals, are going to be decided, for the most part, in Congress and the courts — if they are still functioning.

Your vote for president is about attitude, the style of your commander. In my experience, that always filters down into the ranks. What is the commander’s style? Just how far would they go to achieve their desires? Just how deceitful, dominating and violent would they be to gain glory?

You have the life history of both men currently running for that office and their actions while in office to draw upon in making your judgment. I ask you to take some time away from the hype and noise of the campaigns and listen to your own soul before choosing.

Col. (Ret.) Dr. Thomas M. Slyter, Port Orchard