With one week until the 2008 Presidential Election, nearly all of the credible polls are listing “undecided” voters as 10% or more. With that in mind, I wish to talk one-on-one with any/all “undecided” voters who might stumble upon this post.
First of all – thank you for taking the time to read this. I’ll try to be short and to the point, as I know your time is valuable.
In the interest of full disclosure: I am a conservative. Right now, my party affiliation is Republican, although I must confess that I haven’t been too happy with the party leadership for at least the past 4 years. That doesn’t automatically mean “I hate Bush”. It simply means that I believe the party has had better leadership, and better leadership-examples in the past. Don’t get me wrong,…I’m not an extreme-right person…never have been, never will be. I am a “federalist” by choice, with a small percentage of Libertarian within, as well. I am not a “social conservative” by definition, but am pro-life (and only favor the choice of abortion in very limited circumstances, but in all cases, it is a states-rights issue, not a federal government issue), pro-2nd amendment, pro-individualism (you know how to take care of yourself better than government ever could), and against just about every form of federal government involvement/promotion of moral stances & issues.
I decide (according to my own beliefs) what I believe to be moral, and what is not, and I use that information to help me decide who I’ll vote for.
With that full disclosure in mind, let me tell you a bit about John McCain…who I’ll admit wasn’t my 1st choice during the primary season (Fred Thompson was):
First off, you may have heard the Obama campaign suggest that John McCain is just like George W Bush. Well, I can tell you he’s not. Now, you can certainly choose to not believe that simple statement, but, let’s look at a few relevant facts:
1. John McCain opposed the pre-”surge” strategy in Iraq. President Bush approved of it and promoted it, until it was obvious it wasn’t going to work (despite the continued excellent work our troops were doing). John McCain was one of the first to push the idea of the “surge”, and as we all know now, it HAS worked. In the end, this showed me that John McCain isn’t afraid to admit when something isn’t working, and something else needs to be tried. That tells me just a bit about his character.
2. John McCain opposes torture of any kind. President Bush (and many within his administration) do not believe that the tactics used by our special forces, intel agents (and the like) are in fact “torture” by definition. But, John McCain has a very unique perspective on what torture is….because he went through it, as he spent over 5 years in Hanoi as a POW. Although I may not totally agree with him about this issue, I DO admire his stance, because it comes from direct experience. He’s lived it…he knows. This, again, tells me a little bit about his character.
3. John McCain has opposed much of President George W Bush’s spending increases throughout 2 terms in the oval office. On some bills, McCain HAD to vote “FOR” passage, since spending for the troops was tied in with the bill. But, McCain strongly opposes “pork” – - all those needless thousands, millions (and sometimes billions) in spending that are routinely asked for and given, at taxpayer expense, for projects “back home” in congressional districts, in order to buy votes. If John McCain becomes our President, he will work to get “pork” out of our fiscal “diet”. His record proves he’ll do this, as he has never taken or asked for “pork”, in all of his time on capital hill. His record proves it.
Those are just a few of the ways John McCain is NOT like George W Bush.
Next, you’ve probably also witnessed what has been happening with congress (both houses) over the past two years, under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, along with a democrat majority. Pelosi and Ried told the country that their congress would be the “most ethical congress in history”. I’ll let you decide on that one, but what I can tell you for a fact, is that this congress (under their leadership) has the lowest approval rating of congress….IN HISTORY. In spite of the few “yellow-dog dems” who have been whipped-on by the dem leadership for daring to vote their conscience instead of along party lines, and in spite of a good number of non-RINO conservatives who work very hard at holding the line on spending and promoting other conservative ideas….this congress (under the Pelosi/Reid leadership) has failed to gain the trust of the American people. Hence the lowest approval rating in history. With Barack Obama in the White House, the current congressional leadership and dem majority would have complete one-sided control over your laws…your money…your country. And if you’re not impressed with the current state of how things look with Pelosi/Reid (and dem majority) at the helm in congress, you might want to consider what it may look like with a super majority Pelosi/Reid/Obama at the helm.
When you hear the news about Obama being in favor of a “redistribution of wealth”, you should ask yourself this:
“Am I o.k. with someone taking my hard earned money, that I’ve worked so hard to get, in order to help myself and my family? Am I in favor of someone telling me that the more I earn, the more they’ll tax me? Should I worry that Barack Obama thinks I should hand over my money, happily, so he can do with it as he sees fit? Will Barack Obama do what Bill Clinton did, suggesting he will only raise taxes on “the rich”, but then quietly raise my taxes as well, even though I don’t consider myself to be financially rich?”
Lastly….the “race” issue has been brought up, seemingly every 5 minutes, during this long campaign. We were all told that Barack Obama was “beyond” racial division. We were told that he would “bridge the gap” of racial divide in this country…That he was the type of person who didn’t see “color” when he looked at the world.
Do you believe that now? Honestly ask yourself that.
You may want to read this, and listen to this, and then form your own opinion.
What I find most troubling, is that every time someone questions Obama’s stance or policies, the inevitable charge of “you must be racist” comes up, either by someone in his own campaign, or by someone who is considered a “campaign surrogate” or well-known supporter, such as Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Father Pfleger, Lewis Farrakhan, or many in the mainstream press itself, such as just recently in Newsweek.
Again…I thought Barack Obama was “above” racial division?
Why would he NOT make a plea to all his supporters to not engage in such talk and behavior?
Aren’t YOU tired of hearing insinuations that YOU are racist, because you question Obama’s policies or stances?
Aren’t YOU tired of hearing insinuations that YOU are racist, because you’re still “undecided”?
Aren’t YOU tired of hearing insinuations that YOU are racist, because you may have originally favored one of the other dem candidates?
Aren’t YOU tired of it all, when it comes to this issue? Are you as confused as I was, when the candidate who was supposed to be “above racial division”, has, for the most part, remained silent and hasn’t strongly and loudly lambasted all suggestions of racism, as promoted by members of his own campaign and his well-known supporters and surrogates?
Do you fear being called a “racist”? Should you?
Because from what I’ve seen so far…THAT is exactly what some in the Obama campaign want you to believe, and they are attempting to use that against those who are still “undecided”, and those who have already said they would not vote for Obama.
In the end…I would ask that you:
1. Vote (Your right to vote is precious, and is still defended, to this very day.)
2. Consider your choice carefully…your vote will impact many, including your family…for potentially decades to come.
If you’d like to do further research, please feel free to visit my forum, and investigate the numerous threads and posts within the “Politics – The ’08 Race” forum. Also do a complete review of Nos’s many articles posted on this very blog. Nos knows his stuff!
Yes, my forum also has many threads and posts dealing with the Ayers issue, the “redistribution of your income” issue, and many other hot-button issues that have surfaced in these past few months.
Thank you for your time.
Talismen – A McCain/Palin supporter