Why I’m voting for John McCain
One of these days, if and when third party candidates are a viable option and if the greater of the two evils can’t do any damage while in office, I might take a leap of faith and vote third party in the presidential elections.
For now, I will refrain from doing that and vote for John McCain on November 4.
There are issues with which I agree with McCain strongly and those that I don’t. Then there is Barack Obama, a man whose style triumphs over his substance and who is wrong on virtually every issue while bringing to the table a woeful lack of experience or assertiveness. I find Obama’s talk of “change” to be nothing more than recycled demagoguery.
As an independent conservative, I believe McCain is right on three key issues: cutting spending while keeping taxes low, protecting America’s sovereignty and security against terrorists and the issue of life. Whereas Obama feels that the question of when life begins is “above [his] pay grade”, McCain emphatically believes that life begins at conception.
I listened to the first two debates between McCain and Obama. McCain seemed rough early in the first debate but picked up steam as the debate went on. Granted, he’s not a great speaker, but I observed many more attempts by McCain to offer specifics to his plans than what Obama did. In the second debate, a town-hall format, Obama frequently looked lost. (I guess not having a teleprompter will do that). Here in Michigan where car/deer accidents happen daily, that’s a look you don’t want to see in a president.
Especially if there’s a 3 a.m. call and a crisis to deal with.
Then there’s the tax issue. I find Obama’s plan one that’s vague and seems to change whenever new focus group data comes in. I cringe to think of those who might be considered “rich” under Obama. Perhaps two of my brothers-in-law–one who’s a small business owner and the other who’s about to open his own small trucking business. Perhaps freelance clients of mine. Of course, it’s hard to tell since nailing down specifics on Obama’s tax plan is like trying to drink tea using chopsticks.
Yes, there’s a deficit, and yes, the war on terror has been costly. But when I consider a candidate like Obama who wants to increase taxes and government spending while we already have a deficit and national debt, I have to ask this: considering how many billions of dollars annually our government already wastes irresponsibly, why should it be given even more money to spend? Obama said we need a scalpel instead of an axe when cutting the budget. I disagree. Do we really need a National Endowment for the Arts? Do we really need faith-based initiatives? Whether a Republican or Democrat gets elected, do we really need multi-million-dollar inaugural galas?
When it comes to the war on terror, Obama especially worries me. I don’t think he really understands the evil we’re up against, especially since he has reported ties to the Nation of Islam and considering that he wants to have dialogues with regimes like Iran (which doesn’t recognize Israel and whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, denies the Holocaust took place). Obama runs the same old, tired approach that America is responsible for the world’s being angry with us and that it’s up to liberals to go out there and repair the international damage Bush has done. Yes, the same liberals who were offended by President Ronald Reagan referring to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire” and who view foreign policy as a glorified popularity contest.
When it comes to protecting this country and growing its economy, I’d rather put my trust in a senator who feels that tax cuts should be accompanied by spending cuts, one who believes the government should be thrifty instead of spendthrifty, and one who knows, first-hand, what it’s like to serve one’s country and suffer for it. I don’t see those qualities in Obama; instead, I see a man who talks the talk but is too dreadfully inexperienced and unwise to walk the walk. For these reasons, I will be voting for John McCain for president.