USA Election 2008: I am voting For John McCain and Sarah Palin

I am voting for Senator McCain and Governor Palin.

Election 2008 will be the 7th presidential general election in which I have voted.

In hindsight, I have only regretted my previous votes twice.

The first time was in 1984 when I voted for Walter Mondale instead of Reagan. I was young and liberal from a democratic family attending a liberal/leftist university. I was with Reagan on National Security, but I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him after seeing him confused and befuddled in the first debate.

The second time was when I voted for Al Gore in 2000. I didn’t really like George W. Bush and besides things had gone okay in the moderate Clinton/Gore eight years (tempered by a Republican congress). In the aftermath of Election Day 2000, the dishonorable and dishonest Gore reaction to the vote and his post-election leftist shift made me regret voting for him. On 9/11/2001, I was glad Bush, not Gore, was president.

I don’t think I will regret my choice of McCain/Palin.

You can read a summary of what I believe here. In short it is something like: Strong on National Security, Pro-Entrepreneurial Capitalism, against big government central planners, for domestic lifestyle tolerance – especially in private, for free trade, against global governance…anyways, you get the idea.

The McCain/Palin ticket is the best fit to my policy views.

The US President must be a leader and be able to react to unexpected events. I believe McCain’s record speaks for itself. His years of service to my country and his leadership role on national issues, including and especially National Security issues like Iraq War policy and the “surge”, give me comfort that when the chips are down and an unexpected crisis emerges that he is the right choice to be President.

I have no illusions that an US President is demigod or can be a messiah. I do not expect McCain to be flawless or that I will always agree with what directions his administration will take. I believe I know enough about him to have positive comfort in future actions he might take.

In contrast, Senator Obama, the Democrat candidate, gives me no comfort.

Obama is an unknown with no experience. He has never run anything. His past is largely detail-free  (partially thanks to an uninterested national media, partially due to his own careful actions). He has shown no leadership in Congress on any issue. He has spent a majority of his short time in congress just running for President. Obama’s views on important issue are the opposite of mine: He urges a sort of soft surrender in Iraq (even now as victory is at hand) and is suggesting a sort of “hugs for thugs and terrorists” style foreign policy. His supporters suggest a 25% reduction in National Security spending, while at the same time Obama suggests he will build a separate “civilian” security force that will be as strong (and well funded) as the armed forces (whatever that means). His global tax idea sounds nuts. Economically, he holds typical leftists views against profit, entrepreneurial activity and commerce. An Obama administration promises to increase USGOV regulatory interference in the economy, reduce commitments to free trade (and therefore forgo the gains from trade), and reduce incentives for entrepreneurs through higher taxes and possibly other socialist minded redistribution efforts. At a time our economy is having problems, Obama’s prescription will make things worse. I expect budget pork to increase as well.

The above is just what is known. Much of what a president does is in reaction to unexpected circumstances. In this, I am gravely concerned about an Obama presidency. It is not just that he has no leadership or executive experience. It not just that when faced with the unexpected Sarah Palin nomination that his campaign freaked out and went on tilt (BTW, Obama better not expect the global media to go after the US’s adversaries like the MSM did against Palin to buy him time). It is not just the Obama cult stuff. I am very troubled by his past and current associations with Marxists/Leftists like former Weathermen, the New Party, ACORN, Reverend Wright and trinity church, his mother, father, family friends, etc. I don’t believe I know the full extent of Obama’s Marxist associations. He hasn’t been forthcoming about them and the media hasn’t been to interested in finding out. The tendency of his campaign to suggest opponents are racists along with other dissent crushing techniques are another signal to me of its leftists roots. Given the misery and waste caused by Marxism in all it forms over the last 100 years and the continuing assault waged by Marxists against democratic capitalism, I do not want as USA President someone who has absorbed many of those views and beliefs to an extent that can not be explained away.

I am voting for Senator McCain and Governor Palin. I urge you to do so as well.

Election 2008 Blowback on wasted Uranium/Iraq related Influence Warfare opportunity

It occurs to me, that wasted (not-taken) Influence Warfare Opportunity that I just blogged about greatly improved the chances of Senator Obama being elected.

With the facts ignored/hidden, Obama can continue to make his claims on the Iraq war. So, he was wrong on the Surge, and he was wrong about the WMDs-as-fake-justification for the Iraq war.

So not only has USGOV freedom-of-action been reduced, not only has trust among current and potential partners been harmed, this wasted Influence Warfare opportunity may lead a Leftist US President (and all the harm that will come to the US with that).

What a clusterflop.

“He is a unifying force between Democrats, Greens, Socialists and Communists”

The press should be doing this, but since they seem to be in the tank for Obama or more concerned with taking down Joe the Plumber, it has fallen on bloggers to research his past.

Obama claims he has no connection of any substance.

Things like this are red flags: “Ayers, Obama, and Klonsky, the former head of the American Communist Party, all maintained offices on the same floor of the same building in Chicago for three years

Iraq Now writes:

I have become convinced: Obama’s roots and sympathies are with the far, far left. He’s not a uniter. He’s a manchurian candidate for the radicals. There is no other explanation for his long and close association with the vilest jackals in American politics. He’s not a unifying force between Democrats and Republicans, and is intellectually incapable of being one. He is a unifying force between Democrats, Greens, Socialists and Communists.

I am leaning that way myself:

Ayres and his ilk haven’t given up on a Communist takeover of the USA. They have just switched from a Guerrilla/4GW approach to an Institutional/Infiltration (5GW) approach.

For the election 2008, the questions are: Is Obama an active 5GWer, just a 5GW Prawn, or its this all coincidental?

There are to many connection, to many links. Instead of be forthcoming (something like “I was young and ambitious and I needed to use them in Chicago Politics”). Instead it is deny it. Cover it up (deleting web evidence). Use the leftist tactic of calling those pointing this out Racists.

“William Ayers’ forgotten communist manifesto: Prairie Fire”

Here is the link.

You can buy it on Amazon.com.

The Weatherman: “they estimated that they’d have to eliminate 25 million people in these re‑education centers…”

Read about it here at Dr. Sanity.

Some “fun” parts:

Most of the people that had no prior experience, let’s say the average Weatherman, if there is such a thing, they were sent to Cuba for training in Cuba.
[…]
Grathwohl: I brought up the subject of what’s going to happen after we take over the government. You know, we become responsible for administrating, you know, 250 million people. And there was no answer. No one had given any thought to economics. How are you going to clothe and feed these people? The only thing that I could get was that they expected that the Cubans, the North Vietnamese, the Chinese and the Russians would all want to occupy different portions of the United States. They also believed that their immediate responsibility would be to protect against what they called the counter-revolution. And they felt that this counter-revolution could best be guarded against by creating and establishing re-education in the Southwest where we would take all of the people who needed to be re‑educated into the new way of thinking and teach them how things were going to be. I asked, “Well, what is going to happen to those people that we can’t re‑educate, that are die-hard capitalists?” And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated and when I pursued this further, they estimated that they’d have to eliminate 25 million people in these re‑education centers. And when I say eliminate, I mean kill 25 million people. I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of whom have graduate degrees from Columbia and other well-known educational centers and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people and they were dead serious.

Ayres and his ilk haven’t given up on a Communist takeover of the USA. They have just switched from a Guerrilla/4GW approach to an Institutional/Infiltration (5GW) approach.

For the election 2008, the questions are: Is Obama an active 5GWer, just a 5GW Prawn, or its this all coincidental?

Notes: Last Week’s Debate

I never got around to posting my notes, but I ended putting them in a comment at ZenPundit:

I didn’t learn anything new about the candidates.

I thought asking the question about their own VP’s was a waste of time?

Questions I would like to have seen:

1) What would be, for your X administration, the US Global Policy Grand Strategy Policy?

2) What would be your process of carrying out national security decision making and operations?

3) Explain what you see as the American dream?

4) What is your immigration policy?

5) Mexico is falling into a Narco-Civil War. What will you administration do?

6) What do see as the role of Government in markets?

7) What will your administration do to increase entrepreneurial activity?

8 ) Should Cartman fight Wendy (I switched channels to South Park for a moment)?

I liked the Al Smith thing from a few nights later better.

On The Bailout aka The Panic of 08 , Part 18: McCain Ideas

Here are some of his new ideas:

In an effort to seize the initiative in tackling the nation’s financial troubles, John McCain on Tuesday outlined a $52.5-billion package of new tax breaks that he said would stimulate the economy and ease the money problems of many Americans.

Details?

…said he would lower the tax rate on their withdrawals from retirement accounts to 10% this year and next.

This is a short term kludge. It does nothing to address short-term credit or long-term growth. It might get him senior citizen votes.

…proposed cutting the capital gains tax in half for two years…

How does this address short-term credit or long-term growth? Lower taxes = good. Lower capital gains tax will help investors long term. But…there is not going to be much in the way to capital gains to tax anyways.

…suspending taxes on unemployment benefits for workers making less than $100,000…

What a joke. If you are unemployed your taxes are small on that. You don’t need to pay until you file that next April.

…ordering the Treasury Department to guarantee 100% of Americans’ savings for six months to calm fears of bank failures.

How about just raising the FDIC limit? No need to involve TreasuryDept.

“If I am elected president, I will help to create jobs for Americans in the most effective way a president can do this — with tax cuts that are directed specifically to create jobs and to protect your life savings,”

At best, these proposals can be characterized as mostly harmless.

The president has limited ability to create jobs (non-USGOV jobs anyways). You can’t focus or aim job creation. It is easier for a President to destroy jobs.

The best the president can do is reduce USGOV interference and distortions, keep the negative-feedback loop of the economy in sync and promote pro-entrepreneurial public policy.

The new slate of proposals is an addendum to the Arizona senator’s already expansive tax-cutting plans and his call to use $300 billion of the $700-billion rescue package to buy up bad mortgages and reset them with more favorable terms.

The above is a terrible idea.

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