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.