Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Why I am voting for John McCain

This is going to be a fairly long piece so fasten your seat belts, it is going to be a bumpy ride (you need to say that to yourself using a Bette Davis kind of voice, just for the effect).

The presidential voting season has rolled around again (actually it feels like it was never really gone) and for the first time I feel that I need to actually write down why I am voting for one candidate over another. I have tried to stay out of the fray, to stay above it all, to not be dragged into the melee. But that is really just like walking through the barnyard and trying not to step in the cow pucky. Not going to happen. So, here it is.

People, it is in the end about character. Character matters and that is why I could never vote for either of the Democratic candidates. Guess that gives away who I will be voting for but we will deal with that in a minute. First let’s take a tour of Democratic side of the ticket.

Ladies first is always the polite thing to do so let’s talk about Hillary Rodham Clinton. As I have said (and will say again), character matters. Senator Clinton tells us, repeatedly, that she has the experience for the job. What experience might that be? Being the wife of the President does not give you any experience for the job. I am the wife of the CEO and I am not in any way qualified to step into my husband’s shoes. That is just a ridiculous claim.

Senator Clinton also seems to have a real problem with telling the truth. Any of these ring a bell? Travelgate, Whitewater, Sandy Berger’s pants, Filegate, spiraling down under sniper fire in Bosnia. By the way, regarding Bosnia. Lets think that through. Mrs. Clinton has said that it was too dangerous for the President to go to Bosnia so they sent her instead. Come again. Do you REALLY think that if it was too dangerous for the President that they would have sent the First Lady (well some would I am sure but get real). I digress..

Hillary’s “lack of truthfulness” isn’t a new phenomenon. Jerry Zeifman, the retired Chief of Staff of the House Judiciary Committee, was Hillary Rodham’s boss during the Watergate hearings. He fired her for lies and unethical behavior. Mr. Zeifman is a long time democrat not some “crazy republican” out to do a hatchet job. It is very instructive to go to his website, to read the entire article. Well worth the effort. I couldn’t make this up if I was trying. Well, I could but I have better things to do.

Mrs. Clinton says she is for getting out of Iraq right away, “in her first days in office” (that is a direct quote from her website). I am not going to debate whether we should be in Iraq at all. That is beside the point now, we ARE there and because we are there we need to finish the job that we have started. Since I have a nursing degree I often think of things in medical terms. So, you don’t stop taking your antibiotics when you START to feel good, or because you think the job is done or because you never thought you should have taken them in the first place. If you do, the bad bugs come back stronger and harder to kill. Al Qaeda as a very bad bug. We leave now and Al Qaeda will be back and emboldened. This paragraph could also be applied to Barak Obama who wants to pull the troops out as well, even in the face of what the military experts are saying.

Does Senator Clinton really think that we believe that she didn’t know about Bill’s issues with fidelity? A vast right wing conspiracy? Hello! And don’t think that he has changed his tune. If he thought that he could get away with it when he was PRESIDENT OF THE USA then I am sure he hasn’t quit now, he has just gotten better about sneaking around. I would guess that Hillary did have a conversation with him before officially declaring her run for the White House. My guess is that it went something like this, “Bill, if I ever catch you taking Little Willy out to play in someone else’s yard again I am going to change you from a rooster to a hen in one shot.” Imagine Bill Clinton in the White House with nothing to do. The mind boggles.

Mrs. Clinton and I don’t agree on one single thing, not taxes, not Iraq, not immigration. And don't get me going on Universal Health Care! So I just have to decline the offer to join the team.

Lest you think I don’t want a woman to be President then let me disabuse you of that thought. I would welcome a woman in the Oval Office, just not THIS woman. How about someone on the lines of Margaret Thatcher or Condoleezza Rice?

Now let’s talk about Barak Obama. On the surface I will give him all the points for charisma, eloquent speech and good looks. But people lets say it again, “Character matters.” Keep repeating that. The old adage about not judging a book by the cover comes to mind.

Senator Obama it is very difficult (read impossible) for me to believe you attended a church for 20 years and didn’t hear anything controversial from a pastor who has the cojones (look that word up if you don’t know what it is) to get up in the pulpit and say, “God Damn America!” I hate even writing that phrase let alone saying it. You claim Pastor Wright as your mentor, the man who performed your wedding, the man who baptized your children.........the man who gave an award to Louis Farakkhan, the man who feels that AIDS is a government plot to kill off blacks. You dedicated a book to him and yet you never heard anything offensive. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

While we are on the subject of people you hang with, let’s discuss your friendly relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Bill Ayers is an admitted and unrepentent domestic terrorist. Think Timothy McVeigh only not as “successful”, although he wishes he had been. Senator Obama would have us believe that Mr. Ayers is now “respectable” and “mainstream”. That the things that he participated in were done 40 years ago and therefore aren't relevant today. Attempted murder and subversion of the government aren't relevant 40 years later? Oh please. John Hinderaker of Powerline has done a great job of pulling together the information on the friends of Barak Obama here and here. With friends like these the US does not need any more enemies.

I know, I know. I am just a bitter woman clinging to her guns and religion. Sorry Senator Obama, I just can't give you my vote. The disdain and elitism that I hear in your speeches is not the change I want to see in the country that I love. And speaking of your calls for "change". What change would that be? An increase in taxes? Do you really think that increasing taxes on those who provide jobs is the way to foster new jobs? Do you really think that rolling back Nafta is the way to foster our standing in the world. It will just mean that to others our word is not our word.

I have no problem with a black man for president, it just can't be you. How about Ken Blackwell, Michael Steele or J.C.Watts. Those are men of color who I could get behind.

So, we finally come to John McCain. Saving the best for last. I will say, right off the bat that I don't agree with him on everything. We take widely divergent paths when it comes to immigration, campaign finance reform, whether waterboarding is actually torture and a host of other things. But just because we disagree on some things doesn't mean we can't get along together just fine. He does what he thinks is right, whether it makes the left think he is nuts or the right think he is a traitor to the "conservative cause". I like that in an old white guy who can't comb his own hair.

John McCain can laugh at himself. He has been willing to say, "Hey I was wrong on that issue but I have it right now" (no "I misspoke" being bandied about). No elitist snobbery there as far as I can see. He has it right on raising taxes and earmarks and pork barrel spending. No to all of them.

I want a man in the Oval office, waiting for that 3am phone call who isn't going to take any horse pucky from anyone (I wanted to write another word but I refrained). Do you think that a man who spent 5 1/2 years in a Vietnamese prison camp, who had his leg broken (not once but twice) and his shoulders dislocated during torture, who said he wouldn't take an early release because his other soldiers were still there, is going to be a "lets sit around and talk about it kind of guy. Singing Kumbaya with terrorists?" I don't think so. I want someone who is going to do what has to be done.

Now John is a tad on the older side (sorry mom) and at times has a bit of a temper but I want someone with a bit of a temper when Osama or Kim Jong Il or the Chinese or Putin or nutty Chavez or any of the Islamic terrorists come knocking at our door. Heck, I don't want them to have the chance to come knocking at the door. Don't give me this business about sitting down and talking out our differences. The Islamic extremists want to kill us. It is convert or die. No talking needed.

Senator McCain you have my vote.


  1. Deb Quigg for President, 2012!

    P.S ... I check your blog daily. You are muy amusing and a talented writer to boot!

    P.S.S This is your favorite cousin, Amanda. You know, the pretty one. (Gotcha Laura! She reads your blog too..)

  2. Mandy! We were just discussing you yesterday.....only in GOOD terms. I will run for POTUS if you are the VP. Good times in the White House. I bet THEY will let you refinish furniture in your bedroom.

  3. Yeah, I chide myself over that at least once a day. What. Was. I. Thinking?

    Again, sorry. I'm a much better behaved girl/houseguest now. Housebroken even.

  4. Awesome, awesome, awesome! I like your summary of all three candidates and I agree with every last word. I see in McCain the potential for a Reagan-type legacy -- he's a real leader, who has an appreciation for the horror of war and terrorism.


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