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Saturday Top 5: Reasons to Vote for John McCain

Last week, I gave 5 reasons to vote for Barack Obama.  I understand that there are many people who will vote for Obama for many reasons, but if you used the reasons listed last week to determine your vote, you need some help.  Here are the top 5 reasons to select John McCain as President of the United States.

#5 The economy is on the precipice of recession. One candidate wants to lower taxes and stimulate real jobs, the other candidate wants to lower some taxes, give government handouts, and introduce numerous other taxes to pay for his giant nationalization of the free system in America.  Our system is the best and most successful system in the world and we do not need to make the kind of changes Obama is advocating.  We need lower corporate taxes to attract business which creates jobs.  We do not need an all-intrusive government handing money out to her children so they can stay enslaved.  America’s financial strength was not built on the socialistic principles that have failed everywhere they have been implemented.  Economic pain really stinks, but sometimes it is necessary.  Every time we let the government protect us from every pain, it would be like having your mom and dad walking behind you all through life to catch you when you fall.  People have to fall, and people have to get up.  But we cannot live life without ever failing.  Even the greatest men in history failed time and again before they succeeded.

#4 The War in Iraq is being won. Whether or not you believe we should have gone to Iraq in the first place, the issue at this point would be leaving the country in a condition to maintain it’s stability so we would not have to go back in once again.  Obama fought against the surge and will not admit that the surge has worked.  For many weeks, McCain was one of the few politicians who advocated the surge, and it took a while for others to jump on board.  The surge has succeeded beyond everyone’s imagination, and those principles are what we need in Afghanistan.  That is the type of leadership I want in the Whitehouse.  I want a man who will stand up for what is right even when it is not popular.  McCain did that and will continue to do that.  Obama will continue to push for withdrawal of our troops, even on the verge of success and stabilization and even at the expense of the Iraqi people.

#3 The right to keep and bear arms as enumerated in the Bill of Rights is an individual right, not a collective right granted to the state. McCain has a strong record of protecting the individual right to keep and bear arms, and his opponent has the opposite record of trying to restrict the individual rights of Americans.  This is a major reason I am supporting John McCain for POTUS.  As a “bitter clinger“, I am offended and distrustful of any politician that thinks I am too stupid to protect myself and my family.  We should never trust our provision, whether for food, protection, or money to the government.  “FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!”  🙂

#2 John McCain is not Barack Obama. Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest selling points in this election.  McCain will not: sit down with terrorist heads of state and rogue dictators and negotiate; appoint tons of left wing federal judges; destroy the American economy; surround himself with far left advisers; submit to the will of the UN; make a move to restrict individual liberty like free speech, religious speech, and gun rights.  It’s not necessarily a good thing to run on the negative side in politics, but those of us on the right (which is right) do not have an inspiring choice this year.  McCain has no big ideas when it comes to inspiring the masses, but he sure has this going for him… HE’S NOT OBAMA.

#1 Because the innocent unborn must be protected. John McCain has had his share of issues and reasons to not receive my vote.  Most of which are his disappointing bipartisanship and the way he bends over backward to help the left wing Democrats accomplish their mission to raise taxes and weaken the American wage earner, but he has stood firm in support of the innocent unborn.  For this reason it is imperative for me, as a Christian and someone who wants to see life protected, to vote for John McCain for president.  No other issue is as volatile, and no other issue has been as firmly entrenched in our political fight.  This is the first time in years that we actually have a chance to make a difference.  With a minimum of two left wing judges coming off the court in the next 4 years due to retirement, and the court at a 5-4 balance in favor of the left, we can do something big this election.  With a president Obama, the courts left wing majority will be locked in place for possibly another 10 years or more.

There were plenty of other examples I could give to show you why I am supporting McCain in this election.  Please feel free to add to the list or to show why I am wrong.

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Line of Thought

-Yesterday in the early afternoon I accomplished my early vote. I felt like I was back in college registering for classes again. I had to stand in line to wait so I could stand in another line, then stand in one more line to vote, then stand in one final line to cast the ballot. Line, line, everywhere’s a line!

-At about 4:30, I went back to the city hall to stand with my wife so she could vote. The line moved quicker it seemed and she studied up prior to voting. This time, she voted much quicker than I did since she was better prepared with the city’s charter amendments, the state’s constitution amendments, and the judges.

-I believe this is the first time I cast a vote on each item of the ballot. It helps to have a blackberry so you can look up some quick info on judges and amendments prior to marking your ballot, but it also slows things down a little.

-Some entrepreneurial kids were outside the polling place practicing some good old fashioned capitalism selling “President Obama” t-shirts. I probably should have bought one and given half the money to someone on the street. 🙂

-A truck covered with Obama/Biden and Joe Garcia stickers, posters, and signs was parked by the street. On the back were two flags, about 4′ by 6′. One was Puerto Rico and the other was another Caribbean nation. I asked the guy that if he wanted Americans to vote for his preferred candidate then shouldn’t he have an American flag at least somewhere in the area. I don’t think he was targeting Americans. Some of the people there in line were not impressed with the truck.

-The elections workers were very helpful, patient, and for the most part professional. Water was provided for everyone who was standing in line outside.

-The whole process for my voting experience was about 1 hour and 45 minutes, and 1 hour and 10 minutes for Marcela.

-I’m voting absentee next election. I have said it before, but this time I mean it!

-I saw 3 different families from Pathway Christian School, some of which I haven’t seen since before Hurricane Andrew. I barely recognized one of them until he told me who he was.

-There are less than 6 days until all ballots should have been cast and counted. It may be months before we know for certain who our next president is. In our letigious society, we will probably have to wait for the courts, judges, and lawyers to “weigh in”.

-There have been roughly 9000 attorneys hired to contest election results in the battleground states. Obama is out-lawyering McCain in this election by more than 2-1. How did we get to this point in our elections.

-No matter who you vote for, please be sure to inform yourselves. I suggest bypassing the biased “mainstream” media which more and more seems to be a branch of the left, and pay no attention to the clever advertisements on both sides meant to scare you into voting or not voting for a candidate. Develop a political philosophy and base it on a sound world view and economic common sense. Vote for the candidate or party that best represents your philosophy. In other words, be informed about your vote. While neither candidate is ideal in my opinion, and both are more liberal than other candidates I have seen in the past, but they are very different choices in their philosophical approach.

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Puppy Dog Thoughts

-Guys like dogs. But we usually like rough and ready dogs like the Doberman, German Shepherd, hounds, and bullies.
-Marcela has been set on getting a puppy for a while. Yesterday she won.
-She picked out a soft little white Maltese boy and named him Maximus. Maximus could have been named Minimus since he is supposed to grow to about 6-9 pounds.
-He’s a very sweet little fella, but he doesn’t look very tough. He’s not going to be able to protect Marcela from much more than a mouse.
-This breed is supposed to be the ultimate companion dog and they supposedly do not shed. And according to all that I have read, they are not prone to excessive barking, digging, chewing, or health issues.
-We have got to get rid of all the other critters in the house. We have little parrots, a turtle with fish, and two hermit crabs.
-In the debate last night, as I was watching I was thinking that McCain won. At the end of the debate, the commentators explained that Obama won. I just don’t understand the criteria of a debate. I thought it was based on issues, but apparently it’s based on personality and the ability to talk smoothly.
-Why does the mainstream news ignore other big domestic issues like immigration, gun control, and judicial restraint? McCain has not pushed the point either, even though his views line up with the majority of America.
-The election is less than three weeks away and the McCain campaign has shown a lack of discipline on message and theme. Who nominated him? He’s the better of the two choices by far, but he is too liberal for my preference.
-One of the major issues facing this nation is the entitlement mentality. Under a President Obama, entitlement programs will grow. The cuts proposed by Obama will not address welfare or entitlements. You can be sure the military will be cut and taxes will be increased if he is elected.
-Maybe next time around, the conservatives will come out and ensure we are afforded a true conservative choice.
-“Joe the Plumber” is America’s most popular guy. Too bad he is rich and will have to pay more taxes. He is going to have to spread his wealth to the poor.

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Spontanious Thought

  • This morning, I enjoyed a breakfast I prepared at my house of scrambled eggs, sausage, and a slice of low carb toast with my mom at the church office.  The food was delicious, if I do say so myself.  My mom made the coffee and it was great.
  • The topic on everyone’s mind is the economy.  Who would have thought that this country could be so vulnerable?  It seems like the things we put our trust in can so easily fail, but only God does not fail.
  • Combined with a lack of available money in the banks, fear is one of the driving forces in this potential meltdown.  It’s the fear that if I don’t get my money out now, I will not be able to get my money at all.  So people will cash out of banks, money markets, mutual funds, etc, and the available liquid assets banks and lenders use to extend credit dries up.  Without the available credit to do normal business, and banks not having money to lend, it further drives people to pull their cash out.  When a bank cannot give you cash that is in your account, they go under.  When their is no available credit or liquid assets, corporations and businesses cannot pay employees, consumers cannot purchase goods, and the economy completely grinds to a halt.
  • It’s not uncommon for a bank to fail.  It has happened before.  It is not uncommon for homeowners to foreclose.  That happens at a fairly predictable pace.  What is not common in the US is double digit unemployment, foreclosures in the numbers we are seeing and will continue to see over the next couple years, and major investment firms folding over night due to a lack of liquid assets.  We are teetering on a true economic meltdown.
  • The $700 billion bailout (which would more likely be $1 to $1.5 trillion) would not really solve the problem.  The government claims that taxpayers would not get stuck with 100% of that bill.  They claim that there would be revenue from those toxic loans and mortgages as a percentage would continue to pay their mortgages, and the other homes that the government would foreclose on would be sold or rented for revenue.  I have a hard time believing that the government can efficiently sell or rent property at a rate that would bring in revenue, and even if they could I don’t believe that they would pay down any debt with that revenue.  They would find a way to spend it on something new.
  • I also believe in the free market.  I believe that there has to be pain in order for their to be healing.  Unfortunately, this problem seems to have stemmed from the Community Reinvestment Act, which mandated that banks and lenders approve mortgages for people and businesses who were under qualified as a way of extending “the American Dream” to everyone.
  • Just for the record, I don’t believe the American Dream is owning a house or anything like that.  The American Dream is the idea that no matter where I start in life, I have the right to pursue happiness, to attempt to better myself, to risk, and that I am not forced into a “class” the rest of my life.  But just because I put my hand out, say gimme, and declare that “yes I can” does not mean “yes I will” or “no I won’t”.  Nobody owes you or me anything by birth.  But greed has pushed us to the edge.
  • McCain has suspended his presidential campaign while he goes to DC to work on a fix to this mess.  I appreciate that even though it may end his chance to be president.  Obama continues to want to have the debate, McCain wants to work.  There is time for the debates later, but this crisis is happening now.  Talking about it will not get it done.  I am not interested in a talker or debater for president as much as I want someone who will get the hard work done that is needed.
  • If this is a political stunt, it will be exposed as such.  If this is not a political stunt, then shame on those who are saying that it is.  Obama could look to his senior colleague in the senate for guidance here.  Let’s do this thing right.

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Pure Thoughts

  • Football season is upon us. It’s the only sport that really gets my blood flowing. Other sports are fun and fill the gap between off season, but football is the one I really love. The Dolphins and the Canes look much improved over last year.
  • Politics are also upon us, also. It is no secret (and many who read here may disagree with me) that I am a conservative. I have strong opinions on the right to life, individual freedom and responsibility, RTKBA, the economy, and taxes. So far, the most significant political decision I have ever witnessed in American politics was McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin for Vice Presidential running mate.
  • Governor Palin is a committed Christian, a mother of 5, a true pro life idealist who practices what she preaches. She has been attacked since the first day she was selected. So far, her family has been attacked, feminists and leftists have attacked her ability to parent, she has had her Christianity questioned, her experience and ability has been attacked, and her “lipstick on a pit bull” joke has been turned around to lipstick on a pig by several Democrats including Barack Obama. One prominent state Democrat chairperson stated that her primary qualification was that she did not have an abortion. The attacks have been vicious and brutal. Through all of that, McCain went from a 6 point deficit in the opinion polls to a 5 point lead. The mud slinging has back fired, and McCain comes out looking like a genius for this pick.
  • I have posted before that I support McCain/Palin for several reasons:
  1. The Economy: We do not need to raise taxes on anyone, especially the upper class and business owners who already carry the largest portion of the tax burned in this country. Our progressive tax code borders on socialist redistribution of wealth.
  2. The Courts: 2 or more SCOTUS Justices will retire in the next 4 years. McCain has promised to appoint strict constructionists to the courts, not judges who will make up the law and state that the Constitution is a living breathing document. That has implications for Roe v Wade (a horrible decision), RTKBA, freedom of speech, property rights, and separation of church and state (the freedom to worship). Right now the court sits at 4 constructionists and 5 “living document” justices, one of which is a moderate swing judge. Of the 3 most likely to retire in the next 4 years, they are 3 of the 4 most radical left wing judges on the bench. One judge could change this nation for the better.
  3. Security: We need a president who can make a decision and live with it. I trust McCain to protect this country from the many enemies in this world who want the US to fail and would love to attack us. Obama has not made real decisions in his lifetime, and that’s probably a good thing. His view of the world is that we should sit down with our enemies and chat. I want a president who is able to sit and talk when appropriate, but has the guts and experience to stand up our enemies. McCain is that man.
  • With all of the above in mind, both campaigns are avoiding one of America’s biggest concerns. What is going on with Social Security and Medicare? These entitlement programs have become monsters, not only of obligation to the promises made to those who have paid in and deserve to be treated with respect, but also streams of revenue for the government. Estimates (that have been pretty accurate) are that by 2017, the system will not be bringing in enough money to pay obligations. The money that is being robbed out of the account to pay our minimum bills will be less that we need another 20 years later. Therefore, we will have to raise the caps, reduce benefits, raise the benefit age, raise taxes, or some such thing, just to keep the system afloat for a few more years. This does not even address how to fix the problem. This is only a stop gap. To the Republicans, this is an issue that is scary to touch. It is used as a political weapon to attack anyone who wants to change it. To the Democrats (who ignorantly say the system is solid), it is a goose laying their golden eggs (votes). Yet, to this point, nobody is talking about it in this election. I guess we are just going to pass the buck along to each president until it is a full scale crisis and let him or her take the blame.
  • As I see it, the only president that tried to present a solution was George W Bush who was burned on his privatized system (which would work). After he was burned, instead of going back to the drawing board he did the opposite. He added to the bloat. The prescription drug benefit just made the system bigger and more untouchable. This has been a failure, not a success for this administration.
  • 7 years ago today, our nation was attacked ruthlessly and without provocation. Thousands of innocent American citizens perished in those attacks. Included in those who perished were fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, businessmen, firemen, police officers, military personnel, great financial minds, simple janitors, hard working men and women, and concerned American citizens trying to save others. We should honor them this anniversary. We should not forget their sacrifice. We should never take for granted that we have not been attacked on our soil in 7 years. The next time you see a man or woman in uniform, whether they are firefighters, police, or military, take the time to say thank you. I know they would appreciate it. It may seem corny to you, but I have seen the look in the eye of a man and woman in uniform who have been greeted by a complete stranger and thanked for the job they do in keeping our nation free, and they really appreciated it.
  • We will never forget.

    We will never forget.

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Presidential Election Turned Upside Down

Who would have thought that at this point in the campaign: Obama would be struggling to meet fundraising benchmarks, he would be trying to hide celebrities, as the ticket of “change” he would be running with an establishment Democrat (Biden) while trying to suppress his opposition by saying the VP is too inexperienced; that McCain who is a long term senator would be running his campaign on the theme of “change”, his VP candidate (Palin) would be the most popular politician in the US, his campaign would be destroying fundraising benchmarks and being greeted with huge record crowds, his VP would be the “Rock Star”, old white Republican men would be stating that a woman is best equipped to be vice president while liberal feminists would be saying that a mother of 5 should not be VP but should stay home and take care of the kids?

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Judgment is Needed to be Commander-in-Chief

Barack Obama campaigned in the primaries that he would “redeploy” or withdraw troops immediately as president.  He voted to defund the troops on the battle field.  And both he and Harry Reid along with many other on the left have stated that the surge would not work and had no long term benefit to the war in Iraq.

This from Barack’s campaign website:

“Here is the truth: fighting a war without end will not force the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future. And fighting in a war without end will not make the American people safer.

So when I am Commander-in-Chief, I will set a new goal on day one: I will end this war. Not because politics compels it. Not because our troops cannot bear the burden- as heavy as it is. But because it is the right thing to do for our national security, and it will ultimately make us safer.”

If we had listened to Obama and company, we would have already withdrawn from Iraq without honor and without victory.  We would have left Iraq in total disarray.  Unbelievably, the mainstream news has not covered the incredible progress in Iraq and Obama refuses to acknowledge that he was wrong.

General Petraeus, who the left dubbed “General Betray Us” because they didn’t like his stance that there should be no fixed time table repeats that there is light ahead.  We are moving toward Iraq taking the lead in security operations.  In this case as in the US economy, good news for Iraq is bad news for the Democrats.  Petraeus says that US troops could be leaving Baghdad soon.

Overall, Gen Petraeus said Iraq was a “dramatically changed country” from when he assumed command in February 2007. He said attacks had plummeted from a daily rate of 180 in June 2007 to about 25 recently. He mused that “there is certainly a degree of hope that was not present 19 months ago”.

Gen Petraeus welcomed the increased capability of the Iraqi security forces and the fact that 70 per cent of Iraqi army battalions are now taking the lead in military operations. The US military passed a milestone when it this week handed over responsibility for the former bloody province of Anbar province to Iraqi security forces.

Do we want to elect someone like Obama who has a lack of good judgment?  McCain had the fortitued to stand behind the military when it was not a politically smart thing to do so.  On this issue, my vote is cast for McCain.

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