While at Lee University, for one year I played bass guitar and attended Mount Eagle Missionary Baptist in Tennessee. I know what it’s like to be the only one in church different from everyone else, because Mount Eagle was a small black American congregation. I was the only Caucasian in the congregation of about 100. When we had the singing fellowship with the other churches of the area, I was still the only Caucasian in the congregation of about 250. I know just a little about what it must feel like for a person to attend a church and then to be the only one of a particular color or race in the congregation. While the people were extremely friendly and hospitable, and while the wonderful people at Mount Eagle did everything possible to make me feel welcome as a part of their family, I couldn’t help but feel as if I was an outsider. It was as much or more my doing/feeling than anything they could have done to make me feel different. Even with those experiences, I understand that I can never know exactly what it feels like to be a black man living in a white area. I struggle with my preconceived notions of what other people should be doing, thinking, and feeling. But when I think back to my short time at Mount Eagle, it tempers those prejudices with a little perspective. Try to imagine what it’s like to live in a world that looks different than you. Hey, you may not need to imagine it. Maybe that is you. Today is a pretty good day to reflect on that as we welcome a new leader, the first black man to serve in the office of POTUS. Let’s enjoy this history we are making, and put aside our political fight for another time.
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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.
This top 5 list will discuss the top 5 reasons to vote for Barack Obama for POTUS. Please read only if you can handle opinions and views with which you may or may not agree without getting too mad or hurt.
The world hates us and with Obama as president, the world will love us. We want to know why the terrorists hate us so we can stop making them so mad. Besides, we saw how much the world loved us when Carter and Clinton were president. We had an attempt on the twin towers in 96, and multiple embassy attacks under Carter’s term. Besides, these poor brutal dictators just need us to sit down and talk to them and then they will come around. Who cares if it lends legitimacy to their evil regimes? Oops, did I say evil? I meant “misunderstood”.
#5 Health Care/Insurance is a right! Roughly 47 million people in America do not have health insurance. Under Barack Obama, those of us who have a job and pay for insurance will get to make sure that everyone who does not have health insurance (including rough 12-15 million illegal immigrants) gets to have it at our expense.
#4 Guns are evil. The only people that should carry a concealed weapon in public are police, retired police, and criminals. Obama has gone on record and will continue to be on record against permits for concealed carry of firearms with the exception of police and retired police. That makes anyone who would carry a weapon outside of police or retired police a criminal. We know that criminals already break the laws in place, so further restricting gun ownership and rights would give more control to criminals. Also, Barack Obama strongly supports legislation outlawing “assault guns”, cheap guns, and high capacity magazines. He also believes that all guns should be registered with the federal government, microstamped, and taxed $500 each time it changes hands. This would make gun ownership virtually impossible for low income and poor people, the very people he claims to help. Who gives a rip about the 2nd Amendment?
#3 Marriage should not be defined as it currently is, between one man and one woman. Barack Obama strongly opposes the Defense of Marriage Act. Even though Obama says he is not a supporter of “Gay Marriage”, his actions do not line up with his campaign words. While this is not a defining issue for me, it is for many Americans. We also know that Obama supports adding homosexuality to the mix concerning hate speech in church. Churches could possibly lose their tax exempt status for simply saying that homosexuality is a sin. Who cares about the 1st Amendment anyway?
#2 Taxation should be a means of redistributing wealth. Rich people need to pay more taxes. We know that the government does not create wealth, they only take it through taxation, fines, and fees. So how better to start this trickling up than to take the opportunity from those who are trying to earn more and give it to those who do not. Who cares if those at the bottom pay taxes or not, let’s call the government handouts a “tax cut”. About 65% of Americans pay income taxes. Obama said he will cut taxes on 95% of Americans and raise it on 5%. Where did he come up with the magical number of $250,000 per year income as being rich anyway? Abe Lincoln, who was strongly pro labor would be beyond angry at Obama for his big government power grab and attempted socialist/redistributionist tax policy.
#1 Abortion should be legal at any stage of pregnancy, minors should be able to have an abortion without consent of their parents, and the taxpayer should foot the bill for those abortions. Barack Obama told Planned Parenthood that his first act as POTUS would be to sign FOCA (Freedom of Choice Act) which makes all abortion procedures legal at any stage of pregnancy (including “Partial Birth Abortion”), eliminates parental notification for minors, and specifically funds abortions for low income and poor with federal tax payer dollars. There is video of Obama’s speech to Planned Parenthood at the above link.