Please keep in mind that I voted for Ron Paul in the primaries, so the McCain-Palin ticket is not my ideal choice. I decided not to write-in Ron Paul or vote for the Constitution party because I feel compelled to vote AGAINST Senator Obama. The best way to do that is to vote for McCain - who is Obama's de facto competition. In a nutshell:
- Obama scares me to death with his messianic-utopian vision rooted in government intervention. McCain at least seems to understand that government should have a limited role. Americans and American ingenuity is the answer to growing prosperity, not government programs.
- The company Obama keeps is very, very troubling to me. Call me a neocon. That's fine. Obama's history is embedded in the radical left and Chicago politics. McCain at least comes from a family history of military and government service - and had the true grit to sacrifice himself as a POW. I just don't see that kind of character-formation in Obama.
- People make a big deal out of Palin as a terrible choice. She has her weaknesses, but so does Biden. If I had to pick between Palin and Biden, I'm going with Palin and trusting in her creed and what experience she does legitimately have.
- Can you imagine a Democratic trifecta of White House, House, and Senate!? That should be enough reason for any independent to vote for legislative gridlock and support McCain.
- I am not a fan of the "new morality" that abandons abortion as part of the platform for cultural righteousness. Poverty is a problem, yes. Can you imagine how crazy things in our culture will become if the defense of "life" is further eroded? Poverty will be the least of our problems, believe me.
- We need pro-business policies right now. Obama's informercial comment about businesses "fending for themselves" is naive at best. McCain's "don't raise taxes on anyone" is the right thing to do.
- Obama talks about ending government programs that "don't work," but do you buy that? I don't. I do believe McCain will use the line-item veto to keep budgets in check.
- Conservatism under Bush largely failed because it was not consistently applied. Now is not the time for another "New Deal." Now is the time for leadership and I think McCain has been seasoned for a time like this. Obama will be in over his head from day one.