Question: Okay. You said in one of your earlier responses that you would tell everyone, after the conventions, who you are going to vote for for President. So how about it? Who has your support? Walt Jenkins, Salem, Oregon.
Answer: I am totally serious when I say that I do not think any objective thinking person could possibly vote for anyone other than the McCain - Palin ticket. So yes, I will be voting Republican this year. Why? In my view, in the Presidency, character counts. Both McCain and Palin have character. Neither Obama nor Biden do. In my view, in the Presidency, experience matters. Both McCain and Palin have it. Obama does not. In my view, in the Presidency, judgement is valuable. Both McCain and Palin have demonstrated good and sound judgement. Obama has not.
I have seen no evidence that Obama has ever had an original or creative idea in his life. I do not think he is a very intelligent man. Every single thing that this person has proposed for the future of America would actually be bad for America. By this, I mean his higher tax proposals, his education proposals, his military proposals, his economic proposals -- everything would be detrimental to the welfare of this nation and its citizens. In short, I cannot find a single reason to support Obama.
On the other hand, I am not a huge McCain fan. I will vote for him because he is clearly the better of the two choices. He does have several strong points. And he is a man of honor who has real beliefs. Obama does not. I don't have to agree with a person's beliefs but I think a President should have real core beliefs that guide him or her. McCain does and Obama does not.
Biden said that we could not question Obama's patriotism. He then continued by saying that several of Obama's relatives had served honorably in World War II. When I heard that, I thought, "What a load of crap." I also thought, "I most certainly can question Obama's patriotism." Not only can I but I do! He is an American who proposed that we surrender the war in Iraq. He is an American who was a member of a church in which the pastor preached anti-American sermons for 20 years. He is friends and associates with a man who bombed the Pentagon. I most certainly do question his patriotism. There is absolutely nothing about this person that makes me think he would be any good as President.
Obtaining the position of President would be considered a promotion by anyone. A promotion is usually given for a job "well-done." In Obama's case, his time as a "community organizer" was a complete and total disaster. He had a mediocre if not undistinguished time in the Illinois state senate. And he has spent his entire brief time in the U.S. Senate running for President. The man has not one single outstanding accomplishment in his lifetime. He has basically done nothing. Why should a man with a record like that be rewarded or promoted? He should not.
This campaign has, more than any other, shown the American people just how totally bias the media has become. Obama is, in reality, a socialist. History has clearly proven that socialism never works. But the media never points that out. The media never questions Obama's associations, judgements or lack of experience. They never question his proposals. Why? The media has been supporting Obama from the beginning of the primaries. The media has been a willing supportive participant in the Obama campaign. For example, just yesterday (September 8, 2008), the USA/Gallup poll showed McCain 10 points ahead of Obama among likely voters. However, the article did not state that until the 8th paragraph. If it had been Obama ahead, that "news" would have been in the headline. That is a prime example of media bias. I really think the media has done an excellent job of promoting, supporting and protecting Obama. I doubt he would have received the nomination without it. However, the more people begin to learn the truth about Obama, the less they like him. But the reality is that there simply is no reason to be for Obama except that he is not a Republican. Some people will put their political party above their country and vote for Obama for that reason.
Among the four candidates, my first choice for President is Sarah Palin. My second choice is McCain, then Biden and lastly, Obama. I know I've rambled on here, Walt, but I hope this answers your question about who I am voting for and why.