Work and family have kept me from posting much lately, and today is the last shot before Election Day. So here are my thoughts about the main issues for this election and why I think John McCain stands on the correct side of each of them.
Barack Obama’s answer to Rick Warren, that the question of when life begins was "above my pay grade", should disqualify him from consideration by anyone who is concerned about "the least of these". Babies in the womb are arguably the least of the least of these, and while Obama claims he wouldn’t want to pick a point where life begins, it certainly doesn’t keep him from deciding where it ends. It didn’t stop him from co-sponsoring the Freedom of Choice Act that would invalidate abortion laws nationwide, saying it would be "the first thing that I’d do". In addition, the next President will likely be able to chose 1 or 2 Supreme Court justices, who may hear a case involving the FCA or other life and death matters.
Thus, if abortion matters to you, the only choice is John McCain. And if you’re a Christian and abortion doesn’t matter to you, it should.
Obama’s "spreading the wealth around" ideology, while not technically pure socialism, is certainly a shift in that direction. As much as he insisted that he wasn’t penalizing someone for making it in America, he is. If it was just for paying for the government we need, that would indeed be one thing, but wealth redistribution is not what the tax system was intended to do, and it is incredibly inefficient when shoehorned into doing it.
As a Christian, I still don’t believe that when Jesus says that as individuals we should give to the poor, that didn’t mean that we should use the force of government to take from some to give directly to others. I find that highly immoral. I believe giving to the poor is a very good thing, something we are each individually commanded to do, but in no way do the ends justify the governmental, confiscatory means.
Right now, the economy is in a sad state, partly due to greed, partly due to a Democratic party that refused to see the signs. The government has jumped in to help, with what could be argued as a "socialistic" means. However, unlike other countries (Venezuela, anyone?), this is intended only as a stop-gap measure to get us past the current crisis. Spreading the wealth around, and more and bigger government programs, are not the way to come out of it. Creating more wealth and more opportunities are the way to bring ourselves out of this, and to ease poverty, and a vote for John McCain will help do that. One main way to do this is…
…lower taxes. Both candidates say they want to lower taxes. However, the income threshold where Obama would like to lower taxes itself keeps getting lower. It started at $250,000, then $200,000, then Joe Biden talked about lower taxes for the middle class making less than $150,000. So we don’t really know where the line is drawn. And further, if a President Obama gets a filibuster-proof Congress, he’s not likely to veto whatever they come up with, and they’re not bound by his campaign promises. Raising taxes in a down economy is deadly.
John McCain realizes this, and wants to lower taxes for everybody, including those who are rich enough to start small businesses and who create the lion’s share of the jobs in this country. Class warfare rhetoric may sound good (and when all’s said and done, "spread the wealth" is class warfare), but if you penalize those who create jobs, you won’t get as many new jobs. Simple. In a down economy, the last people you want to penalize are the job-creators. John McCain’s tax policy will get us out of this down economy sooner.
The war on terror has multiple fronts, and one was Iraq. It still could return to being one if we do what we did in Vietnam and leave too early. Iraq is out of the news, and not because the election has pushed it off the front page; if there was bad news coming from there, the media would most certainly highlight it. No, Iraq isn’t news because it’s going so well and Al Qaeda is losing. In addition, contrary to most predictions 7 years ago, there has not been another successful terrorist attack in this country.
This is because we confronted evil where it was. We took the fight to them; we didn’t wait for them to drop another building or kill thousands others. Saddam Hussein was ignoring the conditions of the cease-fire without consequences, and was supporting terrorism both actively (e.g. subsidizing the families of Palestinian terrorists) and passively (turning a blind eye to terrorist training camps within his borders).
The war was right, and we’re winning it. Criticize the prosecution of it, especially early on, and I’ll agree with you, but overall it’s getting rid of the bad guys and keeping them away from us. John McCain has been on the right side of each of these decisions and Barack Obama has been on the wrong side.
Having been a community organizer, and being a Senator for 140 days before running for President is not the amount of experience required for the notional leader of the free world. Especially when that community organization is filled with experiences like helping a 60s radical terrorist run an "educational" program that doesn’t appreciably increase education, but makes sure kids buck every authority in their path. Barack Obama is as green as they come. Supporting him precisely because of his brand of experience is to be incredibly naive.
John McCain has a long history of working with both parties; something Democrats used to say that they valued. But when a Republican who values bipartisanship campaigns for President, suddenly that doesn’t seem as important to them. This week. I don’t support every position that McCain has taken while making overtures to the Democrats, but I respect the fact that he makes that effort. If you support bipartisanship, you should support John McCain.
Obama’s plan, while giving lip-service to choice, markets and keeping your current plan, will make it financially untenable for employers to keep whatever their current plan is and toss people into the government-run one. He fakes to the right in the campaign, but he’ll cut to the left without you even noticing. And once we socialize a little of the healthcare system, it’s nigh impossible to reign it back in once the cost overruns and ultimate lack of choices become apparent. The entitlement mentality will expand and sink its claws into this area as well. It’ll be a case of tweaking this and modifying that until…well, until Canadians don’t have any place to go to get the healthcare they need.
McCain’s plan keeps the market in place and doesn’t undermine it. That’s true choice; giving you new ones without destroying the current ones. If you’re pro-choice (in healthcare), vote for John McCain.
OK. she’s not technically an issue in the campaign, but I had to bring her up. Democrats have laughed at her credentials — actual executive experience, true to her principles both in her public and personal lives, and the way she worked her way up herself in the world — even though they claim to value those principles, especially in a woman. Turns out it’s all lip service. Someone who exhibits the best in politics, and someone who lives up to so many ideals that people wish more politicians would have, was dismissed or demonized by the Left. Seems they only value these characteristics in other Democrats.
While this attitude striped the veneer off many Democrats’ real motives, it highlighted what good choices John McCain will make as President. If you truly value those ideals in any candidate for any office, John McCain is your man. (And Sarah Palin is most definitely your woman.)
It’s almost Election Day, but before you vote, please consider the issues that really matter to you. Not the sound bites or the slogans; the substance. On many of the big issues of the day, and especially for Christians, I believe John McCain is the best choice for President.
See you on the other side.