Why I am voting for...

I try to keep my political posts to a minimum, because this blog is primarily about the Gospel. Of course, the Gospel does affect how we think about issues, and I try to bring that out as much as possible. Further, I am a normal person with political beliefs and preferences (that may or may not have anything to do with the Gospel—there are several issues that are irreligious).

Well, for the last few days I've been compiling my reasons I support the war-hero John McCain and the intelligent Sarah Palin over the Democratic ticket this election. Rather than do a blog-blast on the issues, I wanted to give you one post outlining what I believe are the important issues, so you can decide.

(And yes, in case you were wondering, I support them even though I don’t fall into the “You might be a McCain-Palin supporter if…” listing.)

So, without any further ado...

Obama is wrong on values.
FIRST
, Obama is an extremist when it comes to abortion, and I'm not trying to be harsh by saying that. While I don’t support abortion, I wouldn't call those who do extremists, nor would I throw around the “extremist” term casually. Yet, if the term fits, Obama must wear it.

Let’s say an infant survives an abortion. Obama believes that infant should die (he lies in claiming he doesn’t). His wife supports partial-birth abortions. He also wants to remove ALL restrictions on abortions, including partial-birth and parental notification bans. Furthermore, he wants to strip funding from pro-life pregnancy centers, though he claims to be pro-choice. What's more, he said the first thing he would do as president was sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) into practice.

Now, this is all from the man who said the life issue was “above his pay grade.” The summation of Obama: “most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever.” There is no doubt as to the kind of Supreme Court justices Obama would appoint if elected.

McCain may not be the optimal candidate on the issue, but he has promised to appoint judges who stick with the constitution, and has been clear as to his view on when life begins (at conception). He is the better choice.

SECOND, Obama supports gay marriage (well, he claims he doesn’t, but he’ll vote against any measure to stop it). McCain doesn’t, and favors the standard definition of marriage (male and female). Our kids are already being force-fed homosexuality, and will be moreso based on what we see in Massachusetts, so we need to do what we can to save traditional marriage. Again, McCain is the better choice when we consider values.

The current financial situation requires us to depart from Democratic economics.
Yes, President George W. Bush has spent more money than any president in history (of course, democrats were the main arbiters of the budget…).

However, there is no doubt that his tax-cuts have staved the economic crisis until now, considering that it was the democratic policies of congress and a previous administration that caused the current crisis. How? Well, everyone wanted to be nice by forcing banks to extend loans and mortgages to low-income families (good intentions—-give a boost to minorities), without regard to credit or income. Slowly, though, organizations like Fannie May and Freddie Mac were eaten alive by their deregulated policies.

While Obama tries to blame Republicans for the current fiasco, the facts speak for themselves—Democratic de-regulative policies and resulting “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitudes are squarely to blame..

We don’t need someone like Obama who has “extensive” connections to ACORN, the organization which served as the catalyst of deregulating loans for low-income minorities. (As to as the ACORN/voter fraud connection that may very well cheat Obama into office… well, we’ll leave that with no comment.)

Obama has promised to turn back Bush’s tax cuts, as well as promising to tax families making over $250,000 $200,000 $120,000 a year. Additionally, he wants to try to further intervene in the free market.

Why does he want to interfere (aside: with his odd platform of changing everything—does he merely want to restore the Clinton years or create something new altogether?), seeming to despise the free market by increasing governmental regulations? Well, there seems to remain little doubt that Obama is a closet socialist. He repeatedly uses the phrase “redistribution of wealth,” speaking of taxing the rich and giving to the poor, reminiscent of Karl Marx’s “from each according to their means to each according to their needs.”

Perhaps we will still see Hillary’s universal health care yet. (Hopefully, nobody gets sick with a disease requiring immediate or expensive treatment.…)

I support Israel
…and so does McCain/Palin.

As to Obama, I do not believe a man can have collaborative associations with folks like Rashid Khalidi (former PLO [insert “terrorist”] spokesman who supported the murder of US diplomats) and still support Israel. Yes, they are quite friendly—Obama’s children were even babysat by the Khalidis! I’ve already posted video covering some of Obama’s more questionable connections, including the Khalidis.

More could be said, but I think Obama’s lack of condemnation coupled with a desire to “unconditionally” meet with Israel’s enemies speaks for itself.

Finally, hey… I simply don’t trust Obama.
Obama wants to “fundamentally” transform America. What does that mean? Socialist policies and poor values... one can only imagine what this candidate means when he states he wants to not only change America, but transform at the fundamental level.

First, I don’t trust the crowd he hangs with. As Dennis Prager wisely points out, you cannot judge a person based on who he knows. The simple fact that Obama knows terrorists does not make him a terrorist. Rather, we need to judge Obama based on his record.

However, there simply is not much of a record on which he can stand. As Hillary Clinton so astutely observed during the primaries, Obama ducks controversial issues, having voted “present” 130 times in the Illinois Senate rather than casting a yea or nay. Beyond that, Obama has no work experience to point to in order to validate himself on big issues. All that is left for us to judge are his connections.

Among those connections we looked at are the Black Panthers, unrepentant 60’s American terrorist Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and the Weathermen, the Saudi Khalid Monsour, the hated-filled Louis Farrakhan, socialist Hugo Chavez, communist Fidel Castro, Pastor/radical/racist/anti-American Jeremiah Wright, James Cone, Black Liberation Theology, Marxism, Nation of Islam, Rashid Khalidi and the Palestinian Liberations Army, Ahmed Yousef, ACORN, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Again, these are more than casual acquaintances.

Second, I don’t trust his ability to be honest. I don’t like being told I’m a racist simply because I happen to be white and/or because I don’t support Obama for president. This is what we call argumentum ad hominem (“argument against the man”), a diversionary tactic used in debates by people who can’t defend their cases.

When I see see Obama cavorting about with the likes of Lewis Farrakhan and liberation-theologian-mentor-close-family-friend Jeremiah Wright, I get nervous (which, I guess, would be yet another reason I don't trust Obama):

The racism of Farrakhan and Wright are not the issue I want to address, however, so let's set all that aside. The reason I bring up the Wright-connection is because this issue alone shows how dishonest Obama is. Obama claimed Wright is a “wonderful man, ” who “represents the best of what the black church has to offer.” Obama claimed Wright was his mentor and his pastor at the church where Obama was a "faithful" member for 20 years.

Now, equate all that with Obama's statement that he didn’t know what his pastor actually believed. Hmm... either Obama is lying about being a faithful member of Trinity, or he’s lying about not knowing the right thing about Wright, but one thing is certain: Obama is a liar.

Quickly, let's look at other evidence of this.

Keep in mind this is supposedly the sweet time, when he is supposed to be wooing us—what happens when the honeymoon period is over?

Third, I don’t trust his claim to tolerance. You know, tolerance used to mean something like, “I disagree with you, but I promise not to punch you in the mouth over it.” Today, we're told the tolerant road is to say something more like, “I didn’t know you believed differently than I do on this subject, so I will now change my belief system to now suit yours.”

If Obama becomes president, what should I expect? Should I expect to be told, "Now, this is tolerance:"

  • sweeping attempts to institute “gay” marriage?
  • revocations of all restrictions on abortion?
  • the passage of bills like the so-called “fairness doctrine” which will, in effect, shut down Christian radio and irreparably muzzle talk radio?
I don’t think Obama is going to be very tolerant to those of us with conservative ideals, let alone Christian. I suspect the "tolerant" ones are going to tell us what to believe in the new system. And I suspect they will think it fair since they believe we have been telling them what to think.

Finally, I don’t trust Obama to take leadership against our enemies, whether they be nations or terror networks. Who was quick to call Russia wrong after it invaded Georgia of the two candidates? It wasn’t the man who had to consult his staff. Or, as Charles Krauthammer aptly inquires,

Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who's been cramming on these issues for the last year, who's never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of "a world that stands as one"), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as "the tragedy of 9/11," a term more appropriate for a bus accident?

Even Joe Biden voted against the first Gulf War, the war everyone from the UN to the other Arab Nations said was a good thing. Wow.

And yet, what is this odd statement from Obama about us needing a “civilian national security force”… Police? Boarder patrol? Minutemen? (Yeah, right.)

I don't think Obama has the right stuff for leading and protecting this nation. McCain on the other hand... well... do we need to say the letters POW again?

Conclusion
I don’t believe Obama/Biden will hail in the apocalypse. I believe America can and will survive four years of Obama. Obviously, though, I believe the Democratic ticket will take us down the wrong path as a nation. This is my supreme reason for supporting McCain/Palin this year.

There are some who agree Obama will be bad for this nation, but don’t like McCain or Palin, and will choose to vote third-party or to stay home on Election Day. To those I remind you of this: politics is always and will always be the selection of the lesser of two evils. You will never find the perfect candidate, because Jesus Christ is not running. And despite the fact that Obama feels “a righteous wind” at his back, no candidate is “the anointed one.” We have to live in the world as long as the Lord tarries, and we have to make the most of it. We don’t do that by shooting ourselves in the foot.

If you are still considering voting third-party or staying home, you may want to read pyro-Dan Phillips’ “Go third-party? Or don't vote?

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