So You’re Stuck with McCain

Polls these days suggest that there are still somewhere between five and eight percent of the population that hasn’t decided on who to vote for.

Let me make this easy for you. Do NOT vote for Bob Barr! It’s true that you probably agree more with Bob Barr than John McCain; however, voting for Bob Barr will only create a repeat of the 1992 election in which Ross Perot handed the election to Bill Clinton.

All kidding aside, I understand that none of the undecideds are considering Bob Barr. Even though I agree with  much of what Bob Barr says I could never throw my support behind a candidate that aligns himself with the Libertarians . But that’s a subject for another post. The real issue is more serious.

How can a person be undecided? The differences between McCain and Obama are dramatic. I certainly don’t want to get into a lengthy discussion of all the differences but I would like to point out just a few of the obvious ones. Or at least the ones that matter most to me.

  • Abortion – Obama has even argued for murdering children born after unsuccessful abortions (more on this later)
  • Income redistribution
  • Personal Responsibility

Whenever I hear someone from the Obama campaign (or any other Obama supporter) get asked about Obama’s support of infanticide they always say the same thing: “Oh, come on! Do you really believe Obama wants to kill babies?” They never deny it and they cannot dispute it. Although not exhaustive, FactCheck.org provides a reasonable introduction to the discussion. Even if this is inaccurate (which I don’t believe it is), the fact of the matter is that Obama’s stance on abortion is appalling.

I’m a little confused that there are so many people with either missing or broken moral compasses (another topic for an upcoming post). If you believe in life, freedom and all the other wonderful things the United States has to offer then you only have one choice. No matter how hard it is to put a check mark next to McCain’s name.

McCain the Pain

Until recently I haven’t had a strong opinion about who should win the Republican nomination. It seems that much of the debate surrounds the question, “Who can beat Hillary?”

Let me say this: If McCain wins the nomination then it doesn’t really matter whether we beat Hillary or not.

If Mike Huckabee didn’t make me a Romney supporter, then John McCain sure did. Huckabee looks rational and smooth on the surface, but he has shown his tolerance for attacking the Mormon faith as a way to try to gain support in the South. Whether slandering Mormons personally or allowing others to do his dirty work, Huckabee shows that he truly embraces the beliefs that so many Baptists share. This is certainly not who you want to have in the office of the President. What will be his first action? To reinstate the “extermination order“? This is ridiculous, of course, but it’s a good example of what happens when people with extremist views come into political power. Huckabee seems to be sinking like a lead weight, so the discussion is superfluous anyway.

Although the continuing failure of Mike Huckabee seems natural, the rise of Senator McCain seems entirely unnatural. Besides his anger management issues, he seems to regularly speak before thinking. He also seems to support some pretty crazy ideas. While I give him full credit for his stance on abortion and the war, I think he’s way off in areas of immigration, free speech and tax cuts. The issues of the war and abortion are more important than the other issues but I don’t believe McCain offers anything that Romney doesn’t.

As I’ve written previously, I have a problem with the fact that Romney was previously pro-choice; however, he has stated repeatedly that he is now pro-life and his record supports that claim. As for the war, I believe Romney will do just as well as McCain at fighting the terrorists. In fact, I think Romney’s demeanor is an asset compared to John McCain’s Howard Dean-esque style.

McCain has a few strengths, but he has an overwhelming number of weaknesses. He is no friend of the Republican party. If he wins the nomination then I don’t care who wins in November. Hopefully McCain can count on the Democrats and independents, because with Hillary or Obama as the other choice I probably just won’t vote…

More Neglectable Than Electable

This political season is looking pretty grim. Besides the fact that campaigning started way too soon, there just isn’t much to look at with the current contenders.

On the Democrat side the race is between two absolutely unelectable people: Hillary and Obama. Hillary’s policies aside, she is, without a doubt, the most shrill woman on the planet. If people think the world hates the United States now just wait until they have to listen to her. We’ll be in the middle of WWIII before you can blink. Obama is clearly more presidential, but his beliefs are so extreme that I can’t imagine enough people would vote for him. The remainder of the candidates don’t really have a chance against Hillary and Obama. It’s laughable that people like Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich are even running.

On the Republican side the decision is much more difficult since there aren’t any candidates that standout. I want to support Romney, but am finding this increasingly difficult each time he discusses his views on abortion. My primary concern is that he continues to insist that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no problem with their members supporting abortion. This is clearly not correct. The LDS church has made this official statement on their webpage, which states that the LDS church “…counsels its members not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions.” Although the wording says “counsels” and not commands, one must consider that it would not be advisable to go against the “counsel” of the church if they believe that the church is indeed led by God. For Romney to continue to say that it’s okay to be pro-choice is just rubbish. He states that he is now pro-life, so why can’t he just say that he was wrong before? I would support him whole-heartedly if he were to make a statement saying, “I was pro-choice before but I’m now pro-life. I was wrong and deeply regret my mistake.”

The other candidates have flaws that I consider to be fatal. Giuliani is still pro-choice and has strange ideas about gun control. McCain works against the Republicans as often as he works with them. Additionally, he’s responsible for atrocities such as McCain-Feingold. Thompson – besides that fact that he’s in his own little sphere instead of competing – supports McCain-Feingold, which is a fatal and unforgivable flaw. Ron Paul is a little too extreme. As much as I want to agree with him, I don’t think he has a clear understanding of the situation between the United States and the terrorists. The others have issues I like, but don’t have an overall image I can vote for. For example, Tancredo is a stud when it comes to talking about illegal immigration. Besides this issue, there isn’t anything that makes him standout.

One particular issue that distresses me is that some Republican candidates would use ridiculous anti-Mormon tactics against Romney. For example, Brownback had an aide that attacked Mormonism. Other candidates have had similar problems, even though the candidates have stated that they did not condone the attacks. At least three of the candidates are Baptist, a religion notorious for it’s vehement attacks on the LDS church. Although this does not automatically disqualify them in my book it certainly makes me question whether they indeed do not condone the anti-Mormon attacks on Romney.

I’m anxiously watching to see if a candidate will emerge that clearly deserves our support. I would love it if Romney would apologize and make himself that candidate.