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If everything John McCain says in his stump speech and on his website is true, if you think that he’s better qualified to be president because he’s fought for America and has the scars to prove it, if you think the way he ran his campaign demonstrates character traits you want in a president, if you believe that he has the temperament to handle a crisis, if you accept his views on who’s qualified to be on the Supreme Court, and if you are confident about Sarah Palin becoming president if he’s not able to serve his full term, of course you should vote for McCain.
Despite the tenor of much of their campaign rhetoric at rallies and in advertisements, I think it is reasonable to put aside the reasons McCain, Palin, and their surrogates have said that you shouldn’t vote for Barack Obama.
In the past week both McCain and Palin have admitted that Obama is really an okay guy, a true American, who may be ready to be president in four years. (See my previous column.)
Although nobody in the media has had the courage to ask them, I am sure they would say they don’t want you, the undecided voters, to vote for them because they are lesser of two evils when you compare them to a secret Muslim terrorist melded with a Marxist who wants to empower poor people of color to revolt and take what’s yours.
Sure, it may seem they suggested this for months, and there are still ads running that seem to be encouraging people to be afraid of him because he doesn’t put country first.
And sure, McCain and Palin have told you not to listen to Obama’s eloquent words but measure him by his deeds.
The primary deed McCain reminds us of is having the scars to prove what a patriot he is. That and being a maverick.
To hear McCain and Palin describe Obama’s accomplishments he’s done nothing except make the National Journal’s list as the most liberal senator.
Now McCain and Palin seem to want you to judge them by their promises, which of course are words.
If you agree with what I wrote above, as undecided voters who are waiting until the last hours of the campaign to make your decision, I think you should heed the words of John McCain and make your decision based on comparing the positions of the two candidates.
Here’s a chance for undecided readers to discuss the specifics of the reasons McCain wants your vote. The following is from the McCain website, so I assume they are the issues he thinks are the most important.
If you believe everything he says about Obama and himself, there’s one last consideration.
Make sure you aren’t member of a group McCain studiously ignores in his speeches because his positions and policies hurt rather than help you. For example, make sure you aren’t among “those people” who don’t pay income tax, and you aren’t a member of the National Guard who doesn’t want to be recalled for third time, anyone who really needs some of the wealth Obama wants to spread around.
If after you consider all the facts and believe what McCain says, below, it would seem obvious that he deserves your vote. They are quoted without further comment.
John McCain believes we must keep taxes low to reward hard work and create jobs for all Americans.
Barack Obama wants to “spread the wealth around” and is more interested in controlling who gets your piece of the pie than he is in growing the pie.
John McCain has a comprehensive economic plan that will create millions of good American jobs, ensure our nation’s energy security, get the government’s budget and spending practices in order, and bring relief to American consumers.
The Obama tax increase would come at the worst possible time for America, and especially for small businesses like the one Joe the Plumber dreams of owning. The small businesses Senator Obama would tax provide 16 million jobs in America. And a sudden tax hike for those businesses will kill jobs at a time when we need to be creating more jobs.
John McCain will break from the past to lead a great national campaign to put us on a course for energy independence. No problem is more urgent today than our dependence on foreign oil.
Barack Obama voted for the same policies that created the problem. He voted for the energy bill promoted by President Bush and Vice President Cheney, which gave even more breaks to the oil industry.
John McCain will make health care more available, affordable and responsive to patients and he will give families more choices over their care.
Barack Obama’s plan will harm employer coverage, continues the push toward government-run health care and will damage private coverage.
John McCain has a record of working to end Washington’s stagnant, unproductive partisanship. He will end wasteful government spending and put the government back on the side of the American people.
The American people have not seen Barack Obama forsake partisanship for progress. In his short time in the Senate, Congressional Quarterly shows he voted with the Democrat Party 97 percent of the time.
John McCain is committed to and has long fought for restoring fiscal discipline by eliminating wasteful government spending. Out of control spending has resulted in a weaker dollar, raising the cost of groceries and gas and killing jobs. John McCain will rein in federal spending to help our families in tough economic times.
Barack Obama plans to increase spending by nearly a trillion dollars. Already in three short years in the Senate, he has requested nearly a billion dollars in pork projects for his state and has been an eager participant in this corrupt system.
John McCain will shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice, remove barriers to qualified instructors, attract and reward good teachers. Barack Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucracies.
John McCain had the judgment to understand that America’s strategy in Iraq was failing and the courage to call for a dramatic change. That strategy is now working, and America is succeeding in Iraq
Barack Obama opposed the new strategy and predicted wrongly that it would fail. He voted to deny critical funds to our men and women fighting in Iraq.