A couple of weeks ago, a topic of the upcomng Presidential election was discussed on an auto racing message board I frequent. The board’s owner, an unabashed Obama supporter, took a couple of the forum members to task (one of them me) as to how can we possibly choose John McCain and risk four more years of the same or “take a chance” on Obama. His question to us went like this:
“Considering there will be more elections in 2 years and the congresspeople and senators coming up for re-election ALWAYS have that on their minds when they vote for bills and such….
You would rather vote for McCain and take a chance of 4 more years of what we have now, or vote to stop that bleeding and gamble that it’s impossible to become a socialist nation in two years? I mean, WHY would you not at least want to try something else? When you sit by yourself and think, OK, this guy or that guy….you can’t tell me you’re having a good time with that, right?
What drives that decision to close your eyes, pray and pull the McCain lever when you know nothing will change?”
For me, there is no choice. There are those of us on both sides of the political fence who don’t need to sit down & analyze who we’re going to vote for. It’s a given. For the politicians, they don’t waste their time on us. It’s those sitting on the fence who they’re going after. Since he called me out in his post, I felt compelled to acknowledge him with a reply. I thought I’d replay that reply here, since it must’ve been worth something to fellow conservatives on that forum, as I received several “atta boy” replies from it. I think I wasn’t only speaking for myself, but I think I must’ve put into words the way they felt as well. It went a little something like this:
“The ideology between the Republican and Democrat parties are well defined and that will continue to be the case. The ideology of the Republican party is more in line with my own personal beliefs. Do I like McCain? No. Fred Thompson would’ve been my choice. Are McCain’s policies more attractive than Barry’s (Obama)? Yes, but that’s not to say I even like McCain’s policies. It boils down for me to be the lesser of the two evils. I’m a Conservative first and foremost because that’s where my beliefs are, and McCain is not a Conservative. I don’t see anyone who I consider Conservative with any chance of making noise in the future, so therefore, I have to settle for who the Republican party brings forward. Obama stands for nothing I hold sacred, whether it’s gun rights or the right to life. For those of us who stand for what we believe is right, a tidal wave of the left forthcoming frightens us as Sarah Palin does you.
When I first voted in 1986, I registered as a Democrat. Why? Hell, I was 18 & didn’t know any better. I came from a union household and was brainwashed into believing Replublicans were evil and Democrats were the saviors. Well guess what? I grew up and started to think for myself. I looked at what both sides had to offer, what they stood for, and realized my leanings are to the right, where, personal responsibility and limited government are at its core. There’s only one thing I’ve heard Obama say that I agree with, and that’s directed to parents to have them shut off the TV and “whatever” with their kids. But other than that, he offers nothing to me. His stance on taxes are dead wrong. After the Bush tax cuts, do you know what happened? Of course not, because it was never shown on the main stream media. Tax revenue poured into the treasury at record amounts! Now he wants to “spread the wealth”. Sorry Don, but that is directly from the Karl Marx playbook, deny it or not. I’m not going to be affected by his tax hikes, as I’m not in that tax bracket, but that doesn’t exclude me from stating it’s wrong. Those people earned it and it’s there’s to keep. Instead of feeling sorry for those future recipients of the tax increases, maybe they should get off their a$$es & makes something of themselves too instead of getting a handout. That’s the problem with left. They want to be caretakers of everyone when in reality, it’s nothing more than a way of buying votes.
Anywho, that’s my story. ”
So, that pretty much sums up why I am the way I am. Many of my closest friends, many of you reading this, have an opposite view as I do. I learned a long time ago politics & ideology are not worth jeopardizing friendships, so I make a habit of not talking politics with those particular friends. And, they do the same with me.
With Tuesday’s election coming up, I’m not going to paint a rosy picture, because that’s not going to happen. I fully expect an Obama victory, a widening majority in the House, and a filibuster-proof Senate. Which, strategically speaking, might not be a bad thing. Then, they won’t be able to label the Republicans as “obstructionists”. However, you can say you heard it here first when they come up with the excuse “Well, because of the previous 8 years, there’s a lot of mess to clean up”. Whatever…..not as much mess as Dubya had to clean out of the Oval Office. 😉 One thing I’ve noticed in my 15-20 years of watching the political process in this country is that the electorate has a way of putting things back at center. It won’t let things more too far left or too far right. And when things do move far to the left in the next 2-4 years, you’ll see a tide of Replublicans coming in, ala 1994. So for now, I’ll just accept the outcomes Tuesday and wait for things to become “right” again.
In the meantime, if you haven’t seen this video, I’ll vote for him for Prez any day of the week: