Why I Am Voting for John McCain
By: Jim Byrd
Every four years the United States has a presidential election. Each election cycle generally presents a unique reason, or reasons, for the public to vote for one candidate or another. It may be a one issue vote, such as taxes, the economy, health care, national security, or ideology. This coming presidential election is categorically different. The American people have been presented with two choices for president. One being a semi-conservative, and quasi-Republican John McCain, and the other being a consummate Socialist, Marxist– terms of endearment vis-a-vis Obama’s categorical definition: Democratic anarchist.
John McCain’s patriotism has been tested, and tested hard. There is no unknown as to how McCain would handle a crisis. He would not be found under his desk curled up in the fetal position. Politics aside, it would be intellectually disingenuous for someone to either state, or believe, he would have the capacity to fold under pressure.
Barack Obama on the other hand wants to be the Commander in Chief of these United States, when in actuality, and sans his position as a U.S. Senator, had he applied for a job that required the highest level security clearance, it is plausible that he would be denied due to his radical alliances with terrorists, felons, and anti-American pulpiteers. Obama has never been tested, never lead, and it would be intellectually disingenuous to state with authority that he would not curl up in the fetal position, metaphorically speaking, in a time of crisis.
This election cycle presents not only an American economy, but a world economy, that is teetering on the brink of a recession, rogue nations in possession of, or rapidly acquiring or manufacturing nuclear weapons, possible four Supreme Court appointments in the next four years, and another assault on the United States and its allies by Islamic terrorists. These are the issues the next President will face. The next President’s leadership, and the Congress, will determine the dÃ©nouement in regard to these issues in the ensuing next four years. Come November the fourth, this, whether the voter is aware of the aggregate of the issues listed above, is what the vote is about. Not the redundant and ridiculous mantra of change, or the same ridiculous mantra of four more years of Bush. Those are irrelevant, sophomoric, and dangerously inept reasons to cast a vote for Obama on November the fourth.
Sometimes a vote is a vote to salvage the soul of a country. A soul that has been chipped away for the past thirty years by the ever increasing radical left’s influence in politics and the courts. Europe has lost its soul. It was not taken in war, sold on the market, or wrenched away in some Machiavellian conspirative, but just given up with the same defeatist modus that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid espouse. For the sake of salvaging the soul of this country, I am voting for John McCain for four reasons only: The economy, national security, judgment, and the Supreme Court. The arguments are as follows:
The Economy: If elected to the presidency, and if the Democrats in Congress increase their position to a super-majority, an all out assault against capitalism in this country can be expected. Some variation of the economy from 1929-1945 can also be expected. Obama will increase taxes on the very entities that create the jobs in this country, which will in turn result in a significant loss of jobs and benefits. Obama’s statement to Joe the Plumber: “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too. My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” This should give even the most casual observer an idea of where the economy will be headed.
But a more ominous problem faces the economy if Obama is elected and the Democrats can muster up a filibuster-proof majority, The world economic crisis, the very one that can be attributed to a handful of Democrats in the Congress and their defective ideology, the very ones who have the most blood on their hands from their culpability in the current crisis, will be in charge of the banks, Wall Street, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc. To calculate the consequences of that scenario, one would only need to possess a modicum of common sense.
John McCain cannot fix the economy. The economy, other than the proper dispensing of the seven hundred billion dollars by Paulson, is at a point where it can only sort itself out. But Obama, and Congress, can significantly magnify and perpetuate a painfully prolonged experience.
The Supreme Court: Obama has made it very clear that he does not like the disposition of the United States, and has a rabid disdain for the U.S. Constitution that is the foundation of this country, and was the driving force behind making it the greatest, most prosperous, and the most powerful country on this planet. He believes ,as did FDR, that the Supreme Court is a tool to be manipulated by the Executive Branch to recast the foundation of this country in a mold of how he perceives it should have been to start with. When speaking of the Supreme Court, and especially the Warren Court, the most radical court in U.S. history, Obama had this to say about the role of the Supreme Court:
“The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. What the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.”
As I have stated many times before, for someone who has a law degree, and taught Constitutional Law, Barack Obama has continually displayed an unparalleled and profound ignorance of the Constitution and U.S. history. He also does not understand the role of the Supreme Court, as set up by the Founding Fathers, as witnessed in this statement by him as to what he believes the role of the Supreme Court should be:
“I taught constitutional law for 10 years, and . . . when you look at what makes a great Supreme Court justice, it’s not just the particular issue and how they rule, but it’s their conception of the Court. And part of the role of the Court is that it is going to protect people who may be vulnerable in the political process, the outsider, the minority, those who are vulnerable, those who don’t have a lot of clout.
“Sometimes we’re only looking at academics or people who’ve been in the lower court. If we can find people who have life experience and they understand what it means to be on the outside, what it means to have the system not work for them, that’s the kind of person I want on the Supreme Court.”
“We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges.”
Obama’s ignorance of the Supreme Court is absolutely astounding.
Even though John McCain did bruise the tenets of the 1st Amendment with the McCain-Fiengold Act, an act that I hold to be unconstitutional, yet an appointment of a constructionist to the bench can be expected if he is elected . But if left unchecked, with a Democrat controlled Congress, Obama will put in motion a chain reaction that will systematically dismantle the very Constitution that made this country what it is. Can you live with that? Will you live with that? Can the country survive that?
National Security: The dissection of national security, in regard to the two candidates, needs to be broken down into two factions, first being the threat of terrorism domestically, and second being the general security of this nation.
Concerning domestic terrorism, such as 9/11, as with George Bush, McCain will be a failure. McCain is a reckless illiterate in regard to his advocating open borders and amnesty for illegals. It can’t be made any clearer than that. On September 11th we were attacked on our soil by terrorists that were in our country illegally. Seven years later, our borders are as porous as they were on that day and there are still 15-25 million people in this country that the government does not know the identity of. There are, at any given time, 600,000 unaccounted for criminal and visa violating aliens in this country–just as the terrorists were who flew the planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania. Seven years and nothing has changed. A very comforting feeling and the possibility of either candidate changing it is nil.
General National Security with Obama as Commander in Chief leaves no room for his voting “present”, ducking the issue, playing coy by being nuanced, or hiding behind the media’s protective coattails. Obama has zero record of leadership and has demonstrated no quantifiable skills in leadership. A person is either a leader or not and it is apparent in any endeavor they pursue. Obama has never risen to any occasion, not once. Obama has a very dangerous and naive view of the world we live in.
Joe Biden summed it up best:
“Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking.”
“Remember I said it standing here. if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. And he’s gonna have to make some really tough — I don’t know what the decision’s gonna be, but I promise you it will occur. As a student of history and having served with seven presidents, I guarantee you it’s gonna happen.”
If tested, and tested hard, do you, first, want to take a chance on someone with such a perception of weakness as to guarantee a test for this country, and second, if tested hard, there will be one winner and one loser–is that a chance you are willing to take by voting for Obama? Do you want to play that game?
Barack Obama will emaciate the military of this country. He has stated he will dismantle the Missile Defense Shield at a time when Russia, who, incidentally, has approximately twice the nuclear arsenal of the U.S., is flexing its imperialistic muscle. North Korea is continually working on becoming nuclear; Iran, while thumbing its nose at the world, is steadfastly working towards nuclear weaponry; and Communist China is continually increasing its military budget to front a very formidable nuclear military. While Obama wants to regressively shift this country’s national security, Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Congress have stated they will accommodate Obama by contributing to the emaciating process via a 25 percent cut in military spending,saying the Pentagon has to start choosing from its many weapons programs.
Judgment: Obama, if elected, will have the opportunity to make over 1000 appointments from the Supreme Court on down. He has a long history of making very poor judgments in regard to his associations. To exercise sound judgment, one must have a balance of intelligence and virtue. Aristotle, in his work, Nicomachean Ethics, speaks about the five intellectual virtues of knowledge, art, prudence, intuition, and wisdom. Counter to what Obama apologists want to believe, Obama has not demonstrated the possession of any of the five virtues of knowledge beyond a rudimentary level, though having myriad opportunities in his life to do so, thus making his past and future decision making anemically problematic.
Aristotle takes the position that friends can be viewed as second selves. Obama has surrounded himself with the likes of William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Rashid Khalidi, Samantha Powers, and Acorn, etc. According to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, there exists three types of friends. Friendships of utility, friendships of pleasure, and friendships of the good. Utility friendships are of convenience and gain, and are terminated when the usefulness of the friendship has run its course. This seems to be the type of friendships that Obama has cultivated throughout his life. Such was the ease that Obama discarded Rezko, Wright, et al, and has tried to downplay his relationship with Ayers.
The friendship of the good is a combination of like character and a mutual affection for each other’s company. This would be true friendship. This is a void that is apparent with Obama. There has not been a person of the stature of a true time tested friend to stand up for Obama–no one from his childhood, university, or early career had appeared beside him for support. He has only been flanked by supporters and people of a utility nature in his life. He also does not seem to have developed any friendships of pleasure where there would be a general accommodating attraction. Contrast this to McCain, who has a very long list of distinguished true friends dating back to the time of his imprisonment in Viet Nam while serving his country. As there was not a lot of time to be doing community organizing and associating with radicals while lying in a prison cell with broken limbs and refusing to be released until soldiers with a longer tenure in the prison were released first, he forged time tested friendships based upon mutual respect.
The Democrat Party has de-evolved into an uncivilized, and feral cult with an inordinate amount of political clout to possess such a destructive ideology. If you truly believe that the dismantling of the Constitution, a long and painful recession, and being vulnerable to any one of the above enumerated rogue countries is the change this country needs, then by all means vote for Obama, but I will vote for McCain–which will be a vote for America’s soul.
Jim Byrd's website is A Skewed View.