[Author’s Note: Other than the fact that there is a certain front-page blogger that will be happy with my new choice, this isn’t technically Georgia related. I’ll try to do better next time]
Now that my particular candidate of choice, Congressman Ron Paul, is scaling down (Read: ending) his long shot bid to become President of the United States, the stark reality of choosing another candidate has reared its ugly head. I must now do what I have made fun of others for doing and “jump ship” to another candidate. Unfortunately, there isn’t another Ron Paul out there. To be realistic, Ron Paul the Candidate didn’t really measure up to Ron Paul the Legend. Despite his excellent record on fighting for limited government, humble foreign policy, fiscal responsibility, individual rights and free markets, even Ron Paul the Candidate had a good number of flaws. Despite preaching against pork-barrel spending, he continued to rake it in to his district. Despite his desire for free trade and free markets, he voted against many of the free trade agreements that have benefited this country by creating jobs and increasing wages.
Although Ron Paul wasn’t quite “legendary”, he did succeed in bringing many ideas wrongfully dismissed as “fringe”, back into the mainstream of Republican debate. Should he decide to run as an independent or third-party candidate, I will continue to support his candidacy. But for now, I have to swallow the poison pill of compromise. I have to pick a new horse in this race. As an avid anti-partisan, I have the benefit of being able to look at every candidate with an objective point of view. Additionally, I am not restrained by the shackles of “being a good Republican/Democrat” and backing the party nominee no matter what. Despite the rhetoric, this Presidential race isn’t really that important. It is no more important than the last race, and it won’t be any more important than the next race. There has always been “a lot at stake” for our country. This year is no different. Rather than provide you with what would most certainly have been a truly eloquent and lengthy dissertation on each remaining major-party candidate, I’ll sum my thought process up with the following:
Hillobamabee: Hillary will say anything and do anything for power. I respect the fact that she’s a woman and has a real chance at being elected the first female President. But simply being a “woman” isn’t reason enough to support someone, no more than being a “good Christian” is enough reason to support someone’s quest for the Heisman Trophy. And let’s face it; our current President had too many ideas for this country to afford. I don’t want to go through that again. Obama is really not that different from Hillary. Think “Hillary”, but with a deeper voice and black. Oh, and also a guy. You literally could not slide a piece of paper between Obama’s voting record and Hillary’s voting record. The only other differences are that Obama wasn’t married to Slick Willy and he doesn’t have a lot of questionable allies, well, except for Ted Kennedy. Okay, so Barrack and Hillary were at birth. Both hate Republicans (at least they do have one redeeming quality), abhor free markets, harbor disdain for limited government, and love to spend our money like they’re the ones who worked 40 hours a week for it.
Huckabee has a lot in common with Obama and Hillary, but he says “God” and “Jesus” a lot, so they let him in the GOP. Basically, I’m left with one choice:
Get to the point, already!
Yes, I will be supporting John Sidney McCain III in the 2008 Presidential Election. Despite my many differences with the Senator from Arizona, the two of us share enough in common that it isn’t too much of a stretch for me to support him. Despite his stance on the 1st Amendment and his willingness to levy another tax on the already overtaxed American people because of “Global Warming”, I can still support him for the following reasons:
Opposition to Pork-Barrel Spending–McCain’s record matches his rhetoric on this issue. He has been a staunch opponent of wasteful spending in the Senate and has promised to veto any bill that contains “pork”. He is also supported by Senator Tom Coburn who is basically the opposite of Ted Stevens when it comes to having an affinity for waste. Additionally, unlike a certain Georgia porker I know, McCain doesn’t do cute little YouTube videos claiming he is against pork while acting as the Porker-in-Chief for his state.
Particular Disdain for the “Religious Right”–Although he had to do some mandatory “kissing up” to the late Jerry Falwell, McCain’s disdain for the Jesus Pimps in the Republican Party is admirable. Moreover, the fact that he has been able to all-but secure the nomination without the help of the religious right is even more admirable. Full disclosure, I am a confirmed Christian and proud of it. I am sickened by the way the Republican Party uses “Christianity” as a means of “stirring up the base”. I am also sickened by the way some “Christians” do not respect the separation of church and state, and would work to see the Constitution changed to the Bible.
Served America Honorably–McCain’s military service is a nuisance that the Limbaughs and Coulters of the world would love to be able to “swift boat”. He is a genuine American hero. He’s not a hero because he was POW. He is a hero because when he was given the opportunity to be released by his captors, he sent other soldiers free in his stead. It’s hilarious to watch and to listen to the right-wingers smile through their teeth when talking about McCain’s outstanding record of military service.
Gang of 14–Another thing the right-wingers hate to admit is that without McCain’s “Gang of 14”, there wouldn’t be a Chief Justice John Roberts or an Associate Justice Samuel Alito. And if there was, it would have been paid for by giving the current Democratic-led Congress the ability to block Republican attempts to filibuster bad bills.
Illegal Immigration–This one took some coming around on, particularly because I am opposed to illegal immigration and virulently opposed to the REAL ID provisions in the McCain-Kennedy Bill. But McCain hit on a fundamental truth that many of my brethren in the anti-illegal immigration crowd (including myself at one point) are/were slow to admit: There truly is a segment of people in our society who are nothing more than lazy leeches who simply do not want to work. They just don’t. I would much rather be associated with an illegal alien who wants to work and wants to improve his lot in life than one of society’s many lazy leeches who wants to lay around and take injections off the government needle. Immigration needs to be reformed; we need to secure our borders. But we also need to rethink how we view illegal aliens in this country. I think that John McCain is the only candidate who is willing to have an honest discussion on the issue.
While there are many more issues on which I agree with Senator McCain, I promised not to write an overly lengthy dissertation on the matter. John McCain is my new candidate of choice in this horse race, and I hope he continues to hit on the above listed issues that are important to me going forward.