Wednesday, August 27, 2008

If He Wins, He Wins By Default

John McCain's campaign has been busy making commercials against Obama. They have been funny and perhaps even effective. What strikes me is that I am still waiting for some kind of leadership from the McCain campaign. So what policy does McCain stand for?

Is this merely an up or down vote on Barak Obama? McCain has arrived at his current position by default. Did he really win the Primaries or was there a split? Mike Huckabee attempted to claim on Rush Limbaugh's show today that he was in no way teaming with McCain to split the vote. Instead he blamed it on Ron Paul. Either way, McCain won by default. Is the National Election between the non-leader McCain and Obama any different in substance? Let's look at the issues.

On tax policy, McCain opposed George Bush's tax cut for many years. Now he is for lower taxes?

“There’s one big difference between me and the others–I won’t take every last dime of the surplus and spend it on tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthy.” [McCain campaign commercial, January 2000]

“I am disappointed that the Senate Finance Committee preferred instead to cut the top tax rate of 39.6% to 36%, thereby granting generous tax relief to the wealthiest individuals of our country at the expense of lower- and middle-income American taxpayers.” [McCain Senate floor statement, May 21, 2001]

“But when you look at the percentage of the tax cuts that–as the previous tax cuts–that go to the wealthiest Americans, you will find that the bulk of it, again, goes to wealthiest Americans.” [NBC’s “Today,” Jan. 7, 2003]

These quotes sound like Democrats. Now he has changed his tune. This is pure political pandering. For a man who accuses Barak Obama as one who would rather get elected than love his country, this is a bit over the top. Conclusion: McCain is a follower, not a leader.

First Amendment and cleaning money in politics. Every four years politicians talk about how they are going to clean up money in politics. McCain decides he is going to follow the old tactic and destroy the First Amendment. This is not leadership. This is pandering to the people in the worst way. Conclusion: McCain is a follower, not a leader.

McCain claims to be Prolife. All of a sudden Prolife groups are endorsing McCain. Yet, McCain is not leading a Prolife movement. I have already argued that McCain does not want to be a strong advocate and bring this debate to any kind of boil. McCain wants everyone to like him. I agree with John Piper. We as a country fought over and spilled blood for less. Surely babies are worth more than some kind of economics or slavery issue. Yet McCain clearly states he would never want this to be a National Issue dealt with by political leaders. In other words, it is not worth fighting over. This from a man who fought in a war? Apparently that war took the fight out of him unless it is against Conservatives or George Bush. Conclusion: McCain is a follower, not a leader.

Securing the border is also a major issue. Here McCain shines as a leader. It is just that he is leading in the wrong direction. So yet another policy issue that McCain is not worth voting for.

Nominating Judges is extremely important. Yet without sound Conservative leadership, his ability to nominate Conservative Judges is not going to happen. He will pander to Democrats. Any opportunity to get Conservative Judges was blown by his gang of 14. Instead of defeating Democrats, he seeks to get everyone to like him and strike back at George Bush. If he is a leader, he is leading against the base of the Conservative movement and shows nothing but contempt for it. Conclusion: once again McCain is a follower, not a leader.

As for the homosexual debate and the definition of marriage here is a quote from On the Issues Website:

  • Don't ask, don't tell is working; don't tamper with it. (Jun 2007)
  • Leave gay marriage to the states. (Jan 2007)

So what kind of leadership is he providing to defend God's creative purpose and commands to the state? NONE! He simply doesn't want to deal with it. Seems to me he just wants to be President, but I have yet to figure out why. He has no ability to articulate the foundation for marriage because like every other politician speaking before a Liberal Press, he is embarrassed. Conclusion: McCain is a follower, not a leader.

The same Web Site says he is for homeschooling and vouchers. If so, then lead already!!!!!

As for the Environment the site also says:

Support much tougher regulations on emission requirements.

Make EPA into a Cabinet department.

He is literally all over the place. Conclusion: he is a follower, not a leader.

So what am I to conclude as a Conservative? For eight years he has dissed people such as me. He has fought against Bush and sought to side with Bush's political enemies. Now I am supposed to just go vote for him. Can anyone please give me sound reasons as to why I should?

In essence my point is this, if the Republican party wins in November can we really say it is a win or an Obama loss? McCain winning by default is not a victory. The Press knows this and will take every advantage they can to exploit it. If McCain wants the moderate and not my vote, then I wish he and Rush Limbaugh would quit assuming I should vote for him.

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