Just kidding. Well, I am just kidding about launching a new blog roll. But I am not kidding about supporting Obama's opponent.
I understand that some conservatives may not just hold their noses, but they may indeed hold their fire this election. I think that's a mistake, but candidly, it's hard to fault them. McCain and the Republican Party have made it very difficult to get on board. So, you won't find me browbeating those who won't "sell out to the RINO" as I am arguably doing. I simply think that the best course for the nation is to elect John McCain rather than Barack Obama.
Here's five reasons why I am for Obama's opponent:
1) National security -- As I have said a number of times before, if we're dead, then the rest of our debates are pretty much academic. This is another way to say that certain things are foundational. In presidential politics, national security is foundational. And on this point ... Obama wants to talk. McCain supported the surge. Obama never wanted into Iraq. McCain was one of the ones who backed the strategy that is winning the war in Iraq. Obama will pursue a law enforcement-first policy with jihadis. McCain thinks we are at war with the jihadis.
2) Supreme Court -- Several vacancies are almost certainly coming up in the next president's term. This past couple of weeks has reminded us of the importance of the appointment of justices to the Court who will interpret the Constitution per the original meaning of the words on the paper and not their own policy preferences. The approaches of justices like Breyer, Ginsberg, Souter, Stephens, and yes, Kennedy threaten our liberty gravely.
The Bush appointees to the Court have been stellar. Imagine Gore or Kerry appointees dealing with the Heller case. The horrah.
Increasingly, we have seen and will continue to see a melding of issue #1 (nat'l security) with issue #2. By the way ... here's a question for Obama.
McCain has supported Pres. Bush's S.C. appointees, albeit he set up the 14-Mod Squad to vet them. McCain's nominees would be far better than what we could expect from Obama. It's true he would have to deal with the Demos in the Senate, but remember how Roberts and Alito handled them. It was a thing of beauty. We could have Obama making the appointments, if you think that would be better.
For a great overview of this issue, I commend to your reading Big Lizards' outstanding post.
3) View of America -- Simply put, I have no doubt that John McCain loves America. I think he believes the nation has a special place in this world. Like Mark, I don't think that he would sell out the country. We might have to tie him down to keep him from signing an immigration bill, but still ... I jest somewhat. As for Obama, I really do question how he views this nation. His wife/soulmate has not been proud of America until her husband became the Democrat nominee.
So, I am not sure about Obama. If he views the world like the bulk of his post-modern, leftist brethren, then he doesn't think that America is special among nations. To the contrary, most of the Hard Left think we are to blame, at least partially, for many of the world's ills. Usually, they contend that we are mostly to blame, in fact. There is a lot of evidence that Obama associates with those who think not only that America is unexceptional, but in fact, is worthy of derision and even attacks by terrorists.
If you don't think this nation is great and you don't love it, then you don't understand and are not worthy of the people you seek to lead. You are not qualified to be president. I question Obama's views in this regard, and I do so based largely on who he has hung around throughout his adult life.
4) Radical associations -- Of course, the most prominent of Obama's radical associations is his church and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. However, the problem is really much deeper than the crazies talking from the podium. I tend to agree that you can't hold some one accountable for all the views of a preacher, particularly a guest preacher. Still, look at the consistency of the radical message, and see how those radicals are received. Did you see the cheering masses at Obama's cheering on the diabolical "Father" Phleger? Here's the clip.
Mind you, Obama and his wife have attended this church for 20 years. Looking at the Phleger clip, it would appear that the church is full of Phleger enthusiasts. Can you imagine even considering a vote for a conservative or Republican candidate under similar circumstances?
Hey, by the way, how come you won't hear this kind of radicalism in Obama's church?
Obama's claim is that he doesn't/hasn't supported the radicalism spouted from the pulpit at his church. That is hard to believe, given the time the Obamas have been at the church and the consistently strident message there. Even so, if Obama did not agree with the hateful messages routinely coming from the pulpit at Wright's church, then it shows colossal and a disqualifying lack of judgment to remain in such a church. His defenders point out that he needed to be at the church to advance his political career. If so, then this proves by itself that his entire "change" mantra campaign is a fraud.
Incidentally, be very wary of those who use "change" almost exclusively as a noun. They are generally hiding their true intentions.
But Obama's association with radicals is not limited to the Rev. Wright and the new "fine, young pastor" at his recently thrown-under-the-bus church. Obama has a long history of hanging out with those who hold anti-American views: Here's a good summary of his radical associations and how Obama has dealt with them.
When the going gets tough, Obama acts as an old-style politician, albeit with new-fangled, postmodern, anti-American views.
5) On all issues, Obama is worse ... often far worse -- I share the objections to a McCain candidacy. I know the areas where I have disagreed with him ... immigration, McCain-Feingold, taxes, "bi-partisanship", role of govt., treatment of jihadis, pandering to the Greens, etc. Here's the punchline: On all fronts, where McCain is unimpressive, Obama would be far worse. I know some conservatives are thinking that an Obama presidency, combined with a Demo congress would surely usher in an era of conservative governance, like we saw in reaction to Clinton. I think such thinking is misguided. It relies upon variables beyond our control, not the least of which is the ability to know the future. All we can do is vote for the best candidate on the ballot. If the Demos control everything, there is no telling how many locks they might put on the door for us to get back in. The risk is too great, especially with the world situation. We don't know the future. As such, we'd better make the best choice today.
6) Bonus reason to support Obama's opponent -- If McCain wins, I will assume the role of "loyal opposition", or "Republican Maverick". I think Pres. McCain would appreciate the honor of some one standing by his convictions and lobbing insults, accusations, and counter-proposals at him constantly if/when he were inclined to drift left. Of all candidates, McCain is estopped from complaining of such conduct by "apparatchiks" like me. Indeed, the Republican meltdown has given us conservatives an opportunity to go back to our roots, and to be more skeptical of government. It's liberating (and fun) to be able to both deride and support that ol' RINO McCain. He deserves to get hit by traffic from all directions. This ain't beanbag!
But what about the Republican Party? Some have argued that we shouldn't support McCain because Republicans will view it as a rejection of the conservative base and will move forward without us. I say to them if they try it ... Good Luck! McCain is not going to get elected without conservative support and he knows it. If he behaves like a Demo in office, then Republicans in Washington will continue to pay.
Besides, we are Americans first, and then conservatives before any party loyalty. As long as there is support in the country for conservatism, we'll be fine. America and conservatives will survive McCain ... or even Obama.
Actually, I think McCain as president (particularly with a Demo congress) will likely exceed our expectations. I think that McCain himself will drift right as the country does. Particularly if it's Demos Gone Wild on Capitol Hill, I think you can expect to see him act more in the "Maverick" mode. What a farce, I know. I would rather have a candidate who would act upon his own agenda, and promote and defend it regardless of what the opposition does. But ... Johnny McC is not this candidate. Still, we might get some serious gridlock out of him, which would be just dandy.
He has drifted left over the past 8 years as a foil to Pres. Bush. Now we see him supporting the Bush tax cuts, more drilling, border security, etc. He is at least committing support to these things. And he is doing so after securing the Republican nomination. I think that shows you that McCain knows where the country is. And consider: Without a filibuster-proof Demo Senate, any sweeping immigration overhauls ain't going to happen. If enough conservatives stay home this fall, though, we might get the opportunity for Obama himself to have a filibuster-proof Demo Senate.
But back to McCain, I think he genuinely relishes bucking what people think he will do. When Pres. Bush asked him to be the loyal team player, he played the Maverick. If Demos go wild and start looking for an ol' RINO to poach, though, I would expect him to start quoting Reagan. He's one of those obnoxious contrarians in conversations whose favorite phrase is, "On the other hand ... "
But at least he does quote Reagan. You can bet that Comrade Obama (the proud owner of the Communist Party USA Endorsement) will not be quoting Reagan. Again for me, it comes back to alternatives.
A number of conservatives will probably vote for McCain but won't send money, go recruit voters in the snow, etc. I understand. I'll probably save some money this election cycle, too. However, I will be voting for John McCain, and I would encourage you to do the same.
But in conclusion, consider this: No candidate, president, political party, or government can tax my happiness. Not one of them can change who I am, or make me change my life. None is better than or can destroy who we are as a nation. I am going to survive and thrive no matter if it's McCain or Obama.
By God's grace, we are still Americans no matter who wins in November. Let's act like it.