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October 22, 2008

McCain for America First

Kevin E. Dayhoff

Election Day is less than two weeks away. On November 4, I will be voting for the Republican Party nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain and his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.


I will be voting for the McCain/Palin proposals on the same key issues I identified as critical to our nation’s future when the presidential campaign began around two long years ago: the economy, tax policy, jobs creation, the deficit, education, health care reform, energy independence, and national security.


I want to see a new regulatory structure for financial institutions, a plan for rebuilding the stock and housing markets, less taxes, reduced wasteful government spending, entitlement reform – especially for the looming fiscal crisis for Medicare, and the elimination of earmarks.


Much of the $800 billion that we send overseas every year for oil that is available in our own country is given to people who really don’t like us. If you need a sneak peek at the prosperity and jobs that could be created in this country with that kind of money, Google “pictures of Dubai.”


Many people are voting on what the Democrat Party presidential nominee Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is capable of doing, based on his exquisite rhetoric. However, rhetoric is not a record, nor does it necessarily lead to results.


Moreover, it is exactly how Senator Obama proposes to deal with the long laundry list of national challenges, which causes me grave concerns – especially since he will be capable of implementing most of his plans with a Congress under the complete control of Democrats. This may not give us the “results” that are in our nation’s best interests.


In contrast, Senator McCain has a proven track record that gives us an indication as to how he will perform in the future.


Perhaps our 41st president, George H. W. Bush, said it best on February 18, 2008: “No one is better prepared to lead our nation at these trying times than Sen. John McCain…  His character was forged in the crucible of war. His commitment to America is beyond any doubt. But most importantly, he has the right values and experience to guide our nation forward at this historic moment.”


Let’s make one thing perfectly clear, all four candidates – Senator Obama and his running mate, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden; and Senator McCain and Governor Palin have their good points and bad points.


Whether you like or dislike their politics, Senator Obama’s story of meteoric rise to national prominence is the stuff of which all Americans should feel proud.


Add to this mix of history in the making, the rise of California Rep. Nancy Pelosi to become Speaker of the House, and the rise to national prominence of former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Governor Palin; all are a cause for celebration.


In the case of the 46-year-old Senator Obama, less than 20 years ago, he emerged as a community organizer in the rough and tumble politics of Chicago to be elected to the Illinois Senate, 1997-2004; and then move on to the United States Senate in 2005.


Shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate, he decided that he wanted to be president. In a country that prides itself as a land of opportunity, where everyone can aspire to be president, we should be proud that he is on the ballot November 4 and has a good statistical chance – if the polls are to be believed – to be our next president. But that doesn’t mean we should vote for him.


I cannot agree more with Senator Clinton’s former spokesman Howard Wolfson’s response last February to one of the many unpleasant kerfuffles with Senator Obama. Mr. Wolfson said in part: “…Obama's appeal is based in large part on his rhetorical skills.”


Adam Nagourney wrote in The New York Times on July 28: “Most surveys now show Mr. Obama with a lead of about 6 or 7 percentage points over Mr. McCain nationally…”


Mr. Nagourney reported that Bill McInturff, a pollster for Mr. McCain, said of survey participants: “They’ve known John McCain for years…  But people say in focus groups. ‘Who the heck is Barack Obama? Had you heard of him before six months ago?’ And he’s 46 years old. He’s somebody nobody knows about.”


George Will wrote on December 30, 2007: “Obama seems to understand America's race fatigue, the unbearable boredom occasioned by today's stale politics generally, and especially by the perfunctory theatrics of race.


“So far, Obama is the Fred Astaire of politics – graceful and elegant, with a surface so pleasing to the eye that it seems mistaken, even greedy, to demand depth. No one, however, would have given Astaire control of nuclear weapons, so attention must be paid to Obama's political as well as aesthetic qualities.”


Charles Krauthammer wrote on August 08, 2008: “Let's see: housing meltdown, credit crunch, oil shock not seen since the 1970s. The economy is slowing, unemployment growing, and inflation increasing. It's the sixth year of a highly unpopular war and the president's approval rating is at 30 percent.


“The Italian Communist Party could win this election. The American Democratic Party is trying its best to lose it.”


Well, the reason the Democratic Party will lose the presidential election on November 4 is that many of the ideas being put forth with the grace and elegance of Fred Astaire, remind us of the solutions an Italian socialist would propose.


Yes, it’s true that Senator McCain can’t dance like Fred Astaire; but that is why I’m voting for the man who is known as a maverick with a penchant for stepping on toes in Washington.


At this juncture in history, it is the rough-hewn, inelegant and somewhat inarticulate true American hero John McCain that is exactly what our country needs.


Kevin Dayhoff writes from Westminster: E-mail him at:


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