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Why I will vote for John McCain

At the risk of seeming to be flippant (which I unapologetically am) or appearing to insult people without their knowing it (which I am not. see flippancy comment), here goes nothing…

Senator McCain AND Barack Obama want (according to published statements)

to pursue alternative fuelsto get Usama bin Ladento reduce taxesto battle climate changeto improve the affordability of the medical system (I prefer ‘disease care’ to ‘health care’ as our system exists, so to avoid that trap, I chose medical)to recover the economy to help displaced workers find new jobs and careersto create jobs in energy and information technologiesto reform educationto improve and update our militaryto streamline the budget processto reduce federal spending

Difference? One will count on a career of experience working with members of both parties to get a job done.The other will count on a gauntlet of party wonks to rubber stamp his proposals

One has been involved in a 26 year long job training and interview process. One has been campaigning for President for nearly as long as he has been in government.

To quote Senator Hillary Clinton – one has a record, and one has a speech.

To quote Senator Joe Biden – One he would be proud to serve as Vice President with and one would need on-the job training.

I am not voting for John McCain because he is conservative (because he is not as conservative as many would like).I am not voting for John McCain because he was a prisoner of war I am not voting for John McCain because he has nine houses, how ever many cars, or Sarah Palin as a running mate.

I am voting for Senator McCain because he has demonstrated over time a willingness to talk to people who disagree with him (a criticism of the current president), a willingness to change his mind (also a criticism of the current office holder), and the experience to have seen a few things that will illuminate and inform his consideration of events as they unfold during his presidency.

I hold in some regard the junior senator from Illinois and believe that he has the makings of a great leader, but comparing the management of a non-profit on the south side of Chicago to the buck-stops-here situation of the Oval Office would be ludicrous. (snide alert) You would be better served comparing the Chicago experience to being the governor of, say, Alaska or Arkansas…for example.

I have heard wonderful soaring rhetoric that landed people nowhere and I have heard plain speech that cut to the chase. Remarkably, perhaps, I prefer the latter in my political leaders. Leave the soaring to poets.

Robert Frost said something to the effect “I was never radical when I was young for fear I would be conservative when I was old.”

Dennis Miller said a liberal is a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.

I do not believe hope and optimism to be the sole birthright of those on the left of the political spectrum…nor do I believe that strength of purpose or patriotism to be the exclusive domain of the right side of the aisle.

At the risk of seeming to be flippant (which I unapologetically am) or appearing to insult people without their knowing it (which I am not. see flippancy comment), here goes nothing…

Senator McCain AND Barack Obama want (according to published statements)

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