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McCain-Palin

I am officially endorsing the McCain Palin campaign. I was not planning on giving support to McCain, and I still would have prefered a different candidate, but his choice of the Alaska Governor was pretty much a godsend. She has been endorsed by some of NRO’s Planet Gore contributors (all? I don’t know). She is young (relative to McCain, which is pretty easy, I admit), female, conservative, and a Governor. She’s a Washington outsider, she is a last minute dark horse, meaning that the Obama campaign doesn’t have a huge file of crap (emphasis on crap) to use against her yet. In short, she is everything McCain is not. Geraldine Ferraro is excited that girls will be able to believe in themselves again, and perhaps those disgruntled Hillary supporters will be more solidly cemented into voting for McCain now. She is perhaps his single best possible pick he could have made, and his best chance to win.

I, Andrew of the Time to Choose Again blog, Rush baby, Reagan fan, Official member of the Right Wing Pajama Brigade, and all around Conservative guy, do hereby pledge my allegiance and support for the McCain-Palin campaign.

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I Demand an Explanation!

A lot of people seem to be reacting sharply to the opposition of conservatives to McCain. They seem to think that since he is right on the “most important issue” then we should be happy with him. They claim that the only source of opposition to him really comes from his support of immigration “reform” bills with amnesty provisions (using the colloquial definition of amnesty here, not the legal one. Colloquially, small penalties still=amnesty). Not true. McCain has been wrong, is wrong, and will be wrong on almost everything. Let’s get the run down, shall we?

McCain opposed the Bush tax cuts, even though he now wants to make them permanent. He claims that he would have supported it with spending cuts, which I would be able to respect if it didn’t mean that McCain doesn’t know that Lower Taxes=Higher productivity=More taxable income=More revenue, not less. And that isn’t even what he said at the time! At the time, McCain spouted some ridiculous class-warfare rhetoric about the tax cuts benefiting the rich only-apparently not understanding that “raising a tide floats all boats” to quote JFK, or to put it simply, when the rich benefit, they have more money to spend employing people (arguments that this means taking benefits from these same employees are silly-apparently its much better to be dependant on the government than corporations! Frankly, I’d rather be a real man and keep my dignity, thank you.) All this is bad enough, but I would be fine if he wasn’t still, at least rhetorically, spouting socialist garbage. Romney is repeatedly characterized as the ultimate corporate devil snake worming his way into politics for “profit”. Never mind whether its true or not, or you like Romney or not, its frightening to here one Republican accuse another of being “greedy”. This man knows nothing about economics, and I shudder to think how he’d handle a recession! 

I’ve never posted on this before, but it is my belief that the traditionally family, as a social institution, is responsible for the stability of Western civilization. For whatever reason, and I don’t claim to know (to be honest, it disturbs me to think why) everywhere that the traditional definition of marriage (that is, the family as a legal institution, in a sense, or at least the foundation of it) is changed, no one forms traditional families anymore. Bluntly: Gay Marriage=No Marriage at all. The worst consequence of which is that many children are born out of wedlock. This has devastating social consequences. McCain has opposed the idea of a constitutional amendment dealing with this matter (and certainly no one thinks that the constitution says anything of the kind presently). He has never recanted, to my knowledge.

McCain almost single handedly destroyed political free speech in America. Need I say more?

McCain has drunken (and is quite drunk on) the Global Warming Kool-Aid.

McCain was dead wrong on immigration, and by the way, he really still is. He, like many pro-amnesty Republicans now claims that voters have clearly said “border security first (then amnesty)” Which is a load of crap. The voters clearly said “No F@$&ing Amnesty!”.

McCain aligned with Democrats to oppose Originalist judges. Despite is “pro-life” voting record (as constituency would have it) he is opposed to over turning Roe v Wade, which it must be said, is widely regarded as a stretch in its interpretation of the Constitution.

I’m sure there’s more. But I’ll save your brains the strain. Still think all this is out weighed by “The Surge”? All this is outweighed by “The most important issue”?

If that had been my “Most important issue” I probably would have been supporting Rudy. But my primary issue isn’t one issue, its all of them. It’s Conservatism. It’s principle. Now I long ago realized there is no such thing as a perfect candidate (and no such thing as a free lunch, either), but I might ask how much crap I have to put up with in a candidate. You might say that McCain is “infinitely better” than Hillary or Obama. I’m not so sure. If he screws up, who will they (the liberals and the media) blame? Not the Maverick Liberal RINO, oh no. They will blame the Old White Guy evil Neocon Republican “conservative”.  As far as “most electable” goes, I’m curious how that will work if long time reliable Republican voters like my Mother are already planning on staying home? But frankly, I’m not an actual member of the Republican Party, so I don’t necessarily care if they take the Presidency. I only have loyalty to my ideology. And if McCain gets the nomination, trophy wife benefits aside, I won’t be able to register as a member of the GOP. Yes, I know I’m a big fat liar for saying before I’d support the nominee. And I admit that I am, for once, betraying the advice of man who’s speech gave this blog its name. I know that Reagan said that you must support the party nominee no matter what, and I know that he ultimately supported Gerald Ford (and we know how that ended (yes, I also know how it ended when he supported Goldwater, too, the lesson of which is, don’t let Reagan support you for President unless your name is George Herbert Walker Bush)) But I just can’t stomach McCain.I’m glad I’m not voting this November. It’s shaping up to be the most depressing election since 1932. But I demand an explanation: why do so many otherwise reasonable people insist that we all eat crow and get behind the McCain train?

EDIT: incidentally, I ordinarily sympathize with Red Wolverine over at Copious Dissent when he and Devil’s Advocate disagree, but I obviously have to side with DA on this one.

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Fred’s Out

Its sad, but I was to late to convince anyone. Again, I don’t endorse anyone, but Fred was my preferred candidate. I guess I can only hope that its Romney now. He’s still creeps me though.

So, hows about a Mitt/Fred ticket? I mean, it isn’t ideal, but its better than a McCain/Huckabee ticket. Also, Ann Coulter likes Romney, apparently, which may or may not be good, depending on your perspective. Ann has a habit of saing very politically incorrect things. Admirable, but probably also dangerous. But then, I laugh in the face of danger (Not really)!

Here’s a question: Is it better to be right than President? Was Henry Clay right about that or not? I don’t think its that simple, but personally, I’d rather be right than President. But maybe that really means I’ll “Never be either”.  But if Henry Clay was right, then it must be really great to be Fred.

Say, Fred, this Charlie guy is okay, but he’s kind of a sissy. Maybe you’d consider that Governor run down here? Maybe?

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Uncommited for Prez in 08!

Still can’t decide who to vote for? Let me give you my breakdown.

On the Democratic Side: Like Socialism? Good News! You can pick any of them and be happy! More seriously,

Hillary Clinton: She has more “experience” apparently (well she was married to a President, I guess) But like all many of the others, she has the “Senator Problem” (As in, very few Presidents have been Senators) and she is seen by many, including moi, to be an inhuman vicious robot monster from the Planet of the Apes. But hey, she’s going to be turn Big Brother into Big Creepy Overbearing Mother. Sounds good, right? (maybe if your into that sort of thing)

Barack Hussein Obama: Warning, he could be some kind of Islamic plant! (Not. How silly of you.) He’s the Democratic “change” candidate. Well, there’s good change, there’s bad change, and then there’s pocket change. After an Obama Presidency, only be lucky to still have any of the latter left, if your in a higher income bracket. Oh, did I forget to mention he’s Black, apparently? Well, isn’t about time? Obama gets points for saying ambiguous, not bad things about Ronald Reagan, though. The young lad thinks he can be the next JFK. We all no how that ended. Obama could do more this country by going to Hollywood and making movies about Secret Government agencies and hot chicks who shoot at people than as President. Move along.

The People’s Republic of John Edwards: Straight from the other America, it’s Stalin’s towel boy. John is the Marxist Revolutionary candidate. I suspect he plans to march on Washington after the election and violently over throw the government to install himself as leader of the People’s Republic of the Second America. But has nice hair. Must come from all that money he spends on haircuts to keep the hairstylists of the Proletariat going.

Dennis Kucinich:  He saw a UFO. Actually, he came from one. Elect him, he’ll expose that whole area 51 thing! Aliens exist, I know it! Dennnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On the Republican side:

Mitt Romney: Has the advantage of looking the most Presidential. That’s always good. But what about that health care stuff? What’s up with that? Anyway, Romney says that his business experience is exactly what’s needed to turn Washington around. And no, he is not secretly planning to make Polygamy a Constitutional right. Sillies. Romney, however, strikes me as in some ways creepy, I’ll be honest with you. I can’t say why. I just feel that way. But hey, National Review likes him.

John McCain: Treacherous RINO dumbass who believes in Global Goring. ‘Nuff said.

Mike Huckabee: How does Born Again Redneck put it? Oh yes: “If you want the USA to be a Banana Republic, vote for the Huckster.” Frankly, this is a very disturbing factor in the campaign for me. I feel like Grover Cleveland being stuck in the same party as William Jennings Bryan. Populism is effective, perhaps, but its also fascistic. And socialistic. If I wanted that, I could just vote for a Democrat. Not that I can vote yet.

Rudy Giuliani:  If your main priority is National Security, Rudy might be your choice. Especially if you don’t care about previous Social Liberalism. Actually, you might say that’s true of many of the candidates. Unfortunately, that’s why many of the Evangelicals and Social Conservatives have been rallying behind Huckabee. Because everyone else is either a social liberal or perceived as a flip-flopper. But Rudy probably has some serious dirt they could use against him. He has a strange, checkered past, after all.

Ron Paul: He’s some kind of crazy libertarian or something. Crazy I tell you! Crazy!

At some point this stopped being a serious discussion of the candidates…Oh well.

Which brings us back to the last, best candidate possible in my opinion: Fred Thompson. If your are a real, true, economic, social, and all around Conservative, Fred should be your first choice. Anyone who disagrees with that statement is going to need a very good reason, becuase frankly, I don’t see how you could possibly think differently. But then, I can’t see how liberals think so differently either. Maybe its becuase they don’t.

In summary, Hillary, Obama, Edwards, and Dennis are all typical liberal Democrats. Snore.  McCain, Huckabee, Rudy, and Paul all have some Conservative values. But not all of them. And you can’t re-write the definition of Conservative to change that. Romney is okay, but the ideal candidate for the real Conservative in you is Thompson.

That said, I’m not officially supporting anyone, becuase I’ll have to support whoever is the Republican nominee in the end, anyway.

So basically: Uncommitted in 08!

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