Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Standing on Principle

Democratic strategists are confident that disillusioned Hillary Clinton’s supporters are going to eventually find their way back into the Democratic fold and support the party’s candidate Barack Obama. Party supporters are opposed to the notion that a former Clinton supporter could turn on the party and vote for John McCain. They maintain that Clinton and Obama’s policies were similar, especially compared to those of McCain. These ideas suggest that there is a principled party and a principled candidate worth your precious vote.

In the nominee Barack Obama representing the Democratic Party, I find neither. That is why I have selectively and carefully considered my support of John McCain. I have evaluated both men and what they stand for as men, desirous of the position as President of the United States.

What does Obama stand for? Does anyone really know? A principled leader can produce a voting record for which they proudly stake their reputation whether the result is popular or not. In Obama’s two years as a United Stated senator, he has earned the reputation of being the most liberal senator on record. He has not produced one committee meeting on Afghanistan when given the task. As a state senator from Illinois, he passed on more votes than he cast. What do we really know about him, except that he has moneyed friends who were generous in the acquisition of superdelegates? I would very much like to listen to Senator Obama speak proudly of his voting record. I would like him to express pride in his accomplishments as a member of the Senate. Pride is the satisfaction one gains from personal accomplishments, not the commentary of another scripted on a teleprompter.

And what about this candidate’s spouse? Where is her pride? We cannot forget that in November we are voting for one person – in the position of president. We are not voting for how fashionable, stable, loving or devoted his wife is to her family or this country. Yet, the makeover team is poised to do just that. As a chameleon transforms itself to its environment, we are witnessing the makeover of a woman who now is willing to morph into some reincarnation of the Queen of Camelot. What will she be wearing tomorrow – a pillbox hat?

In Senator McCain, I find a man of principles. McCain is a man who has stood by his vote – whether popular or not. Votes that at times were not consistent with the Republican Party. He sought change, before “change” became a slogan. Like Hillary Clinton, John McCain relates to his constituents whether they are veterans, minorities, working class or women. He is a true American hero, one whom we can be certain of in his loyalty to this country and her people. In similar fashion, Cindy McCain is a woman whose demure manner and philanthropic endeavors match her husband’s aspirations for this country. She needs no makeover.

Hillary Clinton brought respect to herself and to the women voters she represented. In the absence of her candidacy, we must support candidates who have not only earned, but will maintain the respect of their constituents. Hillary Clinton understood the value of each and every vote that was cast for her. Every vote must count.

19 Comments:

At June 19, 2008 at 1:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with everything that you wrote. I too grew to respect Senator Clinton and was proud that she was the best candidate running for President. John McCain is the best choice we now have for president. I am disappointed that Senator Clinton's democratic supporters are now backing Senator Obama. I guess it's politics as usual- sticking to the "old party line" instead of sticking to a "moral compass". I am attaching a video of myself taken by a reporter last friday at the Pemberton,NJ rally for John McCain. My picture has appeared in the local Asbury paper, the Boston Globe, and other newspaper and internet sites including citizens for mccain. I took my friend's Hillary poster to the McCain town hall meeting and stuck a McCain sticker on it. The AP photographers started snapping my picture. I went there to let McCain know there are women like me choosing character over politics. www.youtube.com/watch?v=m42uBnb9tcM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m42uBnb9tcM&feature=related

 
At June 19, 2008 at 4:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I would vote for McCain to let the DNC realize that they were no longer in the best interests of the American people (not to mention their disgusting treatment of Hillary - - my first choice). I knew I would never vote for Obama as his past record is almost non-existent and his “friends” are deeply suspicious and radical. And then I started really listening to the platforms on which these two were taking up space. Suddenly I realized that McCain’s stand on issues was closer to mine than Obama’s. Now my choice has been made and my conscience is at rest.

 
At June 19, 2008 at 4:23 PM , Anonymous cynthia gaug said...

Dear anonymous: An excellent idea!! I want to put a sign on my car "Clintonista for McCain!". We have to stick to our beliefs no matter what they're saying on the T.V. Their comments about all women coming over to ob will not deter my voting for McCain.

 
At June 19, 2008 at 9:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have started to examine McCains beliefs as I cannot vote for Obama. As an independent I have voted one other time for a republican in my 61 years. Since Obama does not have any principles and says nothing, it's very difficult to examine any credentials , values, or how he might run the country. Since he now has turned down our funding , and will only accept private funds it is more obvious to me that he intends to buy the presidency. What that means is he will belong to those "funders" if elected. McCain, on the other hand will belong to this country, the one that he served, spent six yrs in a vietnam "camp", and has served as A Senator for many yrs. He also seems to accept responsibility when he is wrong with statements that he was wrong on illegal immigration. So far, what I have read is that McCain is a decent, upfront kind of guy who will tell you like it is, not what you want to hear or nothing at all. He admits when he does not know or understand everything. I would encourage everyone who is disenchanted with Obama (who will not allow anyone to use his middle name,) or allow Muslim women in any of his pictures) to read up on McCain and not vote for McCain out of spite. I also am worried that people will stay home and not vote and Obama will win by default. I respect Hillary but simply cannot back Obama. There are other choices and even a choice to write Clinton in on the ballot. I encourage everyone to do a little homework and find the truth for yourself. I think many of you will vote for McCain if you examine his side of the story.

 
At June 19, 2008 at 11:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many other promises will Obama break before November 4th?

It's apparent that he plans on buying his presidency with funds from his "friends" - - I believe the police would call them: persons of interest. Of course he raised 272 million for the Primary - - didn't Soros contribute 200 million of it. What is the market value of a favor these days.

Party of Change, my foot, it's just politics as usual.

 
At June 20, 2008 at 12:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

right now i am leaning towards not voting. but after reading the last comment here i am thinking about checking out mccain's positions as well as obamas and comparing the two. it stinks because my whole family is voting for obama and thinks a mccain presidency will be really bad for us, and i distrust both obama and mccain, so i would feel really guilty voting for mccain. on the other hand there is no way i am voting for obama. i really hate to "switch sides" from dem to repub and wonder if i will regret it. i really think maybe not voting is best. anyways, its good to see that other HRC supporters in ohio are just as mad as i am over her treatment.

 
At June 20, 2008 at 10:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether you vote for Obama or McCain, everyone needs to exercise their right and responsibility at the polls each and every election. Whether you are Democrat, Republican or Independent, you should evaluate each candidate, regardless of their Party affiliation, and decide who best serves your interests. Your beliefs and needs do not always resemble your friends, family or employer’s (mine certainly do not). That does not mean you are wrong, it’s just a matter of opinion - - yours.

Casting a write-in vote for Hillary when she is not on the ballot or registered in that state will most likely be wasted or given to Obama If you think by not voting you are not responsible for the outcome of the election - - think again. By your very abstinence you have elected the winner.

 
At June 20, 2008 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Shawn in STL said...

I ask...If you need surgery do you want the scrub nurse to do it or would you rather have the surgeon? Obama's experience and resume are NOT impressive. His politics are not new, just regurgitated with an arrogant spin. If you compare BOs policies from the start of his campaign to what he is spewing today, he has done nothing more than copy most of Hillary's ideals and issues. And now he is refusing to even consider offshore drilling? That's just one of the many issues I question BOs judgment on. I continue to believe Hillary is the BEST candidate. As for the DNC, they have shot themselves in the foot with this presumptive nomination. I have NEVER voted republican on anything, but I will take the lesser of two evils and vote for Mccain in hopes that it sends the DNC a message. Am looking forward to 2012 and hoping that Hillary will run again. She will always have my full support.

 
At June 20, 2008 at 2:02 PM , Anonymous Janice said...

I have submitted 3 different very polite comments that question the motivations of the people running this blog and none of them have made it on here. It has become clear that the people running this blog have become more concerned with keeping their name in the press and less concerned with what is best for the country, equal rights and for the policies that Hillary Clinton continues to fight so hard for. Even if Hillary Clinton herself spoke with you about your decision you would not change your stubborn path.

 
At June 20, 2008 at 4:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am amazed at how big this idea of "Clinton Republicans" has become. When you look at the stats for Senator Obama in Ohio he is doing much better with Senator Clinton on the ticket. Why does he want to risk losing 4 or 5 percentage points by alienating her supporters? It could mean the election. I guess they feel that seeing Senator Clinton campaigning with Senator Obama next week will make everything all right. It does nothing to address the real reason for these websites. The disgusting treatment of Senator Clinton. Senator McCain is a little to the right and Senator Clinton a little to the left in political ideology. I vote for a McCain-Clinton ticket. At least you know where they stand.

 
At June 20, 2008 at 8:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will Obama’s audacity end!

I’m amazed at the presumptuous of the new Obama podium symbol. After breaking his promise re public funding, he now has the “audacity of arrogance” to flagrantly imitate the seal of the Presidential Office. When will his contemptuous disregard for the feelings of the American people end.

Obama is trying to bring up the race card - - again. HE is the only one bringing up the race card. Does he honestly believe that the people on this site are interested in the color of his skin? We do not see color, we see a Democratic puppet doing and saying what he is told. We see a man and a Party bought and paid for by elitist and special interest monies.

 
At June 21, 2008 at 3:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I meant to say in my previous comment about why I am leaning towards not voting at all is that I don't want to have it on my conscience that I voted for McCain if he turns out to be a really bad president.

 
At June 21, 2008 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Monti said...

Obama?! How can more than 5 minutes consideration be given to a presidential candidate with such dubious (and longstanding) associations?!

Rev Wright, Farrakhan, Hamas, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorhn, Rashid Khalidi, Tony Rezko, Nadhmi Auchi, Raila Odinga, NAMLEF, Abongo “Roy” Obama, PLO, Abunimah, ISM, New Black Panther Party, Father Pfleger
… the list goes on and on!


John McCain is the choice for character and experience over politics. John McCain is the choice for qualifications over an empty suit with a long list of dubious contacts, as yet unsatisfactorily unexplained by the presidential nominee, who was selected as the Democratic, not elected as in the case of Hillary Clinton, who won the public vote of 18 million. Those 18 million who voted for Hillary...let us stand together and fight for her, the rightful Democratic nominee, the most qualified and experience candidate for the President of the USA.

Hillary, please please please don't campaign with Obama. We voted for you, all 18M of us! You won the public vote! You were elected the democratic nominee. Obama was selected! You have the qualifications and the experience. What has Obama got? Quasi zero experience! To those 18M who voted for Hillary...please...let's help turn this around. There is a precedent for the 'winning' nominee to lose at the convention.

And what is Obama's new emblem about?!

CNN, Aaron, June 20th 2008:
Offensive. This man has super imposed his image on top of Martin Luther King and now has the arrogance to infuse his logo into our country's symbol. What next? Obama with a crown of thorns?

 
At June 21, 2008 at 4:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama?! How can more than 5 minutes consideration be given to a presidential candidate with such dubious (and longstanding) associations?!

Rev Wright, Farrakhan, Hamas, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorhn, Rashid Khalidi, Tony Rezko, Nadhmi Auchi, Raila Odinga, NAMLEF, Abongo “Roy” Obama, PLO, Abunimah, ISM, New Black Panther Party, Father Pfleger
… the list goes on and on!


John McCain is the choice for character and experience over politics. John McCain is the choice for qualifications over an empty suit with a long list of dubious contacts, as yet unsatisfactorily unexplained by the presidential nominee, who was selected as the Democratic, not elected as in the case of Hillary Clinton, who won the public vote of 18 million. Those 18 million who voted for Hillary...let us stand together and fight for her, the rightful Democratic nominee, the most qualified and experience candidate for the President of the USA.

Hillary, please please please don't campaign with Obama. We voted for you, all 18M of us! You won the public vote! You were elected the democratic nominee. Obama was selected! You have the qualifications and the experience. What has Obama got? Quasi zero experience! To those 18M who voted for Hillary...please...let's help turn this around. There is a precedent for the 'winning' nominee to lose at the convention.

And what is Obama's new emblem about?!

CNN, Aaron, June 20th 2008:
Offensive. This man has super imposed his image on top of Martin Luther King and now has the arrogance to infuse his logo into our country's symbol. What next? Obama with a crown of thorns?

 
At June 21, 2008 at 6:40 PM , Anonymous Valrie Sommerville said...

A CLOSER LOOK AT OBAMA:


We as citizens have been asking ourselves who is the real Obama? Is he a typical white man (based on his education, verbal skills and white mother) covered in darker skin? Or is he a black man that harbors hate white people like his Minister preaches form his church? While asking myself these questions I began investigating snippets of dialogue during the campaign that has made me think the answer probably lies in the second question I asked. I found a YouTube presentation that seems to dig deeper into who the man “Obama” is.


I want to share it with you and then ask you…..

http://hillaryloyalistnowformccain.com/acloserlookatobama.aspx

 
At June 22, 2008 at 6:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous doesn’t want it on her/his conscience if she/he votes for McCain and he turns out to be a bad President? If you do not vote for McCain and Obama becomes President and he is a really bad President, it will also be on your conscience. Just by not voting you will be helping to select the winner - - so what do you have to loose? The majority of bloggers on this site think that an Obama win would be a disaster. You have to take sides and you have to stand up and be counted. Abstaining does not absolve you of responsibility for the outcome of this election.

 
At June 24, 2008 at 1:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barack Obama has either voted nay or not voted at all for any bill that would help our veterans or active Military. He doesn't honor them but rather dishonors them with his action or rather, his non action on thier behalf. It seems he treats women the same way.

 
At June 24, 2008 at 6:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hold on people! Senator Obama is moving to the center. He has upset his MoveOn.org people by reneging on a promise he made to filibuster legislation letting communication giants off the hook in government-ordered wiretaps. And he has drop his use of the presidential seal. Finally, Ann Coulter, speaking on Laura Ingram's radio show, suggested (painfully) that a argument could be made that Hillary Clinton is (was) the best candidate. Things are looking up.

 
At June 25, 2008 at 12:50 PM , Anonymous Supporter4hill said...

Check this out, Obama talks about Judgement, please what judgement is he talking about. See below. He is like Jelly and all over the place, no one knows were exactly OBAMA stands and this is very RISKY and DANGEROUS. PLEASE LET US SUPPORT A CANDIDATE THAT HAS A RECORD AND YOU KNOW WHERE HE/SHE STANDS, HILLARY IS NOW OUT AND THE NEXT BEST THING IS MCCAIN. OBAMA WILL NOT GET MY VOTE EVEN IF HE USES HILLARY AS HIS VP. WE NEED A LEADER NOT SOME KIND OF JELLY THAT HAS FOOLED A LOT OF PEOPLE. WELL, I AM ONE IN 18 MILLION THAT WILL NOT BE FOOL.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2kFrFIFizkU

 

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