10 reasons to vote for McCain with some words about Palin

From David Frum’s diary on Novemeber 1st.   http://frum.nationalreview.com

10) No elected official in American life has contributed more to the security of the nation than John McCain. Latterly, McCain was the most senior and most forceful advocate of the strategy that has saved the day in Iraq. For that reason alone, he deserves your vote.

9) Over a quarter-century in public life, John McCain has defended the interests of the taxpayer, not only speaking for lower taxes (that’s easy) but fighting for the essential precondition of lower taxes, less government spending.

8) McCain’s healthcare plan is the first and essential step toward a market-based approach. If competition is to work, individuals must buy their own care. Barack Obama praises the employer-based system. But Obama knows full well that the employer-based system is dying – he’s just propping up its carcass until the time is ripe to insert full government control in its place.

7) As a man, McCain is more pragmatic and more open to compromise in substance (and not just in verbal formulas) than Barack Obama. It’s a bad reflection on the McCain campaign that it has allowed the less ideological candidate to be depicted as the hot-head – and the more ideological Obama to position himself as the moderate. But the failures of the campaign are reasons to punish the campaign managers, not the country.

6) The combination of a Democratic president, a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and federal control of the nation’s financial system is dangerous to prosperity and freedom. Even if I weren’t a conservative, I’d believe that this government bailout makes balanced government indispensable.

5) To borrow an argument from Mona Charen: The best thing about a president with a military background is that he has learned not to show too much deference to generals. Let’s not forget: The brass hats were against the surge!

4) This country hungers for moderate answers on social questions from abortion to stem cells to same-sex marriage. McCain’s split-the-difference instincts offer the hope of social peace. Obama’s 100% down-the-line social liberalism will provoke reactions that will aggravate and sustain these social controveries, when we need to find compromises that can allay them.

3) McCain’s victory would be the most surprising come-from-behind victory in American political history. It would prove that money and endorsements are not everything. That is healthy for American democracy.

2) McCain has never compromised on free trade. Never. Not to win a primary, not to win a vote. Never.

1) John McCain is white, the son and grandson of admirals, married to a wealthy heiress – and yet he has experienced degrees of suffering, despair, and defeat that not one in a million of us can imagine. Barack Obama wears a black skin and carries an exotic name. In the United States, people of darker color have faced oppression and discrimination for centuries. But in Barack Obama’s own life, he has known nothing but an easy and welcoming path to success since he was 18 years old. Privileged John McCain has known more absolute degradation than any man ever to contest the presidency. Obama was born in adversity, but he has smoothly risen to a place where he is most comfortable with those for whom things are most easy.

I do not fear Barack Obama. I even rather like him. I certainly feel I have much more in common with him than I do with John McCain. To lead this country, though, I prefer the man who has seen more and suffered more and felt more. For all his faults, it is John McCain who is the more universal man.

I vote for John McCain.

One final comment. As readers of this space know, I have been very critical of the selection of Sarah Palin. Yet I do not regard her as a reason to cast aside the principles of my life on voting day. She may not bring much knowledge to this ticket. Yet she is obviously no fool. Indeed, using the favored metric of Joe Biden (“I think I have a higher IQ than you”), my guess is that she would probably outscore the Democratic vice presidential candidate on a standardized aptitude test. To his credit, Biden has conscientiously worked to familiarize himself with the great questions of national policy. To her discredit, Palin has not. But on Tuesday, I will trust that she can learn. She has governed a state – and she did risk her career by defying the corrupt leaders of the Alaska Republican party.

Beyond that, it says something important that so many millions of people respond to her as somebody who incarnates their beliefs and values. At a time when the great American middle often seems to be falling further and further behind, there may be a special need for a national leader who represents and symbolizes that middle. And if worse did come to worst, who doubts that the whole country – including Colin Powell and Larry Eagleburger – would rally to the aid and support of the first woman president, thrust into office by some unexpected tragedy?

This is a great and greatly enduring country. It flourishes because of the genius of its institutions and the decent and moderate instincts of its people. I look to the American future with confidence always – under a President McCain preferably, under a President Obama if it must be.


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8 Responses to “10 reasons to vote for McCain with some words about Palin”

  1. Reena Says:

    10)– Implies people should vote based on only one reason– Give me a break! The issues of our country require more thought than just one issue.

    9) Not all government spending is bad. I believe the Federal Government is the largest employer in the US. This country pulled out of the Great Depression because of a major increase in government spending that put unemployed people to work.

    8) What about people who don’t have the means to buy health insurance because unemployement is rising? What about people who will have a hard sifting through exactly which policies cover what for X amount of money? It really is more complicated than it is made to sound.

    7) I’m not saying that Obama is a moderate or McCain is not a moderate– but, McCain does have a tendency to rub people (Democrats and Republicans) the wrong way. He can be a hot head and just because he reaches across does not mean others will take hold if he’s already managed to piss them off.

    6) A good point to consider (IMO).

    5) Someone with a military background like McCain’s may also have some baggage that we don’t want nor can afford to deal with. I have concerns with some comments he has made.

    4) I don’t really see how this would even be an issue if Obama wins– social issues will be more accepted in the political arena with a greater chance of being legalized. I agree with a good deal of these issues and was under the impression that Didley also supports many of these issues.

    3) Agreed. But, not really a voting issue– at least not for me.

    2) Does Didley know what Free Trade really means? How does it compare to Fair Trade? Please don’t tell my economic friends about this comment.

    1) How does a persons experience of (or lack of) despair and suffering give them the skills to be President? Any person could have such life experiences and it make them either a ‘better’ person or ‘worse’ person– ii could result in them having more or less empathy– but still not give them the skills needed to effectively run a country.

    Really, what the heck is this suppose to mean?

    You cannot compare this kind of utility between people! It is asinine beyond belief. It is like comparing one person’s happiness to another persons. Completely ridiculous.

    Who is this guy again? What a crackpot and I can’t believe you actually copied and posted this dribble to your site.

    You usually have better stuff.



  2. Reena Says:

    Free Trade/Fair Trade



  3. diddly Says:

    10) The surge saved a lot of American lives, as well as Iraqi ones. He took on Bush, and salvaged a disaster. This is what we need, someone who has the guts and knowledge to salvage us from a disaster.

    9) I don’t read here that ALL GOVT SPENDING IS BAD, just less is better.

    8) He says that McCain’s plan is “a step”. Obama’s plan is a much bigger may irreversible step in the opposite direction, toward completely eliminating the market’s role in getting health insurance companies to compete thus lowering costs.

    7) McCain has been pretty good a playing the politics. Jimmy Carter was all shits and giggles on the surface and he couldn’t work with anybody.

    5.) Really? This is a very disrespectful assumption about military people who have served in wars. Maybe you can be clearer on the specifics of what he has said that disturbs you.


  4. diddly Says:

    4. I would be happy with many of Obama’s stances on social issues but in terms of leadership for everyone, McCain may be less divisive.

    2. I don’t really know a lot about McCain’s stance on trade and how sound it is, but Obama has flip flopped on this issue. The writer’s point is that McCain has stuck to a position and not compromised, for better or worse.


    1. Look how excited everyone will be if Obama wins and largely because he is black man and he and other blacks will have overcome so much adversity. Why is it less acceptable to get excited about a disabled Vietnam vet and POW becoming President? He also overcame much, and many Vietnam Vets never could have imagined 35-40 years ago that one of their own could become President. They were hated.

    But in a strict sense, it is racist to get excited for an Obama presidency because he is black. And it is also discriminatory to get excited about a McCain presidency because of his membership in a group of unvalued veterans in a war we lost.


  5. Reena Says:

    Disrespectful how?

    Military people who have served are much like the rest of the populace– some are outstanding individuals, some really are not. There are good and there are bad– just like with any profession.

    In my comment, I said, “Someone with a military background like McCain’s may also have . . .” notice the ‘may.’ It is not an absolute statement and it is not written as an absolute statement.

    Reason for my concern–not the exact words, but the general–

    During one of the debates McCain commented at least twice that he knows what it is like to fight for his country in a war, be a prisoner of war, only to lose. He will not let that happen with the Iraq war.

    So would he have chosen to continue with the Vietnam war? How many more would have died? Would that have been best for our country?

    Winning at what cost?

    How do you define ‘winning’ a war? When the country you are fighting decides to live by the same rules, same democracy, same culture as what is deemed appropriate by the USA?

    I know that we started this mess in Iraq and something does need to be done so that it can end– but define winning.

    When All of alqueda is gone?

    Does anyone really think that is going to happen?

    I am sure there are more terrorist than those in Iraq. What about Iran?

    As far as I am concerned, we already lost– our country is currently shot.

    And, just to clarify, I don’t think pulling out all of our troops without thinkging through a strategic exit plan is the way to go either. Like I said above, right or wrong, like it or not, we started this mess. Now we have to figure out how to get out of it.

    McCain might be biased in this respect due to his horrific experience. Maybe he isn’t biased– but it is a concern for me.


  6. Reena Says:

    1. I didn’t read the author’s comment the same as you. To me it seemed to simply compare the ‘worthiness’ of the two candidates based on perceived adversity and non-adverse expereiences in their lives. I stand by my comment that these types of comparisons are invalid.

    I think the reason why more people (many minorities– not just black) as well as white people tend to be more excited about Obama is because when you look at McCain it is easy to forget that he was a POW– when you look at him you see, ‘just another old white man’ running for President. The same as all the other ‘white men’ who were President before him.

    I am not saying that I feel this is a valid voting reason– but it is my perception of why so many folks are really excited by OBama.

    I could be wrong.


  7. Reena Says:

    2. Sometimes people do need to change their posisitons on issues. As more and/or improved information is made available and/or circumstances change– a person may need to change their position on an issue.

    It is easy for the media to make all kinds of things look like waffeling (sp?)– especially with politics. Rarely is one issue, bill, etc., singular. There is typically all kinds of stuff tagged on.


  8. diddly Says:

    McCain opposed Reagan and wanted to pull out of Beirut before the terrorist bombing there taht killed 100’s of American soldiers.

    He has proven himself not to be inflexible about military policy.


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