Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Why I Voted for John McCain

Since the last presidential election, I have spent a lot of time researching how I think the national government should be run. I used to be a single issue voter (abortion rights) and I used to want the President to be a Christian. Today, I can honestly say that neither of those things are true anymore. I've come a long way and would not consider myself a Republican OR a Democrat. I'm saying all of this because I think there are some people who will write my comments off. I've said some pretty crazy things in the past. I regret a lot of it, but I feel it had to happen so I could make the changes I needed to.

Here are my reasons:

  • I think a limited government is the best thing for our country. George Bush has not been a traditional Republican in this way. I believe John McCain is.
  • This country needs a moderate (along the lines of Clinton and Reagan). I believe John McCain does have a record of "reaching across the aisle," and that says a lot. We don't need to keep polarizing ourselves. It's counter-productive.
  • Supreme Court Justices need to make decisions based on the constitution and law, not circumstances and empathy/sympathy. I believe John McCain will appoint responsibly.
  • Economics and Taxes. I feel more comfortable with McCain's plans. I don't think either candidate has the correct solution, but this one feels more right to me.
  • Generosity. I don't want the Government taking more of my money and then deciding where it should go. I want to feel freedom to give generously to my sister(s) if they need help. I don't want them relying heavily on Government hand outs. European nations are the most stingy givers, and this is the main reason why. Americans are generous people. I don't want to see that change.
  • Leadership. Leadership is different than motivation. Though it says a lot to have a well-run campaign and be a great orator/motivational speaker, it doesn't say enough. McCain has proven himself ready and worthy to lead the country and our military.
Whatever your decision, please know that it doesn't change the way I feel about you (and I hope you can say the same!). Thanks for reading. 

12 comments:

j*amy said...

i think those are great reasons!!

Susan said...

Great Post, Danielle! Well said.

puremotif said...

amazingly said.

jasonpauli said...

You know I breezed through a lot of the voting blog posts today but I read yours the whole way through.

What you said at the beginning and at the end impressed the most (mostly at the end).

Thanks for shining through my cloud :)

Joanna said...

Great post! I completely agree with you for all the above reasons. As Barry Goldwater said, "A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it away." I'm not comfortable with that.

Boki Mame said...

nice post D. Your old man has a excellent post on the election also. I am voting for myself for Congress. I just can't push that button for Phil or Kathy, their campaigns were so negative. So i will write myself in.

Kaitis28 said...

i think the Christian right turned alot of people off. but for me, i just can't vote for someone who is not pro life. i'm just glad it's over!

thepipers said...

very well said.

so NOT cool said...

It does not change how I feel about you AT ALL. :)

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

Dana and I are the only ones in our immediate and extended family that voted McCain........even our own son turned on us and voted O-BUM-A. I feel your pain.

Anonymous said...

How do you feel about his choice for VP? I am constantly amazed that more people aren't angered by this choice. Do you believe she could run this country if necessary? My feeling is, no. Which means that if McCain had been elected and for some reason was incapacitated, some unknown person would be advising Palin, telling her how to act and what to do because she doesn't have enough experience and knowledge to do it alone, and that person won't be someone we've elected. Although I can understand if you're disappointed by the election, be glad we have two people in the highest power that can handle the job, even if you don't agree with their policies.

Barb said...

Well said Danielle! I would like to comment on the anonymous comment: Ye have little faith. I think it's unfair for this person to assume that Palin has no idea what she'd be doing. Palin is an intelligent woman.I'm sure John McCain felt that she would know how to handle things. But even Anonymous is entitled to his/her opinion.That's the country we live in. Amen.