Why I Support John McCain

A busier-than-usual beginning to the year has not left me a lot of time for creative writing. I hesitate to make my first post of the nova annum political in nature, but there are a few things  that I would like to say about the on-going Republican presidential primary election.

As with most of the country, it has been with great interest that I have observed the narrowing of the field from the eight or so candidates who began the race to the two serious horses still on the track. Thanks to the 24/7 rumor news mills and the abundance of information available on the internet, I feel as though I am better informed in this election than in any I have ever witnessed.

It is also with great interest, and a degree of puzzlement, I might add that I have observed the response of a number of Christian leaders and conservative pundits to John McCain’s emergence as the front-runner for the nomination.

After much prayer and thoughtful consideration, I voted for John McCain on Super Tuesday. I realize that he didn’t win my state, but if I had to do it again, I would not change my vote. I will most certainly vote for him in the general election in November if he gets the nod as the Republican candidate.

I chose McCain because of his leadership abilities, his practicality, his willingness to say what he believes and not just what people want to hear, and his proven conservative (yes, that’s right) track-record on moral issues. I believe he will do the right thing by our military, our economy, illegal immigration and given the opportunity will appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court.

Another reason I chose McCain is his ability to reach across the aisle. For too long now, our nation’s government has been grid-locked by the childish bickering and maneuvering that goes on between the two parties. I realize that there are certain core issues that cannot be compromised, but at some point, Congress must grow up and realize that on most issues, there is common ground between the two ideologies. This is what is best for the country. I believe that McCain is best suited for finding this common ground and making us a stronger nation.

Here is where my puzzlement lies with many of the conservative mouth-pieces. For years now, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, et al, have raised hue and cry about the Democrats’ unreasonable attitude and unwillingness to work together. Now, given the opportunity to support a candidate who is capable of effecting this, they choose to withdraw into their corner and pout, threatening to vote for Hillary (what?!?) or Obama (WHAT?!?) or even worse, not even vote at all. Their theory is, “We will let the country have four to eight years of liberal leadership and then they will see why we need a conservative president.” Ignoring the potential damage that this could bring to the country, they are demonstrating at best a shortsightedness, and at worst an arrogant spitefulness that shows that they value their ideas above their country. In my opinion, this makes them no better than the liberals that they so handily criticize for the same thing.

If these individuals wish to sit out the upcoming election, that is their right. I would suggest, however, that if they do so and the true liberals win, they have forfeited their credibility and have no right to complain about the leadership that the Clintons or Obama will bring to the Whitehouse.

After weighing all the issues, it is my opinion that John McCain might just turn out to be the best president we have had since Ronald Reagan. Conservative voters need to follow Mitt Romney’s lead and get behind him. Otherwise, we can prepare ourselves for the political and moral nightmare that the alternative will bring.

The only thing that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.  Edmund Burke

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22 responses to “Why I Support John McCain

  1. can we please stop calling our fellow Americans who differ with us politically ….

    EVIL

    Evil doers.

  2. Hi, Underdog, I don’t believe I called anyone evil. I do believe that some of the moral values that Sens. Clinton and Obama stand for are evil.

    I felt that the Burke quote was a good expression of the point I was trying to make. I could have reworded it to say evil-doers, but that would have been messy, editorially speaking.

    I could have just rewritten it and acted like I said it to begin with, but that would have been plagiarism.

    That would be evil. 😉

  3. Thank you for your thoughts. I do not understand these mouthpieces either, nor do I understand the man at the head of FOTF. When we had the senatorial race here in Florida in the last election, I received letters as to why I should support Martinez over Castor. That was such a cruelly-run race on M’s part, I voted for the lady just because.

    While I’m not gung-ho for McClain, I will support him. God, help us all.

  4. Palms of Victory

    Gordon,
    Right on! Not to vote is to cast a silent vote of permission for the opposite side.
    Daddy

  5. Thanks, Daddy and Beverly.

    Matt Shultz, welcome to HH. That is an excellent article on your letter to Gov. Huckabee. There are a lot of things about him that I find appealing. I believe that he probably has some ideas whose time has not yet come. Perhaps in 2012?

  6. Gordon,
    I voted for Huckabee on Super Tuesday, and glad I did. When it comes down to it it appears that McCain is going to have the nomination, but God has a way of doing some big things.
    I know that whoever is our next president is going to be in the hands of the Lord, and is there through His sovereign hand. Even if it is Hillary – May God forbid it.
    Good article, and good to have you back.
    T.A.

  7. I am truly on the fence Gordon.. I agree with you on McCain from an issue perspective and I like that he can work across the aisle.

    I am just not sure about his temperament.. he seems a bit hot-headed and a tad arrogant.. I hope that I am wrong about him. Huck on the other hand seems to be a bit humbler than John.. I may be wrong.

    I am hoping to see a humbler president elected this year.. these last 8 years have been tough.. seeing the congress move to the left.. in part because of a president who wouldn’t humble himself and admit his mistakes in waging the war on Iraq.. whenever he speaks he comes across arrogant.. he may be humble but he just doesn’t project it.. again I may be off.. I voted for him twice and regret my support for him.

    I am not sure who I will vote for this year but I will be looking for humility as I observe the candidates in the coming months.. not sure that I will find it though.

  8. I just came across an article that speaks to the issue … apparently McCain is known as Senator Hothead (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080216/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_temper) … gotta wonder what his diplomacy would look like?

  9. McCain seems to want to continue Bush’s foreign policy, and for me personally, that’s not something I can vote for.

    I’m voting for the candidate no one wants to talk about — Ron Paul. Not because I think he has a chance to win, but because he is the only one that represents the principles I think a president should embrace (i.e., adherence to the Constitution [why is this so rare?!?]).

    I was liking Huckabee until I realized that he couldn’t answer a question with a straight answer in any debate or interview I ever saw him in. And that little bit about claiming to have a theology degree that he doesn’t actually have. 😉

    Anyway, I definitely respect your opinion on McCain, and appreciate you articulating it so well here. It’s good to see your blog show up in my Google Reader again, bro! 🙂

  10. I appreciate everyone’s thoughts. Both Huckabee and Paul have some positives that I like.

    Bro. T.A., it is a comforting thought to know that the king’s heart is in God’s hand isn’t it?

    KB, I will admit that McCain has a temper and that he hasn’t always managed it as well as he should. That will be an area that we will have to pray about for him if he is elected. Then again, that might be a deterrent for anyone thinking about starting trouble with the U.S. 😉

    Steve, it’s always good to hear from you. I wish you well on the upcoming music awards.

    You said, “McCain seems to want to continue Bush’s foreign policy, and for me personally, that’s not something I can vote for.”

    And all this time you’ve been telling me you were a continuationist. 🙂

  11. good one, Gordon! hehe Excellent comeback.

  12. McCain is such a paradox to me I never could understand the man. I mean he stand so well against the Jihadist that would do us harm, but he seems so willing to turn over the Southwest to the La reconquista.

    At this time it looks as if my support for John will be directly in proportion to how much I fear the Democratic candidate.

  13. well i vote for Mr, Huckabee! 😉

    it’s a free country , you can vote for who ya like!

  14. Hello Gordon
    long time…I think I can stand with you all the way on this one..I too voted for McCain on Super Tues and wouldn’t do differently…we’ll see how this all plays out..God puts those in power in the end so “Lord, have your way”. 🙂

  15. We need McCain at this point. The democrats are for retreat and surrender…..Here is an article I wrote about this on my blog!

    http://mattshultz.wordpress.com/2008/02/22/it-is-a-good-thing-beryl-fangue-wallen-wasnt-running-wwii/

  16. I think McCain is great. He is the man for the moment.

  17. I appreciate everyone’s input. I would encourage you to visit Matt Shultz’ blog. It is worth a read.

    God bless and have a great weekend.

  18. I saw McCain on 60 Minutes tonight and think that I am with you Gordon.. but probably still open.. sort-of.

    I think that I will quote you at my place and link here.

  19. Hi Gordon…it’s been a while since I stopped by your blog, but I also see it’s been a while since you’ve blogged! 🙂

    Of course, McCain has the nomination sewn up now, and I believe those of us who don’t want America to be subjected to the very scary liberalism of either Obama or Clinton should get very strongly behind him.

    My oldest son, who follows politics closely and with a good amount of good sense and discernment, has defended McCain for some time now. It heartens me that there are conservative Christians who support him.

  20. Hi Gordon…it’s been a while since I stopped by your blog, but I also see it’s been a while since you’ve blogged! 🙂

    Of course, McCain has the nomination sewn up now, and I believe those of us who don’t want America to be subjected to the very scary liberalism of either Obama or Clinton should get very strongly behind him.

    My oldest son, who follows politics closely and with a good amount of good sense and discernment, has defended McCain for some time now. It heartens me that there are conservative Christians who support him.

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