Some may say I have been unfairly harsh of John McCain during this election season. With less than a week left before the Presidential Election, I would like to clear a few things up.
First, I have a very legitimate reason for being much more critical and more vocal about my criticism of John McCain than my criticism of Barack Obama. As a Conservative, is it not a given that Obama is going to be a much worse choice according to my political identity? But when someone decides to vote third party instead of for their "parties" candidate, would it not make more sense that I would have to justify that by showing my differences with the Republican Candidate? I believe so.
Also, another thing I would like to put out there are my final decisions who I'm voting for in the major races:
Senate: Dean Barkley
House of Reps: Michelle Bachmann
President: Chuck Baldwin
Now that you know that, I don't want what I'm about to say to be mistaken for an endorsement of John McCain. Chuck Baldwin is my candidate, with Bob Barr at a very close second (If Ron Paul hadn't endorsed Baldwin, and Barr wouldn't have bailed on the third party press conference called by Paul, he would be my candidate). My political views are very different than John McCain. My views are quite similar to both Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr, and I can't justify not voting for them. Some say a vote for them is a wasted vote, but I don't believe it could be further from the truth. John McCain was never entitled to my vote, nor would I vote for someone who doesn't have similar views as me, which he does not.
If you just can't bring yourself to NOT vote for one of the two main parties, and you were considering voting for Obama, I ask that you take a good hard look at what policies you are voting for. Here we have a candidate who is going to promote an economic policy that promotes socialistic 'spreading of the wealth' that goes against everything that makes America a prosperous nation. He is pro-choice, but can't even take a bold stance on that position. Listen to the sound clip of him a few posts ago: he wants to overstep the constraints of the constitution. This is exactly why we have a constitution: to constrain the government! With a senate majority, liberals can push basically any legislation they want which could mean dire consequences for the constitution (loss of free speech, right to bear arms, etc.) and the ballooning of the size and scope of government.
Please, consider these points when casting your vote for Barack Obama. Be aware of the consequences.
To state the obvious: McCain is a much better choice than Obama. If anyone thinks that I believe something else, it's hard for me to even begin to think where those opinions are coming from.
As much as I do not want an Obama Presidency, I do not think it is the end of the world for the GOP. A lot of the attacks by Obama have been that a McCain Presidency would not be different enough from the Bush Administration. If McCain would have taken a much more conservative stance of small-government, balanced budget, attacking the governmental interventions of the bailout, among other things, I think he would have been able to draw a much bigger contrast between him and Obama. But, as we know, there are differences between the two but not nearly enough to make conservatives excited about his position and draw a sharper contrast between him and Obama. His support for military interventionism (The argument that Obama has the same stance, fair enough is what I say to that) did not help either.
Luckily we can vote out the Democrat controlled Congress if they push too much legislation through that cripples individual freedom and destroys our economy.
The GOP must reform and change to changing demands. Ron Paul's message has struck a chord for many conservatives who are not happy with the platform of the GOP. The platform MUST change to one that supports individual freedoms, promotes a much smaller government, and major reform.
Where do I stand on this election? Chuck Baldwin is the only one who stands where I do on many issues. Therefore, my vote goes to him. I think third parties are the best choice in this election for anyone who can't stand the thought of either Obama or McCain winning. If you can not vote third party for whatever reason, John McCain is the only choice (sadly). I do not feel that way, but I know there are some who do. I will continue to promote the third party choices in this election and the message of liberty that Ron Paul has been promoting for years.