Thursday, May 1, 2008

How I Might Vote For Barack Obama Over John McCain

A family member forwarded this link to a video about the frightening prospect of a President Barack Obama. It is followed by my response.

“It takes about 13 minutes to view the video on this link. It was an eye-opener for me in some aspects.”
Barack Obama Video


You know, I know that millions of people vote on the basis of this kind of information. But, such matters don’t even get on the map for me. Barack Obama has never said or done a single socially constructive thing that I am aware of, beyond the most non-specific calls for "change," “unity,” “hope,” and such general abstractions.

He has persuaded populations of people to support him, as many anti-liberty tyrants in history have done. Honestly, it is difficult for me to look at a man who has earned a law degree and an accompanying fortune, and who can construct a speech that moves populations and is at least syntactically correct though substantially empty, without the strong suspicion that his ideals have nothing to do with American society but are primarily oriented toward personal wealth and power. I’m sorry, but it’s just extremely difficult for me to imagine that these people could be so utterly ignorant about human nature and the social dysfunction that will grow from implementing their totalitarian supposed ideals.

You know of course, that there is little danger of me casting a vote for Barack Obama. Though I can imagine a scenario under which I might consider it: At least two gunmen break into my home on election day, one of whom corrals my family at gunpoint and instructs me that I will go with the other man to my polling place and he will watch me cast my vote for Barack Obama. He tells me that if I do not return in an hour with the other man’s confirmation that I did indeed, cast my vote for Obama, that the brains of my family will be splattered on the walls of our home.

It is at such a point that I would seriously consider the benefits of voting for Barack Obama. And, I hope that this dispels any suspicions that I might be entirely closed to the idea.

We should consider, on the other hand, that though I have frequently disagreed with conclusions that John McCain has reached. He is exceptionally strong on a few points that are of particular importance at this time of American history: on spending (today we are not just spending foolishly, but on the brink of budgetary calamity, and that’s not just words) judicial restraint that respects liberty and The Constitution, and the defense of American welfare and moral standards. And whatever John McCain concludes, he concludes it sincerely with America’s interest in mind. That is a monumental difference that I hope intruders don’t impose upon. 

14 comments:

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Larry, widgets & gadgets tend to mystify me, the incarnation of low tech. I've asked two people deeply involved in McCain's online campaign to get in touch with you. If they don't, go to http://mccainbloggerresources.blogspot.com (Kathy's site), and you should find what you want. Note: Mike Huckabee may come to the Pittsburgh/Beaver County area to speak on behalf of my former (and future) congresswoman, Melissa Hart, who is absolutely wonderful. Who were the people running things for Mike in PA? Are there remaining links/groups in PA that you know about? I will be writing this week about Melissa and her opponent, Jason Altmire, whom I usually refer to as "the sneering fat guy." I'm working with several congressional candidates, including Marina Kats, whom I've called the "most beautiful woman ever to run for Congress." Now, being a male, you have to see the picture of her on her preliminary web site: http://katsforcongress.com.

steve maloney

Larry Perrault said...

Where's Marina Katz running?

Brad Marston said...

Larry,

Steve sent me your info. Your post title threw me for a moment. :-) While I love my family, I am not certain that I would risk the future of this country just to save them.

But the real reason I stopped by was to let you know that we create most of our own banners and widgets. Let me know what you want and I can probably have one of our "techies" create it for you.

bmars90 (at) comcast (dot) net

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