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Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tim's Conversation Corner, Episode 1
Welcome to Tim's Conversation Corner! This is my first attempt at blogging, and if all goes well, the Conversation Corner will be a periodic addition to our blog.
My first topic of conversation, if it could not be deduced by the above image, is the upcoming presidential election. Now, I realize that this is a heated topic, so any and all who wish to converse must be respectful at all times. Having said that, I would like to discuss my choice for president: John McCain.
Now, Sen. McCain was not my first choice, but since the primaries didn't go my way, I have chosen to fall in with those choosing the McCain/Palin ticket. I know that some will disagree with my choice; that is fine and is your right as an American citizen, so here is are my reasons:
The way I see it, though there are many variables, the choosing of a presidential canidate boils down to three main points. My first point is that the President of the United States is the face of the country and directly influences foreign policy, unlike what the canidates camps want us to believe, foreign policy is really the only place where the President "legislates". I have chosen to vote for John McCain because he has had many years of experience in this arena, and I feel that his more moderate views, albeit conservative views, are better suited for these responsibilities.
My second point is the appointing of Supreme Court Justices. Though the Senate must approve nominees, it resides within the Executive to nominate. I feel that the person selecting those who preside over the highest court of the land must be one of character, as they will determine the constitutionality of our nations laws. We are constantly encouraged by the Brethren to elect those of the highest moral quality when we can. I feel that in this instance, John McCain holds the high ground. He has shown over many years of service that he strives to do what is best for his country, not always for himself or his party. It can be argued that Sen. Barak Obama, with his assosiations with the Ayers family, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and others, along with his questionable races for state congressional offices, and his less-than-stellar US Senate record, would, in my opinion disqualify him for this responsibility.
And finally, my third point: the President of the United States is the Commander in Chief of the Armed forces. John McCain is a veteran, and comes from a long line of US Navy Admirals and servicemen. Though this alone does not grant him the position, I feel that it gives Sen. McCain the advantage over Sen. Obama. In addition, Sen. McCain has had the experience of serving on various congressional committees that have put him on the "front lines" when it comes to working with the Armed Forces and their respective commanders.
So, lengthy though it may be, I hope that this spurs some constructive dialogue, and help any of you undecided voters come to a decision.