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Conservatives have good reason to be concerned about John McCain. At the top of my list:

He’s a globalist.

He’s an unconscious incompetent.

Most of the time, competence encourages a person’s preferences. If one is good at something, one enjoys doing it. Not the case for John McCain. Not only doesn’t he know something, but he remains ignorant of the fact by choice. And he insists on ignoring those who do know something about it.

Note to McCain: Choosing one side of a controversy doesn’t make it uncontroversial.

I’m not alone in my dismay:

Dear John McCain,

Every relationship requires effort. I want to do my part. But there needs to be common ground to start with and you’re making it harder and harder for me to find where it is.

I’m an optimist and a woman of faith. I believe we are strong because our nation is meant to be, as President Reagan often reminded us, a “shining city upon a hill.”

You spoke in Los Angeles the other day about our country and its place in the world. You talked about political, economic and military strength, and international citizenship.

I strained to hear you mention our moral uniqueness — our being that “city on a hill.” But I heard not a hint.

President Nixon once observed that Americans often make the mistake of thinking that conflict in the world is the result of misunderstanding rather than difference of belief.

Because you seem not to appreciate that our beliefs make us different, you suggest more talk. You propose more international compacts and organizations, as if we don’t have enough.

What exactly are the values we would share with others in your concept for a League of Democracies? The European Union countries can’t even agree on a common constitution.

Read the whole thing.

8 Responses to Two Reasons McCain Might Not Get My Vote

  • Kathy says:

    It makes me really uncomfortable to vote for a guy who is so out of touch with who he really is. It’s like he believes his own press releases.

    Even Obama doesn’t do that.

    And Hillary has sense enough not to believe anything she says.

  • hillbilly says:

    That’s it in a nutshell, Kathy. McCain doesn’t really understand that he’s incompetent and lacks the required understanding for the position he seeks. If he did and truly loved the country as he claims to love it, he would have stepped down or never sought the position in the first place. Remember my post on my problem with McCain? His inability to see the bigger picture. That’s what defines everything else about him and it’s very worrying.

    The good thing is, we’re conservatives and largely independent of government actions… until they interfere with our daily lives as they have the last few years… We’ll survive John McCain or Obama if by some chance he’s elected. It won’t be pretty no matter how you try to look at it but we’ll survive. Those who are overly dependent upon the government to take care of them and their “needs” may not… or will only if they wake up to the reality that government is made up of greedy, power hungry politicians who will take care of themselves before anyone else… until an election year when they’ll make promises they’ll never keep.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    “We’ll survive John McCain or Obama if by some chance he’s elected” Sure we will. I survived Reagan, Bush & Bush, didn’t I? πŸ™‚

  • hillbilly says:

    BB, the comparison between the aforementioned presidents and our current candidates is just too lopsided to be an easy task. πŸ˜†

  • It’s the globalism issue that really bothers me about McCain – that and the time he spends on the other side of the aisle.

    I won’t forget about McCain-Kennedy. In fact, you can take illegal immigration out of it, and I won’t forget anyone who co-sponsors with Kennedy.

    I find myself thinking – what is he thinking??? way too often. What a dilemna for conservatives.


  • hillbilly says:

    It’s a huge delimna and even sadder for the fact that the Republican elite don’t understand how huge it is. Conservatives are being treated by the Republicans the way the Democrats treat the black vote: as a given.

    They make much ado about Supreme Court nominees because it’s the only real argument they have left and they are trying to make it a bit more consequential than it really is. No matter who nominates the next couple of justices, not much is likely to change. That’s about all McCain will get a shot at nominating and given McCain’s own penchant for liberal policies, it will make even less of a difference.

    They’re trying to sell us a rotten bill of goods and they know it, yet, they continue on with the charade.

March 2008


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