Itís About Issues, Not Personality
By Greg Quinn
October 22nd, 2008
There is such a furor over Barack Obama that one must examine the reasons why. When most Obama supporters are asked why they support him, they most often talk about personality traits or personal characteristics rather than issues or experiences. When most Obama supporters are asked to name any significant accomplishment that he has done, they cannot name anything. So, this race has become more about personality than issues. It has become more about words than experience. It has become more about saying the right thing above doing the right thing. And in that lies the major difference between the two candidates.
Obama has an engaging personality. I donít agree with his political positions yet I like to hear him speak. I donít believe what he says, yet I find myself often engaged in his verbose communications. Between the two candidates for President, Obama certainly has the edge when it comes to charisma and personality. Yet, we should not vote for the leader of the greatest nation on earth based on personality alone. We need to get beyond the personality and into the issues. And, once the issues are investigated, then Obama becomes a truly undesirable candidate for President, and John McCain becomes our only choice.
On issues important to me, it is a clear choice. I could never vote for Obama because he is for what I am against, and vice versa. I am for small government, and he is for big government. I prefer the government stay out of my way and let me succeed on my own. Obama wants to govern every facet of our lives, making ďbig brotherĒ our keeper. I believe in small taxes and in letting the individual spend their own money instead of the government spending it for them. Obama will raise taxes to a higher level than we have witnessed in my lifetime, regardless of what he says.
Regarding taxes, Obama states that he will only raise taxes on those than earn more than $250K per year, and for most of us that is not a problem. However, please understand that those that earn $250K per year are the ones that own the companies that provide the jobs that keep the economy rolling. If we put more taxes on the companies and the individuals that own the companies, then there is less money to put into jobs. When taxes are raised on businesses, jobs are lost. When jobs are lost, those lower and middle-income people who work those jobs find themselves out of work. They may have a lower tax rate, but when they are unemployed and cannot find a job, lower taxes are not the issue. Obamaís tax plan will result in fewer jobs, more unemployment, and therefore will hurt the middle class more than if he left the taxes alone, or even more than if he taxed the middle class more. Also on taxes, Obama cannot pay for his huge healthcare plan without a big tax increase. And, when his taxes on those earning more than $250K doesnít work, then guess what, he will raise taxes on everyone else to pay for his socialized healthcare program.
Regarding his healthcare initiative, all we must do is look at other countries. For every country that has a socialized (government-provided) healthcare program, their medical performance and the availability of patient care has suffered. I spend a good bit of time in Canada. They have a socialized healthcare program. And the taxes to pay for it. Ask any Canadian about their healthcare system, and they will tell you that it is terrible. The doctors have little incentive to be the best they can be, so they are not. Competition between care providers is eliminated, so performance across the board suffers. And it often takes months to get a doctor appointment. We in the US have the best healthcare system in the world, and Obama and his plan will make it much worse. Yes, his plan may provide you "free" healthcare...but nothing is free. Your taxes will go up to pay for it. And, the healthcare you receive will be sub-standard. It is a plan that will not work.
On moral issues, I cannot identify with Obama. He is for gun control. I am a believer in an individualís second amendment rights to keep and bear arms. Obama is for continuing the horrors of abortion and will support Roe v Wade along every front. Obama even defended the terrible practice of late-term abortions, and voted against bills to protect the lives of babies who survive botched abortion attempts! I am pro-life, and believe that God created each one of us in a divine fashion, that life begins with conception, and that no human has the right to destroy the unborn baby. Obamaís government will condone the murder of babies, and for that I cannot pledge my support.
Obama will spend more money, putting our grandkids in a position to pay for it. Obama will reduce military spending which will increase the opportunities we have for terrorism in our country. Obama will not stand for closed borders to stop illegal immigrants, and this deluge of illegals coming into our country will continue. Obama has been historically linked to racist pastors, those who do not support the USA, and those who have ties to Muslim terrorists, and regardless of his claims otherwise, these associations are important and could be downright scary. Obama has no military experience and has voted to cut off funding from our military; he cannot receive the support that a Commander In Chief should expect. There are many other areas in which my moral values and economic issues are starkly different than that of Obama. So, as much as I think he is a charming personality, I must vote issue over personality. I ask that you do the same.
McCain isnít nearly as attractive or dynamic. He isnít as quick on his feet. He is not nearly as good of a speaker. Yet, while I donít agree with McCain on everything, I agree with his ethical and issue positions much more than I do that of Obama. McCain is a supporter of life, not abortion. McCain is a war veteran and knows how to fight and win a war; Obama does not have this kind of experience. Speaking of experience, McCain has much. Obama has little. I believe that McCain shares the same Judeo-Christian values as mine, and of our founding fathers. McCain is for second amendment rights and believes that we all have the right to keep and bear arms. Obama is for gun control. McCain is tough on crime; Obama is not. McCain believes in small government; Obama believes in big government. McCain doesnít want to raise taxes on anyone. Obama wants to raise taxes only on those who create the jobs. McCainís healthcare program will work and not break the financials of the country. Obamaís healthcare plan will bankrupt our nation and deliver the worst medical delivery system in the history of modern-day America. McCain understands the needs of business; Obama understands the needs of special interest groups. These are huge differences. Your vote should reflect your position on these different issues.
So, when it comes time to vote, donít be swayed by polls or political ads. Donít be swayed by personalities. Vote your conscience. Vote your morality. Vote for the issues that are important to you. If higher taxes, fewer jobs, bigger government, more spending, less money in your pocket, more abortion, a weaker military, and greater social unrest are important to you, then a vote for Obama will deliver these things to you. If lower taxes, more jobs, smaller government, less government spending, more money in the taxpayersí pocket, less abortion, a strong military, and greater economic and social stimulus are important, then vote for McCain.
The election is important. It is not about personality. It is about issues. Please, get out and vote, and vote issues.