I have considered myself more of an unaffiliated Republican although I like to vote based on individual candidates instead of along party lines. It seemed the Republicans have held my interests in the past compared to the Democrats. I was waiting to see how to primaries went with Clinton or Obama to decide. I’d rather have McCain than Clinton but Obama over McCain.
John McCain represents more of the status quo which obviously isn’t working. He represents the Good Ol’ Boy Club. To me he represents what is going wrong with America. He wants to give more rights to people in this country illegally while at the same time limit the freedoms of this country’s taxpaying citizens. I don’t see any fresh or new ideas from him. I haven’t liked some of the bills and votes in his Senate record. He doesn’t have an exit strategy (either short or long term) for the wars in the Middle East in which we are entangled.
Here’s 2 more reasons not to vote for McCain, especially if you care about your constitutional freedoms. There was an interesting article by Chuck Baldwin (candidate mentioned by a comment below) about McCain posted on I Was Hungry. While I agree in some gun restrictions, the article just sheds more light on why not to vote for McCain. http://iwashungry.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/mccain-is-a-gun-grabber/
Here is another article. Parts of a bill McCain co-sponsored on campaign finance reform (McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act) were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court as unconstitutional limits on free speech! He wanted different rules for different players in the same political game. This is the second time is 2 yeas parts of this act have been struck down. http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0627/p25s10-usju.html
I have decided to vote for Obama. The more I hear from and about Barak Obama (aside from trying to spell his name) the more I like about him. He’s young. He’s willing to listen to others rather than just keeping on without even considering other options. We’ve got to at least try something different because the current direction is obviously wrong. He may not have all the answers, but even some change is a step in the right direction.
I’m very curious who both candidates will pick for VP. That may change my mind (especially if Mr. Gore or Mrs. Clinton are picked) but I doubt it. So for now you’ll see an Obama ’08 sticker on my website. If you agree (or not) with my candidate choice, you better go and vote this November because I sure will!