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McCain in ’08.

December 6, 2007

Ok this is political opinion. If you aren’t interested or don’t care what I think, don’t read any further.

I had the honor of participating in a Town Hall with Senator McCain last night in Nashua, N.H.

He started the night by saying something that resonated with me. This town hall event, this forum, was Democracy at it’s most basic level. The ability for citizens of this country to question their candidates on issues that matter to them, and get responses, it doesn’t get any better than that.

I got to kick the evening off by introducing this man and talking a bit about why I was there. I had to laugh at the thought that his staff might not have realized the nightmare potential of me standing in front of American citizens with no script. The cool part is that this was easy. When you believe in someone, or something, so much, talking about your passion and respect for them is simple.

We are coming upon an election that I believe is absolutely essential to the future of this country. The American people have made it very clear how unhappy they are with where we are as a nation today. The approval ratings for our government are horribly low. We need someone who feels the way we all do about big government.

The true beauty of Senator McCain, in my opinion, lies in his accountability. Many questions were asked of him last night that elicited an initial answer of “I’m sorry I’m not going to be able to tell you what you want to hear, but the solution to that problem is more complex than a yes/no vote on a single piece of legislation.”

He doesn’t pander to the voters, he makes you understand, if you listen to him, that his goal is the rebuilding and restoration of national pride in the greatest country on earth.

The focus of this election, or at least the primary focus outside of any domestic issues, is the war in the Middle East. It will be, and should be, an incredibly hot topic with extreme amounts of passion for both sides.

My problem is in the people, politicians and media alike who make the ignorant comment “John McCain is war monger” “John McCain is for the war” and other idiotic comments like that. I would promise you this. Ask any human being who’s ever served in an active theater of war, whether they are for or against it. Anyone of sane mind will be the latter. No one that’s ever seen the horrible events that take place during a military conflict could ever in their right mind ‘be for war’.

John McCain is as against war as anyone that walks the earth. But you’re lying to yourself if you think that being ‘against the war’ makes someone more or less suited to be our next President. Simply being against the war is NOT going to solve the problem. It’s not going to end the war. We are all against the war, no one wants it.

We have to accept the fact that if we elect someone who PROMISES us to begin troop pull outs the minute they are elected, we are casting a vote to lose the war and dishonor the men and women that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I want us out of the middle east now, today, immediately. But I also realize that if we do pull out before allowing the Iraqi people to solidify a system of self government that allows their people to live and breathe as free human beings with every right you and I have; if we pull out before the Iraqi people have been able to learn and train a security force devoid of corruption and focused on the safety of it’s citizens, we’ve failed, we’ve lost. Not only that but do you honestly believe we won’t find ourselves amidst another 9/11 event and then back in the middle east in force sometime in the near future?

There is absolutely no simple answer here. I don’t have it, nor do you. But for me the answer lies in the person we elect as our next president. My vote is going to a man that bravely served this nation and extolled virtues and character throughout his lifetime that make me believe in him, and his ideals.

Senator McCain is the first person in the room to tell you we’ve made mistakes, we’ve screwed up epically on many occasions. He’ll also tell you that pulling out now would erase any and everything good that’s been done since the war began.

This is not Vietnam. The citizens of Iraq WANT to be free and they’ve shown that they’ll turn out at polls to elect a government to make that happen, anyone with both eyes open can see that on a daily basis through the news being reported by unbiased and untainted media outlets.

I guess what I am saying, or asking, is that if you are undecided about who to cast your vote for, don’t vote for someone a celebrity tells you to vote for, that’s lame, lazy and disrespectful of the rights you’ve been given. Take the time to listen and see these people. I don’t doubt for a second that if you listen to these men and women, if you hear what they are saying, if you look at what kind of people they are, I don’t think you can come to any other conclusion than John McCain is far and away the best human being alive to be the next President of the United States of America. He’s the person to rebuild this country, reform this Government into one that serves the people. I think people are tired of feeling like they work for the governement or that their voice doesn’t matter, isn’t it the other way around? Isn’t it supposed to be?

If you don’t believe that, cool, cast your vote for whomever you choose to, but at the end of the day please make sure to cast your vote.

McCain/Huckaby in ’08?

155 Comments leave one →
  1. sully64 permalink
    January 6, 2008 7:41 pm

    Hi Curt;

    I don’t think anyone running is going to change this country for the better. I don’t dislike McCain. In fact I admire him for all he has sacrificed for this country as well as South Vietnam for all that was worth. I think he means well unlike the rest of these lying thieving sellers of the American dream. Like I said in fonts and grammer “the man doesn’t make the office, the office makes the man” and as long as the office of the president of the U.S. is up for the highest bidder we in this country are all screwed. It won’t affect the wealthy, it never does, it just affects us working stiffs who keep losing jobs to China and Malaysia and Mexico and many others. We used to be the #1 manufacturer in the world. Machinery, tools, toys ,clothing etc. You name it we made it, and we made it right. When the Korean war started we began manufacturing war material in Japan because it was cheaper and quicker to make it there and ship it to Korea than to do so in the U.S. And thus began the idea of manufacturing overseas to save $$ and who cares about our own people, they don’t deserve a living wage, meaning we don’t deserve the right to be able to make enough $$ to live as oppose to just survive. Lobbyists and lawyers making millions selling our future for an offshore account and an early retirement while somehow convincing the retirees that they shouldn’t be made to feel useless and should go work at Wal Mart or MacDonalds or some other low wage job just to supplement thier feeble social security benefits all the while trying to figure out a way to end that system. In the mid seventies congress borrowed 2/3rds of social security on the promise that they would pay it back. What a crock of horsecrap! The government doesn’t make $$ they print it. And they can’t do that without something backing it. And that something is taxes, or us working our butts off so the government employees can retire early and live much better than the people they are supposed to be governing, not screwing. People in this the richest country in the world with no home, food or medical coverage because they even figured out a way to take that away. In the not too distant past if you went to the hospital and had no $$ or medical coverage you still got tended to because the hospital coudn’t turn you away. The deal was that the states didn’t charge them taxes on property or equipment and the hospitals would take everyone. Now if you go into a hospital with no $$ or medical you will get sued if you can’t afford to pay the bill with your $6.50-10.00 an hour job. I would like to see any of the politicians lawyers or lobbyists try to survive on $10.00 an hour, never mind minimum wage. They coudn’t do it. And what about the justice system? What a joke! More than 80% of all crime is commited by the same 10-12% of the population and pediphiles are set free on the promise that they will tell everyone in the nieghborhood that they are the most wicked thing on the face of the earth. No wonder it’s this way when you look at what some of the lawmakers in this country do for thier fun. And how do we justify the death penalty when there are so many wrongful convictions in this, the supposedly most free country in the world, which happens to have the largest prison population on the planet. Most crime is borne of poverty, and politics is the womb in which war developes so considering that the majority of the front line troops are from poor or working class families what are the trying to tell us? On this side of the planet we use corn for fuel while on the other side of the planet people are starving by the millions. Meanwhile our government lends $$ to third world countries that don’t have a snowballs chance in hell of ever paying it back but do have natural resources as well as unscruopulus leaders willing to sell thier people out to our government who sold us out and the U.S. banks and corporations are making a killing on it. This all from the great moral compass the U.S. We spend almost a billion dollars a week on this war while people all over the country are losing thier jobs, homes and childrens future. The government should take some time off from this war, say 5 days and the $$ could be put into an account for each of the 300million plus people in the U.S. Each person would have an account, and it could only be used for food, housing and medical, then our crappy take home pay will actually take us home. We blame immigrants for all sorts of problems caused by our own government here and in other countries all the while we do business with a comunist dictatorship that we now owe trillions to. And I do mean WE, for we are the tax payers who must now pick up the tab. Yeah thats seems fair and right. I am a christian and I love the United States of America, but I love God more, and thats the way it is. McCain and the others can’t change the way things are done, only we can with the help of God and some honest judges, for judges have the most power in the land of the free. Honest judges would make better leaders than lawyers who become politicians, but where can we find some? Einstien said that the world is a dangerous place, but it is not the evil that men do that we must fear, but when good men look on and do nothing. I feel bad for what Mr. McCain went through in Vietnam as well as all the troops who fought there. If that jackass Truman had kept FDR’s promise to Ho Chi Minh during WWII then France wouldn’t have been allowed to re-colanize Vietnam, and we would have had a strong ally in southeast Asia during the cold war, and our people wouldn’t have had to go there. I hope Curt you and anyone else who might read this don’t take offense to what I have said. I would like to think that Mr. McCain might read this as well as you, and that you both might respond, but I’m not sure if that will happen. Please take care and good luck to both you and Mr.McCain this new year. GO AMERICA!!! GO SOX!!! and God bless this world!

  2. paulnofsky permalink
    January 8, 2008 10:29 pm

    Curt like you I have been an john McCain supporter not only this election but in the past as well.John is an REAL American hero an man who served his country and refused preferential treatment.Unlike flipflop romney,hasbeen actor thompson and the hick from arkansas mccain is real and hasnt changed his position on several issues such as campaign finance reform.John has been consistent on this issue from day 1.As long as its not Hillary in the white house.can you imagine the rest of the wrold laughing at the USA by electing an inexperienced fast talking(out of both sides of her face)hick as President of the US?SCARY!!Good luck to you and the rest of the red sox in 2008.Red Sox rule and yankees suck

  3. steve74 permalink
    January 9, 2008 3:32 am

    Congratulations on your candidate winning last night, Curt. I know that you must be ecstatic right now. McCain definitely delivered an impressive comeback. We’ll have to see what happens next. My guess is that McCain, Huckabee, and Romney will all compete in Michigan and I think that whoever wins there will have an advantage heading into Super Tuesday (for a very complicated set of reasons pertaining to what happens in SC, NV and FL as a result).

    Not that I’ll be voting on the GOP side. I’m a Democrat who is thrilled beyond belief tonight. Hillary was written off for dead. She had five days of the most nasty, mean-spirited, disgusting coverage that I have ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot). In the end the voters of New Hampshire had other ideas. God bless them. I can’t remember the last time I was so elated.

    I’d appreciate conservatives not leaving hateful comments in response to what I wrote, I don’t think that’s neccesary. And the same goes for liberals concerning the GOP race–there’s no need to be angry and condescending. This blog is supposed to be a fun place for all of us.


  4. peladac permalink
    October 27, 2008 9:15 pm

    Yeah Curt!!! I commend you for standing up for what you believe in and not falling into the o-baaaaah-ma sheep category. Barack Hussein Obama is BAD for this Country and so many people won’t realize it until it’s too late.

    Also, thank you for your support against ALS. My Father passed away in 1997 with ALS and I lost my older Brother to ALS in 2006. It is heart wrenching to see not just one but two family members to this horrible fatal disease. So, thank you for all that you do and thank you for supporting a man that will be a better President.

    Sincerely and God bless,


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