I'm for Obama and Biden. So is my wife. As is my daughter. Along with just about everybody else I know.
So it's difficult for me to understand how the other side thinks. Being a warm and fuzzy progressive, I thought I'd reach out in this post and try to touch some McCain – Palin supporters.
What leads you to believe that the Republican ticket is best for the United States? Which policies favored by McCain, and not by Obama, would get this country back on track?
Please, be reality-based. Your opinions need to be backed up by facts.
For example, McCain keeps saying that Obama wants to raise taxes on most Americans. That isn't true. His tax plan would lower taxes on lower and middle income people more than McCain's plan would. The lies being spread about Obama's tax policies are just that: lies.
I can understand why someone would simply like McCain more than Obama. "Like" is a subjective preference. I'd never try to talk someone out of liking something, so long as it didn't hurt other people.
But here's how I see this election: this country is at a crossroads. Sure, that's said every four years at presidential election time. But it seems more true this time around.
Huge investment firms are going under. Today the stock market dropped more than 500 points. Yet McCain says the economy is fundamentally sound. I don't see how someone with this attitude will be able to fix our economic problems.
Help me out, McCain supporters. Tell me how more tax cuts for the wealthy and continuing massive budget deficits are going to turn things around.
Recently Jon Stewart said on his The Daily Show something like, "So the only people who can fix the problems caused by eight years of a Republican president, and six out of eight years of Republicans controlling Congress, are…Republicans?"
Again, I don't get it. Where's the evidence that McCain and Palin, who are strong supporters of almost every George Bush policy, are going to be independent mavericks?
There's a lot I don't like about McCain and Palin. McCain is running a dishonorable, sleazy campaign. He got nailed in an Obama ad today for surrendering his honor in order to try to win the presidency.
Palin keeps repeating her Bridge to Nowhere lie, even after the truth has come out that she favored the bridge and continues to seek hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks for Alaska. And she's for killing wolves from airplanes, a despicable act that my animal-loving soul abhors.
So it'd be tough for me to change my mind and vote for McCain and Palin. I just don't see any good reasons to do so. And neither do most of the people that I talk to.
But who knows? Maybe someone will leave a comment to this post that offers up a cogent, fact-based, persuasive reason why they should lead this country.