John McCain -- My Candidate - Part 4
Now we come to the final post concerning John McCain. And in this post I will deal with most conservative's main gripe concerning McCain. Tell me if these statements sound familiar. "He was considering being John Kerry's running mate." or "He's weak on illegal immigration." or "He voted against the tax cuts." or "He co-sponsered bills with Ted Kennedy." Many see McCain as a moderate and not a conservative. I don't view him as either simply because I do not view either being "conservative" or "moderate" as the end all solution and ideal of our country. Throughout history we have seen the wisdom of our forefathers in setting up a system of checks and balances. Not having all conservatives or all liberals falls into that same wisdom. We have seen what typically happens when either group are too powerful. I wish it were not true of those who claim to be my conservative brethren but they too have been known to get drunk on power and forget their conservative ways that should call them to tighten the strings on the people's purse. I would submit that we are at our best when we have people like McCain that reach out to those who do not think like him in order to get something done. What is wrong with John McCain thinking about being the running mate of John Kerry? Especially in a time of war. If Kerry had won wouldn't it not have been 10 times better to have John McCain influencing him than to have John Edwards? And what is the REAL solution to illegal immigrants? I have not heard one solution that is perfect and can't even imagine a solution that would be suitable to 51% of Americans. If the estimates of how many illegals exist are anywhere close then we would most likely be looking at a civil war to physically remove them. And what about 16-year-old kids who have been raised in American schools as Americans for their whole lives? My main point here is that it is a far more intricate problem than we would like to think of it.
For my part I am okay and even proud to have a candidate that is willing to hold unpopular views among his closest of co-workers. I am very impressed with McCain's character and am apt to place a high value on that. I see his reaching out as a strength and not a weakness. Will that result in some things that I am unhappy with? Sure it will. Will I probably end up on the good side when it all averages out? I believe so. Is there anyone who is both better suited to lead our country in a conservative way AND be electable? NO!!! For these reasons I ask you conservative brethren to hold your heads high and vote for John McCain in November.