McCain vs Obama: Part VI - Call to Action

The goal of each candidate during their convention is to rally support for their cause…too inspire their party faithful to “get out the vote” and to inspire undecided and disgruntled voters from the other party to come to their side.

Let’s take a look at how the two candidates attempted to do this.

Part VI – Call to Action:


“If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you’re disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.

I’m going to fight for my cause every day as your president. I’m going to fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, as I thank Him: that I’m an American, a proud citizen of the greatest country on earth, and with hard work, strong faith and a little courage, great things are always within our reach.

Fight with me.

Fight with me.

Fight for what’s right for our country.Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children’s future. Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.”


“America, our work will not be easy. The challenges we face require tough choices, and Democrats as well as Republicans will need to cast off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past. For part of what has been lost these past eight years can’t just be measured by lost wages or bigger trade deficits. What has also been lost is our sense of common purpose, our sense of higher purpose. And that’s what we have to restore.

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don’t tell me we can’t uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. Passions fly on immigration, but I don’t know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. This, too, is part of America’s promise, the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.

…’We cannot walk alone,’ the preacher cried. ‘And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.’

America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise, that American promise, and in the words of Scripture, hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.”

As we’ve seen, to say that John McCain said nothing new and is going to give the country four more years of failed policies is simply wrong.

I will admit, that when he was first named as our candidate, I was not at all thrilled. However, as I’ve watched the man over the past several weeks, and of course with the nomination of Sarah Palin as vice president, I have begun to take a closer look, and I feel I can vote for him with confidence. I was moved by his final pleas for Americans to fight with him and to stand up with him. That was absolutely a brilliant move for the end of a speech.

So now it is up to the American people to decide what path Amerca will follow. It’s up to the American people to sift through the partisan rhetoric, sort through the issues and decide what type of leader they want for their country.

We are only two months away from Election 2008 and a lot will be said. It is my sincere prayer that the American people look very closely and read between the lines. It is my prayer that the American people will pay close attention to what is said by each candidate and decide for themselves who really has their best interests at heart and who will move this country forward.