It’s been an incredibly long campaign season. Two years ago, candidates began the process of trying to earn your vote. Others joined in later, only to fade from the limelight as others moved to the forefront. I can still remember the pundits telling us this election would be between Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton. Not only are they not the choice before us, they aren’t even on the ticket.
Over the years I’ve seen several Presidents come and go, some good, some not so good. My teen years came just as the Vietnam War was ending, and President Richard Nixon was leaving Washington in shame. It was a time when the culmination of anti-war sentiment and a devastated economy led to a general lack of respect and honor for our nation.
The failures of the Carter Presidency only exacerbated this condition. Our nation was held in contempt from without and within. The news media at the time was a willing participant in trying to bring down America and her honor. The takeover of our embassy in Iran and failed rescue attempt only served to give credence to this perspective.
Then came a man who would change all that: Ronald Wilson Reagan. He made us proud again to be Americans. He showed the world that we would stand up and fight for freedom, not just for ourselves, but also for anyone else that wanted it too. He changed our government fiscal policies, which led to one of the greatest economic recoveries in the 20th Century. He brought down the Soviet Union, and its communist regime.Today, we again find ourselves at a crossroads. The administrations of the Presidents since Reagan have worked to erode our freedom and opportunity since that time. Thankfully, our current President has kept us safe and fought against terrorism for the past eight years. His tax cuts have led to unprecedented growth and opportunity, but uncontrolled spending has brought us to the brink of financial disaster. Added to this are the socialist policies of the democrat party that have sought to completely undermine our financial system. Rather than acknowledge this, they seek to not only continue these policies, but to nationalize the financial institutions that are no longer solvent due to those policies.
The choice before us today is clear. We can choose to be led by a man without experience, who has been a part of the implementation of the very policies that has devastated our economy, who has never been proud of America, who pals around with domestic terrorists, who’s campaign has been involved in or turned a blind eye to corruption and hatred, and who offers only unspecified Hope and Change. If you listen closely, you’ll find out what that represents. Higher taxes, government handouts for people that don’t participate in the system, and a significant reduction of our freedoms.
Or can chose to be led by a man that loves his country. This man has fought and sacrificed for his country his entire life. He’s made friends and foes on both sides of the aisle, but has always placed the good of his country over his own. A man with his qualifications and experience could have made millions in the private sector, but such a man is not motivated by money or power, but by love of country. This man is John Sidney McCain III. His campaign slogan says it clearly:
John McCain is the right man, at the right time, to make our nation great again. His priorities perfectly fit our needs at this critical time. John McCain will win the war, keep our nation safe, reduce government waste, eliminate the pork, stimulate our economy which will create jobs, and protect lives. Protecting lives includes those of our military, people at home and abroad, and most importantly, those that cannot defend themselves.
This leads me to John McCain’s most important decision; who would he select to fight this battle with him? There are those that would say words and rhetoric are most important. Those of us that have been around for some time know differently. We recognize that our even our children do not evaluate us based on what we say, but rather what they see us do. John McCain selected a running mate who shares his vision and hopes for America. Someone who has already reformed the government of one of our important States, and who has a genuine love for Country and for those who have challenges we cannot comprehend. This woman is Sarah Louise Heath Palin.
Sarah Palin’s rise has been fast and eventful. She took on the entrenched powers in both political parties in Alaska, reformed and cleaned up the government there (making enemies on both sides of the aisle along the way) to become one of the most popular Governors in the nation. At a time when less than 20% of the nation thinks our current leaders are taking us in the right direction, over 80% of those in Alaska believed Palin was doing the job the people sent her there to do.
More than this however, McCain’s selection of Palin shows that he is committed to the conservative principles of life and freedom that we hold dear. Her choice to bring her child to term, even with the knowledge that he would suffer from the terrible disability of Downs Syndrome, shows her commitment to the sanctity of all life. She has already shown on the campaign trail that she will work hard to be an advocate and voice for those that do not have one on their own.
John McCain is the right man at the right time for our nation. He will lead our nation with honor and keep us that shining beacon on a hill. Sarah Palin is the right woman for now, and for our future.
I hope you will join me in voting for McCain/Palin for President and Vice President of the United States on November 4th, 2008.