Diary

My Dilemma

My Dilemma:

I am torn between my genuine fear of what an Obama presidency combined with a far-left Congress would do to this country, and what the potential consequences of a McCain win are. I’m not a great writer, so I’ll list my concerns in bullet points:

If Obama Wins:

  • Disadvantages:

  • A wide array of far-left programs enacted, Freedom to Choose Act, Fairness Doctrine, tax increases, Free Choice Act, Cap & Trade, etc

  • Left-wing judges appointed to every level of the federal judiciary, including most likely the Supreme Court

  • An army of Alinsky-ite activists populating the federal bureaucracy (State Dep, Education Dep, etc) that will be there FOREVER.

  • Socialized healthcare

  • Advantages:

  • The Republican Party can be a conservative opposition throwing grenades at the Democrats on everything they do.

  • Increases the likelihood that Republicans can make significant gains in the 2010 mid-terms and can run a genuine grassroots conservative for president in 2012, possibly Bobby Jindal or Sarah Palin.

  • I don’t want any of the aforementioned leftist legislation to pass, but when the Dems bring it up, it will be on display for the whole country to see that these people are out-and-out socialists.

  • 2-4 years of Obama/Pelosi/Reid will energize the conservative grassroots base in a manner similar to 1980 or 1994. That’s not a sure thing, but I believe it is likely.

If McCain Wins:

  • Disadvantages:

  • At best, McCain and the GOP will only be able to block the worst of what the Dems propose. This will give ammo the Dems and the media to portray McCain and Republicans as “obstructionists”, and could use that to their advantage in the 2010 mid-terms.

  • McCain winning in 2008 means that we won’t have a true grassroots conservative candidate until at least 2016, and even that is in doubt. I do not buy into the fact that McCain is going to serve only one term.

  • Expanding on my point above, the party out of power typically (not always) gains seats in the mid-term of a presidency. I do not want that to happen.

  • There’s a distinct possibility that McCain will go along with some Democrat proposals like cap & trade or amnesty. Once they are signed into law, the Republican party will get tagged as supporting these things, thereby diluting our conservative image.

  • Sarah Palin. What if there is some scandal that engulfs the McCain administration? What if the economy tanks or something happens that is blamed on the White House? Sarah Palin could be permanently damaged goods and would thereby jeopardize her future value as a grassroots conservative leader, perhaps even a presidential candidate in the future.

  • Advantages:

  • First and foremost, the big advantage to a McCain win will be the absolute devastation and demoralization of the American left. They will become angrier and more desperate than they already are, thereby weakening their future electoral viability.

  • Sarah Palin. This one cuts both ways. If, on the other hand, McCain has a reasonably successful administration, he will have succeeded in elevating a future leader of the conservative movement and the Republican Party to a higher level, cementing her place as a leader. Sarah Palin also has the opportunity to drive a stake through the heart of leftist feminism as it exists in this country.

  • Stopping horrendous pieces of legislation like the Free Choice Act, socialized healthcare, and the things I mentioned at the top.

In the end, I think that I would take a McCain defeat so long as I could be assured that the Republicans could successfully block the most objectionable bills that Pelosi would send down the pike – I have mentioned those in this piece. Since that is FAR from a sure thing, McCain may be our only hope to stop things that have the potential to remake our country into the Euro-socialist model.

I’m backing McCain, mostly out of genuine fear of Obama & Pelosi, but I have reservations.

Thoughts?