Yet I'll be voting for him today, unhesitatingly and with great enthusiasm.
Some have been waiting for me to explain why. I think I can be brief and pointed: I really already answered the question.
Some will go to that link and sputter, "But... but that isn't a list of reasons why to vote for McCain! It's a list of reasons why you can't vote third-party, or not vote."
Correct. And so, it is a list of reasons why I'm going to vote for McCain. Because there are only two other options, and they're not wise nor responsible nor rational options, as I argued at length.
Well, there is a third option: I could vote for Obama.
Frankly, I wish I could. Unlike scores of black voters (like the lady on this meta, at 11/03/2008 06:05:00 PM), skin-color has never played a part in my voting choices. But I will say this: were I presented with two candidates of equally acceptable convictions and character and resume, and one were white, the other black — I'd be inclined to the black candidate. Just to put another stake in this country's shameful history of racism, and to realize King's dream.
But Obama is not that candidate. I do not believe a Christian can morally vote for Obama.
Why not? There are scores of reasons, but one is sufficient. Obama's advocacy for child-murder. His position is not inadequate. It is not unacceptable. It is not deficient. It is not regrettable.
Obama's position on abortion is monstrous.
You vote for him, you are complicit. You have no excuse. You can never look back at Hitler's Germany and scold those who assisted his Hellish designs. You're them.
"Okay," you say. "But you still haven't told me why I should vote for McCain."
Again I say, I really have. He's the only other option. McCain is the only one who can stop Obama from turning back all legal advances in restricting abortion as his first act in office, with the stroke of a pen.
So now I'll be very simple: I'm voting for McCain because I know basic math.
I'm not a genius; my dear wife goes more in that direction than I. But I do know one very important mathematical fact:
One is a larger number than zero
"Oh," you say. "Yeah. Deep." Hang on.
What are the chances that McCain will appoint judges who actually read and respect the Constitution? The worst reading you can come up with is "One percent." (Any honest person will put the number far higher.)
What are the chances that Obama will appoint judges who actually read and respect the Constitution? Zero percent.
So what are the chances that McCain will constitute a Supreme Court that will undo the abominations of Roe and Doe? The worst reading you can come up with is "One percent." (Any honest person will put the number far higher.)
So what are the chances that Obama will constitute a Supreme Court that will undo the abominations of Roe and Doe? Zero percent.
McCain has a very good career pro-life voting record. I think his rating with the pro-aborts is zero (a good thing, in this case).
Now, admittedly, McCain is not the hardcore, pedal-to-the-metal, doctrinaire, gung-ho "purist" that I try to be and would prefer.
But he picked one as his running-mate. Now, that gives a clue as to what he might pick for the bench.
Which brings us to Sarah Palin. The abortion issue is why I was going to vote for McCain grudgingly; Obama's complete disqualification to me as a thinking Christian would make it a more enthusiastic choice; Sarah Palin is why I'll do it with joy. And she's why I did the previously-unthinkable: I gave money to McCain. Twice.
I've explained scores of times with scores of links in previous posts why I think she was a brilliant choice. She doubles his credibility on the pro-life issue. Whatever McCain is, Palin is a conviction-politician, someone who has shown strong, principled leadership and decision-making. You know, like Deborah, like Esther, like the Proverbs 31:10-31 woman.
Perfect? No. That would be Jesus, and... well, and nobody.
A tonic for Washington?
So McCain would be better; but even more, VP is a great loading-bay for the next president. This was a failure of W's. He picked an excellent VP for governing; but one who would never follow him. And he groomed no one. In fact, he allowed himself to be unjustly trashed, thus creating a nearly impossible chore for his would-be successor. But that's a topic for another post.
Are those all the reasons I'm voting McCain? Nope. But they're sufficient.
So I will eschew the candidate preferred by our enemies and haters, and vote for the one the worst people fear the most.
Final plea to my readers in contested states
Do you live in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, or any other battleground/contested state? Then I'm pleading with you: vote for McCain.
If you want to make a statement, make a sign. Put it on your car, in your yard. Write, "In a better country, Barr (Keyes/Baldwin/Whoever) would have a shot!!!" Put a frowny-face on it. Put an angry frowny-face on it!
But vote for the only man who can can actually prevent Barack Obama from opposing virtually every distinctive value you hold as a Christian, and very possibly your right to express opposition or protect your family; the man who will lurch our country in the direction of child-killing extremism.
I could wish it were otherwise — I do wish it were otherwise.
But the only man who can do that is John McCain.
Postscript: very busy these days, may or may not get to "Don't miss these" today. I have one more essay in mind, it comes first. Also have one at Pyro. Writing two sermons, working. Busy day.
UPDATE: I'd meant to put this in the body. Shaun Marksbury makes a very good case for voting McCain over Obama; read it.