Archive for May, 2007

First Thoughts on 2008 Presidential Race

May 30, 2007

This is going to suck. The campaign season has only been going for a year and I’m already sick of it. The Republicans have exactly one candidate who might interest me (Romney if he really believes what he’s saying this time), and the Democratic candidates run the spectrum from bad(Clinton/Rodham) to worse(Biden et al) with one drawing an incomplete(Obama).

Bottom line: Here’s what it takes to get me to consider voting for a Democrat. You have an uphill struggle with me because I have almost no respect for your party. You must persuade me that you have a plan for handling the Iraq situation which doesn’t involve capitulation. Whining that you were for the war before you were against it, claiming that we should never have been there in the first place, and immediate withdrawal of our troops do not constitute a plan. You must persuade me that you are serious about dealing with our southern border as a matter of national sovereignty. I’m willing to listen to an honest discussion of labor issues and drug policy as part of the policy initiative but I must believe that you are serious about controlling our borders. Like most Americans, I have nothing but sympathy for people trying to help their families and particularly those who wish to come here, add their talents and culture to our melting pot, and improve our country; but I do not wish to see the nation dragged down by those who want nothing to do with our culture and only wish to send money south of the border and then leave. You must persuade me that you will not attempt a wholesale takeover of our medical system. You must persuade me that you respect the Constitution and understand that words have meaning. You must persuade me that you will appoint judges and justices who will respect the amendment process by ruling narrowly on questions of law and not legislating from the bench.

Bottom line: Here’s what it takes to get me to consider voting for a Republican. You have an uphill struggle with me because I have almost no respect for your party. You must persuade me that you will exercise some measure of fiscal restraint through your veto power. You must persuade me that you care as much about my freedom as you do about your next campaign contribution from XYZ Megacorp. You must persuade me that you have the fortitude to establish priorities and work with members of Congress to accomplish those priorities or that you have the political skill to show them for the obstacles to progress that they are.

I’ve voted third party before and I’m willing to do so again. My vote is not an automatic lock for anyone. So Mr. and Mrs. candidate, the choice is yours.