The case for McCain

If you are going to vote for John McCain, please state your case for doing so.

Some rules for this thread: A “negative ad” is defined as one that mentions your opponent. So don’t mention how your candidate is better than anyone else. Give the positive reasons for why you think McCain would make a good president. Also, I don’t want arguing. If someone posts a reason that you dispute, don’t say so. Just let it go.

I’d like this to become a compendium for readers trying to make up their minds.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • LAJ

    Senator McCain will appoint federal judges if allowed to by Congress and Supreme Court justices who honor the Constitution and who value life from conception to old age.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I’m not certain how good a president McCain will make; I’m only certain he’d be the better one.
    I’d like to see America remain a capitalist nation, safe from terrorist threat, victorious on the current battlefields, maintaining a strong military, and with more conservative judicial apppointments.
    I hope Americans are taxed lower, and that taxes are not used to achieve fairness or equality of assets, nor to punish nor reward.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01763924682909630509 Orianna Laun

    When I heard John McCain speak in 2004 when he was stumping for Bush I thought that what he had to say on taxes and running the country were very insightful. I remember thinking then that I would vote for him if he were running. He believes in the sanctity of life. He believes in protecting our country. His values align more closely to what I believe in; therefore, I will vote for McCain because I believe he will best represent me.

  • MarkE

    My son is in the military. I trust John McCain to be his Commander-in-Chief.

  • Jmac

    I’m voting for John McCain because he is decisive and he’s a real jerk (something he has unfortunatley disguised well on the campaign trail). We have stuck our tail between our legs when threatened by Iran, provoked by Putin, and taunted by Hugo Chavez. McCain has exercised swift, accurate judgment in the arena of foreign policy and would put the thugs I mentioned above in their place. McCain would appoint judges who don’t legislate from the bench. Activist judges have become a serious problem as several courts have overturned the will of the people in favor of their own agenda (California and same-sex marriage). McCain has actually demonstrated his ability to work with political opposites and has fought for what he thought was best for Arizona and the nation despite the loud cries of opposition from his own party. We need this kind of stubbornness in a President. We need a decisive, headstrong, and proven leader to guide this country through its present crises.

  • http://lutheranguest.blogspot.com/ Jim

    The Court.

  • http://puttingoutthefire.blogspot.com Frank Gillespie

    As many of the others here, it is the judicial appointments that make the case. At the end of the day, the life unborn needs to be defended.

  • Anon

    Reasons for McCain/Palin:

    Life and liberty:

    In a Fallen world, where there can be no candidate who is perfect, undamaged by the Fall, we can only look for the relatively better against the relatively worse.

    McCain and Palin understand that. Even though he has suffered terribly at the hands of the communists, he still extends his hand across the aisle when appropriate. Far from throwing non-sycophantic media off his campaign planes, He has even forgiven his torturers. Gov. Palin has shown this in loving her errant but repentant daughter and fiance who didn’t wait til marriage after getting engaged. Those two show moral fortitude and responsibility, keeping the baby and working to support the baby, in spite of the hateful glare of the public eye. We see the outworking of law and gospel.

    McCain and Palin also show love when faced with damage by the Fall. Trig (named for St. Olaf Trygvason) has Downs’ Syndrome, yet Mrs. Palin did not have him murdered. Todd Palin, a man’s man, nonetheless positively dotes on Trig, even though Trig will likely never gratify him through projection as a sports hero or business success. This country needs that kind of role model. Both the McCain’s and the Palin’s have larger than average children, showing that children are not a punishment, but a blessing. The McCain’s adopted an orphan from Mother Teressa’s orphanage, because she needed a family, not merely because they could have none of their own – for they have several of their own. Whatever TV makes them look like, they have real love for others and welcome them into their family.

    McCain is a man who believes in honor, and being honorable. He has Sarah Palin to help him grow in understanding what is right, and what is wrong in areas where he hasn’t previously understood, such as human embryonic research.

    McCain has promised to nominate only Constitutionally-faithful judges. Not illegal legislating from the bench, not even stare decisis where that is contrary to the Constitution. (Stare decisis would have upheld Dred Scott as well as Roe v. Wade).

    Sarah Palin is the most openly pro-life candidate since Ronald Reagan. In a nation already guilty of the brutal murders of 50 million of its own children, she is a breath of fresh air.

    She is a regular American. She is not an east-coast blue-blood like nearly all candidates that have ever run in this country’s history. She is the only candidate who is middle class. The only candidate with chief executive experience. The only candidate to have negotiated with foreign powers.

    She and McCain have sons in Iraq. McCain himself is a veteran, and his family has served this country for generations. They have the soldier’s understanding that war is a horrible thing not to be sought for glory, but that there are worse things even than war, which war sometimes must be used to stop.

    If McCain/Palin are not elected, abortion and homosexual “marriage” will be the law of the land for the rest of our lives. We would no longer have the political or religious freedom to object, for DOMA would be repealed and FOCA and the thought crimes bills would all be passed. Electing them will hold that off for a while. Salt to slow decay. The restraining of evil and lauding of the righteous. (Romans 13).

    We will not be forced to pay for the murders of babies with our income at the muzzle of a gun.

    Our churches will not be forced to host the black mass – demonic rite – of homosexual “marriage”

    We may be able to prevent kindergartners from being taught that homosexual sex is normal and that they and older children need to experiment to find out what ‘preference’ they are.

    Sarah Palin has a strong track record of taking down corruption – even in her own party. She has an approval rating of 80% in Alaska among both Democrats and Republicans, whereas the Pelosi-Reid congress has a 9% approval rating. The people who know her, like how she does things, and in a non-partisan fashion.

  • http://reformationfaithtoday.com/ Les Prouty

    Sanctity of life is the preeminent issue for me. In addition, McCain’s judicial philosophy, stance on the war on terror, his fiscal proposals (capitalistic vs. socialistic) and his support for the 2nd amendment are other reasons to vote McCain.

  • Rich Shipe

    I agree with the posts above and especially second the mentions on abortion and the courts. The next president will appoint SCOTUS justices and they will more than likely be replacements of the most liberal current members. Swap one liberal for a conservative and you overturn Roe. Swap a liberal for a liberal and you have Roe for another generation. God is in control and I’m not worried about the outcome.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    I just deleted a half dozen or so comments for violating the rules of this particular thread. Do not compare your candidate to the other one! Do not mention, directly or indirectly, “Obama.” Give positive reasons for supporting McCain.

    Perhaps you support him only because he is better than Obama, but that would mean that you have no positive reasons for voting for him and thus have nothing to say on this thread. (Put it in the “argue” post above.)

    I am also going to delete complaints about how I have chosen to run this thread.

  • J in FW

    The Life issue. I will not sin against my conscience.

  • Don S

    John McCain was not my first choice and I disagree with him on many issues. But I respect him and would be proud to call him President. He has earned the right to serve our country in that way. I also believe the courts are one of the most important issues in this election, and he will be the one most likely to appoint judges, at all levels, who have a respect for the Constitution and laws made by the people. Most importantly, they will place the Court in a better position to, hopeully, one day, “Choose Life”.

  • Don S

    I forgot, in the post above, to mention McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as V.P. candidate. She is an exciting choice, and stirring in her support for life. She is smart, and has a good sense of the pulse of the American people. She will make a good Vice-President, and, someday, perhaps a President.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I can’t help but be for McCain also because the media is so against him. Hopefully, he’ll have learned not to be so covetous of their favor. Hopefully, he’ll be a wiser handler of them, or go over their heads like Reagan, largely ignoring them altogether.
    Hopefully, a McCain victory would help speed mainstream media’s continued irrelevance, which they have brought upon themselves with their blatant, undeniable dishonesty (forget mere bias).
    And, hopefully, a McCain presidency would increase the relevance of conservatives and conservative positions–give us a chance to reboot, so to speak.

  • kerner

    Where to begin? McCain has many flaws, and I know some of them. But my reasons for voting FOR him are as follows:

    1. He would appoint judges who are likely to limit Roe v. Wade.

    2. He will manage foreign policy well. Enemies of America will respect, and even fear him. He will understand how to prosecute and win the wars we are now fighting.

    3. He will more or less preserve the free-market character of our economy. Including maintaining our place in the global economy which has produced a lot of our prosperity in the past 15 years (yes, I’m giving Pres. Clinton credit for recognising this).

    4. He will try to reduce the growth of government power and spending. An area in which Pres. Bush really failed.

    5. His health care plan is hard to understand, but it appears to be an attempt to inject market forces into the health care system, which it sorely needs. McCain would try to make health care insurance an individual thing rather than a employer/employee thing. Which would make it portable with the individual, even if the individual worker changes jobs or moves from state to state. He does this by taking the tax breaks for health insurance away from the employers and gives them to the individual workers (thus the falsehood that McCain is going to tax health care). It would also give patients some concept of what health care providers are charging, thus forcing providers to compete, which would drive costs down, which would drive the cost of insurance down.

    6. He will have a comprehensive and pro-independence energy policy. Come on, people. Jobs generated by an industry whose product (energy) is in high and growing demand will be good, family sustaining, economy growing jobs. We can’t afford to throw them away.

    7. He will take a sane approach to immigration and hopefully rebuild the Republican’s relationship with Hispanics (if you don’t care about the relationship between Hispanics and the Republicans, this doesn’t matter to you, but I DO care about it).

    8. He is probably the politician most likely to eliminate torture (and have a realistic definition of what torture is) in the United States.

    9. He will not treat his political oponents like enemies of the state.

    10. He will oppose the “fairness doctrine”.

    11. He will not interfere with the 2nd Amendment.

    13. He will not raise taxes during an economic crisis.

    There are probably more reasons, but I have limited time to think about this. There are also a few reasons to worry about McCain, but that wasn’t the question.

  • The Jones

    John McCain has been a Washington insider for years now. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. That just means that he’s been inside Washington. The good part about John McCain’s stay in Washington is his conduct and his manner of decision making while in the offices he has held.

    John McCain does not pander. I LOVE this. He has said before that he would rather lose an election than lose a war. That’s true. But to add to this spot on his resume, he would also rather lose popularity within his party and with the American public than lose the spirit of cooperation, the ability of smart compromise, and the conviction of his conscience. That takes guts. I really really like that.

    John McCain has a record that can be picked apart, analyzed, criticized, alphabetized, or whatever-ized. This allows me and the public to really see what we’re getting. Even if I don’t like the final product of whatever he has done (for example, McCain-Feingold), I can see his pattern of decision-making and I like how it is driven by a desire for smart policy, how it shuns silly brownie point legislation to get re-elected (i.e. earmarks and pork), and how a deep conviction of doing what is right sits at the bottom of everything he has done. That conviction has stayed in place all the years that John McCain has been in Washington.

    Finally, I love how John McCain has re-invented the Republican party lately. Everybody knows he’s more centrist that evangelicals would like. Everybody knows that he absolutely hated some people like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and all. But that spirit of cooperation spilled into this campaign, naming Sarah Palin as his running mate, re-invigorating the social conservative base, and giving the other half of the party a sense that they had not been forgotten. John McCain is pushing to reclaim the part of conservatism that Bush has lacked, namely: spending less. And he is also trying to reform the less than admirable qualities of the Bush administration: torture, political corruption/scandal, unwise decisions in Iraq, the political wing of the White House, etc. These changes will make the Republican Party (and conservatism in general, I believe) more viable for future elections than almost anything else.

    Good for him! He’s working for our benefit by the things he is doing. He’s not joking when he says country first. Not only “the good of the country before whatever issue I don’t like” but also “the good of the country before even myself.” I LOVE THIS. He always has been doing this while he has been in Washington. He has never stopped doing it, and I want to reward his efforts with an extended stay at the White House.

  • http://frightfullypleased.blogspot.com Stephen Ley

    I voted for John McCain on Saturday because he believes unborn children have a fundamental, intrinsic right to life. He does not believe they are subhuman and therefore unworthy of protection by our laws and Constitution. Although I have some misgivings regarding some past votes on stem cell research, he has a record of pro-life votes as a U.S. Senator and I believe as President he would never sign the Freedom of Choice Act or allow the Hyde Amendment to be repealed.

    I’m pretty indifferent to the issues that have gotten most of the attention in this campaign. This year I’m basically a single-issue voter.

  • Josie

    Court appointments….Pro-life….and we’re a big military family and I can’t help but admire him as a future Commander in Chief. I know its not the most popular thing to say, but I like his VP pick.

  • Carl Vehse

    The Great McCain Story You’ve Probably Forgotten – What an old anecdote about Mo Udall in the hospital reveals about McCain’s character.

    For the past few years, Udall has lain ill with Parkinson’s disease in a veterans hospital in Northeast Washington, which is where we were heading. Every few weeks, McCain drives over to pay his respects….

    One wall of Udall’s hospital room was cluttered with photos of his family back in Arizona; another bore a single photograph of Udall during his season with the Denver Nuggets, dribbling a basketball. Aside from a congressional seal glued to a door jamb, there was no indication what the man in the bed had done for his living. Beneath a torn gray blanket on a narrow hospital cot, Udall lay twisted and disfigured. No matter how many times McCain tapped him on the shoulder and called his name, his eyes remained shut….

    A nurse entered and seemed surprised to find anyone there, and it wasn’t long before I found out why: Almost no one visits anymore. In his time, which was not very long ago, Mo Udall was one of the most-sought-after men in the Democratic Party. Yet as he dies in a veterans hospital a few miles from the Capitol, he is visited regularly only by a single old political friend, John McCain. “He’s not going to wake up this time,” McCain said.

  • Booklover

    LIFE and LIBERTY

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