Barack Obama - Having read his plans to change America, I realize we are dealing with an unabashed socialist in a "clean, neat, articulate" wrapper. Based on his plans, associations, words, and such, he's the sure ticket on the fast road to the perverse collectivism that is the end of this country. As our government continues to expand in many perverse directions, picking the poster child for all solutions by government is like trying to get rid of a skin disease by ripping off your skin.
John McCain - My less favorite candidate of the two, McCain's defining characteristic is that he won't screw us as fast, the taxes won't be as bad, and he's more likely to die of natural causes while in office. I can't really stand the bastard, and I think he is the vanguard of a GOP I will have nothing to do with. I can't believe I'm going to vote for him tomorrow. Shit.
The Third Parties - On the right, we have Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, on the left, Independent anticapitalist Ralph Nader. I'll focus on these two because they are the two biggest names, and neither of them will break 1% nationally. Of the two, Barr would be the closest to my ideology, and the person on my ballot I'd like to vote for. And if you're in one of those states that's a lock, vote for the person you really believe in. And I can't imagine anyone (except socialists) embracing either one of these candidates. But being in the great state of Ohio, I don't get that opportunity.
My Choice - I figured it out over the weekend, by weighing all the possibilities, who I would vote for tomorrow. As I already said, I will cast my vote for the McCain Palin ticket. Here's the rationale:
- It's the best chance that my battleground state vote will have to stop Obama
- It's the lesser of two evils in the candidates that can win
- The next president will get a chance to load the Supreme Court
- The Senate may get the 60-vote filibuster-proof majority
- Sarah Palin, for the fact she's a definite shift to the right for McCain
- Bob Barr's reference to our troops in Iraq as occupiers
- My prediction (see below)
The Predictions - I have been around politics for years, as my father has played politics for decades and run for office (and lost) a few times. So as I was looking at the possibilities, I naturally called up the one person who knows... my mother. We refer to her as a political barometer, because she usually is able to see through the eyes of the undecided voter, and gauge how they will go. She did warn me she's spent more time watching Fox News, but a study from the Project for Excellence in Journalism indicates Fox News was balanced in covering the candidates (as opposed to MSNBC, who serviced Obama like an intern in the Clinton White house). So I'm still going with her pick as the probable winner. And it's what I think will be the result before I go to bed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
I predict that the great state of Ohio, and the nation as a whole will select Barack Obama as the President of the United States.
So get out there and vote for McCain, dammit. At least then when we give him enough shit, he might sway our way! Patrick M in 2012!!!