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Posted by on Oct 23, 2008 in Politics | 0 comments

A letter to a friend…

Original message:

Even if you don’t vote for him you gotta admit he is a refreshing candidate,
a hell of a speaker and genuinely inspiring. Obama today in Richmond:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9OhVMHIuO4

Hey (name removed to respect privacy):

He is indeed a terrific orator, as a Harvard Law grad should be. And I absolutely agree that he’s refreshing and inspiring to many.

But I’m a Republican. A small government Federalist, entrepreneur, and passionate advocate for individual responsibilty and strong national defense. I started leaning right when the USS Cole was bombed, and became a card-carrying member of the party in September 2001. I know the names and parties of my local board of supervisors, state reps, US senators and reps, as well as the Supreme Court judges and their positions. I came to my political beliefs through exhaustive due diligence, and not by way of a Bill O. sound bite or Sean Hannity weekend special. I thought I’d point that out, since many advocates for ‘their man’ come to their beliefs by way of the neighbor’s yard signs, or because their families voted that way for decades.

When it became clear that Hillary was vanquished, (good riddance to the greater of two evils, but I digress) I researched Obama’s voting records on the issues most important to me. In short, they are horrifying. I did this before the Hyperbole-palooza started in early summer. Hyperbole by both sides, that is. Bigger government is badder government, and a trillion dollars of new spending will mean way bigger and way badder government. Candidate Obama’s plans to raise the new funds via taxation are on his website, if you care. This, aside from national defense, is my chief concern.

Republicans have done a terrible job with their brand and continually elect incredibly uninspiring candidates. I like McCain, and believe he is best suited to serve as CIC, given the choices. But frankly, his age and decades in the Senate make him seem..musty, and a little brittle (although I suspect he could thrash me soundly and then run a 5K without getting winded.) Where was J.C. Watts when we needed him? Not because he’s black, but because he’s a young sensible Republican with a track record of success and, well, charisma. Romney had legs early on, mainly because of his international business background and personal bearing. But his lack of military experience and nebulous voting record as Governor were deal-breakers. And then there’s Bobby Jindal, my personal favorite. Problem is, he was born when Nixon and his band of scoundrels were running amok in DC. I have shoes older than Bobby Jindal. Come on, GOP, inspire us!

I’m immensely proud as an American that a bi-racial man, with a Muslim heritage and raised by a single mother, is a real contender for the presidency. But I hope he loses, and not for the reasons I just mentioned, but because of his positions on the issues. We’re electing a president, not a debate team captain.

Regardless the outcome, I hope we can all shake hands, have a drink, and rally behind our new POTUS. He’s going to need all the support we can muster.

-SM

Caveat: This is a response to my life-long good friend; a Democrat and Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia. He’s an outstanding public servant and a dedicated family man, and if I were in his county, I’d cross party lines to support him without hesitation. I’m absolutely certain that he came to his beliefs through thorough personal reflection and like most of us, wants what’s best for his family and country. We simply disagree, and do so without being disagreeable.

I still have plenty of friends in Hollywood who wonder why I’ve gone to the ‘dark side.’ This is my response.

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