I would greatly appreciate any feedback that can be given on the below op-ed I am writing for my college newspaper. Keep in mind it's not finished quite yet and needs to be relatively short in length, so I cannot go into every facet of McCain's policy. Still to be written will be a critique of McCain's endorsement of the "bail out" from a few weeks ago. What else should be there? Should I mention the Constitution Party as the third party to vote for?
McCain: A Poor Choice for Voters
At the gate it is to be made completely clear that just because John McCain is a bad choice to vote for, this op-ed is in no wise an endorsement of Barak Obama. The Democratic candidate is a man who has never seen a baby he did not want aborted. I exaggerate, but not by much. That alone makes him gravely immoral to vote for. This is to say nothing of his socialist healthcare plan, his blanket amnesty for illegal’s (a move which will accelerate demographic and cultural shifts in America), or his
As far as “character” is concerned between the two men, McCain and Obama, the former comes out on top. His military service is laudable, and overall McCain comes across as a more genuine – if not charismatic – individual than Obama. Nevertheless McCain is a bad pick for the Republican ticket. So poor a choice is he that one would do well not to vote for him.
As bad as Obama might be, from many of those who plan on voting for McCain this November, the best one hears about the Republican candidate is, “Well, at least he’s better than Obama.” As they say, choosing this lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. While one will not say McCain is evil, it’s safe to say the Republican candidate leaves much to be desired on the part of conservatives.
In short, Obama will take America in the wrong direction very quickly, McCain will do so more slowly. Nevertheless, it is the wrong direction we‘ll be going in. As such, the best choice is to vote third party for this coming election.
McCain has given two thumbs up for continuing America’s slavery to Israel. As a rational for invading Iran, McCain stated in an interview The Atlantic back in May, "Iran is hell-bent on the destruction of Israel.” If Iran, a nation which has not invaded another country in the past 200 years, is such a great threat, why didn’t McCain mention Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, or any of the country’s other neighbors as being in danger of Iran? America does not make military decisions based on the caprice of other nations. This is news to McCain, who wishes to take the United States into another futile war to expand American homogeny in the Near East.
In a larger context, the Republican Party does not deserve to be rewarded by your vote come November 2. It has completely shut out its conservative voting bloc, instead throwing a bone to conservative in the form of Sarah Palin. In trying to appeal to the broadest possible audience, the Republicans have managed to please few.
The treatment of Congressmen Ron Paul on the part of Republican leadership is reason enough never to vote Republican again. Here is a man who had a great deal of popular support, yet was ignored time and again in the preliminary debates of potential Republican nominees. He was totally shut out. He was called a “kook,“ and a, “loon.“ However the reason behind the alienation of Paul is that the Republican leadership knows quite well that Paul and his supporters made a piercing point: Republicans have gravely deviated from the US Constitution. This is the crux of why one should vote
If Sarah Palin were in McCain’s shoes, if it was Palin instead of McCain as the presidential nominee, then this article would not exist. Palin would indeed be a solid choice a president. As it stands though, McCain is the presidential nominee, and Palin is the vice presidential nominee, a token to conservatives.