Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Time to Get Real -- PJM

Because I happen to hold a position as 2nd Congressional District Chairman for the Nebraska Republican Party, some of you may dismiss the following comments as party propaganda. However, as a long time observer of Nebraska and national politics and as a realist I think it is time to talk about the presidential race. First, as a conservative, I am not happy with any of the Republican candidates. My hope had been that Fred Thompson would totally overwhelm the primary process because he seemed to most closely reflect the values of Reagan conservatives such as myself. And it does not go unnoticed that today we, in fact, celebrate the anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, nor should the accomplishment of this great man go unnoticed or unappreciated because he truly change the course of our nation and our world.

Having said the above, it is time to get realistic. While I can find many things that truly bother me about John McCain, it is increasingly evident that he will probably be the nominee of our party and should he, in fact, become the nominee, we are going to have a choice to support him, to stay home or to vote for Hillary or Obama. In my mind there will be no choice--even if it means, as McCain's mother says, holding your nose to cast the vote. Now with several of the talk show hosts, religious leaders and others saying that McCain will be the end of the Republican Party as we know it, or saying they would either not vote, or even consider voting for Hillary, we have to be both realistic and pragmatic. Yes, John McCain voted against the Bush tax cuts. Yes, John McCain co-sponsored McCain-Feingold. Yes, McCain, supported what most Republicans believe to be amnesty. Yes, he opposed a marriage amendment to the constitution. Yes, he apparently supports some embryonic stem cell research. And, yes I'm sure I missed several more of his bad points.

But, let's put things into perspective. How would John McCain differ from George W. Bush? George W. Bush stood up against terrorism after 9-11. He ran what appears to have been a less than effective campaign of quelling the enemy after winning the battle of Iraq. Certainly, McCain has been a strong supporter of the fight against Islamic fascism and in fact had recognized long before Bush the need to 'surge' in Iraq. George Bush speaks of the fight against terrorism as one of a generation. McCain seems to recognize that it will be with us much longer than that. George promoted tax cuts. While he didn't support them originally, McCain now supports their continuance. George is pro-life, that is against abortion. McCain has a pro-life record, although he is less than satisfactory on embryonic stem cell research. George and John both supported an immigration bill that smacks of amnesty. McCain says he has learned his lesson. George W. Bush's fiscal irresponsibility in controlling spending is one of the major reasons that the Republicans took a beating in 2006 and will not regain power until they truly reform their ways or until a liberal Democrat once again helps us rediscover our values. John McCain has a solid record of fiscal responsibility and opposition to earmarks, pork, etc.

On the positive side,George Bush appointed two great Supreme Court Justices. McCain would still appoint conservative Supreme Court Justices and it is likely that the next president will appoint at least one if not two in the next four years. I could go on, but frankly, a John McCain presidency would not be any worse than a George H. W. Bush (read my lips/light on pro-life) or George W. Bush presidency. And certainly, Bob Dole would have been no better. NONE OF THESE GUYS ARE OR WOULD HAVE BEEN A RONALD REAGAN. UNFORTUNATELY RONALD REAGAN IS DEAD. If we want another Ronald Reagan, we'd better start finding and promoting him--and there are lots of good Republicans who still fit the mold.

Now for the reality check. What wll Hillary or Obama do? First, they will extract us from Iraq. Our efforts, the lives of 4,000 men and our trustworthiness to our allies will be once again lost. Some say the U.S. has lost respect in the world because of how we handled Iraq. How much more respect will we lose by abandoning it now? Do you remember Viet Nam? Do you remember Jimmy Carter? Do you believe either one of these folks is capable of fighting a war on terrorism? On immigration both of these folks are basically supporters of amnesty, no question about it. On tax cuts, you can bet your last dollar (because they will) that they will go away and your taxes will go up. Let's face it, both Obama and Hillary are Abortion on Demand and embryonic stem cell research without limit. Both WILL appoint liberal (litmus-test-approved) Supreme Court Justices that will reverse the efforts of Reagan and Bush. Both will spend your money on every liberal do-gooder program they can concock. Again, I could go on and on.

The bottom line, my friends, is whomever becomes our nominee--even if it is John McCain--is better for our country and our philosophy of government than Hillary or Obama. To let either be elected because our candidate is not Ronald Reagan incarnate would represent a total lapse of responsibility on our part, an abidication of our values. Staying home on November 4th will be a vote for the unthinkable by the unthinking.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent analysis

Anonymous said...

Great job, Pat. I liked it a lot

Anonymous said...

...........a vote for the unthinkable by the unthinking.

poetry.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you in total. As I've asked for a long time, where are the conservatives that are in a position to run? The challenge will become greater and greater. The probability of ever having another true conservative elected as a President will become less and less as time goes on. With 50% of us paying 96.5% of all taxes, what are the possibilities of ever getting another real conservative elected? Soon we will be paying 100%? Why would the "bottom half" ever want a real conservative back in office then, because we'll just take their gravy away from them?

Am I wrong?

Is there ANY thing at all that can be done to get more people behind Romney? He is our ONLY chance as reasonable leadership.

Where are all of these grass root Conservatives that I thought we had, or are we a dieing breed?

Anonymous said...

"Excellent analysis" based on what criteria? Cowardice? No offense to you Mr. McPherson, but your daily diatribe is nothing more than a pitiful echo of the same gutless and empty words being thrown around by the moderate left of the Republican Party, only not nearly as profound. It was helpful though, because I now have a better understanding into the mindset of Judas Iscariot in Gethsemane so many years ago. The examples you have outlined in painful detail to somehow prove McCain's conservative credentials are so ridiculous that I'm amazed they were actually typed out by a grown man and not some 12 year old adolescent. From what I understand, you believe yourself to be a true, hardcore Reagan Republican who has come to the unfortunate conclusion that in November you will have to hold your nose and vote for someone whose views are anathema to your own simply for the sake of being a loyal Republican. Do you know what that makes you, sir? A political whore. There is more to politics and the sustainment of a movement than merely pulling a lever for someone who has an "R" after their name. So, to you and the rest of the Republican blue-blood establishment, I truly hope you relish your bag of silver coins that have been promised to you for your willing betrayal of our Party and the principles for which it once so proudly stood. After what John McCain has done to our once great party over the last 8 years he ought to just roll over and have a cigarette. I would rather stand firm to my principles and lose with dignity than emasculate myself for the petty sake of another four years in Washington. This is one conservative who will NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER vote for that fraud of man no matter how many emails cowards (or, "realists" to use your own words) like you try to spoon feed me.

Anonymous said...

Right on.

Anonymous said...

As you know Pat I am a supporter of John McCain, having worked on his first US House campaign in 1983 when I lived in Arizona. The two main issues for me are federal fiscal responsibility and the war on Islamic Extremist who are bent on our destruction. I trust McCain on both of those issues. There are, of course, other issues but they pale in comparison for this Republican. The fiscal and military security of our country comes first to my thinking.

But possibly even more important reason for Republicans to not stay home on election day is the votes that would drain away from our other great candidates and issues. If we want the Democrats to sweep the table staying at home is the best way to insure it. If, however, we think our local, state and national candidates and referendum issues deserve our voice we had better get out there and vote.

Anonymous said...

As you know Pat I am a supporter of John McCain, having worked on his first US House campaign in 1983 when I lived in Arizona. The two main issues for me are federal fiscal responsibility and the war on Islamic Extremist who are bent on our destruction. I trust McCain on both of those issues. There are, of course, other issues but they pale in comparison for this Republican. The fiscal and military security of our country comes first to my thinking.

But possibly even more important reason for Republicans to not stay home on election day is the votes that would drain away from our other great candidates and issues. If we want the Democrats to sweep the table staying at home is the best way to insure it. If, however, we think our local, state and national candidates and referendum issues deserve our voice we had better get out there and vote.

Anonymous said...

Hey that one guy could use anger management!

Thanks for posting my comments and for your integrity to post those who disagree with you in such strong terms. I respect such intellectual honesty.

The Cue said...

Mr. anonymous "NEVER EVER EVER EVER" probably not only needs anger management, but a dose of reality. I too, find it a really sad day in America when the best that the Republicans have to offer is a John McCain. We Conservatives, on the other hand, apparently were unable to present a candidate that the nation finds viable. And although I am sickened at the probability of having to vote for McCain (unless something miraculous happens and Huckabee gets out and stops splitting the Conservative vote), not voting for him is tantamount to voting for the Democratic candidate. I am a principled person, but in this case "realism" dictates that voting for a leftist like McCain is better than voting for any Socialist. Those may be our only options.

So I now ask Mr. NEVER EVER EVER EVER, if your options are McCain or a Socialist, for whom will you vote? . . . .and remember, by not voting, you are actually casting a vote for the Socialist.

A deeply saddened Conservative, The Cue.

Anonymous said...

Very well said my friend. Very well said.

Anonymous said...

I read your comments about McCain, and agree wholeheartedly. Was appalled at the one res-ponse, but those things are becoming more pronounced with the anonymity of the web and the chat rooms, blogs, etc. - unfortunately! I considered a response, but it might have needed some editing!! Some conservatives can be just as insane as the libs who spew their venom on Daily Kos, etc. Am still shaking my head over Ann Coulter and a few others, but actually am not surprised at Coulter. She is more of a provocateur who uses the conservative cause as a platform for her celebrity, than a serious defender of conservative causes. Her vow to support Hillary is right in line with her tendency to date leftist activists such as Bill Maher and others!

Was extremely impressed with Romney's speech a short time ago, and it's good to see a candi-date take the "high road" for a change. Will be interested in seeing what McCain's comments will be shortly.

In any case, there is now the opportunity, with a single "anointed" candidate, to get our act to-gether for the fall. Let's hope that both McCain and his people, as well as the conservative brain trust, can follow Romney's lead and take that "high road" to a potential victory!