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I'm Voting For John McCain

I'm Voting For John McCain

My vote today is the most passionate I've ever cast. I'm voting today, not for a candidate, but for a hero. My vote today is for the one man who gave all and stepped up to give more. The man who emerged from inconceivable horrors of war, burnished with character instead of regret. The one man who exemplifies and exalts true leadership.

My vote today comes not from a litany of policy positions, though not in the absence of them either. Protecting our resources, fiscal, environmental, and martial, is the true definition of conservatism, and I'm voting to preserve our assets. And I'm voting to join our efforts in this crusade of preservation, together. My vote today comes from a place of cooperation, from common sense, from a desire to restore the luster on my country's reputation, and a duty to bestow an American hero with the job he's proven himself worthy of accepting.

His age, much feared a detriment, is one of his greatest assets. This is the last office John McCain will ever seek. He will be able to govern, to lead, free from the shadow of reelection and postoffice reputation. He will be free to answer only to himself, his judgment, and his countrymen.

Though hindsight is a double-edged sword, I often think about what our country, our world, would look like if John McCain had been elected in 2000. I imagine McCain standing at Ground Zero, reassuring our country with the hard-wrought determination that only someone who's led as courageously from the front lines as from the floor of Congress can embody. I imagine that scene, and I cast my ballot. For history, for experience, for patriotism, for everything John McCain has given of himself, I give John McCain my vote, my confidence, and my country.

The opinions expressed here are those of the author, CitizenSugar, and do not necessarily reflect the positions of Sugar Inc. Check out LibertySugar's post for the Democratic take.


popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
kristints, two people run citizensugar. LibertySugar is liberal and is voting for Obama. Citizensugar is conservative and is voting for McCain. The stories are alternately written by each. I don't know how much more bi-partisan you can get.
kristints kristints 8 years
Also, this comment from mymellowman kind of blew MY mind "This mentallity of 'I'd rather have a Democrat destroy the country than let McCain into office' really blows my mind" Most democrats don't feel that way, we just happen to believe that things like a woman's right to choose and gay rights are important, so, yes, we would like for a democrat to be elected, because they would agree that those things are important and we all know how McCain feels about these issues.
kristints kristints 8 years
Wow, well, as Julie above me said, if you really enjoy the thought of another 4 (hopefully not 8!) years of Bush's policies, then, go for it, you can have whatever opinion you like, but I personally will no longer be reading Citizen Sugar, because though I'm sure you're a great person, I strongly disagree with republican policies. Just a suggestion, but if you'd like to keep your readers, you may consider staying more bipartisan.
Julie2812 Julie2812 9 years
WOW..What a mistake. Well, I guess if Americans want 4 more years of George W. Bush, well go for it ! The outside world will laugh at you. I feel bad for all the people who will make the right choice and vote Democrat.
nanmalin nanmalin 9 years
Yeah! Great article. Thank you for stepping up and saying what many of us think.
Speedbump Speedbump 9 years
you are awesome!! I am soooo relieved that someone has the strength to stand forward and say this. thank you!!!
loveme11 loveme11 9 years
i think it was brave of you to put your comments out there citizensugar about your candidate of choice. i happen to agree with you on this matter and voted for mccain when the election was in FL McCain is a great man and should have been elected president in 2000
foxie foxie 9 years
McCain IS a hero. As someone in the military, he's someone I really look up to, and I would be HONORED to have him as my next Commander in Chief.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
If I HAD to vote Republican I would vote for McCain. Romeny is way to religious and conservative for me
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Thank you popgoestheworld, I appreciate your comment. I'm really glad people are able to talk about all aspects of the process honestly, and I think you're right. Soapbox :) or no, people are definitely passionate--and I'm most glad that regardless of opinion, people truly want what they think is best for the country. Thanks again for your response!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Good Morning to you too, Citizen, I was simply responding to the confusion above me in the comments. Someone seemed to think you were just expounding on why you would vote for each candidate, and that these statements not your true choices/opinions. I just wanted to let them know I thought you were both in fact supporting the candidates you wrote about. I think you and Liberty were both writing a little hyperbolically about the candidates, which is my reason for the soapbox comment. I get on them, too, clearly. I apologize if that word inspired you to think I wasn't in favor of the democratic process somehow.
Buffy2103 Buffy2103 9 years
McCain is a war veteran with a great deal of experience leading and standing strong with his beliefs. He is a true leader. Romney is more of a manager and with our country in the state that it is in, we need a leader. Someone who stand behind their beliefs and doesn't just tell people what he thinks they want to hear. As far a Obama, I think he is a great person, but his ideas will put our country in a financial situation worse than out current one. He believes in an idealistic utopia that is just not possible, however perfect it may seems. And Hillary, well if she ever ends up running our country, I'm moving to Canada.
Misskastar Misskastar 9 years
i suppose this is the lesser of all of the evils. But no matter what pretty picture we paint of him (he has had an amazing life, pow, etc..) he supports a lot of things I am against. I strongly believe in tolerance. Gay rights, right to choose and DIPLOMACY, no more UNJUST wars.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
I have really have taken a bit of an issue with this current theme of "If so and so doesn't win the primary, I'm voting for the other side." This seems to be particularly strong in the realms of McCain and Hillary. In regards to McCain, he isn't as conservative as I would like ( I was 100% behind Fred Thompson and still hoping he will take VP on the ticket so we can have a true conservative in the White House next year,) but he still falls closer to my views than either Obama or Clinto do. This mentallity of "I'd rather have a Democrat destroy the country than let McCain into office) really blows my mind. In regards to Hillary, I have to say I'm not the best to defend this side as my views fall further to the right, but it still feels similarly to my point with McCain. While I know I have a few times said some things to stir up some debate, this is not the meaning of this post. Truthfully, I'd like to better understand this point of view that many seem to be taking. It really sounds very childish to me in the sense of "I'm not getting exactly what I want, so I'll ruin it for everyone else." Also, for me, this isn't as much a "staying within the party" type of mentality that could be argued by some, but for me falls along the lines of views. Again, McCain is further to the left than I'd like, but I can't see him being less conservative as being a reason to vote for someone who is completely liberal (or even a Socialist.) I believe the same could be argued for those who are against Hillary.
kgtg1 kgtg1 9 years
There's no doubt that McCain is a hero, and I respect your opinion, but Iraq for another 100 years? No, thank you.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
I don't like how this presidential race has turned out at all. I'm done spewing my opinions about politics here though because it only enrages and fuels my hate for media control and US citizens who do not educate themselves further about politics since it impacts their lives so very much (not referring to any of you, i'm just saying in general) I'm glad that Ron Paul got this far and greatful that he could get such an amazing message out there for all of us to hear. I won't vote for McCain just because he seems like a slimeball (no offense to the ppl who are voting for him, it's just my opinion) I've looked into his stances on all of the issues too and as of right now I don't agree with some of the stuff he stands for. I think voting Democrat for Obama might be my best bet which is unusual because I'm usually very republican (except for bush lol, i don't dislike him i just think he's made some moronic decisions) anyways...thats that
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
People make choices that are best for them. Republicans are not evil, and neither are democrats. I respect everyone's choice, until they start stereotyping. I love the fact that I will never have to tell anyone who I voted for, ever. How many presidential elections will you see in your life? Many. Many chances to vote for a different party, or the same one all your life. Many chances to change your mind and your opinions about things. So, Citizen, way to go! and Liberty too.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
For me I will never ever vote for Hilary, but depending on who McCain takes as his VP will depend on if I will vote for him if he is up against Obama. IF he is up against Hilary I will vote for him no matter what, if he is up against Obama and McCain does not have TRUE Conservative VP, then I may not vote at all. I completely agree with you on the media pushing him because he is on the Liberal side.
redegg redegg 9 years
cine_, it is for many reasons, and I'm not going to list them all here. Basically he is a Republican in name only, and Hillary is more conservative than he is. Also, his demeanor is not president worthy, IMO, and I don't trust him to remain stable. It is my view that he has been shoved on the Republican party by the MSM throughout this race because he is actually a liberal so it will give a choice between a liberal democrat or a liberal repub. Others debate whether he is the only nominee that can beat Hillary. Hillary you at least know what you are getting. She is smarter and doesn't flipflop and because of this will be better for national security and the economy even though taxes will go through the roof.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I'm with RedEgg! If Romney doesn't get the nomination then I'm gonna vote for whoever the Dem is
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
At least I respect John McCain. If I was republican I would probably vote for him.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
redegg, that is an interesting switch of voting. Do you mind if I ask why? I really am just curious. I have been reading all these articles of who people will vote for if their candidate does not win the primary.
redegg redegg 9 years
I'm voting for Romney. If he does not get the nomination, I'm voting for Hillary in the election.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
Go John I voted last week for you in Florida, Our Next Commande In Chief :DANCE:
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I am actually a bit surprised that you are voting for a Republican. I figured everyone who ran this site was a Liberal Democrat.
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