[Homestead] Joe'Porter's view
wce1482 at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 21 08:42:46 EDT 2008
I don't generally reply to this kind of stuff, but in this case I guess I will. About John McCain. From my understanding, he broke his leg when he was captured and they refused to set it until he cooperated with his captures, which he did. So he didn't need the fortitude. Look it up about his prison experience. If he is elected, he has already said he will continue the Iraq war, for 100 years if necessary. That is until we win. However, I have never found anyone who could tell me what we are fighting to win so it is going to be hard to tell if we do. He also wants to continue Bush's policy of taxing the middle class and letting the rich go without taxes. He also agrees with Bush on illegal surveillance of the people and all the other Bush illegal activities. So unless you want to see the end of democracy in this country, I wouldn't vote for McCain. On the other hand Obama voted to allow Bush to continue to tap you phone lines without
a warrant and now he is hedging about getting out of Iraq. I don't really know who to vote for. McCain wants to continue to make the presidency into a dictatorship and Obama is starting to back track on helping anyone but big business.
--- On Sun, 7/20/08, jmroll at bellsouth.net <jmroll at bellsouth.net> wrote:
From: jmroll at bellsouth.net <jmroll at bellsouth.net>
Subject: [Homestead] Joe'Porter's view
To: homestead at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Sunday, July 20, 2008, 9:30 PM
This is very well written and I recommend everyone take a little
time to read this entire write-up. You won't be disappointed!
Dear Friends: My name is Joe Porter. I live in Champaign, Illinois. I'm
46 years old, a born-again Christian, a husband, a father, a small
business owner, a veteran, and a homeowner. I don't considerable myself to
either conservative or liberal, and I vote for the person, not Republican
or Democrat. I don't believe there are "two Americas" - but that
person in this country can be whomever and whatever they want to be if
they'll just work to get there - and nowhere else on earth can they
find such opportunities. I believe our government should help those who are
legitimately downtrodden, and should always put the interests of
The purpose of this message is that I'm concerned about the future of
this great nation. I'm worried that the silent majority of honest,
hard-working, tax-paying people in this country have been passive for too
long. Most folks I know choose not to involve themselves in politics. They go
about their daily lives, paying their bills, raising their kids, and doing what
they can to maintain the good life. They vote and consider doing so to be a
sacred trust. They shake their heads at the political pundits and so-called
"news", thinking that what they hear is always
spun by whomever is reporting it. They can't understand how elected
officials can regularly violate the public trust with pork barrel spending.
don't want government handouts. They want the government to protect
them, not raise their taxes for more government programs.
We are in the unique position in this country of electing our leaders.
It's a privilege to do so. I've never found a candidate in any election
with whom I agreed on everything. I'll wager that most of us don't even
agree with our families or spouses 100% of the time. So when I step
into that voting booth, I always try to look at the big picture and cast my
vote for the man or woman who is best qualified for the job. I've hired
a lot of people in my lifetime, and essentially that's what an election
is - a hiring process. Who has the credentials? Whom do I want working for
me? Whom can I trust to do the job right?
I'm concerned that a growing number of voters in this country simply
don't get it. They are caught up in a fervor they can't explain, and
Change what?, I ask.
Well, we're going to change America, they say.
In what way?, I query.
We want someone new and fresh in the White House, they exclaim.
So, someone who's not a politician?, I press.
Uh, well, no, we just want a lot of stuff changed, so we're voting for
Obama, they state.
So the current system, the system of freedom and democracy that has
enabled a man to grow up in this great country, get a fine education,
raise incredible amounts of money and dominate the news and win his
party's nomination for the White House - that system's all wrong?
No, no, that part of the system's okay - we just need a lot of change.
And so it goes. "Change we can believe in." Quite frankly, I
believe that vague proclamations of change hold any promise for me. In recent
months, I've been asking virtually everyone I encounter how they're
voting. I live in Illinois, so most folks tell me they're voting for
Barack Obama. But no one can really tell me why - only that he's going
to change a lot of stuff. Change, change, change. I have yet to find one
single person who can tell me distinctly and convincingly why this man
is qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful
nation on earth - other than the fact that he claims he's going to
implement a lot of change.
We've all seen the emails about Obama's genealogy, his upbringing, his
Muslim background, and his church affiliations. Let's ignore this for a
moment. Put it all aside. Then ask yourself, what qualifies this man to
be my president? That he's a brilliant orator and talks about change?
Friends, I'll be forthright with you - I believe the American voters
who are supporting Barack Obama don't have a clue what they're doing,
evidenced by the fact that not one of them - NOT ONE of them I've
spoken to can spell out his qualifications. Not even the most liberal media
can explain why he should be elected. Political experience? Negligible.
Foreign relations? Non-existent. Achievements? Name one. Someone who
wants to unite the country? If you haven't read his wife's thesis from
Princeton, look it up on the web. This is who's lining up to be our
next First Lady? The only thing I can glean from Obama's constant harping
about change is that we're in for a lot of new taxes.
For me, the choice is clear. I've looked carefully at the two leading
applicants for the job, and I've made my choice.
Here's a question - where were you five and a half years ago? Around
Christmas, 2002. You've had five or six birthdays in that time. My son
has grown from a sixth grade child to a high school graduate. Five and a
half years is a good chunk of time. About 2,000 days. 2,000 nights of sleep.
6, 000 meals, give or take.
John McCain spent that amount of time, from 1967 to 1973, in a North
Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp. When offered early release, he refused it. He
considered this offer to be a public relations stunt by his captors, and
insisted that those held longer than he should be released first. Did you get
that part? He was
offered his freedom, and he turned it down. A regimen of beatings and torture
Do you possess such strength of character? Locked in a filthy cell in a foreign
country, would you turn down your own freedom in favor of your fellow man? I
submit that's a quality of character that is rarely found, and for me, this
singular act defines John McCain.
Unlike several presidential candidates in recent years whose military
service is questionable or non-existent, you will not find anyone to
denigrate the integrity and moral courage of this man. A graduate of
Annapolis, during his Naval service he received the Silver Star, Bronze
Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. His own son is now
serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq. Barack Obama is fond of saying "We
honor John McCain's service...BUT...", which to me is condescending
and offensive - because what I hear is, "Let's forget this man's
sacrifice for his country and his proven leadership abilities, and talk some
more about change."
I don't agree with John McCain on everything - but I am utterly
convinced that he is qualified to be our next President, and I trust him to do
what's right. I know in my heart that he has the best interests of our
country in mind. He doesn't simply want to be President - he wants to
lead America, and there's a huge difference. Factually, there is simply no
comparison between the two candidates. A man of questionable background
and motives who prattles on about change can't hold a candle to a man
who has devoted his life in public service to this nation, retiring from
the Navy in 1981 and elected to the Senate in 1982.
Perhaps Obama's supporters are taking a stance between old and new.
Maybe they don't care about McCain's service or his strength of
his unblemished qualifications to be President. Maybe "likeability"
higher priority for them than "trust". Being a prisoner of war is not
qualifies John McCain to be President of the United States of America -
but his demonstrated leadership certainly DOES.
Dear friends, it is time for us to stand. It is time for thinking
Americans to say, "Enough." It is time for people of all parties to
stop following the party line. It is time for anyone who wants to keep
America first, who wants the right man leading their nation, to start a
dialogue with all their friends and neighbors and ask who they're voting
There's a lot of evil in this world. That should be readily apparent to all
of us by now. And when faced with that evil as we are now, I want a man who
knows the cost of war on his troops and on his citizens. I want a man who puts
my family's interests before any foreign country.
I want a President who's qualified to lead.
I want my country back, and I'm voting for John McCain.
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