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The Doctrine Endorsement

This is my first time voting in an election where I’ve actually paid attention to what the hell’s going on.

In 2008, America is blessed to have two equally qualified candidates for the presidency. One is a genuine hero who has given all for his country, and only asks for one more opportunity to lead her in the sunset of his life. The other is a man whose ascendancy through the political ranks is unmatched in the history of the country.

One brings over 30 years of military and public service. The other has a thinner resume, but one that has given him the benefit of more exposure to the everyday American’s problems.

One has, even by his detractors, been credited with organizing, planning, and executing what may well be remembered as one of America’s greatest political campaigns-if not the greatest. The other has run a campaign that has run the gamut from honorable to despicable, preying on the most visceral emotions of our citizens.

One is a liberal. One is a conservative.


Both John McCain and Barack Obama offer completely different visions for the future of our country.

McCain is a self-described “maverick;” willing to break with his party on issues where he doesn’t agree. In an era of extreme partisanship, demonstrated by both parties, a hand who is willing to select the best ideas-regardless of party-may be what this country needs. He is well versed in defense, national security, and foreign policy matters. However, in economic matters, McCain has shown-and admitted-that he is a little behind the curve. And his vice presidential selection-while an intelligent woman-appears, at times, to be somewhat out of her depth on the national political stage. With McCain’s past health issues I have to wonder whether, should the worst happen, Sarah Palin is ready to lead a country of moderates, being a far-right conservative.

Barack Obama, by comparison, has relatively little experience. He has only been on the national scene for a few years. But in that short time, he has proven himself to be a quick study; able to grasp America’s problems and come up with practical solutions. He possesses an ability to detach himself from the cries of the people and see the larger picture, while still keeping an ear to the people. Obama has assembled a team which-politics aside-will be more than able to leverage their collective knowledge and experience to his benefit. And, of course, he is a gifted, inspirational speaker.


There’s been a lot of fuss over issues that are really non-issues, given the grave state of our nation. Troopergate, Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, the Keating scandal of the 1980’s…all have served up to us as political tools to benefit one candidate over another. That’s the nature of the business we, as politicians and activists, are in. As people, though, I wonder what will be said about our country in the days following next Tuesday.

I was once a staunch McCain supporter. But when his campaign turned increasingly cynical and negative, he lost my vote. I then shifted my vote-not my support-to Obama, but have been unable to reconcile voting for someone who I disagree with in so many areas.

This puts me in a difficult spot; the proverbial rock and hard place. Do I vote for someone who I agree with but has come to disgust me, or someone who is a break from the politics of division who I agree with on very little?


When it’s all said and done, a vote for the presidency should be a vote for the person who best represents you. Your ideals, your values, your beliefs.

John McCain represents many of the same political philosophies I do. I believe that he will carry my concerns with him to the White House. I do not, however, condone his cynicism, or the “slash and burn” politics that he has come to embody.

So I’ll vote for him. With no pleasure at all. The consequences of that decision will be what they are.

And should Obama win, I will not lament McCain’s defeat.




Written by Coby Dillard

October 28, 2008 at 11:02 am

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  1. Go watch see for yourself .

    I pledge No allegiance to Obama

    And corrupt welfare state for which he stands.

    And to Socialist democrats who want to rule .

    Will leave no Nation under their thumb.

    No liberty , No justice for all.

    Reformed democrat that means I voted for McCain.

    Tell the people . On Wednesday Turn off Obamas 30 Min sideshow and take the time to think before they vote.

    Talk about the issues with their family and friends.

    Don’t be sheep. Decide for yourself . But most of all This Great Nation.


    October 28, 2008 at 11:15 am

  2. D,

    McCain needs your vote. Glad to see that he has it.

    More shameful than John McCains’ politics are the ‘thuggish’ tactics of Obama surrogates.

    D. Equally, yes. Both sides, in their own ways, have gone way too far in this election season. And, oddly enough, the only thing I see in the future is more of the same…regardless of who actually wins.


    October 28, 2008 at 8:16 pm

  3. Hey D

    Long time no see. I enjoyed reading this post, like it my friend. Also like your response to S. We think alike, lol.

    Take care!


    November 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm

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