Undecided and Lovin It!

Being undecided about the presidential candidates in September of an election year is such an exhilarating feeling! I don't feel a need to stump my views for or defend the positions of any of the candidates. I can feel free to take pot shots to the left and to the right. Such fun! In view of this I thought that I'd briefly list what I don't like about the candidates:
  • I don't like the way that McCain is using Karl Rove's lobbyists to run his campaign. I fear that they would be way to involved in the policies that he would proffer to us.

  • I don't like Obama's solutions that offer more government as the answers to our national problems. I think that we need to reduce government not inflate it.

  • I didn't like McCain's pick for his VP running mate because I think that she lacks the experience needed for the position. It is an issue of mCCain's judgment.

  • I think that Obama is not in touch with reality when he says that he had never heard his ex-pastor's extreme pulpit rhetoric. I mean really.. was he asleep.. did he not pay attention or did he just not attend very often?

  • I don't like that McCain was a weekend husband and father for most of his life. His wife Cindy's drug problems were hid from him for years. It is an issue of judgment and priorities for me.

  • I don't like Obama's position on abortion. I am pro-life and have a hard time swallowing his snarky pay-grade reply to Rick Warren when asked about when life begins.

  • I don't like it that neither candidate is talking about some of the big problems that our country is facing. They may have info on their website but neither candidate is really talking much about social security, medicaid, and the deficit.

  • I don't like all of this talk about celebrity. Come on, Palin has now become the Republican celebrity. Let's get past this.

I think that I could come up with a longer list but I've run out of gas. Maybe I'll list what I like about the candidates in a future post.

Maybe you could add to my list by commenting what you don't like about McCain, Obama and the candidates in general.. even if you are in the tank for one of the candidates.. surely they are not perfect in your eyes :)


  1. as it says on my blog I'm voting for You

  2. I pretty well agree with everything you've said here.

    Except #2 - I may not agree with all of Obama's plans, but I do think we need more regulatory accountability so that the little guy isn't taken advantage of by predatory mortgage sharks. Freddie Mac and Fannie May never should've happened. Some people are losing everything they considered "the American dream."

    God has a lot to say about taking advantage of the poor and about this sort of injustice. There must be accountability for corporate powers and banks. And the reality is that the little guy usually doesn't have the power or position to hold them accountable. I don't want America as a nation to fail to hear the cry of the oppressed - Isaiah had some strong words from God on that issue!

  3. Funny you should bring that up Sarah.. Ann and I were discussing that very thing over lunch and came to the same conclusion that you did.. we even used the accountability word.

    It seems that the government is too involved in some areas and not really involved where it needs to be.

  4. What I don't like about Obama.

    He's not against capital punishment.
    He's mamby-pamby on gun control.
    He's out of touch with the average Joe in the street. I think his elitism is an intellectual elitism, not because he eats arugula. He talks over the average guy's head.
    He can't give a straight answer to a question because he sees both sides on just about every issue.

    Bob, I think he made a mistake taking the "I didn't hear him say that position." Now that he has, he can't go back. I do believe it's entirely possible he did not hear those particular clips. The man is a U.S. Senator, for heaven's sake. He spends a lot of time in Washington. I bet he didn't get to Trinity twice a month. But, surely he heard Jeremiah Wright say things like those things. For my money, Jeremiah Wright is a prophetic, powerful speaker and most of his comments, taken in context are actually quite justifiable.

    Anyway, that's what I don't like about Obama. Want me to start on McCain? ;-)


  5. Great points Brian. I appreciate that even though you support Obama you see his shortcomings.

    To a degree I tend to agree with you on Wright.. too bad it was not politically correct for Obama to echo similar words.. of course Wright seems to be a loose cannon and forced Obma to break his ties with him.. I thought that was a sad day for both men.

    And sure, list away on McCain.. it is what this post is about :)

  6. I can't stand that I have to vote in the Democrat Primary come November.
    I can't wait to find out who you vote for. I hope you share. It could be a good topic in colloquy

  7. Wright was poison. Obama could not defend him, in any way shape or form. But, I can tell you the man is highly, highly respected in the UCC (a predominantly white organization).

    Thanks for the offer. But, I will not soil your blog with my opinions of McCain. I just wanted to let you and your readers know I am not completely blinded by the glare coming off of Obama (as a friend accused me of).

    BTW, one more thing I don't like about Obama's campaign. But, it's a necessary evil in today's politics. He's definitely playing fast and loose with the truth about McCain. A couple of examples, the $5M comment and the staying in Iraq 100 years. I wish he could win by truly taking the high road he promised he was going to take. But, we can see where that gets you in American politics. I predict more mud from the Obama campaign in the next couple of months. I'm not looking forward to that.

  8. I don't like that McCain has stabbed his party in the back so many times in the past. To this day it still puzzles me how he secured the nomination despite that fact. I also don't like that he supports amnesty for illegal aliens. Let them ALL in or make them ALL follow the rules. (This issue hits close to home for me, since my wife is not an American.)

    I don't like that Obama finds nothing wrong with infanticide. I also don't like that he lacks the executive and decision-making experience that is required of a President. It seems to me that if he were not black he never could have gotten nominated with such a pathetic resume.

  9. Bob,
    I agree with you in a lot of the things that you don't like about these candidates.
    I don't see how you can relegate abortion to just another issue, though, as you inidcated on my blog. What else matters if you can't live? If you take away the right to life, what provisions can any leader offer? Obama talks about health care like he is selling a product. He cares little for BASIC health protection - that of the most helpless of our race and our families. This is what government is supposed to be for - protecting those who can't protect themselves, not selling voters a bunch of entitlements like they are products that you give away to the masses.

  10. Bob,
    How do you get your comment page to be like this - with the typing window way at the bottom?

  11. Let's think about the abortion issue a bit Rose.. lets say that McCain gets elected and one of the left-leaning jurists dies and he appoints a right-leaning jurist (but hopefully not his good friend Lieberman).. I think that these questions then come into play:

    1) Will the court take on a case that would result in overturning Roe?

    2) What does overturning Roe look like?

    3) If the high court sends the abortion issue back to the states then still babies will die.. "maybe" not as many.. depends on what the states do with it.

    4) If the high court upholds Roe then the battle for babies is worse.

    ..but maybe you have thought through another scenario?

    The real question is why isn't McCain and all of the other pro-life congressional leaders not introdcuing an amendment to the constitution that supports the rights of babies.

    Right to life talk is cheap and manipulative when you do not have the courage to present legislation that would overturn Roe and permanently protect the rights of babies.

    I submit that most pro-life politicians are ones in name only. They do not have your heart and zeal for the unborn Rose.. if they did then they would be crusaders for the unborn.

    For me I will simply not be manipulated and deceived by these folks. If I vote McCain it will be because I think that he will make a better president than Obama.

  12. How do you get your comment page to be like this - with the typing window way at the bottom?

    I think that I use one of the comment settings on the Blogger dashboard Rose.

  13. You might be interested in this website:


    Instead of being manipulated by politicians who say they are Pro-Life and then do little to nothing to actually reduce the number of abortions, people might want to consider a different approach.

  14. Thanks Brian. Here is a quote from that website:

    "I have repeatedly said that I think it's entirely appropriate for states to restrict or even prohibit late-term abortions as long as there is a strict, well-defined exception for the health of the mother. Now, I don't think that 'mental distress' qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term."
    - Senator Obama in an interview with Relevant magazine, July 1, 2008

  15. And, yet another thing I agree with Senator Obama on, Bob.

  16. "Barack Obama does not support the Pregnant Women Support Act, a project of Democrats for Life, meant to reduce abortions by strengthening the social safety net. This is important because it exposes as a lie a major talking point employed by those who argue that pro-lifers can support Obama. It shows much of the left’s patronizing rhetoric to be nothing but rank deceit. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — a Catholic who developed her own theology to justify her abortion support — and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have not allowed this important act to even come to a vote.

    I don't think I'm unreasonable in thinking that sweeping away all abortion limits and funding abortion with federal tax dollars (while defunding centers that provide alternatives to abortion) will increase rather than decrease abortions in the United States."

  17. Good point Casey. No one that is pro-life is really going to vote for Obama based on his abortion position.

    I have heard people say that they will hold their nose and vote for McCain.. some will do the same when they vote for Obama.. guess this is just going to be a smelly election all around.

    Of course I am yet undecided.. not that I don't have an opinion :)


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