This is a modified version of a comment I left in my last post. There are some significant additions, but please forgive me for some redundance.
Everyone, A few things, please.
1. No personal attacks. If you're not mature enough to debate in a clearheaded manner, please do not debate here. If you have gone overboard and you need to apologize to someone, you will gain both my respect and theirs.
This means: Do not questions someone's intellect, do not cast aspersions on their character, do not make slurs against any race, religion or color. You know the difference between debate and derisiveness, as we all do.
2. As I stated up-front, I do not know if these facts are true. I do know that they're news, and I believe it's time to discuss it. Any views, both pro and con, are welcome.
3. I do not particularly like either candidate. In many ways, Obama may be the better candidate for me personally, as health care is eating me alive and I may need major surgery soon. My health care coverage is the best I can afford or get as a single business owner, but it's not that great.
However, I also must vote for the good of my country and not myself, and I feel that Obama could do a great deal more damage than McCain could.
I base this decision not on the information in the former post (or the rumors of Obama's affair) but on that fact that Obama is the most liberal Senator we have, and we have Supreme Court Justices coming up for grabs shortly. Additionally, if certain programs and/or policies are put in place, even if they're wrong, it's almost impossible to dismantle them later.
I believe that if we give Obama 4 years, there could be tremendous damage done to our country and our country's foundation (The Constitution). Because, make no mistake about it, there will be both a President and a Congress with the majority consisting of the Democratic Party. There will be no checks and balances. For the Democrats, that's a field day. For the country, it will eventually create buyers' remorse of unprecedented proportions.
Most of us are moderates. This will result in a great skew to the left, which the majority of the populace doesn't want. And, McCain is a Democrat in Republican clothing anyway*. The difference is minimal but significant, as Obama is far to the left of even the Democratic Party average.
4. I believe that a vote for any other candidate besides Obama or McCain is a throwaway vote.
I'm truly sorry to say so (because I'd love a viable alternative) and I have friends that are doing protest votes (as Ed is doing) but as there is absolutely no chance of any other candidate winning, we really need to seriously focus on (and vet) the two primary candidates.
Update on Obama Birth Certificate
From Daily Nation:
"A US federal judge on Friday rejected a lawsuit claiming Senator Barack Obama is ineligible to seek the presidency because he was either born in Kenya or is a citizen of Indonesia.
It is not clear whether the Supreme Court will review Mr Berg's plea for a hearing prior to the November 4 election."
This is not due to any facts presented, but because the judge says that individual citizens do not have the right to bring such a suit.
*Yes, President Bush is also almost as liberal as McCain. At one time he tried to appeal to the extreme right wing of the Republican party by claiming he was a born-again Christian but Bush is not a born-again Christian, and he is not conservative. Bush is a new breed called a neo-con and Bush is appallingly pro Big Business. Hopefully McCain will be a step up from Bush, and McCain can at least walk and chew gum at the same time.