Thursday, February 7, 2008


This is my first post on my new blog "Save the U.S.A--Vote John McCain." I am originally from Oklahoma and have been voting Republican in American Presidential elections since I cast my first absentee ballot for Ronald Reagan in November of 1980. I was a freshman at Baker University in tiny Baldwin City, Kansas and had just entered my first semester in college two months earlier. I graduated High School the previous May amidst a series of international crises that faced America including:

Iran Hostage Crisis.
Soviet Union Invasion of Afghanistan.
Runaway Inflation.
Sagging Economy.
Loss of American Prestige Overseas.

At the time, Americans had a sense of paralysis. We had citizens being held hostage in a Middle Eastern country called Iran that little of us knew anything about. The terrorists who called themselves "students of the revolution" were mocking us daily by parading our citizens blindfolded and handtied infront of throngs of raving protesters. We had attempted to negotiate our way through the crises to no avail. Then, a failed rescue attempt ended in the Arabian desert with American casualties.

At approximately the same time, the Soviet Union decided to exercise its' military hedgemony in the world and invaded Afghanistan. The nightly news lead was Soviet tanks barrelling through the cavernous mountain roads routing grossly mismatched rebel tribesmen. U.S. foreign policy was to protest through the United Nations. Publicly we voiced our displeasure while doing absolutely nothing to help defend the Afghan rebels. However, privately true Patriots like U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson were organizing relief efforts and providing military support to the undermanned Afghan tribesmen. Officially, the toughest stance the U.S. government took was boycotting the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. It appeared the amateur Olympians would pay the price for political malfeasance.

At home the economy had run aground. Rising inflation created new terms like "stagflation" and Americans were standing in hour long waits to buy gasoline. Unemployment skyrocketed and the loss of jobs created a sense of hopelessness. Combined with the untenable situation in Iran with the hostages, America itself seemed under siege. The citizens of the United States were looking for leadership. Someone to take charge and create a vision to rescue us from these seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Just when our darkest period seemed to peak a new beacon of hope rose from familiar circumstances. The former Governor of California, leader of the Conservative Movement since 1964, and former Hollywood actor, Ronald Reagan took charge by an overwhelming 44-state landside victory.

Reagan rose from the middle of the pack of Republican Presidential candidates to win the Republican nomination for President. His vision of hope, peace and prosperity for a new America won the hearts and minds of a disolate populace and won the race for President. Within hours of Reagan's win, the terrorists in Iran released our hostages. Scenes of smiling U.S. citizens deplaning at the U.S. airbase in Germany still resonate in millions of Americans' minds. Soon, the tide was turning.

The new President enacted sweeping tax cuts and immediately began repairing our national pride and image by promising an old Democratic battle cry of "putting America back to work." The military was reinfused with much needed equipment and a morale boost. Instead of the U.N.-based, hand-wringing foreign policy of the past administration, Ronald Reagan immediately challenged the Soviet Union to withdrawal from Afghanistan to the Berlin Wall. A new space-age "Star Wars" defensive ballistic missile system was being promoted. Instead of helplessly looking for leadership from the U.N., American covert operations began seizing control of Communist Rebel regimes in our Central American Hemisphere. Old Republican warhorse Teddy Roosevelt would have been proud as the Reagan juggernaut swept across the jungles of Nicaragua in search of the bad guys.

This was just the beginning. Reagan's aggressive pro-military and consumer-friendly tax policies would have dramatic reverberations. His foreign policy stances would ultimately force the Soviet empire to crumble and dissolve along with the Berlin Wall. At home his tax cuts and sweeping reforms would revitalize the American economy for the next 20 years.

A staunch conservative, so staunch that former President Ford was quoted as saying "a very conservative Republican cannot be elected.", Reagan never wavered from his basic principles or essential message abroad:

A) The source of most trouble overseas is the Communist drive for global domination.
B) At home, the cause of most American woes is the overblown, endlessly intrusive Federal Government.
C) In foreign affairs, the U.S must build up its military power and face down the Soviets.
D) At home, Reagan's watchword was less: less federal spending, less taxation, less regulation, less federal activism in directing the economy and curing social ills, in fact, less Government period.

Fast-forward 28 years, substitute the phrase "Radical Islamic Extremists" for "Communist" and "Soviets", and you have John McCain.

Today, the extreme right is saying McCain is too moderate and cannot be elected. Some national talking heads are saying they would rather vote for Hillary Clinton than support John McCain. These hard-right neocons need to take pause and a deep breath. As the great American Patriot G. Gordon Liddy said today of these folks, "they are the suicide bombers of the Republican Party" because the alternative is Hillary Clinton and her husband "Wandering Willy" and their actions will be very predictable:

Higher Taxes.
A Socialist Health Care System we cannot afford.
Passive indifference to the Radical Islamic Extremists.
More Government.

Today we have a serious decision to make that will impact our country for decades and the clearest choice in the last 28 years of Presidential elections. You should compare and contrast the candidates and vote for John McCain because he will:

Lower your Taxes.
Defeat the Radical Islamic Extremists.
Secure our Border & Reform Immigration.
Nominate Conservative, Constructionist Federal Judges.
Enact Sensible, Affordable Health Care.
Protect the Sanctity of Life.
Protect Your Right to Bear Arms.
Ensure Less Government.

The choices are clear and the time is now to support a true American Patriot who will lead like his political mentor, Ronald Reagan, with bold, decisive, leadership.

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