Dear Sen. Barrack Obama,
Sen. Obama you keep saying "we have a fundamental difference of opinion" when debating John McCain. You got that one thing right, Sir. I, too, have a fundamental difference of opinion with you.
I am just an average American who owns a small business and is trying to create wealth for my family. I am not there yet, but with hard work and determination I believe it is attainable because this is America, and a guy like me can still go out and start a business with the goal of succeeding, contributing to the economy, my community, and hopefully to the lives of my employees and clients. I believe this is a great country and I do not want for the approval of other nations to confirm that for me.
I believe in a Republic form of government. I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America. I believe in less taxes, smaller government, and the principles our nation was founded upon. I don't believe a college education is a right for everyone, paid for by those who worked to earn their money. I believe it is a goal to be aspired to and achieved. I believe that when things are given to you for free you take them for granted and squander them. I believe when you work for something you cherish it. I don't believe in "spreading the wealth". I believe the American people who labor and earn deserve to keep their money, and decide who and what causes they want to help. I do not, sir, believe in your economic policy of socialism. I don't think that you sir, should be able to determine who is "rich". I don't think the president or any man has that "right", nor did the writers of our Constitution. I find it offensive, sir, that you presume to be in a position to forceably take through the power of the government from those who have labored and earned.
I do not believe your healthcare plan is simply a plan to lower cost and provide only for those who currently don't have it. I don't believe that you can institute government healthcare and not mandate it across the board for all businesses with the penalties of fines, because without such mandates there would be no incentive to provide and pay for healthcare of employees and pay your higher tax rates to subsidize your government healthcare system. I hate to bring it up again, sir, but have you read the Constitution? Can you show me where this right to healthare, college education and welfare programs you are proposing are?
Most of all, Senator, I believe in honesty, integrity, and character. You, sir, have shown that you are lacking in each and every one of them. When you say there won't be a fine on small businesses that do not provide your government mandated form of healthcare, but fail to adequately define small business you are being dishonest. When you use "Joe the Plumber" as an example of someone in small business you will raise taxes on, because he is "rich" by your standard, but then say 5 minutes later his business will not be fined for not providing the healthcare you mandate you are being hypocritical at best and dishonest at worst. When you say William Ayers was just an aquaintance you are lying. When you say you will take public financing and then back out you lied. When you say that 95% of Americans are going to get a tax cut you are lying. You can't cut taxes for 95% of working Americans because not that many working Americans pay federal income tax. When you say you are going to cut capital gains tax on the investment people make into their own small business you are either severely misinformed on what capital gains tax is or you are lying.
I was taught from a very young age that my character as a man would define me. Your character is definining you and it leaves a lot to be desired. When you oppose legislation that would provide medical treatment for babies born alive after a botched abortion because, "it would further burden the original decision of the mother" it shows a lack of character. To later claim it was because of a roe v wade issue when your words sir, are on record as to why you opposed it, you are lying. When you associate with men like William Ayers, Tony Rezko, and Rev. Wright to further your political career it shows you lack integrity. When you give 832,000 dollars from your campaign to ACORN who is now being investigated by the FBI in 11 states for voter fraud, and when asked about it you still defend them and claim your campaign has nothing to do with them you lack integrity and honesty.
When you slide by the question of "when does life begin" with the answer of "that is above my paygrade", it shows a lack of character because you will not take a stand one way or the other for what you believe in.
Because of these issues and many more I will be voting for John McCain, not because I agree with everything he says, but because we fundamentally agree on the principles that make this country great, and more importantly because he is a man, that while he isn't always right, exhibits honesty, integrity, and character. Even when it isn't popular and won't further his political career he being a principled man of character stands on his convictions. On top of that, Sir, we are at war against a real enemy that would like to destroy our way of life. Our economy will bounce back. This isn't the greatest economic crisis since the great depression. It is the greatest economic crisis since your fellow Democrat Carter left office, leaving us with double digit unemployment, over 20% interest rates, and 12.5% inflation. You know how we bounced back then? A man named Reagan cut taxes, tried to cut spending, and inspired a nation with optimism not fear. If you have your way with our economy and your proposed 860 billion in new spending you may fulfill your own doom and gloom prognistications, but I digress.
We are at war with a real enemy that seeks to destroy our way of life. They seek to destroy us because of our ideals, but more importantly because we do not serve their god. I would like to share with you a little tidbit of the history of this thinking and this threat. Two American ambassadors met with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja also an ambassador to Britian to discuss attacks on Americans, they reported his response to Congress.
It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.
The two ambassadors I speak of were Thomas Jefferson, then ambassador to France, and John Adams, then ambassador to Great Britian. The year was 1786. American warships were being attacked off the Barbary coast not because they loathed Americans for actions abroad, but because we were a Christian nation and did not bow to their god.
Surely, sir, you agree that we can not mandate servitude and adherence to a particular religion in this country? If so, then this threat will not go away. Diplomacy is not the answer. You can not negotiate when the negotiation begins and ends with your death. No, it takes force. These men are evil, sir, and they will not stop because we ask nicely. We need a leader who is ready to face this threat head on and take the fight to the enemy, not raise the flag of surrender when the going gets tough or it is politically expediant to do so. We need a leader like John McCain who knows what it is to fight and spill blood in devotion for his fellow soldier and country.
This election is not about parties, or you, as you seem to believe. It is about the country and the principles we were founded upon, the threats we face abroad, and the ideals many of us still hold dear.
"N. Talbot the business owner and American voting for J. McCain"