Here are a few reasons why you should not vote for John McCain:
John McCain is an adulterer.
John McCain married (the second time) under dubious circumstances and conducted his relationship in such a way that his wife was able to become a drug addict and thief without his knowledge.
John McCain supports a position on abortion rights that would deny women options that the Church believes that they should be permitted to exercise.
John McCain has conducted a dirty, negative campaign with willful, deliberate lies about his opponent.
John McCain believes that Sarah Palin is, with the single exception of himself, the most qualified person to be the leader of the United States. This is particularly troubling given his advanced age, questionable health, and refusal to fully release his medical records. If you are not concerned about this, I would encourage you to (re)watch the Couric or Gibson interview and ask yourself if this is the person you want to see interrupted while reading a picture book to first graders to respond when a foreign entity has attacked the United States . . . or you want to have sitting across a conference table from a hostile foreign power . . . or leading a conference of world leaders on economic policy.
John McCain has made statements about the economy, the structure of the SEC, the leader of Spain, the situations in Sudan and Somalia, and our relationship to Iran that raise questions about his competence, judgment, discretion, and leadership.
Why am I making the case against McCain when it seems unlikely that he will win? Because this is a prime opportunity for our Mormon/Utahn/people-with-two-or-more-children/people-who-attend-church-once-per-week/conservative/red state/Republican readers to really consider what they are doing with their votes. Your vote is not likely to change the outcome of this election, but a vote against McCain will make clear that the Republicans can’t do any fool thing and still automatically count on your demographic unthinkingly.
Four years from now, let’s be in a position where the pundits feel obligated to point out that the Republicans have to earn your vote. Care about pro-life causes? Then make clear to the GOP that they have to actually do something when in office and not just trot the rhetoric out every election cycle to demand the votes of pro-life voters. Care about fiscal conservatism? If a GOP candidate who isn’t one goes down in flames, maybe next time the GOP will run one that is. Care about family values? Then don’t vote for a candidate whose personal life is out of harmony with your convictions. Care about the future of our country? Then don’t vote for a ticket with a completely incompetent VP.
If they can’t count on you no matter what, then they might make an effort next time to be worthy of your vote.