Thursday, January 03, 2008

I am not American, but I am backing John McCain for president

John McCain for President

I am not American so I have no say in this, but somehow it does not seem right to have no opinion on who should be president of the world's only superpower. So I am backing John McCain.

This is just for fun; please don't hate me if he's not your candidate. I don't have any say in the outcome.

Maybe if I take an interest in American politics, I can set an example for American readers to take more of an interest in British politics.

27 comments:

Jon Lee said...

OK - I'll vote for Tony Blair!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Surely you are aware that Tony Blair is no longer involved in British politics?

Palm boy said...

Lol.

Dave Cameron, if you please.

I can agree with McCain sometimes. I really can. Glad your interested. :D

Jonathan Hunt said...

I'd rather Huckabee but I'll take McCain.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yay!

PB, Cameron has a good chance to win the next election with things being so disastrous for the Brown government. But it is all rather uncertain with it being far off.

I dont know what Brown will have to do to recover, but he is going to have to do something.

God Bless

Matt

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jonathan, Huckabee does not seem to have so much to say about foreign policy.

Rose~ said...

Any Republican would be better than Hillary or Obama.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I dare say you are right.

Jim said...

Matthew, I like John McCain but he really has no moral imperative regarding abortion. Furthermore he is too much the status quo regarding the Iraq conflict and will probably sink the country into greater fiscal trouble.

Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul are my picks.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Huckabee or Ron Paul?

A choice between sombody with not much to say about foreign policy and somebody who thinks America should have no foreign policy at all.

God Bless

Matthew

KS said...

I would have more interest in your politics if I could understand what your politicians were saying... :). Everytime I saw Tony Blair speaking, the rest of the parliament would just shout over the top of him....no one seems to be listening.....and Cricket...I can't seem to pick up an understanding of how that is played.... :).

Now American politics...hmmmm...no one listens here either....but the shouting at each other is done behind everyones back.....OK, it is not much better here either.

We don't have Cricket though.... :)

KS

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I have absolutely no interest in cricket.

Believe it or not, the Speaker (the chairman of the House of Commons) will call order if the members of parliament get too rowdy when the prime minister is speaking (or any other member of parliament).

God Bless

Matthew

KS said...

Hi Matthew,

So you can't figure out the rules to Cricket either???? :)

Based on the level of rowdiness, your Speaker must be very longsuffering.

Have a great day.

KS

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

The Speaker usually has to repeat himself three times when calling for order.

Jon Lee said...

"Surely you are aware that Tony Blair is no longer involved in British politics?"

Haven't you heard - he's jumped the pond and is masquerading as Mike Huckabee......at least that's who I'm voting for!

Isn't foreign policy something for foreigners to be concerned about? (tic)

Jim said...

Matthew, you seem fairly pragmatic when it comes to politics? I thought you had said morality was more important that fisal or economic policy?

The foreign experience issue is just a smokescreen. Besides he is running for president of America, not the world.

Bill Clinton was probably the most charismatic leader during last the quarter century; yet America is still reeling from the disastrous laws enacted under his reign. Besides look where foreign policy got us in the last few terms. :)

Palm boy said...

Jim, I think our foriegn policy of the past 2 terms has been highly successful.

Earl said...

Hi Matthew,

You have a great grasp of US politics, more so than most of us! I wish took the effort to understand your great nation and others as you do ours.

God bless,
Earl

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jon

"Haven't you heard - he's jumped the pond and is masquerading as Mike Huckabee......at least that's who I'm voting for!"

They both play guitar (as a young man Tony Blair played in a rock band and seemed to aspire to be being Mick Jagger), but otherwise I had not noticed any resemblance.

I think Tony Blair would back Hillary Clinton.

God Bless

Matthew

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Earl, I think my knowledge is pretty limited. But thanks.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jim

"You seem fairly pragmatic when it comes to politics?"

I try to be. Politics is about getting things done, or at least stopping things getting worse.

"I thought you had said morality was more important that fisal or economic policy?"

Not sure about that. Fiscal policy is very important.

I would want to support a pro-life candidate and John McCain is more pro-life than the average British politician.

"Besides look where foreign policy got us in the last few terms."

Maybe or maybe not. Mistakes were made in Iraq, but John McCain has consistently advocated the strategy that currently is bringing stability to the place.

We can discuss the merits of a hawk or dove foreign policy, but I think Ron Paul's isolationalism is not suited to the world of today.

I dont think isolationism would have been a sensible strategy a century ago.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Jim said...

Is it really America's job to bring stability to Iraq? And at what cost?

If you think fiscal policy is important then the current administration has surely blown it there.

In fact there have been only two years since the 60's where the US govt. has not spend into a deficit position, under either Democrat or Republican leadership. Reagan, for all his accolades was one of the worst when it came to deficit spending.

Pragmatism is simply not trusting God and believing "progress" is more important than principle; but "progress at what cost?

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jim, I am sure the present American administration has made some mistakes. But I am sure the Democrats would have done far worse.

The alternative to pragmatism is to either search the Scriptures for a clear set of guidelines as to how to do politics or else to slavishly follow an human ideology.

I dont believe you will find any such thing in the Bible; I rather think the Bible has little to say about politics.

And following an human ideology can lead people down a blind alley.

I think democracy is generally good, but I might support a dictatorship in some circumstances.

I believe in free market economics, but I would not want to rule out some state interference in the economy if circumstances justified it (though I doubt that would apply to many circumstances. Governments are apt to make mistakes when they do that).

In seeking to establish a pro-family and moral values government, I would not rule out an alliance with an Islamic party if there was one strong enough (but not so strong as too gain too much influence). Politics is about acheiving things. That requires compromise.

If you have not got the stomach for compromise, why bother getting involved in politics? Why not just wait for Armageddon to sort things out?

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Jim said...

Matthew, I think as christians our first priority is to pray for our leaders that we may lead a peacable and quiet life.

Secondly, democracy is man's solutions not God's.

That being said, I believe compromise is what has gotten us into many messes already. Instead of standing for truth regardless of the cost we have settled for second best. Our job in affecting change is a spiritual one. I don't expect for a moment that we can make the world a politically fair place, but we must examine our motives as to why we are willing to compromise.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jim, I would not disagree that prayer is our first priority.

"I don't expect for a moment that we can make the world a politically fair place, but we must examine our motives as to why we are willing to compromise."

I am willing to compromise because I dont want the Labour party to govern my country any longer.

God Bless

Matthew

Antonio said...

There is no conservative running. The best running is the mormon, unfortunately.

McCain and his blasted campaign finance reform is an affront to the freedom of speech.

Huckabee raised taxes, is soft on crime, and will not be tough on illegal immigration.

Antonio

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Antonio, maybe you don't think I am a conservative.