I am going to vote for John McCain. I don't really want to, but I am going to.
I am a small government, low taxes conservative in the Goldwater-Buckley-Reagan tradition. I'm not confident that John McCain has the same conservative sensibilities of these greats, but I am certain that he will be much closer to the kind of president I would hope for than Senator Obama.
I like Senator Obama. I like him a lot. I wish him well and will not be personally critical of him or his supporters. There is much in him to respect in him. He is optimistic for America. He is a family man. Yet, he seems oriented toward always providing government solutions to problems. And while I am tired of the "socialist" label game, his economic policies are far more left than I will ever be comfortable with. I understand that he wants to help the most people possible. I just think there is a more effective way to do it.
It seems to me that John McCain, more than Barack Obama, will be govern with a basic philosophy and the political instincts that entrust the average American with the opportunity to succeed. In recent weeks, Senator McCain has been saying that he will try to create wealth by creating opportunity for each and every American. That resonates with me. That reminds me of something President Reagan would say.
So, on Tuesday, I'm doing something I honestly wasn't sure I would do several months ago. I am going to touch the screen for Senator John McCain. And then I'll be watching to see what the future holds.