Patrick Finnerty: A Democrat for McCain

Published: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 8:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 8:41 p.m.

As a lifelong Democrat, I've been conditioned to always support the Democratic Party. I've been told to simply accept the falsehood that somehow all Democratic candidates were good and all Republican candidates were bad. I was taught to vote for political party first, not for the person. Well, I was wrong.

Obviously, there are good and bad politicians in both parties. And this year, for the first time in my life, I am voting for my country first.That means I’ll be voting for a Republican, for John McCain.

Like Hillary and Bill Clinton, Sen. McCain is a great American. He has served and sacrificed more for this country than anyone I know. He is an experienced leader and courageous ex-POW. He is a man who has time and again stood up against his party for what he believed was best for all Americans. He is a man who has put his country first throughout his life. He has earned my vote.

I'm sure that many will continue to support the Democratic Party this year despite the way Barack Obama treated Hillary Clinton. And they will overlook the many thoughtful, common-sense points that she made during the primary. Sen. Clinton – and other Democratic candidates - wisely pointed out that Obama has a very, very thin resume and isn’t anywhere near ready to be president. And even that meager record is suspect.

Obama won his first election to the Illinois State Senate by using technicalities to force other loyal Democrats off of the ballot. That’s not democracy. That’s the kind of thing they’d do in Russia. His associations in Chicago also reveal what I consider to be some serious flaws in Obama’s integrity. One of the most glaring examples comes from the purchase of his home with the assistance of long-time Obama fund-raiser Tony Rezko, who paid for the part of the property that Obama couldn’t afford. Later, Rezko received political favors from Obama that were paid for with taxpayers’ money. Now, Rezko has been convicted of several felonies and faces some serious prison time.

Just read practically any newspaper and learn about the real Obama.I still can’t believe that he had the chance to form a dream ticket, Obama-Clinton. That was practically a sure bet to make history AND win him the White House. Instead, he let his ego get in the way of what was best for the country. Now, what kind of ‘leader’ is that?

The bottom line is that Obama is the least qualified and least experienced presidential candidate in the history of America. Even so, I know many Democrats will still blindly go to the polls and vote for a slogan and an empty politician. But for the first time in my life, I will not follow the Democrats’ lead. I will not blindly vote for the Democratic candidate simply because he is a Democrat. For the first time in my life, I will put my country first and vote for a Republican...a courageous experienced leader...and a great American...John McCain!

Patrick Finnerty,


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