Tuesday, October 21, 2008

At last!


"Subject: Rethinking

I have rethought, and have switched my allegiance to the McCain ticket as have many of my friends—mostly for the reasons stated in your message. I don’t know if McCain will make a good president (I have my doubts) but at least I’m not as afraid with him as I am with Obama. Too many things have come to light since the primaries. "


Anonymous said...

I must say that I was very disposed to like you and was impressed by the first writings that I saw. Imagine my surprise when I saw the respose to the Mushrooms? comment. So vulgar, so mean. I am so disappointed in you, I could read no farther.

Michelle said...

Dear Mr. Lear,

A friend sent me your e-mail and it is indeed making the rounds thank goodness. I first wanted to say WOW - after looking you up on the internet and reading about your life, your views pack a real punch. I have always prided myself on being an informed voter, both at the federal and state levels. As a doctor and small business owner, the mere thought of an Obama presidency terrifies me. The great thing about this country is that if you work hard you can succeed. No one put me through school, studued for me, paid back my student loans or bought my practice for me. The problem lies in people like Obama who reinforce the notion that one is "entitled" to something he doesn't deserve. It is human nature to not appreciate something you haven't had to work hard to achieve. The Obama supporters haven't worked to achieve anything and therefore do not appreciate this country. Furthermore, what motivation is there to be successful or to better yourself? More taxes? I am afraid this country will turn into a land of mediocrity and government handouts because the ethic of individual creativity and hard work will be stifled by the "spread the wealth" mentality of Obama.

Thank you for the opportunity to sound off!


W. Cheney said...

This blog is one of those secret holes of poison spin that aims to deceive as many as possible.
The muslim thing is all lies. The socialist thing is all lies. And just look at Bush's 700 billion of spread the wealth but not to average people, but to rich people, many who will take millions with them as golden parachutes. That is socialism. What little you get from social security and medicare and medicaid is restricted in amount and requires full documentation. I think blogs like this are the death of USA. When people hide on the interet and spread lies and deceive people, it is rot from the brain within all of us and we all are dying from this pandemic of lies, stealing, cheating, and do anything you can get by with.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Lear,

I'm a 50 year old white male, father of two, who is working on starting my second venture-capital funded company.

I'm curious.

What makes you think Obama is a muslim? I know that the Sun Myung Moon and the moonie media have been pushing that propaganda for a long time, but it's been thoroughly disproven.

What makes you think that Obama is a socialist? He wants to roll back the top end of the 2000 Bush Tax Cuts -- but McCain himself opposed those cuts (for all the right reasons -- EXACTLY the same reasons Obama cites now) and nobody called McCain a socialist.

I must say -- each time I hear the "Obama is a muslim" lie repeated, it only strengthens my resolve to see the "old guard" of sleazy personal attack politicians thrown out, starting with McCain.

I could consider a different position if I'd seen a single shred of evidence -- but after watching carefully for over a year now -- there is none. Unless you have some you're not sharing.

WALT (Dad) said...

Without plagarism in the least, let me pass along the words of Charles Krauthammer recently:

"WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama is an immensely talented man whose talents have been largely devoted to crafting, and chronicling, his own life. Not things. Not ideas. Not institutions. But himself.

Nothing wrong or even terribly odd about that, except that he is laying claim to the job of crafting the coming history of the United States . A leap
of such audacity is odd. The air of unease at the Democratic convention was not just a result of the Clinton psychodrama. The deeper anxiety was that the party was nominating a man of many gifts but precious few accomplishments -- bearing even fewer witnesses.

When John Kerry was introduced at his convention four years ago, an honor guard of a dozen mates from his Vietnam days surrounded him on the podium attesting to his character and readiness to lead. Such personal testimonials
are the norm. The roster of fellow soldiers or fellow senators who could from personal experience vouch for John McCain is rather long. At a less partisan date in the calendar, that roster might even include Democrats Russ
Feingold and Edward Kennedy, with whom John McCain has worked to fashion important legislation.

Eerily missing at the Democratic convention this year were people of stature who were seriously involved at some point in Obama's life standing up to say: 'I know Barack Obama. I've been with Barack Obama. We've toiled/endured together. You can trust him. I do.'

Hillary Clinton could have said something like that. She and Obama had, after all, engaged in a historic, utterly compelling contest for the nomination. During her convention speech, you kept waiting for her to offer just one line of testimony: I have come to know this man, to admire this
man, to see his character, his courage, his wisdom, his judgment. Whatever. Anything.

Instead, nothing. She of course endorsed him. But the endorsement was entirely programmatic: We're all Democrats. He's a Democrat. He believes what you believe. So we must elect him -- I am currently unavailable -- to get Democratic things done. God bless America
Clinton's withholding the 'I've come to know this man' was vindictive and supremely self-serving -- but jarring, too, because you realize that if she
didn't do it, no one else would. Not because of any inherent deficiency in Obama's character. But simply as a reflection of a young life with a biography remarkably thin by the standard of presidential candidates.

Who was there to speak about the real Barack Obama? His wife. She could tell you about Barack the father, the husband, the family man in a winning and perfectly sincere way. But that only takes you so far.
It doesn't take you to the public man, the national leader.

Who is to testify to that? Hillary's husband on night three did avert that Obama is 'ready to lead.' However, he offered not a shred of evidence, let alone personal experience with Obama. And although he pulled it off
charmingly, everyone knew that, having been suggesting precisely the opposite for months, he meant not a word of it.

Obama's vice presidential selection, Joe Biden, naturally advertised his patron's virtues, such as the fact that he had 'reached across party lines
to ... keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists.' But securing loose nukes is as bipartisan as motherhood and as uncontroversial as apple
pie. The measure was so minimal that it passed by voice vote and received near zero media coverage.

Thought experiment. Assume John McCain had retired from politics.
Would he have testified to Obama's political courage in reaching across the aisle to work with him on ethics reform, a collaboration Obama boasted about in the Saddleback debate? 'In fact,' reports the Annenberg Political Fact Check, 'the two worked together for barely a week, after which McCain accused Obama of 'partisan posturing'' -- and launched a volcanic missive
charging him with double cross.

So where are the colleagues? The buddies? The political or spiritual soul mates? His most important spiritual adviser and mentor was Jeremiah Wright.
But he's out. Then there's William Ayers, with whom he served on a board. He's out. Where are the others?

The oddity of this convention is that its central figure is the ultimate self-made man, a dazzling mysterious Gatsby. The palpable apprehension is that the anointed is a stranger -- a deeply engaging, elegant, brilliant
stranger with whom the Democrats had a torrid affair. Having slowly awakened, they see the ring and wonder who exactly they married last night.

Charles Krauthammer is a political writer and syndicated columnist for the Washington Post.

Because of a diving accident at the age of 22, he is paralyzed.

Government Service:
President's Council on Bioethics: Member
White House: Speechwriter to Vice President Walter Mondale (1980)
White House: Science Adviser to Carter Administration (1978-1980)

My best,

Walt Rice

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies: Member, Board of Advisers
Inside Washing ton: Panelist
New Republic: Contributing Editor
Weekly Standard: Contributing Editor
National Interest: Former Member, Editorial Board
Project for the New American Century: Letter Signatory

Private Sector:
Massachusetts General Hospital : Psychiatrist/Chief Resident (1975-1978)

Harvard University : M.D. (1975)
Oxford University : Commonwealth Scholar in Politics a t Balliol College
McGill University : B.A., Political Science and Economics (1970)

The Other Steve said...

Ok, you gotta give it to me straight. Is this blog a joke?

It's kind of funny, and you're doing a good job giving McCain a bad name and reputation. But I'm not seeing the inside joke. Usually a spoof blog like this has an inside joke, that only those paying attention will catch.

WALT in the Smokies said...


Although we've never met, I must write to express my gratitude for such a splendid piece written about the upcoming election.
I, too, do not understand the mentality of this present generation to bow to such lows in considering a man for the highest office
in the land. Only that we could get your memo read to the common man on the street that undestands nothing more than the
fact that he's going to get a "piece of the distribution of wealth".

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob deliver us from this kind of judgment. If He does, then we have obtained MERCY. If
He chooses otherwise, we shall have JUDGMENT. I'm not much younger than you, but I have to look at our present world, and
breathe a sigh that I am as old as I am; for now, we're both smelling the roses.

God Bless,

Walt Rice
Knoxville, TN