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Buck McKeon shows poor judgment in his choice for president

Posted: August 19, 2008 8:34 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 2008 5:02 a.m.
I recently participated in a conference call/town hall forum with our local congressional representative “Buck” McKeon. I was one of many callers who got to listen in and vote on the issue of what to do about our oil crisis.

Sadly, during the call one lady proudly proclaimed Sen. Obama was the anti-Christ. Like most of you, I expected a quick condemnation of her insanely radical view from our congressional representative. The statement was instead allowed to stand with unspoken acceptance, not being challenged by our local Washington, D.C., voice.

I have met “Buck” McKeon in person. We were introduced, and I briefly chatted with him and even asked to take a picture with him, and he agreed, even after I told him I was both a Democrat and a union activist.
McKeon cordially joked if I sure I wanted the picture with him because some of my union and Democratic friends might not like it. I laughed and told him that would be their problem because I believe partisanship is for primaries and pundits.

He was my congressman, and as a union activist, I was obligated to represent all my members regardless of their political affiliation.

So to me Buck is a real human being, not just a name in the paper or on the ballot. I have never been as disappointed by a local politician as far back as I can remember. I am so saddened by these neocon zealots who will say anything to win an election.

If McKeon agrees that Sen. Obama is the anti-Christ, I challenge him to publicly bring forth the data and provable facts that support his position. If he cannot do that, then he should be man enough to stand up to a constituent and publicly say such slanderous comments have no place in American politics.

I believe absent these outrageous slanderous attacks, Buck realizes the closer people look at the real record of John McCain’s flip flops on major issues to court the favor of the far right of the Republican Party for financial support, they will recognize all his legendary experience of being a maverick who votes upon principles is a myth.

Case in point: Who do you think said before the first Gulf War, “We cannot even contemplate, in my view, trading American blood for Iraqi blood”? If you guessed John “The Surge is Working” McCain, you are right!

He has one of the worst records in the U.S. Senate for voting on veterans bills and then publicly states he has received all the top awards from leading veterans groups. A bald-faced lie!
McCain did not support the recent Veterans Bill that passed with sweeping bipartisan support. He offered his own version that did little for our veterans and thankfully got little support in the U.S. Senate. In fact, on the day of the vote he was at a fundraiser in Arizona for his campaign! Now that is really supporting our troops.

He will vote to send our troops to combat, but votes against improving the benefits for our warriors and their families. Unacceptable!

This election we need to look beyond the D and the R on the ballot. We all need to closely examine the records of the two major party candidates who have a reasonable chance of winning the election.
I am sure when we look beyond the specious slander and the fear-mongering, we will see that John McCain’s actual record does not hold up when compared to Barack Obama’s.

McCain’s judgment does not hold up when compared to Obama’s. Case in point: If McCain had his way, we would be in a shooting war with Russia right now over its invasion of Georgia! How do you think we would do with a third war right now?

McCain’s top foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, a lobbyist who has been paid to represent the foreign nation of Georgia, is perhaps driving this over-the-top position staked out by the McCain campaign.
That a lobbyist who has lobbied McCain on behalf of this foreign nation is still advising him despite the financial benefits to his firm and himself during this crisis is really intolerable. How much more American blood must be shed to earn the fees paid to lobbyists before we pass ethics reform that bars registered foreign agents from contributing to or working for any elected official or his/her campaign!

We need a solid, bold line that separates American interest from paid foreign influence. Today McCain is on the wrong side of that line. Obama won’t even accept money from lobbyists and is on the right side of that line.

On ethics, on supporting our veterans, and on tax cuts for the middle class, the indisputable facts are Obama’s judgment is superior to McCain’s.


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