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McCain is not our man

Posted: October 6, 2008 8:38 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2008 5:00 a.m.

I've followed the presidential campaign from the beginning, riding its roller coaster of events. I've had a hard time putting my finger on exactly what it was that bothered me about John McCain and the prospect of facing four or eight more years with Republicans in the White House.

I'm generally a flexible, tolerant person and McCain's policies didn't frighten me too much. It dawned on me the past few weeks, however - after witnessing his hair-trigger reactions to the Russians invading Georgia, Ike invading Texas and bankruptcy invading Wall Street - that what really concerns me about McCain in the White House is ironically the same thing I most admire and respect about him.

McCain is a war hero. The horrors he endured for our country are not to be underestimated, and they have absolutely made him a stronger man than most. It is politically incorrect to say, but I fear it is true that his experiences have most likely created a distorted lens through which he is forever to view this country and its threats. The last thing I intend to do is offend our veterans who have served us so selflessly and bravely, but certainly McCain's experience is horrific and extreme.

As an educator responsible for the next generation of war heroes, I'm asking that, when you make your decision Nov. 4, you consider not only who has the most experience to lead this country, but who has the kinds of experiences that will allow him the calm and reasonable judgment to lead our country on the right path.


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