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Joe Porter, of Illinois, urges to vote McCain.

Dear Friends:
My name is Joe Porter. I live in Champaign, Illinois . I'm 46 years old, a born-again Christian, a husband,
a father, a small business owner, a veteran, and a homeowner. I don't consider myself to be either
conservative or liberal, and I vote for the person, not Republican or Democrat. I don't believe there are
'two Americas ' but that every person in this country can be whomever and whatever they want to be if
they'll just work to get there and nowhere else on earth can they find such opportunities. I believe our
government should help those who are legitimately downtrodden, and should always put the interests of
America first.The purpose of this message is that I'm concerned about the future of this great nation. I'm
worried that the silent majority of honest, hard-working, tax-paying people in this country have been
passive for too long. Most folks I know choose not to involve themselves in politics. They go about their
daily lives, paying their bills, raising their kids, and doing what they can to maintain the good life. They
vote and consider doing so to be a sacred trust. They shake their heads at the political pundits and
so-called 'news', thinking that what they hear is always spun by whoever is reporting it. They can't
understand how elected officials can regularly violate the public trust with pork barrel spending. They
don't want government handouts. They want the government to protect them, not raise their taxes for
more government programs.

We are in the unique position in = this country of electing our leaders. It's a privilege to do so. I've never
found a candidate in any election with whom I agreed on everything. I'll wager that most of us don't even
agree with our families or spouses 100% of the time. So when I step into that voting booth, I always try
to look at the big picture and cast my vote for the man or woman who is best qualified for the job. I've
hired a lot of people in my lifetime, and essentially that's what an election is - a hiring process. Who has
the credentials? Whom do I want working for me? Whom can I trust to do the job right?

I'm concerned that a growing number of voters in this country simply don't get it. They are caught up in a
fervor they can't explain, and calling it 'change'.

Change what?', I ask.

'Well, we're going to change America ', they say.

'In what way?', I query.

'We want someone new and fresh in the White House', they exclaim.

'So, someone who's not a politician?', I say.

'Uh, well, no, we just want a lot of stuff changed, so we're voting for Obama', they state.
"So the current system, the system of freedom and democracy that has enabled a man to grow up in
this great country, get a fine education, raise incredible amounts of money and dominate the news, and
win his party's nomination for the White House that system's all wrong?'

'No, no, that part of the system's okay we just need a lot of change.'

And so it goes. 'Change we can believe in.'

Quite frankly, I don't believe that vague proclamations of change hold any promise for me. In recent
months, I've been asking virtually everyone I encounter how they're voting. I live in Illinois, so most folks
tell me they're voting for Barack Obama. But no one can really tell me why only that he's going to
change a lot of stuff 'Change, change, change.' I have yet to find one single person who can tell me
distinctly and convincingly why this man is qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief of the
most powerful nation on earth other than the fact that he claims he's going to implement a lot of

We've all seen the emails about Obama's genealogy, his upbringing, his Muslim background, and his
church affiliations. Let's ignore this for a moment. Put it all aside. Then ask yourself, 'What qualifies this
man to be my president? That he's a brilliant orator and talks about change?'


Friends, I'll be forthright with you I believe the American voters who are supporting Barack Obama don't
have a clue what they're doing, as evidenced by the fact that not one of them - NOT ONE of them I've
spoken to can spell out his qualifications. Not even the most liberal media can explain why he should be
elected. Political experience? Negligible. Foreign relations? Non-existent. Achievements? Name one.
Someone who wants to unite the country? If you haven't read his wife's thesis from Princeton, look it up
on the web. This is who's lining up to be our next First Lady? The only thing I can glean from Obama's
constant harping about change is that we're in for a lot of new taxes.

For me, the choice is clear. I've looked carefully at the two leading applicants for the job, and I've made
my choice.

Here's a question - 'Where were you five and a half years ago? Around Christmas, 2002. You've had
five or six birthdays in that time. My son has grown from a sixth grade child to a high school graduate.
Five and a half years is a good chunk of time. About 2,000 days. 2,000 nights of sleep. 6,000 meals
give or take.'

John McCain spent that amount of time, from 1967 to 1973, in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war
camp. When offered early release, he refused it. He considered this offer to be a public relations stunt
by his captors, and insisted that those held longer than he should be released first. Did you get that
part? He was offered his freedom, and he turned it down. A regimen of beatings and torture began.

Do you possess such strength of character? Locked in a filthy cell in a foreign country, would you turn
down your own freedom in favor of your fellow man? I submit that's a quality of character that is rarely
found, and for me, this singular act defines John McCain.

Unlike several presidential candidates in recent years whose military service is questionable or
non-existent, you will not find anyone to denigrate the integrity and moral courage of this man. A
graduate of Annapolis, during his Naval service he received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart
and Distinguished Flying Cross. His own son is now serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq . Barack
Obama is fond of saying 'We honor John McCain's service...BUT...', which to me is condescending and
offensive - because what I hear is, 'Let's forget this man's sacrifice for his country, and his proven
leadership abilities, and talk some more about change.'

I don't agree with John McCain on everything - but I am utterly convinced that he is qualified to be our
next President, and I trust him to do what's right. I know in my heart that he has the best interests of our
country in mind. He doesn't simply want to be President - he wants to lead America, and there's a huge
difference. Factually, there is simply no comparison between the two candidates. A man of
questionable background and motives, who prattles on about change, can't hold a candle to a man who
has devoted his life in public service to this nation, retiring from the Navy in1981 and elected to the
Senate in1982.

Perhaps Obama's supporters are taking a stance between old and new. Maybe they don't care about
McCain's service or his strength of character, or his unblemished qualifications to be President. Maybe
'likeability' is a higher priority for them than 'trust'. Being a prisoner of war is not what qualifies John
McCain to be President of the United States of America - but his demonstrated leadership certainly

Dear friends, it is time for us to stand. It is time for thinking Americans to say, 'Enough.' It is time for
people of all parties to stop following the party line. It is time for anyone who wants to keep America first,
who wants the right man leading their nation, to start a dialogue with all their friends and neighbors and
ask who they're voting for, and why.

There's a lot of evil in this world. That should be readily apparent to all of us by now. And when faced
with that evil as we are now, I want a man who knows the cost of war on his troops and on his citizens.
I want a man who puts my family's interests before any foreign country.

I want a President who's qualified to lead. I want my country back, and I'm voting for John McCain.

Joe Porter
912 W Columbia Ave
Champaign, IL 61821-2742
Company: Joe Porters Cosmic

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I want my country back,

Back from what?

President Bush, the Republicans, the Brink?

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Not your country, is it...

So what do you care?

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(NT) Nicely argued, Ed. Really moves the discussion along.
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I think that could be

said of JPBill also, like he didn't know his post would get this reaction?

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It was a legitimate question.

If you know that some will spit at you when you speak is that a good reason to keep valid questions to yourself?

You should fault those who attack the question instead of the questioner.


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I don't think so, It is after all not his country

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It is after all not his country

Is Iraq YOUR country?

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since Canadians

are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan I guess that makes it their countries too? Are you fighting for something in the USA? No? I thought not.

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