Dear Senator McCain:
May I call you John? Thanks.
John, we're going to be close over these next nine months. The time it takes to have a baby is also the time it will take to birth your presidency. So let's get to know each other, shall we?
You don't know me, John. You have never known me--or any of the other voters you represent. You have only known yourself, and your selfish interests. Oh you have a servant's heart--I'll give you that. You served as a naval officer honorably and well. You want to serve as a Senator, but you can't get out of your own way. You fight passionately for things that you want, and only halfheartedly for things that we want.
McCain-Feingold is the worst oppression of our First Amendment rights ever to be put into legislation. You are limiting my ability to talk about politics, to talk about or against my government. You don't want me to debate in the marketplace of ideas the merits of decisions that you, and any other government official, make on my behalf. Indeed, if you had had your way, I couldn't even write my own blog, paid for with my own money, without it being under the scrutiny of the Federal Elections Commissions.
Really, John? Is that what you were after? To limit my ability to talk about politics? In my opinion--which I am still free to share, despite your best efforts--McCain-Feingold is akin to treason. That the most egregious measures of McCain-Feingold didn't make it out of committee is a testimony to the common sense of the Senate, but not to your common sense.
But I'm just warming up, John.
Immigration? You wanted to grant amnesty for all illegal aliens, or deport them. So someone who would purport to be a law-and-order guy wants to reward people for...breaking the law. But even with that, have you stopped to think about the effects of such a decision? Perhaps you could spend a little time on the Heritage Foundation web site; a little analysis might do you some good.
"Patriotism, not profit." 99% of us in our country work for a living. We do it for profit--and for patriotism. To somehow assume that we are not patriots because we are capitalists is beyond contempt for us and for our country. I love my country every bit as much as you do, John. When you belittled Mitt Romney for having been a successful businessman, and not a military man, you vicariously belittled every one of us who has to work for a living. You want my support? Don't treat me like that again.
I could go on, John, but you get the idea. I'm not crazy about you as President McCain, as you can see.
I honor your service and sacrifice for our country. That service gave you the proper perspective on the war against terrorism, and in that perspective I think you see clearly the threat to the USA. Your unfailing support for the War in Iraq is a powerful thing, John. I thank you for it.
But don't get used to praise from me. I will vote for you, because I prefer your brand of federal intervention to Hillary and Obama. And I will hope that you are elected. And I will pray that you are not the man I believe you to be--the Republican incarnation of Jimmy Carter.
But if you are elected President, I will be watching, John. If you do not change your ways I will tell people who will tell people and we will not support you in 2012. Waiting in the wings, rested and ready, are others who would be much better Presidents than you (Romney, Thompson, Alexander, Racicot, maybe even Jeb Bush--it's a long list).
So let's get to know each other, shall we? Let me help you be a better President, and you, in turn, can serve me as a citizen of the greatest country on earth. If you're willing to strike that bargain--to serve me and all of us citizens in exchange for our support--then maybe, just maybe, you might make it to the Presidency.
And we just might let you keep it, too. Deal?