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HISTORICAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK - "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

MCCAIN VRS OBAMA - THE BEN FRANKLIN TEST

The lines have been drawn, the nominees chosen and the battle for the White House has finally narrowed to two. Well actually four if you count Ralph Nader for the Green Party and Bob Barr for the Libertarians but the truth is only two, McCain and Obama have a legitimate chance of winning the Presidency.

Many have already chosen the candidate that they are voting for in November, some are choosing not to vote and still more are considering which candidate best matches their individual beliefs and political philosophy. Some have drawn a line in the sand and are refusing to back the candidate of the party they have been affiliated with because they dislike that candidate and what he stands for.

This applies to both Republicans and Democrats. McCain angers many Conservatives who refuse to look past their anger and look at the broader picture of what an Obama administration with a Democrat Congress would entail. The Dems have a similar situation with many of their supporters who are angry with the DNC over the Primary process and the way they feel Hillary was treated plus they just do not like Barack Obama.

This year probably more than any other Presidential election year Independents and Moderates from both parties will be the key in deciding which candidate will win the election. So to my Independent and Moderate friends and also Conservatives who consider a vote for McCain a betrayal to their beliefs I submit to you the Ben Franklin test on making a hard decision.

Franklin was considered by his peers and by historians to be one of the wisest and most intelligent men of his time. Even today we look back in awe on the tremendous accomplishments by Franklin and his efforts for this country that, had they not happened in the creation of this Nation could have ben the demise of a United States of America or at the least a USA as we have known it through history.

Franklin therefore is considered one of our greatest Founders and a very wise man who developed a decision making process that while simple does succeed in showing the absolute logic when making a decision one way or the other. Franklin would take a piece of paper and divide it down the middle placing the positives about his dilemma on one side and the negatives on the other. Whichever side had the longest list was the direction that Franklin's decision would take.

Using the posting format makes it cumbersome to , "divide, " the choices down the middle so I am going to list the positives of John McCain as well as his negatives and will do the same for Barack Obama. As with Franklin these choices are based on what I see and believe and when the list is finished a clear picture will be available, again based on my Conservative ideals, as to which candidate will best match my belief's. The candidate with the most positives and the least negatives by this test will be the clear choice as I see it.

First John McCain - the positives: 1. A highly decorated war hero. 2. A military man who understands the military and how to use it. 3. Experienced on day one as Commander in Chief. 4. Favors tax cuts. 5. Favors tax reform. 6. Against earmarks. 7. Favors spending cuts. 8. Favors limiting the size and amount of entitlements from government. 9. Willing to prosecute the war to total victory yet understands that it must come to a satisfactory end that protects our National Security and that of the nations where we are fighting. 10. Understands the real threat of terrorism and taking the fight to them rather than waiting for them to attack us again. 11. Pro Life. 12. Will appoint Judges like Roberts and Alito to SCOTUS who will not legislate from the bench. 13. Understands Foreign Policy and when to talk and how to talk from a stand point of strength. 14. Understands that unconditional talks with Dictators is dangerous and compromising for the Nation and the President. 15. Finally understands that the people want border security BEFORE any illegal immigration plan is proposed or passed. 18. Favors free trade.

The negatives - 1. Not Conservative enough. 2. To willing to compromise at times with liberals. 3. Author of the , "Gang of Fourteen." 5. Author of McCain/Feingold Campaign Finance Reform. 6. Author of McCain/Kennedy Immigration, (amnesty), Bill. 6. To willing to buy into Global Warming and economic and government regulation to, "combat, " an unproven science. 7. Favors to much government regulation on business.

Barack Obama - the positives - 1. First black candidate for a major party thus proving the advancements in solving race problems. 2. A very eloquent speaker. 3. Youthful and attracts the youth. 4. Not ashamed of his liberal stances thus making it obvious that he IS a liberal rather than trying to hide his liberalism behind a false middle of the road stance. 5. Knows how to tell people what they WANT to hear.

The negatives - 1. Liberal to the point of Socialism. 2. Tends to be somewhat racist based on comments and excepts from his book. 3. Anti military . 4. To willing to abandon the war by calling for immediate pull out without considering the dangerous consequences of that pull out. 5. Does not accept the real threat of terrorism. 6. Extremely naive about foreign policy especially in his willingness to unconditionally talk with dictators and despots. 7. Favors The UN over US sovereignty. 8. Favors seeking permission from European countries BEFORE acting in our own best interest. 9. No experienced to be Commander in Chief. 10. Favors across the board tax increases. 11. See government as the answer to everything and favors an ever increasing dependency on government by the people. 12. Pro - abortion. 13. Believes in activist Judges who legislate from the bench. 14. Has proposed hundreds of millions of dollars of increased government entitlements. 15. Favors limiting research and development of new and and improved weapons and weapons technology. 16. Very questionable associations with people who preach anti Americanism, support and have performed terrorist acts against this country and have had shady dealings for which they have been indicted.

Each of the above positives and negatives for both candidates are facts that can be looked up on the record by doing any type of search available for that particular subject. Again this is also based, as with Franklin's decision test, upon my Conservative beliefs and as such will disagree with most liberals but may help Conservatives to better choose when voting in November as well as many Moderates and Independents.

Following the Ben Franklin Test, the clear choice for President by the positives and the negatives is John McCain in 2008.

Ken Taylor

11 Comments:

Blogger jgrave said...

First off, I am an Obama supporter. I love to see what the other side thinks though. I do consider myself middle of the road when it comes to defining myself by party. I have a couple questions.

1)How do you feel about the current administrations "victories"? Do you think that if Bush could run again he would be elected?

2) You speak of the threat of terrorism.....when did this start, how will you know when its over? Does a war in perpetuity sound smart or feasible?

3) When you look at presidents of the past, did they all have 30 years worth of political experience? Did they need it?

I hope that you get to vote for the person that best matches your views. If you are a true conservative, thats going to be a battle you will wait until 2012 for.

3:54 PM, June 10, 2008  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

So THAT's the Ben Frankilin test.
Used it all the time making research decisions/business strategies. In line with your
+/- evalutaions, I will stick with the dems....

4:40 PM, June 10, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

Ken, here is what it will come down to:

1. The Bush Economy is horrible. McCain favors it and Obama doesn't. Most Americans will side with Obama.

2. The Iraq War is a complete waste of resources that will not end in anything other than a pro-Iranian, Islamic theocracy (at best). McCain favors it and Obama doesn't. Most Americans will side with Obama.

3. MONEY! Obama has it and will raise tens of millions more than McCain. He is not raising it from big donors, he is raising it from 1.5 million "every day" Americans who average about $100 in donations.

The problem with your "Ben Franklin test" is that you ascribe your values to the ledger. For example, you say a positive is pro-life and a negative is pro-choice, but others don't agree. If you are going to do a "Ben Franklin test" you have to use objective measures.

You view Obama as anti-military, but he supports the new GI Bill of Rights - McCain doesn't.

Aside from that, you double count a number of items and misrepresent or misunderstand many of Obama's views. In the end, it will be Obama, and it won't even be close.

7:34 PM, June 10, 2008  
Blogger jgrave said...

Rob, we can only hope so as a country.

2:33 PM, June 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't mean to be a jerk...but you are talking about the same Ben Franklin who said "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

Have you seen John McCain's speeches in the past few days.

12:33 PM, June 15, 2008  
Blogger Joshua said...

The Ben Franklin Test is made to be used by an individual to make a difficult decision based on all of the available information at one time. The poster used this correctly for himself. Objective information does not really come into play since it is meant to be used for one person's choice. Also, the fact that Ben Franklin came up with this test in no way reflects on the candidate the conclusion does or does not support: i.e., neither candiddate have to follow any of the quotes or philosophy of Ben Franklin for the test to be applicable. This test can be used in any situation where a complex decision must be made. Good information and use by the way jgrave.

6:40 PM, July 01, 2008  
Blogger Joshua said...

"it" means the test.

6:41 PM, July 01, 2008  
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