I’ll start at the small stuff and move up.
Jackson County has a Detention Center Bond in the November 2008 Ballot. This is to approve a short term loan to fund an expensive replacement for the county jail. This will be a 540-bed jail costing $22 Million, to replace a 190-bed jail. I talked with some folks about this bond at the county fair last week and from what they said this is going to be a gold plated Cadillac jail. I don’t see too many gold plated Cadillacs driving around here. Do voters in Jackson County really want to pay for a gold plated Cadillac to imprison meth addicts?
Representative Gene Taylor (D) is up for reelection. Every single Representative in the Pelosi-Reid Do-Nothing-Good Democrat CongressTM is up for election every two years. This is one of those years. 7% approval should have some effect! They could all be replaced, or it could flip to 100% Republican in a single vote. I think that Gene Taylor is a good congressman. He’s a conservative Democrat, which limits his power in a liberal Democrat party. With Pelosi’s frequent calls for party unity, conservative Democrat will be hobbled more in an all-Democrat Congress than will a conservative Republican. But it comes down to nasty politics. If Taylor weren’t part of San Fran Nan’s caucus I wouldn’t think about John McKay III (R), his opponent. But McKay is a Methodist minister, Air National Guard officer, was an Eagle Scout in the same scout region my son is in, and is for the Fair Tax! He’s in the same land of goodness as Ron Paul on the economy. In other words, he’s awesome! I’m sold on John McKay III. Unfortunately the odds are against him.
But I’m not one of those cowards who will only vote for the favorite. Tell me that I’m tilting against windmills in voting for a candidate who has no chance of winning, that the odds are against me, the momentum is against me, that I’m making an irrelevant gesture in the face of votes by felons, deceased voters, illegal aliens, and house pets. I’m more likely to quote the father of the Republican Party, Abraham Lincoln.
Address that argument to cowards and to knaves; with the free and the brave it will effect nothing. It may be true; if it must, let it. Many free countries have lost their liberty, and ours may lose hers; but if she shall, be it my proudest plume, not that I was the last to desert, but that I never deserted her. … I cannot deny that all may be swept away. Broken by it I, too, may be; bow to it I never will. The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. It shall not deter me. If I ever feel the soul within me elevate and expand to those dimensions not wholly unworthy of its almighty Architect, it is when I contemplate the cause of my country, deserted by all the world beside, and I standing up boldly and alone, and hurling defiance at her victorious oppressors!
Both Senate seats in Mississippi are up for election in the same year. This oddity is the result of the retirement of Pascagoula’s Trent Lott, who was the coast’s Senator. Thad Cochran (R) is running against Erik R. Fleming (D), and Roger Wicker (R) is running against former Governor Ronnie Musgrove (D). I support both Republicans in this. There is no way I would want to throw any more Senate seats to Democrats when the filibuster may be the sole defense against Democrat tax increases and economic meddling, let alone plans to cut the military by 25% or more as proposed by boyfriend of a Fannie Mae lobbyist, Barney Frank.
Finally, for president, if I were king I’d choose someone different, but since we don’t have kings in America, I’ll vote for the candidate with a chance of winning who is least likely to appoint himself king. That would be John Sidney McCain; Not Barack “Hopechange” Obama, Junior.
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