My Vote: Amber Forbes

As an 18-year-old thrilled for Election Day, there is no greater honor in America than being able to vote.


Of the two presidential candidates -- Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama -- it is clear who should represent America and what it was built on: Mr. McCain.

With the current economic crisis, Mr. McCain wants to cut taxes, which means there will be more money in the pockets of Americans to spend to help this crippled economy. Mr. Obama wants to redistribute wealth.

The best way to describe this plan (as cited in Wayne Garner's U.S. World Affairs class) is that if you as a student make 100 on a test, you will be required to give up five to 10 points to those who made less than a 70. Who wants to redistribute the wealth now?

Mr. McCain's anti-abortion stance supports the overturn of Roe v. Wade, giving the decision to the states. He is not so anti-abortion, however, that he would allow the life of a mother to be endangered because of a pregnancy. At least, he is considering the fetus, unlike Mr. Obama, who is for abortion rights, so much so that he supports abortions up to nine months with his support of the Freedom of Choice Act.

Although Mr. McCain did not do well in the U.S. Naval Academy, that does not mean he is unqualified for the presidency. He is a fierce supporter of our military, having been a Vietnam War prisoner himself. During the Persian gulf war and the current war on terrorism, Mr.. McCain helped to increase pay for enlisted men and women -- Mr. Obama wants to cut military funding. Troops need more weapons funding; not less.

Mr. McCain is 72 years old, and though age does not equate to greatness, it certainly does in his case. He was a naval aviator, a prisoner of war; he retired from the Navy as a captain, served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and was elected to the U.S. Senate.

He was responsible for the McCain-Feingold Act in 2002, and he helped in restoring diplomatic relations with Vietnam.

Mr. Obama has done nothing, other than campaign with cheap charm and a telling smile.


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