I have to start by saying that I am a registered Republican from Massachusetts. To those of you who know Massachusetts politics (Ted Kennedy and John Kerry) know that I am in the minority being a Republican from Massachusetts. I will say that I am a supporter of my Congressman in the 10th district where I live, Bill Delahunt. I may not agree with everything he stands for but I haven’t seen him do or heard him say too many things that are wacky like you hear from Kennedy and Kerry.
I am a fiscal conservative, social liberal as they say. I don’t like taxes and I don’t like sharing the wealth. I am okay with gay marriage and am okay with abortion but not third trimester abortions. I think everyone can agree that is just unnecessary and disgusting. My have and two young daughters have vacationed in Provincetown for many years. I believe in small government and that it is the American dream to work hard and make as much money as you can. I believe in charity but not by force.
I am anti-Embargo for the simple fact that my freedom of travel and business is being restricted by a VERY small percent of the population, mostly old Cuban exiles and politicians in Miami. Fidel Castro has relied on the Embargo and the threat of “evil Empire” of the United States for many years in order to deflect the Cuban people’s attention away from his own failures and the complete failure of communism.
So, that will give you a good idea of your Publisher here at HavanaJournal.com.
Senator Obama beat Hillary Clinton who I hated maybe barely more so than her devoid of character husband Bill Clinton. Since he beat her for the Democratic nomination you have to give him credit for that victory. It certainly was no small chore. Now if Mitt Romney were running instead of McCain, I may not be writing this article right now. At my core I am an entrepreneur and good old American capitalist and Mitt Romney of all the candidates understands that the US should be run like a business. That might sound harsh and even contradictory to everything I am saying here but remember, I’m a Republican from Massachusetts so I have these internal conflicts all the time.
I saw Barack Obama on David Letterman maybe back in the Fall of 2007 and I was very impressed… this coming from a Republican. I always found that he answered questions as directly as a politician could (Republican or Democrat) and he always seemed Presidential and always seemed genuinely concerned for America and less so for himself. When I think of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton it is just the opposite. Hillary and Bill could give a shit about the US from the way I see it.
Last night’s debate clearly showed that John McCain does not have the judgment necessary to be President of the United States and that what I am looking for in a President, judgment. I voted for President Regan and the Bush each time (Carter, Gore and Kerry? ah… no thanks). Unfortunately I had to vote for Bob Dole but that was really a sad time in Republican history. Now I see Obama with many qualities of Reagan with the ability to see the big picture and make good decisions and having good judgment along with the capacity to handle himself well under pressure.
So, there are some things that I don’t like about Barack but those are details. There are many things I don’t like about John McCain and those are qualities like his judgment and ability to FREAK ME OUT whenever I see him speak.
This photo that I lifted from Mister Bryans and posted below is the only reason you need to vote for Barack Obama. For a 72 year old Presidential candidate not be comfortable enough to simply walk around a table at a Presidential debate is sickening to me. This is an actual photo from last night.
and here’s the YouTube video in case you missed it.
So, I’m not going to post any link to Obama’s website or even ask you to vote for him (he doesn’t need your money and probably doesn’t even need your vote unless you live in Ohio, Pennsylvania or Florida). I just wanted the readers of HavanaJournal.com to know where your Publisher stands on the Presidential campaign.
With all this said I hope you have a better understanding of my filter for articles that get published here and the comments that I post to them.
I hate propaganda. I hate extremists to the left and right but don’t see myself as a middle-of-the-road type of person. I have strong views on many issues, they are just not all Republican or all Democrat. So, the Havana Journal is not all anti-Bush or all anti-Castro or all pro this or all anti that.
I always look for the truth and balance while filtering out the propaganda (bullshit) in my personal life, professional life, political life and as Publisher of HavanaJournal.com.
I suppose I may have just alienated some readers but I hope that you have the same courage to think for yourself and not be swayed by extremist propaganda from either side.
Thanks for reading.