What We’re Fighting For

November 3, 2008 at 8:36 am 19 comments

Artículo de John McCain publicado en el Wall Street Journal.

The presidential election occurs at a pivotal moment. Our nation is fighting two wars abroad, suffers from the greatest global financial crisis since the Great Depression, and is facing a painful recession. I believe in the greatness of America. I believe in our capacity to prosper, and to be safer and remain a beacon of light on the global stage. But we cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change. We have to act immediately. We have to fight for it.

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The institutions that we counted on — Wall Street banks, our elected leaders in Washington — failed us. We must reverse the corruption and arrogance that have overtaken these institutions, and we must place our trust in the hands of those who have never let us down, especially the American family and small businesses.

We need to grow our small businesses, not tax them. I will fight the Democrats’ plans to redistribute the fruit of America’s labor and turn our economy into a full-fledged disaster. I will cut taxes on families, seniors, savers and businesses. We need to double the child deduction, cut the capital gains tax, and keep jobs in America with a lower business tax.

I will make government finally live on a budget and enforce that discipline by the power of veto. I won’t spend nearly a trillion dollars more of your money. I will impose a short-term spending freeze and rid the government of waste, duplication and fraud. And I will chart a different course than the administration and Barack Obama and not spend your money just to bail out Wall Street bankers and brokers. I have a plan to protect the value of homes and get them rising again by refinancing mortgages so your neighbor won’t default and further drag down the value of your house.

I will end three decades of failed energy policies; stop sending $700 billion to countries that oppose American values and finance our enemies; and drill for oil and natural gas. We must strengthen incentives for all energy alternatives — nuclear, clean coal, wind, solar and tide. We will encourage the manufacture of hybrid, flex fuel and electric automobiles. We will lower the cost of energy, and create millions of new jobs.

I will not impose “one size fits all” health care on families and small businesses through expensive mandates and fines. I will bring down the skyrocketing cost of health care with competition and choice, reform the insurance market to be fair, and allow you to keep the same health plan if you change jobs or choose to stay home.

One in five jobs in the U.S. depends on trade and I will fight the threat to those jobs from Democrat plans for isolationism. I won’t make it harder to sell our goods overseas and kill more jobs. I will open new markets to goods made in America and make sure our trade is free and fair. And I’ll make sure we help workers who’ve lost a job that won’t come back find a new one that won’t go away.

Senator Obama wants to raise taxes and restrict trade. The last time America did that in a bad economy it led to the Great Depression.

While most Americans are rightly concerned with the economic crisis, a world of pressing national security challenges also awaits the next president.

The gains our troops have made in the past 18 months in Iraq could be lost if we pull our troops out prematurely and regardless of the conditions on the ground. We have also dealt devastating blows to al Qaeda, especially in Iraq, but terrorists have found sanctuary on the Pakistan frontier among those trying to topple governments in both Kabul and Islamabad.

Afghanistan is reaching a crisis point, just as Iraq did in 2006. As an early supporter of the surge strategy in Iraq, I know that turning around this situation will require more than just increased troop levels. We also need a new, comprehensive strategy, one that integrates civil and military efforts and engages with various Afghan tribes.

Other major threats loom on the horizon: the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs; aggressive Russian behavior toward its neighbors; Venezuelan adventurism; genocide in Darfur; and global warming. And those are only the dangers that we know of. Just as few expected the Russians to invade Georgia, we remain unaware of precisely where our next crisis will erupt, or when. The only certainty is that, as Joe Biden guaranteed, the tests facing the next president will be more severe if he is seen as weak in national security leadership.

I have devoted my life to safeguarding America. Former Secretary of State George Shultz compares diplomacy to tending a garden — if you want to see relationships flourish, you have to tend them. I have done that, by traveling the world and establishing ties with everyone from dissidents to heads of state. There is great need for American leadership in the world, and I understand that only by exercising that leadership with grace and wisdom can we be successful in safeguarding our interests.

When I am president, I will not offer up unconditional summit meetings with dangerous dictators, nor will I foreclose diplomatic tools that serve our interests. I will respect our trade agreements with our allies, not unilaterally renounce them. I will close the Guantanamo Bay prison and ban torture. I will expand our armed forces and transform our civil and military agencies to win the struggle against violent Islamic extremism.

I believe that America is an exceptional country, one that demands exceptional leadership. After the difficulties of the last eight years, Americans are hungry for change and they deserve it. My career has been dedicated to the security and prosperity of America and that of every nation that seeks to live in freedom. It’s time to get our country, and our world, back on track.

Mr. McCain is the Republican nominee for president.

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  • 1. luis  |  November 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Por que todos los fumadores de crack votan a Obama?

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  • 2. James Levy  |  November 3, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Why do ALL of the dictators in the world so desperately desire an OBAMA victory? Because he will be a strong President who defends liberty and democracy?

    Or is it because the likes of the Castro Brothers, Hugo Chavez, Putin, Hamas, and the Islamic Fascists already knows that with THE ONE in the White House, they´ll have a friend when they need one?

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  • 3. maria  |  November 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Dejó dicho Otto de Habsburgo que mientras el político piensa en ganar las próximas elecciones, el hombre de Estado piensa en las próximas generaciones. Tras esta intensa campaña, creo que queda claro a quién corresponde cada uno de esos roles, por sus actos los conoceréis…

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  • 4. luis  |  November 3, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Ahora resulta que los raperos sn los que dicen como hay que salir de una crisis o lo que hay que hacer….. manda huevos!!!!!!!

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  • 5. Isabel  |  November 3, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    América lucha guerras por otros paises que hacen concesiones al terrorismo (por ejemplo), todo el dineral gastado por Obama en la campaña hubiera ido mucho mejor destinado a luchar contra el Sida en Kenia (de dónde es su hermanastro)

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  • 6. Patricio  |  November 3, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Isabel, el dinero de las ocho casas de McCain (qué hará con ellas el tío) también puede valer para Kenia como dices… o los miles de millones de dólares que costaron los misiles que mataron iraquíes inocentes en Bagdad, Basora, etc, para acabar con unas armas imaginarias…

    Luis, conozco a muchos americanos que han votado a Obama y no fuman crack, ni son raperos, claro que, según Palin ellos no son la verdadera América, no son lo suficientemente fachas. Esa mujer tiene el encefalograma más plano que Ana Torroja antes de operarse…

    Siento daros malas noticias, amigos del ciudadano McCain, pero mañana Obama se lo come con patatas y pasamos página del facherío, primero cayó Aznar, luego Blair y ahora se nos va Bush, je je

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  • 7. mOe:)  |  November 4, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Really Impressive!!
    I hope we ´d have here in Spain a lider near a part McCain is…
    Congratulations and better wishes for Senator McCain…
    Nothing is impossible🙂

    Realmente impresionante!!
    Me encantaría ver en España algún político con una pequeña parte del liderazgo de McCain…
    Felicitaciones y las mejores esperanzas para el Senador.
    Nada es imposible🙂

    Podemos ver sorpresas…aparte de desearlo aún lo espero.

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  • 8. María  |  November 4, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Patricio,¿Solo es millonario el señor McCain?, ¿Te parece mal que se destine dinero a defendernos de los terroristas? y ya que nos ponemos, ¿te parece bien que los EE.UU. tengan un presupuesto consistenete en Defensa o mejor se lo gastan en flores para el pelo? Ahí fuera hay peligro y alguien ha de tomar decisiones. Afortunadamente los EE.UU. no titubean, mientras que Europa cuando le hablan de Defensa se gira sistemáticamente hacia el Atlántico…estáis felices porque ya no está Aznar(decidió no presentarse más, no le derrotásteis), ya no está Blair (aunque tampoco le echaron los británicos con su voto) y a partir de enero no estará Bush. han llegado ZP y Gordon Brown y, ¿Puedes enumerarme las mejoras que han realizado en el panorama mundial?,¿estamos mejor ahora que ellos gobiernan? Lo que hará el señor Obama si triunfa es una incertidumbre, pero espero que no siga el sendero de pasividad que han seguido los que algunos consideráis como “sus amigos”

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  • 9. Mccain is finished!  |  November 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    “Por que todos los fumadores de crack votan a Obama?”
    Este tipo de opiniones representan una de las principales razones por la que perderan los republicanos.

    Luis porque sera que las zonas más innovadoras, más rica,y mas dinamicas de EEUU votan democrata?

    Y las partes mas cerradas, mas cegadas por el miedo y mas ignorantes votan republicano?

    Ademas existe una realidad incuestionable, la economia va mucho mejor cuando estan los democratas en el poder,
    o acaso crees que las cosas estan mejor ahora que cuando clinton estaba en el poder?

    Como puedes apoyar a un tio que ni siquiera sabe donde esta España?

    Me da una alegria enorme ver que las personas con tu actitud no estaran en el poder a partir de esta noche!

    Good night and good riddance,

    Come on Obama! Neocons go home!

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  • 10. luis  |  November 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    En España nosotros tambien tenemos a nuestro Obama ……192.000 parados …. ojala Obama no sea como Zapatero.

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  • 11. luis  |  November 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Todos los fumadores de crack votan a Obama y claro ellos son los que solucionaran los problemas.

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  • 12. Mccain is finished!  |  November 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Vaya respuesta mas brillante luis!

    Esperaba mas de ti!

    Vaya argumentos mas inteligentes!

    Si el PP tiene mas en comun con el partido democrata que el republicano!

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  • 13. Mccain is finished!  |  November 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Eres un crack luis!

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  • 14. luis  |  November 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Los periodos de eexpansion economica coincida con mandatos democratas noes del todo cierto y tambien hay que tener en cuenta que la politica economica de Clinton no diferia mucho delas anteriores administraciones republicanas. El problema esta ahora ya que el plan economico de los democracas no es del todo claro y tiende a un populismo sicialista que ya se vera si tiene exito.
    Es verdad que quizas la america mas “profunda” vote republicano pero tambien es cierto que en las garndes ciudades mas dinamicas como empresarior de todo tipo votan republicano y estos son los que hacen a america imparable. Hce 4 años el partido republicano gano en 10 de las 12 ciudaddes mas grandes.

    Los democratas independientemente de su ideologia si puede llamarse asi ya que esto de ideologia es mas bien para la europa decrepita, deberias de reconocer que el señor Obama es una campaña de publicidad impresionata, si uno añaliza su trayectoria es para salir corriendo.

    Si Obama se presentara por el partido republicano le votariais?

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  • 15. Mccain is finished!  |  November 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Warren Buffet fuma crack?
    La practica totalidad de la plantilla de Google fuma crack?
    La lista es interminable…

    La verdad es que no votaria un republicano jamas, o por lo menos los presidentes hasta este momento,
    quizas a Eisenhower o Reagan..
    Pero en España en cambio he votado tanto a PP como a PSOE en el pasado entonces no me considero de una ideologia
    Asi que no me rigo por una ideologia determinada..

    Lo unico que digo es que ha llegado la hora de un cambio de rumbo,
    La epoca Bush no ha funcionado y por eso Mccain perdera,

    Mccain ha sido un gran politico eso no lo niego,
    pero su momento era en el 2000 y no ahora…

    De todas maneras ha sido una carrera muy divertida…sin duda el proceso electoral mas fascinante del mundo!

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  • 16. luis  |  November 4, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Si has votado al PSOE de Roldan y compañia o al PSOE de los 192:000 parados la verdad que esto dice mucho de ti .

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  • 17. luis  |  November 4, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Lo del crack es verdad yo he visto fumando crack a Warren Buffet con Nanci Reagan jejejejjeejeje

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  • 18. JIGNESH SONI  |  March 3, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    why i done have job
    i want job in spain airforce
    0034-646035580

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  • 19. U.S.A.  |  May 29, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I find this blog quite amusing. Spaniards that wanted McCain to win the election….!!! hahaha WHY???? With that clown Palin for a VP, that would have surely been the downfall of this great nation.

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