Republican Sen. John McCain faces a tough crowd with
African-Americans, but he has good ideas.
As I walk the halls of Mays High School, I hear students
talking about voting for Barack Obama or wearing Obama
shirts. But has anyone ever really read about John McCain's
campaign? Most people are quick to turn the other cheek
and act as if McCain isn't running for the presidency.
As an African-American, my first thought was Obama,
and that's it. I didn't care about what he wanted to
change or what he stood for; I just saw that he was
Every time McCain spoke or appeared on television, he
came across as if he didn't know what he was talking
about. But after reading the speech he gave at the Republican
National Convention, McCain could possibly be a good
candidate for the presidency.
McCain's take on the issues
McCain spoke of his wife, Cindy McCain, his vice presidential
running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Obama with
compassion and kindness. McCain hit on topics such as
creating jobs, cutting taxes, fighting for education,
saving energy, and he said he has fought against corruption
from crooked deals at the Pentagon and big spenders
in both political parties.
McCain also said he has a plan to cut taxes for small
businesses so they can survive alongside big corporations.
This is important because small businesses provide valuable
services that big corporations do not focus on. Small
companies help neighborhoods develop and grow, and they
create new jobs.
"I plan to reduce government spending and get rid
of failed programs to let you keep more of your own
money to save, spend and invest as you see fit,'' McCain
He also wants community colleges to train people for
new opportunities in their own communities. McCain wants
the public schools to answer to the students and the
parents. He wants to drill new wells for oil offshore.
Some people have called McCain a maverick for moving
to the beat of his own drum.
"Sometimes it's a compliment and sometimes it's
not,'' he said. "What it really means is I understand
who I work for. I don't work for a party. I don't work
for a special interest. I don't work for myself. I work
Making a smart choice
What America needs right now is a leader who is going
to stand up for what is right and not what he feels is
best for himself. We need a leader who is strong enough
to deal with the pressures of running a country.
McCain has good opinions and ideas for this nation. As
people of the United States, we should have respect for
all people, regardless of their values, ideas and beliefs.
We all want to be heard and McCain is no different.