Letter - Review of presidential candidates necessary

To the editor:

On Nov. 4, voters will choose between John McCain and Barack Obama to be our next president. To make this decision, a review of their backgrounds and qualifications seems prudent.

McCain, the conservative candidate, has a lengthy record of service to our country, in the military in time of war, and in both houses of Congress. One should expect from this experience he would have gained a broad perspective on what government should be, as well as what it should not be. In these perilous times, his military experience would seem invaluable as commander in chief. Today, our military is all voluntary. Respect for his honorable service would certainly be a factor in attracting volunteers to serve, ensuring force levels needed to protect and defend us from our enemies, both foreign, and the disloyal among us. The only blemish I can find in his background is his implication in the Lincoln Savings and Loan Failure, along with four Democrat senators known as the Keating Five. Three were found to have made inappropriate contact with regulators, remained in the Senate, but did not run for re-election. McCain and another were cleared, ran for re-election and were re-elected to the Senate. "Earmarks" attributed to McCain - zero.

Obama, the Democrat candidate, does not have an expansive record of service to the country to review. He served in the Illinois Congress prior to his election as a U.S. senator in 2005. In the ensuing three-plus years, I have not found any record of significant legislation he has proposed, or in getting enacted. He has no military record to review. Since his nomination, a number of things have been made public which bring his character into question. Namely, his association with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, convicted in 2008 on 16 counts of fraud and bribery. William "Bill" Ayres and the Weathermen connection. Jeremiah Wright, who damns America. ACORN, currently under FBI investigation in 12 states for voter fraud. This brings to mind two long-held truths: "Where there is smoke, there is fire," and "Birds of a feather flock together." His connection to these unsavory characters who don't have the best interest of the country in mind should be of serious concern to every patriotic American. Think this is far-fetched? Consider the mentality of those who bombed Pearl Harbor, the World Trade Center, and numerous incidents around the world by those who want to destroy anything American. I am haunted by those words of Thomas Jefferson, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." It is reported that Obama is averaging almost $1 million a day in "earmarks" to special interests since he took office. His greatest asset appears to be his rhetorical eloquence. He is indeed a glib persuasive speaker. But then, so was Adolph Hitler. Some might describe him as silver tongued. A Georgia farm boy might describe him this way: "That rascal is slicker than snot on a doorknob."

For any patriotic American, this is not a difficult choice.

Grady Mullins