Can you guess who I’m voting for?

Yours truelyI’ve made up my mind on who I’ll be voting for in less than three months.

I’d be interested in visitor comments on who they think I will be voting for.  Here’s some more information that might help:

I haven’t always voted, but in previous presidential elections where I did, I voted for Ronald Reagan and George Bush.

Before I went in the navy, I lived in the older George Bush’s congressional district in Texas and for some reason I paid atttention to what he was doing over the years.  I knew when he was ambassador to China and head of the CIA.

I can trace my ancestry back to the 1600s in Virgina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey — WASP all the way (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) — and if I ain’t, I’m not tellin’.

As a couple, we are better off than we were 4 years ago and 8 years ago.  I have benefited personally and professionally from the policies of the current administration.

I served in the United States Navy for just short of nine years and was honorably discharged at the end of my last enlistment.  I got most of my college education under the G.I. Bill.

I own a rifle and a shotgun and have fired the shotgun from my front yard.

We live in the south along a country highway and I drive a big red pickup truck.  We’re into camping and RVing.

I graduated from high school in 1970 from a southern school that was not yet integrated.  Our kids graduated from an all white southern high school in the 1990s.

When I was in high school, we were poor “white trash.”

I supported the invasion of “Iraq,” though I wasn’t sure we were doing the right thing.

I support controlled and responsible drilling for oil offshore and in areas like ANWR.  The technology is there to do it with minimal impact to the environment.

I believe that we need, as a country, to invest heavily in new nuclear power plants.  Nuclear power has a proven track record and we are going to need a lot of new electrical power capability if we are going to really move away from foreign oil.

I am a small investor in oil and natural gas production.  I’m not a speculator.  My investments are at the well-head.

I’ve been retired for over a year and a half.  When I was working, I didn’t talk about politics because most of the people I worked with had very different views.  I’m back contracting in the same office I retired from and, surprisingly, we are in much more agreement than we used to be.

A very small part of my reasons for voting the way I will be voting is based on the racial heritage of the candidates.

I think an abortion is a very bad thing.

I’m uncomfortable with gays getting married.

A very small part of my reasons for voting the way I will be voting is based on the ages of the candidates.

Please make a guess about who you think I’m going to be voting for.  After a reasonable period of time, I will let ya’ll know in a post who I will be voting for.

beliefs, politics, Uncategorized, values
8 comments… add one
  • Sean Aug 7, 2008

    I don’t get it. Is this a trick or something? Every single piece of information you listed would lead anyone to automatically assume you’re voting for McCain.

    Is this going to be one of those things where you reveal that you are actually supporting Obama, and then make a passionate appeal to conservatives everywhere to vote Democrat this year?

  • David Aug 7, 2008

    “I’m uncomfortable with gays getting married”

    I can tell you’re a thinking man!

  • dcr Aug 7, 2008

    Yeah, you’re leading us to McCain, but I have a feeling you’re going to pull a plot twist on us and tell us you’re voting for Obama.

  • Vered Aug 7, 2008

    I agree with everyone else that this seems to be a trick question. 🙂

    After reading this post… I don’t think two people could possibly be any more different than you and I are. 🙂

  • teeni Aug 7, 2008

    Okay, so then I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess Obama. I think you are trying to trick us. I dunno though. I guess I’ll find out when you reveal all to us. But you also did say you were going out of your comfort zone so that makes me think I could be right. 🙂 What do I win?

  • Mike Goad Aug 7, 2008

    For everyone’s info, I’m answering all comments on this privately so that I don’t unintentionally give anything more away. This IS turning out more interesting and different than I thought it would be.

  • Beth Ellen Aug 8, 2008

    I commented yesterday but it didn’t show. Just a heads up. I might have messed up though. 🙂

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