Honesty, courage, honor, integrity, compassion and leadership. These are the qualities we need in our president. I personally am not enthusiastic about either candidate, but I am deeply offended by the incredibly nasty campaign of lies, distortion and slander at every level of the McCain campaign.
I was prepared to find in McCain a man I could respect and admire, a man of courage and integrity, whether I agreed with him on all points or not. Unfortunately, he has shown himself to us as a man seeking the presidency at all costs and willing to set aside his principles in that pursuit. While John McCain may not speak all the slanders, he does countenance them and tolerate them from those supporting him. He has allowed his campaign to descend to an utterly contemptible level of pure slander and gerrymandering of the process in nationwide attempts to disenfranchise voters of probable opposition leaning. There are sins of commission, and those of omission. While in many cases he may claim "innocence" of direct involvement, his lack of "leadership" comes through clearly here. A leader of the sort America needs would not allow these things to take place within his support group, would excoriate those who committed such excesses and would raise the level of dialogue to a positive and constructive level.
McCain may well be the next president of the United States, but I cannot imagine that he will ever regain my respect.