So, McCain sure threw us a curve ball when he mentioned ANOTHER $300 billion dollar bailout he has in the works. Where did we go wrong? One of the cable news pundits said it right, we’ve just witnessed the death of “free-market conservatism”.
Instead of standing on principle, McCain is trying to “out-liberal” Obama. That’s never going to work, because Obama’s the real deal (to paraphrase Laura Ingrahm). If you’re really not a political party hack, why not stand by your principles and just see if the people elect you? McCain, you’re stuck in the same struggle for personal and party power that corrupts all of you politicians.
Not only is it principled, it’s RIGHT. He can’t do it now since he voted for that socialist bailout package, but imagine if McCain got up there and stood for something radically different than Obama? What if Obama spewed the popular mantra of deregulation, wallstreet greed, and bailout packages, but McCain talked about slashing corporate tax rates, eliminating capital gains, and repealing Sarbanes Oxley?
People don’t want “change” - they want “FRESH”. They want to feel free and optimistic like they did in the 80’s and 90’s. Freeing up the market and reducing the barriers, focusing on reducing the shadow of government beaurocracy on our lives is exactly what the people want.
Look, it doesn’t sound like it will work, but when people hear the message of freedom and realize how that empowers them every day - not just every 4 years - it resonates. We saw it with Ron Paul. If not for his amplified behavior and voting record, he would be an incredibly strong national candidate.
In the end, McCain needed to get Obama chasing HIM instead of him dragging behind Obama trying to nitpick and poke holes in everything. He needed to set the agenda, and do something radical tonight that would make headlines and get people excited like they were when he selected Palin.
That didn’t happen. He didn’t win any points. He alienated conservatives like myself with talk of ANOTHER bailout package (I will now vote for a third party). And we’re still at square one with Obama leading by 6 points.
A congressmen (?) that recently passed away said something very profound in his book. “Learn the difference between your principles, and your preferences. On your principles, never waver.” We’ve lost sight, Republicans. We had power for the better part of a decade and we let Washington change us. McCain said it himself. But it seems like we still haven’t learned that lesson.
Just look at the messiah Reagan. Did he win people over with this kind of crap? No. He won people over with ideas of freedom, and the example that liberty sets. He made THE PEOPLE feel powerful, and not just as though they were voting power to others. We’ve forgotten that big time, and I could not be more disappointed with the candidates or congress in recent months.
Always do what’s right, in the face of anything, and let Providence handle the rest.