A day late and a dollar short, but that’s my usual M.O. anyway.
I didn’t get to watch all of the interview, debate, whatever it was with Rick Warren and the two presumptive presidential nominees, but I did get to see enough of both segments to get a representative taste of it all.
What I thought was the most interesting was the clear and almost irreconcilable philosophical disconnect between the two camps. On questions of taxes, McCain was able to present the, to me, most common sense view that the best way to strengthen the economy, the best way to increase individual security and stability is to give them more of their own money with which to make choices.
I heard from Obama the basic tenet of progressive socialism that the rich bear some sort of inherently greater burden of responsibility to pay for social programs than anybody else. If you make over $250,000, then you are going to take it in the shorts on taxes because you are (ptooie) rich. What these social engineering crusaders seem constitutionally unable to comprehend is the simple reality that rich people spend more money because they have more money to spend. The more penalties you put on being successful, the more burdensome you make it to have disposable income, the more you hamstring any kind of economic growth. You’d think this to be self-evident, but the lofty idealism of the Progs sees higher taxes and centralized government as the cure for it all. Here’s your government health care and like it. No, really, you have to sign up, and you HAVE to pay X% of your income to support it. You know, for the poor. And the children.
I found it interesting that when asked which Supreme Court judges they wouldn’t have nominated, Obama named the conservative ones, and McCain named the liberal ones. Which I guess ultimately shows that there’s probably a pretty good mix as it is.
As interesting as the actual interviews were the regular breaks to the commentator panel. I just shook my head after a piece of the McCain portion, where the Democrat analyst was clucking and fretting and just generally all atwitter. He was comfortably predictable as he trotted out the same tired old bugaboo about Roe V. Wade. One of the most oft repeated memes amongst the Progs is the idea that one too many conservative justices on the Supreme Court, just let the ideological balance shift ever so slightly in the “wrong” direction, and the first thing they’ll do after fluffing their robes and dusting their wigs is overturn Roe V. Wade. The big, dark, scary monster under the bed is that this will of course, by direct inference, lead to back alleys run red with blood from coat hanger abortions by savage, unscrupulous hacks preying on poor defensless teens who couldn’t seem to manage any other form of birth control.
Nevermind the fact that all overturning Roe V. Wade will do is return the decision on whether or not to ban abortion BACK TO THE STATES. Roe v. Wade is one of the single most egregious violations of the principles of Federalism and States rights ever to hit the books. Roe V. Wade only stated that it was unconstitutional for STATES to ban abortion, reserving that right solely at the Federal level. The only thing that would result from round-filing this ridiculous piece of
legislation jurisprudence is that States would be free, once again, to determine what happens inside their borders with respect to abortion. But that kind of silliness simply can’t be allowed now, can it?
I also heard, yet again, the strange “7-10 years” mantra from the Dem side wrt domestic oil drilling. I simply cannot comprehend how an otherwise seemingly intelligent human being can continue to parrot the nonsense that, since we won’t see results for 7-10 years from increased domestic oil drilling, then we shouldn’t start. Huh?! NO, they cry! We need better solutions, NOW! Not ten years from now! Well no shit, Sherlock. Let’s find some great, solid, workable short-term solutions, WHILE WE STEADILY BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY FOR OUR GRADE SCHOOLERS TO HAVE AFFORDABLE FUEL WHEN THEY START DRIVING 10 YEARS FROM NOW! Is that as far the the “vision” of our Prog brethren extends? Less than seven years? Anything past that simply isn’t worth considering? Idiots.
For a group of folks who are so “all about the children” all the time, they don’t seem to be real bright on providing for these same kids’ futures.
I didn’t see anything that radically changed my mind in this forum. I thought B.O. was smooth as butter, baby. He also deftly avoided answering/committing to a position on several of the tough questions. I thought McCain was much more blunt, and direct, but he seemed to have a lot more of the common-sense answers and solutions to problems that I would expect. He also talked around several of the thornier issues, but overall, I came away with a clearer understanding of his positions than Obama’s.
I just can’t get my head around the globalist, socialist, “rich people are bad and poor people are somehow developmentally disabled and need the Goverment to look after them” mentality that is modern progressive liberalism. They say they demand an energy policy, but oppose nuclear fuel, building more refineries or drilling domestically, while we continue to send huge chunks of our GNP to foreign oil interests who are showing increasing hostility to us in the world market place. Face it folks, we are a fossil-fuel based economy and have been for a hundred years. That isn’t going to change overnight. Sure, yes, absolutely, let’s find a way to change that, work for a brighter tomorrow and all that. But let us also be starkly realistic about our ongoing energy needs for the next 20 or 30 years.
They say they are for the children, and yet excorciate anyone who would monkey with the sacrosanct Grail that is abortion. B.O. said that he would support deploying troops in support of our national interests, but thinks we need to “dialogue” with militant Islam.
After all is said and done, though, I often wonder if we don’t make just a liiiiitle too big a deal about this whole thing. We aren’t electing a king. Appointing a chancellor. There is no imperial decree. The balance of powers still works…shakily at times…but it works. As yet no President has managed to set aside the Constitution. It’s Congress where the real sausage is made. So, instead of making this one man the make or break all, the catastrophic tragedy or penultimate hope of the country, let’s just find the guy that will be the most likely to work within the system to do what’s best for the country overall.
Of the two serious choices we’ve got, I’ve got to say that the best person for that job is McCain.