I received two messages, from two patriot friends, over the last few days. I’d like to share their expressions of concern with you, and then offer my response, in the hopes that many of you will see things as I do. If not, I do not question your patriotism (just as I do not question my friends’). We are simply looking at perhaps the most serious election-related decision of our lives from different perspectives.
My friends’ comments:
(1) Do any of you really think that Sarah Palin will have a strong influence on McCain? Why or are you just wishing and hoping? How many old men do you know who have actually changed their life long held opinions at the wishes of a coworker? I can't think of a single one.
(2) To compare McCain to Ronald Reagan is about as far out as it gets. Reagan was a consistent conservative throughout his public life and had the track record to back it up. McCain is nothing of the sort.
I replied, in part, as follows:
Unless we’re reading incredibly different news/editorial sources, I have not heard anyone compare McCain to Reagan. And certainly no one I know has, otherwise I would have questioned their sanity.
McCain is still the turncoat he has always been. He is still a go-along-to-get-along RINO.
But his running mate is not.
I wrote on my weblog just a few weeks ago, regarding casting a vote for John McCain on November 4th:
Whether Obama or McCain occupies the White House for the next four years, America is in for a rude awakening. I would prefer that a liberal democrat/avowed Marxist be blamed for the geopolitical/economic earthquakes that are looming over the horizon. At least that way we will have the whisper of a hope that a genuine conservative may be able to eventually take the reins and pick up the pieces.
I could not, in good conscience, cast a vote for a Marxist. But neither will I continue to vote for those who are willing to consistently compromise with the evil ideology of the left. Such imposters have succeeded in re-defining my party, handcuffing their genuine republican counterparts, and corrupting my government beyond recognition. And if an avowed anti-American Marxist must damage our beloved republic for four years in order for the republican party to recognize that it had better return to its roots, then that may well be the terrible price we must pay in order to embark on that long-overdue journey.
I will no longer play an active role in the hijacking of the republican party ... or the suicide of our beloved republic. I'll leave the heartbreak of writing her epitaph to others.
I’ll not retract that statement. But that opinion was written before McCain’s announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate.
The best of the Republicans vying for the top spot were eliminated long ago (primary among them being Duncan Hunter, but other lesser patriots who would have been a significantly better pick than McCain bit the dust early on as well). Why? Because they lacked charisma. Not that McCain has any, mind you. But he has other factors working in his favor – namely the consistent willingness of the party to compromise, and to abandon its foundations.
As a result, genuine conservatives need to appeal to the voting public – and what the voting public values is superficiality, since they lack the interest or background knowledge to deal with anything involving depth of character or belief. Thus the power of Oprah Winfrey in actually playing a role in the outcome of November’s election.
Charisma has absolutely nothing to do with leadership ability, or honesty, or a patriot’s heart. But, pathetically, it’s what gets people elected in modern America -- or what passes for America these days.
Sarah Palin possesses all of the above – leadership ability, honesty, a patriot’s heart, and charisma. I prefer to elect leaders without the latter, but, considering today’s political landscape and the ignorance and superficiality of the American electorate (and therefore the necessity of charisma), I can overlook its distasteful presence, if the other traits are present.
I see her as our last best hope. She is indeed in the mold of Reagan. I’m not saying she’ll be another Reagan. That entirely depends upon how moving up the political ladder dilutes her principles, and how much the powers that be will allow her to genuinely govern (assuming she attains the vice presidency, and beyond). And both of those influences can, over time, render her current Reaganesque beliefs and accomplishments null and void.
Thus my reason for being willing to support McCain/Palin. There is no one else electable on the horizon who offers us any hope of a return to representative republican, Constitution-based government. And if I have to vote to put a turncoat in the oval office, in order to get a potential Reagan in the second spot, then so be it. I see this as our last opportunity. We’re up to our necks in quicksand. And we're being bombarded from all sides with empty promises that help is on the way. If I see a real rope, attached to a real person who wants to pull me to safety, no matter who is standing in front of her, I'm going to grab on.
I don’t care the level of government in which one serves. It is all self-perpetuating, until someone with backbone steps in to apply the brakes. Someone rarely does. Sarah Palin has, and continues to do so – on the local level, and on the state level. And she intends to do so (as far as the vice presidency will allow) on the federal level.
I will not debate you about John McCain, simply because I believe we would be occupying the same side with no one to answer us. Perhaps you believe that his sitting on the top spot, with Palin second in command, renders the election meaningless to us patriots. There we may disagree. I see the future of our republic as so bleak that I am willing to hang onto a glimmer of future Reaganesque leadership, even if it means placing an imposter into the presidency for the time being.