- You speak of the "splendid" and the "heroic" work performed by American troops overseas, Senator Obama — suggesting, incidentally, that the party you belong to feels likewise. Why then, did the Democrats in Congress vote down the recent bipartisan motion to do little more than express the nation's thanks to those same troops? And why did you refuse to condemn MoveOn's abusive ad — and its puerile rhyme — in the New York Times, stating that General Petraeus would betray us? Why did you refuse to condemn the ad that claimed that this splendid member of America's heroic armed forces was worthy of nothing short of scorn?
- You object to the Republicans' making an issue of your associations, your friends, and your allies. The problem, as I see it, is the number of radicals you are surrounded with whose basic message is (or is akin to) "God damn America"; and whose tenet that has been for the past two decades or more.. The Reverend Jeremiah Wright says "God damn America" — and it is hard to believe he hasn't been preaching as much during the past 20 years. The Weatherman terrorist from whose residence you launched your Illinois senate campaign, Bill Ayers, spouts — and continues to this day to spout — words to the effect of "God damn America." During his lifetime, the Communist Party USA member Frank Marshall Davis, whom your campaign has admitted was the "Frank" mentioned in your autobiography, used to shout (in so many words) "God damn America." The basic message of Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, is "God damn America."
- How about organizations such as ACORN and MoveOn? Is it unfair to say that the basic essence of the message in such damn-civilized-debate,-damn-the-voter-process groups is God damn the American Way? How about Tony Rezko — what does his travails say about his respect for America's rules and laws? And how about Michelle Obama? Being proud of her country for the first time if and only if her husband wins the presidency is akin to saying what, pray tell… The Middle Easterner Ahmed Yousef who spoke out in your favor, is a senior leader of the Hamas terrorist movement whose members regularly march through the streets, chanting God damn America. And what, pray tell, does Mahmoud Ahmadinejad say? Should Iran's president wish to meet with an American president (in order to be told that his country should not build nuclear weapons, a request which he can then ignore, as we know since George W Bush has been saying the same thing for years, as have the governments of France, Germany, and Britain), then you are his man. That's a lot of friends and allies in your inner circle who dance to the tune of "God damn America!" That's a lot of admirers in the world, as well as same-minded activists, whose basic message is (or is akin to) "God (or Allah) damn America!"
- You keep boasting of having denounced the Iraq war from the very beginning. But how many times did you actually visit Iraq during that time? How many times did you actually ask for the opinion of any soldier or marine — officer or enlisted man — about his opinions about the conflict? Why did you only heed the views of the mainstream media and the East Coast establishment — most of whom have no more visited the Iraqi frontlines than you have and know no more about military matters — strategy and tactics — than you do?
- You suggest I am not ready to handle the economy, Senator Obama? Polls say many Americans trust my opponent more than me? What does one say about a party whose very basic philosophy — victimitis and martyr-building and government intervention — brought about this mess? What do you say about a candidate whose philosophy in South Chicago involved going around to various private institutions and bullying them into donating money — all the while taking payoffs from those financial institutions in the process; all the while having Fannie and Freddie hand out houses to their constitutents; and all the while fighting regulations to cover up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's illegal bookkeeping? How do you qualify a politician who was among the top five beneficiaries from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? These are things that every American citizen should ponder before voting on November 4th.
- Call you what it is, deregulation is not the appropriate word. It is one more Big Government-run program.
- It has been said that capitalism is about inequality while socialism is about equality. Indeed. Capitalism brings about the inequality of riches, while socialism brings about equality in poverty — as can be seen in the roots of the financial crisis. The administrations of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton wanted to do something for the poor. What they did is have members of the government, along with civil servants, tell business leaders and institutions how to manage their money — not the government's money or the individuals government members' money but the money of the institutions in question and the money the business leaders were responsible for — in other words, money that wasn't the government's to begin with. If the banks did not perform according to the government, there would be stiff penalties.
- In the wake of the scandal, the poor lost their homes, and the middle class and the rich lost extensive parts of their savings. Everybody lost out: the poor, the middle class, and the rich. Everybody! And all because of the (admittedly) good intentions of the government, members who had little knowledge of how market and market forces work, which induced socialism, i.e., equality in poverty.
- In this perspective, you, Senator Obama, want to bring about a European-type system of health insurance. At the same time, you have also told us over the years that Bush administration is not to be trusted. In fact, we have been told by the Democrats for the past eight or so years not to trust the Bush administration. Which is fine. But then they go ahead — then you go ahead — and trust the Canadian, the German, the French, and the British governments when they say that their (government-run) health systems are first-rate and with nary a glitch in their operations. Through the years, liberals have also, incidentally, trusted the Cuban government when it says it provides excellent education to its schoolchildren or the Russian government (during the Soviet era or later) when it claims that it has nothing but good intentions. Apparently, all governments are to be trusted but the American government. Is it any wonder that people treat leftists as being part of the "blame America first" crowd?
- As Amanda Carpenter states: "If [you are] so outraged at [my] involvement in the Keating Five scandal, why is John Glenn, another Keating Five member, doing surrogate work for [you]?"
- In conclusion, I would like to return to the origins and birth of the Republican Party: During the Cooper Union speech of 1860, that followed the 1858 debates between the Republican candidate and the Democrat candidate for the Senatorial election in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln had this message to address to the inhabitants of the South, a section that was dominated by the Democratic Party: "when you speak of us Republicans, you do so only to denounce us a reptiles, or, at the best, as no better than outlaws. You will grant a hearing to pirates or murderers, but nothing like it to … 'Republicans.' In all your contentions with one another, each of you deems an unconditional condemnation of … 'Republicanism' as the first thing to be attended to. Indeed, such condemnation of us seems to be an indispensable prerequisite — license, so to speak — among you to be admitted or permitted to speak at all."
- We are forced to ask ourselves: how much has changed in 150 years? Even taking into consideration the differences between that era and modern times, the answer is: very little, it seems. Democrats, leftists, liberals, grassroots activists, and government interventionists the world over are ready to put Che Guevara on their election headquarters walls. They are ready to head to Tehran to go talk to the Holocaust-denying (and to the Holocaust-promising!) leader of the Mullahs' Iran. They are ready to take the governments and civil servants of Canada, France, Germany, and the UK at their word when they brag about their social security and their health insurance systems. But God forbid that they speak to, or speak about, a Republican or a conservative without foaming at the mouth. God forbid that they would "speak of [America's] Republicans" unless it were "to denounce [them] a reptiles, or, at the best, as no better than outlaws."
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
What McCain Must Say in the Coming Weeks
…notably during the final two debates.