Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCain's Smart Move of the Week

Good job Johnny!  In this time of financial crisis, Senator McCain's decision to head back to D.C. to weigh in on possible solutions and cast a vote is absolutely what he should be doing.

We still must hold our breath in the hope that McCain doesn't come down on the side of socialism, but, for now, demonstrating that real problems are more important than a political campaign sends a message to voters that he is serious about fixing things and not just talking about it.

The fact that he made this decision while Senator Obama is still puttering on the campaign trail is just a maraschino on the sundae.  If Obama rises to the challenge and heads back to Washington, we may be witness to one of the great floor debates in the history of the U.S. Congress.

Will this be a defining moment in McCain's political career?  He has an opportunity to boldly define the rhetorical differences between liberals and conservatives and in doing so give America its watershed election.

Paint the lines.  Red and blue aren't visual enough to differentiate the choice has to make.  McCain must make the debate black and white, no grey.

He must make it clear that liberals want to comfort us in times of crisis and shelter us from harm, no matter what the cost.  Conservatives view failure as a valuable experience that informs us so that we can eventually celebrate success.  Just handing the keys of industry over to the government is not a solution, unless what Americans want is a state of life that offers an illusion of security and an absence of reward.

This is a battle that capitalism lost the last time American sank into widespread panic.  The New Deal exacerbated the misery of millions at the same time that it exponentially expanded the federal government's role in our lives.  In many ways, the current crisis is a product of those same "reforms".

This election will become a referendum on the direction of the nation in a way that few have in recent history.  Capitalism versus socialism in domestic economic policy.  Appeasement versus engagement in foreign policy.  We want to see clear differences between the candidates, and in that way this crisis could not have come at a better time.

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