THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - WHAT A CHOICE!
By Allan Wall
November 2, 2008
we are, on the verge of another presidential election. This one pits
Republican John McCain against Democrat Barack Obama. Neither of these
two men, interestingly enough, were born in the mainland “Lower
48” states. Obama was born in Hawaii (though even that’s
disputed) and McCain in the former Panama Canal Zone.
For whom should a conservative/libertarian/constitutionalist type cast his ballot?
The likely dangers of an Obama presidency ought to be obvious by now. Despite the man’s cool and personable veneer, he is a dangerous leftist who seeks to redistribute wealth, further expand government, and promote a divisive multiculturalism.
Despite Obama’s big draw as the potential “First African-American President”, he is not even descended from the Black Americans who have dwelt in our nation for centuries. Instead, Obama is the mixed-race son of an African father who abandoned him. Such a background pushed young Barack into a severe identity crisis which encouraged him to (a) seek out father figures among anti-American radicals, and (2) reject his white heritage and work hard to prove himself “black enough” to real Black Americans.
Barack Obama’s contempt for the U.S. Constitution ought to have been clear anyway, but a recently revealed 2001 interview makes it clear that he doesn’t much care for the document, as it does not authorize the radical redistributionism he favors.
To put it bluntly, Barack Obama does not really identify with the United States of America. Oh sure, he wants to be president of it, but he sees the presidency as his vehicle to transform the nation (and maybe the world). In other words, Obama sees the U.S.A. as a stage upon which to work his magic.
How about John McCain? The Republican candidate served his country in the U.S. Navy, spending a few years as a POW in Vietnam. Nevertheless, McCain too seems to have a problem identifying with the historic American nation. And McCain too has radical transformative purposes for his presidency.
Consider McCain’s view of nationhood. In a 2005 speech, McCain said that “We are a nation of many races, many religious faiths, many points of origin. But our one shared faith is the belief that a nation conceived in an idea, in liberty, will prove stronger, more enduring, and better than any nation ordered to exalt the few at the expense of the many or made from a common race or culture or to preserve traditions that have no greater attribute than longevity.”
McCain here was expressing the common belief that the U.S. has no core culture, culture doesn’t matter, and that America is just an “idea.”
In 2006 though, speaking to the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, McCain revealed that he does care about culture – the Hispanic culture: “This [is] one of the defining moments in American history that really does define what kind of nation we are. If there was ever such a thing as a noble cause, it is the one that we are embarked on now. Anyone who is afraid that somehow our culture will be anything but enriched by fresh blood and culture, in my view, has a distorted view of history and has a pessimistic view of our culture.”
Did you ever wonder why John McCain is such an open borders fanatic, why he fought so hard for amnesty, why he supported the illegal alien marches on U.S. soil, and why he opposed official English and supports bilingual education? McCain revealed part of the reason in these speeches . That is that he doesn’t feel attached to the traditional American culture, but he does support the Hispanicization of the United States.
John McCain - like Obama – sees the United States as a stage on which to work his magic.
And how about the U.S. Constitution? When is the last time McCain ever referred to it?
Truth to tell, the choice between McCain and Obama for president is not a good one.
How about voting third-party? That’s an appealing option, but this year none of them have picked up much traction. Third parties have not done well at appealing outside their small fan bases , networking, and running candidates for Congress and state legislatures. Most Americans are barely aware of their existence.
So for whom does one vote? Certainly, McCain and Obama have their differences, but they have many similarities as well. Both are essentially demagogues, attempting to buy votes with promises of government largesse. Neither candidate identifies strongly with the historic American nation and its culture. And neither would feel constrained as president by the Constitution. Each in his own way is a globalist, and both promote open borders and multiculturalism.
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It’s a sad time for America. One of these con artists is about to win the election, to become our new president. What a choice.