Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Country First

I am always amazed when talk show pundits tell us what someone else should have said or not said. Since all talk these days are economic/election related, the opinions fly with the wind in a hurricane. Some I agree with. Some I don't.

One case in particular hit a nerve with me. No matter what John McCain does or says, our pundits criticise. It is probably true that he could have put Obama away in that first debate by challenging him on the 700 billion dollar bailout plan. He could have pushed for what he thought was a better alternative. He could even have pointed a few fingers at the party that got us into the mess with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

As many Republicans were warning, many Democrats were defending these institutions. Steven Holmes wrote a very interesting article in the New York Times on September 30, 1999. Check it out. Then, ask yourselves how these Democrats have the nerve to blame Republicans. The answer is actually simple. Most Americans do not keep track of what their politicians are doing. They listen at election time and take their word for anything. When they hear contradictory stories, they throw up their hands and say, "How can anyone know?"

Well, we can know. There are some things that are facts, and as Americans, we have the responsibility to get them. We also have the responsibility to teach our children about the great country they live in. They need to know how and why it was formed. They need to understand history and economics. They need to love our country.

So, why didn't John McCain blast Barak Obama in the debate. I believe he chose not to for the sake of his country. He recognized the fragile state of affairs in the economy, the fragile state of negotiations in Washington and the fragile state of business on main street. So, when Nancy Pelosi chose to make a major partisan scene prior to and during the vote, John McCain chose to put his country first.

I wish the pundits would take up his cause and bring all of this to the public's attention. Let them know how we got in this mess. Let them know who is really working for them and not their own political career. Let them know who will bring real change. Let them see the sacrifice Senator McCain is making for his country. He does put his country first. Speak for him.

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