We live in a dangerous world. Our leaders must be thoughtful, careful, calculated. John McCain has proven himself to be reactionary. Republican or Democrat, we must be proactive in our approach to the world. Reactionary government is something one expects from a totalitarian dictatorship walking the line of collapse. The dictator fears only one thing – his own demise. His fear leads to scare tactics, to oppression, to reactionary judgment, to poor decisions based on one factor – sustaining his power base. All decisions are rooted in a fear of failure, and all responsive tactics follow. His power base is more important than his constituents, more important than his country, more important than historical legacy. We have witnessed that mentality the past seven years in the Bush Administration.
John McCain’s selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate has rocked the GOP.
American politicians attempt to exude confidence, smiling and waving in partisan audiences. We in American have evolved our politics into two dominant political parties. Success is defined in terms of party acceptance. The talking heads of the proliferating media rail at the need to ‘strengthen the base’ of the party. With great irony the party leaders recognize the pragmatic solution is found in rallying the ideologues. Demonizing the opposition party has become the pragmatic application of ideology.
McCain has provided embarrassment to the Republican Party. The Republican leadership is forced to follow the pragmatic rule of defending the Party. They are compelled by loyalty to defend McCain’s decision. This writer cringes at the feeble attempts.
This writer is a qualified supporter of Barack Obama. We often find our self in difficult political water – we are socially liberal and economically conservative – so there is rarely a candidate with whom we totally agree. It is with sadness that we watch the GOP leadership trying to support McCain’s choice of Vice President while remaining true to their own personal integrity. The really great leaders of the GOP are forced into the awkward position of defending a choice they do not agree with.
Governor Palin is an Unidentified Flying Object skirting the political horizon.
Governor Palin may prove to be up to the challenge – but the decision to put her on the ticket was not based on her qualifications – rather it was a totally politically expedient move. This was a decision based on fear, not on careful, thoughtful, calculation.
We do not need four more years of reactionary government.
What great sadness.