My friend Tim e-mailed today. He expresses both frustration and optimism.
The Viet Cong and the Media have tested McCain; he has been
given no slack. Obama has been embraced by the weather underground and the
media and has been give all the slack he needs. McCain and Palin’s feet have
been held to the fire, while the media pours water on any fires that come close
to Obama, and then claim he can walk on water.
Americans are being called racist for not voting for a black man. Voters who are not racist know they can vote for anyone based on their politics. By the way, what would we have been if we didn’t vote for a woman, either Hilary or Sarah? Oh yeah, we would have been what the media is… chauvinist pigs.
Why will McCain win? Conservatives, liberals, and middle of the road American’s do not trust the media—and we know who they have chosen. They have an alliance with no checks and balances. Who wants to watch lovers embrace for four years? On the other hand, voters can trust a tested seventy year old war hero and maverick to make independent and wise choices.
As with Lincoln in ’64 and Roosevelt in ’44, in hard times voters will choose a leader who has been tested.
Tim is right on every point. Though it is the left that screams "racist" at every possible opportunity, it is those on the left that are preoccupied with the race of their candidates. The right is concerned with whether someone will govern with conservative principles.
The media has ignored or actively covered up anything that could even remotely be considered negative about Barack Obama; they have magnified out of all proportion anything that was in the least negative about John McCain. They have trumpeted Obama's strengths, and hidden McCain's in their archives—never to be seen again. "Fairness" is their mantra, but it must have some meaning I'm not familiar with. Whichever way the election goes, there will be a reckoning with the media. They have so completely abdicated their mandate as the fourth estate that it cannot stand. Regardless of which side of the aisle you prefer, if you cannot trust your sources of information you will replace them. Already the biggest papers in the land have begun to collapse financially. Their readers have had enough and are moving on.
Will McCain win? I'd like to place my trust in the American people. They generally have enough wisdom to keep us off of truly dangerous paths. But this morning in church my pastor, instead of a sermon, gave a screaming, crying rant about the "religious right," and she exhorted everyone to vote. It was irrational, and rationality and wisdom go hand in hand. Rationality and wisdom are, to be sure, not the same thing. Wisdom, it seems to me, is part intellect, and part heart. Without both you lack wisdom. And a lack of rationality seems to to be the hallmark of the typical Obama supporter this year. It is almost a cliché that his supporters can't name anything he's done, much less something important or good. Yet they are going to vote for him.
Where does that leave us?
The polls are all over the place. In recent history, polls have seldom favored Republicans—even when they have won—and conservatives can take some small measure of comfort in that. It seems that the election will be a close thing. Every vote will count and, if we are lucky, we will have just enough to eek out a victory. But win or lose, the battle will have just begun, and in many ways conservatives will find themselves fighting the same battle either way—a battle for conservative values. It's just a matter of degree. Obama is a radical leftist, and though for those on the right the choice is an obvious one, John McCain is very far from being a strong conservative.
Either way, conservatives must fill the role of the loyal opposition.