Before I get into the heart of this post, I want to reiterate that I do not support either major party candidate for the presidency. In fact, after researching all of the announced candidates, not a one of them passed my muster. Ergo, I have no partisan angle to offer in what I'm about to say.
It's been an interesting week watching the media promote John McCain and Caribou Barbie as if only these two were running in a Soviet-style election. I'm sure that McCain would love a 99.9% vote total!
But tonight wasn't about McCain. It was Obama's night with the presentation of his infomercial and the termination of a relatively quiet period in this campaign. Both Obama and Biden now have to regain the media coverage they surrendered in what has to have been a mistaken strategy to boost their sagging polling numbers relative to McCain.
This isn't to say that Obama is in the process of losing. But as has been the case for most of the presidential elections since Reagan's reelection, the polling numbers are being reported as closing. Whether they are or not will remain for the historians to determine.
If Obama's team was hoping for a knockout punch coming from the infomercial, they miscalculated badly. I didn't see or hear anything I haven't prior to tonight's presentation, and certainly nothing to put paid to McCain's efforts. It's as if Obama's team is back to the place they were toward the close of the primary – unable to "close the deal". If enough people come to this conclusion as I have, then McCain is the beneficiary of tonight's program.
But there is this certain problem which both candidates share in my mind. Neither one has demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt that they deserve selection as president by the people of this nation. Neither one is fielding a winning team, just OK ones. Considering the problems facing this nation, mediocre isn't going to cut the mustard much less the deficit. And – considering the likely medical problems McCain faces – neither can Palin when she takes over as she likely will.
Anyone paying attention to the world's reaction to the recent raid into Syria knows that America has lost the assumption to leadership. No – thrown it away is more truthful. We have lost the trust of the world that we will do the right thing, so they are vying among themselves to rise to the top. Nicholas Sarkozy has scored some points in the EU dealing with the current economic crash prior to George Bush attempting to steal his thunder. China is waging a public relations assault on the image of the dollar, and Russia is slowly seeking to supplant the US as the dominant military power.
This isn't to say that any of these examples will prove successful, just that they would have been unthinkable prior to December of 2000. Who would ever consider taking on the nation which fought two major wars simultaneously half a world apart from each other while also supplying all of their allies with the tools of destruction? Oh, wait. That was sixty years ago. What have we done lately? What have we shown the world? A nation led by wise men, or what used to be a nation led by wise guys? The richest nation in the world, or the most profligate? The most moral nation, or the most hypocritical? The strongest nation, or the one whose rotting stench is becoming strongly unbearable?
You won't get the answers from our domestic media, and few of you have bothered to check out what the world is saying for yourselves. I'm not going to go into it for you tonight (although I'm considering it later this week), so if you really want to know, get off your Googly data stream and look it up. It isn't going to be hard to find, especially if you look first at Iraq. Or Pakistan. Or Afghanistan. But I digress.
I don't yet know who the American people are going to choose – or who will be chosen in our stead by those who count the votes. But whichever of these two becomes the leader of this land, very little of what they have been blathering about will ever become reality. The bulk of their efforts will be expended keeping the rest of the world from toppling us in an economic struggle. You will know well how costly this effort will be, because you are going to pay this bill along with the bank bailout and the other fiascos attacking We, the People and our future security en echelon.
So, to conclude, I quote the aged knight from the third Indiana Jones movie: "Choose wisely."Powered by Sidelines