Wednesday, August 20, 2008
McCain Leads Obama in New Poll
WHAT? THE? HELL?
(Don't look for much rational thought into day's post...to be honest, I'm just ranting- I'm so mad.)
I have to admit to a great feeling of frustration at this morning's story (by Reuters): McCain in 5 Point Lead Over Obama.
According to the article, there is no one group that Obama needs to win over (or has lost), there is no one issue that has lost it for him.
Instead, people just see McCain as the better choice to "stand up to Russia" and, unbelievably, lead the nation on the Economy.
This, to me is unbelievable (but of course, I do believe it, the story of the American electorate since 1968 has largely been one of a people who have turned away from facts and chose to embrace illusion.)
In what sense, I wonder could McCain be "better" on any of the issues of primary concern to the American people.
1) On Gasoline? Off-shore drilling will show NO results for YEARS and George W. Bush squandered every opportunity to use the Post 9-11 mindset to declare true American Independence from Foreign Oil.
2) On Foreign Policy? Our troops are too committed to an unnecessary war (Iraq) to successfully wage the NECESSARY war in Afghanistan...McCain claims he wants to stay committed to Iraq...how then, may I ask, does the man plan to DEAL with Russia? With WHAT will he deal with them? We've broken our big stick in Iraq, and we'll need to fix it (and hell, we weren't even speaking softly.)
3) On the economy? Americans have seen a decline in real wages since the 1970s. The policies of Reagan and George W. Bush have plunged this nation into deficit spending - eight years of conservative pull backs under Democrat Bill Clinton merely stopped the downward slide...two years of Bush, and the Republicans were able to re-start their stated agenda of "drowning" America's Government (including education, social security, law enforcement and military spending) "in a bathtub".
And, yet, again and again, American's turn to the smiling face of the Republican party- because what they "say" is so different that what they do.
Another Republican Administration will break this county, I fear, beyond all repair. And we seem to be falling for it...hook line and sinker.