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In the movie Gladiator, Russell Crowe’s character, Maximus, declares, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” The same could be said of the 2008 presidential election. On Nov. 4, citizens of the United States will face a choice that could alter the trajectory of the country for a generation, a choice that will define what America and its people stand for.
Americans can choose to elect Barack Obama, a smooth-talking charlatan who is at once the most frighteningly leftist and egregiously unqualified presidential candidate in history. Or they can send to the White House a decorated war hero, a proven reformer, a man of character with a distinguished record of public service, a man named John McCain. The choice is clear: McCain for president.
The United States today faces unprecedented challenges, and while McCain is far from perfect, he has shown that he has the experience, knowledge and judgment to be an effective president. The same cannot be said for Obama.
McCain has the right ideas about fixing America’s economy. Throughout the campaign, he has advocated sensible economic policies such as low taxes to encourage job growth and restraining government spending to reduce the nation’s massive budget deficits that eat away at its future prosperity.
Obama’s plan to raise taxes and massively increase federal spending will drive away jobs, bloat the national debt, and lead to economic ruin.
McCain’s health care plan gives Americans tax credits to purchase their own insurance, giving individuals control over their health care. Obama promises government mandates and massive expansion of already unsustainable federal programs that put health care into the hands of bureaucrats.
To achieve energy independence, McCain wants to utilize all of America’s resources, including wind and solar energy, but most importantly, expanded offshore drilling and nuclear power, two of the fastest, most reliable ways to increase domestic energy production.
Obama’s reluctance to support increased drilling and his ridiculous plan to punish the oil companies who bring our fuel out of the ground is both unfortunate and extremely counterproductive.
McCain has consistently demonstrated a solid grasp of world affairs and has the right approach to dealing with America’s enemies. He was an early critic of the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq and a vocal proponent of the troop surge, which has reduced violence in the country to a level where American soldiers can now return home in victory, leaving behind a stable, democratic Iraq.
McCain understands the danger posed by rogue nations like Iran and its resident madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who vows to obliterate Israel — and North Korea, which finds it amusing to test nuclear-capable missiles over the Pacific Ocean.
McCain’s policy of not holding presidential meetings with these nations until certain preconditions are met recognizes the need to deny the world’s thugs the ability to say they pushed America into diplomacy.
Obama seems to think dictators are like his friends from Harvard, whom he can sit down with over tea and charm with promises of “hope” and “change.”
More than the issues, though, this election will determine America’s future identity. Will it be a land of opportunity where the successful are not punished with confiscatory taxes, or will it mimic socialist Europe and “spread the wealth around”? Will it be feared by its enemies and respected by its allies, or will it be laughed at as a paper tiger full of empty threats and false promises? Will America be led by a true statesman, warrior, and reformer, or a motivational speaker?
This choice will echo throughout history. Let’s make the right one.