If elected to the Presidency, Barack Obama, I believe, will enact numerous nightmare policies domestically that will limit our freedoms and increase the bloated federal government’s reach into the lives of its citizens and their pocketbooks. John McCain, however, is running on a platform of foreign policy experience and commander-in-chief-edness. The question that is posed is, “If the White House phone rings at 3 o’clock in the morning, who do you want to answer?”
While we certainly don’t want Barack Obama’s naivity to expose our country to increasing threats from around the world, I’m not so sure we want trigger happy John McCain either. During a campaign event in South Carolina earlier this year, when asked about a message he wanted to send to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, McCain joking replied with the lyrics to a reprise of the Beach Boys song, “Bomb Bomb Bomb, bomb bomb Iran”.
Just days ago when Russia rolled its tanks into Georgia over the South Ossetia region, McCain began talking tough yet again and many pundits began talking about whether the US should provide military support for Georgia. To his credit, McCain has not recommended any military support for Georgia, although if the situation were to continue, I’m sure that would not be far behind.
Reported rumors of McCain’s temper have been around for years and I can plainly see it in his response to certain questions, although he has become increasingly adept at masking it, a learned necessity over the course of the campaign. Compound an aggressive foreign policy with a legendary temper and you have the recipe for a very tumultuous and expensive 4 years.
Thomas Jefferson said, “It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.”
The first part of foreign policy is to avoid war, after that, if war should commence the objective is to put out the fire and preserve ourselves. The man in me wants to dictate to others our demands and ultimatums. The Patriot in me cries for freedom, including the freedom of other countries to protect their national interests just as we do. The more we advocate war the more willing we will be to enter into one, whether necessary or not.
It appears that neither Barack Obama or John McCain have any interest in limiting the size of government, only proportioning where that government will exist. Obama wants government infrastructure domestically, McCain wants expansive military forces abroad. The losers, no matter who wins, will ultimately be the American people.