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The more of John McCain I hear the less I like. John McCain likes to talk about leadership in the context of Commander in Chief. He’s good in that context because of his service in the Navy and his time spent in a Vietnamese prison camp. But leadership is much more than just ordering troops around. In fact, the test of a true leader is whether or not people follow him when he CAN’T order them around at all.
We are suffering from a lack of leadership in America. Both candidates of the two major parties are coming up with the same awful ideas to the most serious of situations regarding our economy since the Great Depression. The problem is that they have failed to learn from the Great Depression. I can understand why Barack Obama would want to give billions of dollars in taxpayer money to failing banks that mismanaged their own funds. He’s a big government statist. I expect that from him.
Republicans, however, are supposed to be the “conservative” party; the “free market” party. And yet, the supposed head of the “free market” party is all in favor of a government bailout that most certainly will do more damage than good. Not only do I believe it won’t help and will further damage our wounded economy, but it will establish a precedent that says, “When times get tough government will be there to bail you out.” I picture Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton when he says, “I’m bulletproof”.
John McCain is not leading on this issue and it’s going to cost him the election. If McCain really were a maverick, he’d be out there dowsing the flames of this bailout with gasoline and rallying the Republicans around an economic plan that would actually work. But he’s not a real maverick. He’s only a maverick when it comes to issues when he differs from the Republican status quo. His leadership is off-course at best and a complete farce at worst.
A true maverick would be espousing the belief that the market will adjust itself much more appropriately and quicker than any government program and that government intervention, as in the Great Depression, will only make things worse than they already will be. A true maverick would be telling people that we’re in for some tough times but that it’s the right thing to do, just like he did with the Iraq war, only this time, it’d be with some real intelligence behind him. A true maverick would not compromise the principles of free market economics and liberty to save his political skin.
If you want a true maverick, you’ve got the wrong candidate. The one you want is here: