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Take the Red Pill – Vote for John McCain

November 3, 2008

MORPHEUS: Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here because you know something. What you know, you can’t explain. But you feel it. You’ve felt it youre entire life. That there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there. Like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me.

Do you know what I’m talking about?

NEOCON: The Democratic/Media Complex?

MORPHEUS: Do you want to know what it is?

NEOCON nods.

MORPHEUS: The Democratic/Media Complex is everywere. It is all around us. Even now in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window. Or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work. When you go to Church. When you pay your taxes.

It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes, to blind you from the truth.

NEOCON: What truth?

MORPHEUS: That you are a slave, Neo….

This is your last chance, Neo. After this there is no turning back.

Take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and you can believe whatever you want to.

You take the red pill and you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

America makes a big choice tomorrow. We all feel it. Maybe the feeling is bigger than it should be, but somehow this one feels different. Nothing feels safe. 2008 has been a festival of volatility- both good and bad – and no one is quite sure where we’re going. Huge forces are at work in the world beyond our ability to control as individuals and as a nation. Our character and purpose as a nation seems at stake. We have encamped into two halves as a nation with bitterness at a 40 year high, with no relief in sight. How can we make it through the next decade?

There are a great many problems facing us as a nation, and as a world. John McCain understands those issues and has been a consistent leader who is inspirational in his dedication to his country. He has exhibited shrewdness and wisdom throughout his career, especially in his support of and articulation for the reasons for the surge/counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq.

John McCain understands that freedom comes at a price, and that it must be defended vigorously if we are to remain free.

Many of us are not willing to pay that price.

Many of us think that smooth talk and lawerly maneuvering can get us out of international crises involving religious zealots and thugs without honor or good faith. They will be proved wrong, as they always are, and we will suffer as a consequence.

Howard Dean said it best back in 2004

“The real issue is this: Who would you rather have in charge of the defense of the United States of America, a group of people who never served a day overseas in their life, or a guy who served his country honorably and has three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star on the battlefields of Vietnam?”

McCain, by the way, has been awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

I have heard a lot about the shortcomings of Sarah Palin since I wrote the above post. I have not heard much defending Barack Obama on his experience. The silence on that point is incredibly telling.

The truth is Barack Obama has almost no real-world experience to recommend him for the job of President. His most important executive position, running the Annenberg Challenge for radical Bill Ayers, has been a source of embarrassment and scandal for Obama, and in this election (unlike when he ran for State Assembly) he has tried to hide from it.

Obama has so many radical associations they begin to have the effect of almost cancelling each other out. These should matter deeply to the average American. You can say they are smears and guilt by association, but the fact is Obama has not dealt with them effictively. In fact, in the case of Ayers, he has simply tried to establish “innocence by association” by saying Annenberg was a Republican, other Republicans were on the board etc. In no way do I feel like I understand how Ayers views on education and criminal justice have affected Obama. We know for a fact Obama blurbed Ayers book on criminal justice even though Obama said that Ayers is not someone he “exchanges ideas with on a regular basis”. Yes, but he liked his book full of radical suggestions for the criminal justice system. I have no idea what to expect from the man if he is elected, but the signs are not promising.

McCain will be a good President for all of America. He is not an idealogue; he is idiosyncratic in his beliefs, a “maverick”, but so is America. I think McCain has the best chance of talking us through the tough choices ahead. Certainly he’s the only candidate that will be able to stand up to a Democratic dominated congress.

John McCain is a change towards the middle, not the hard left. America doesn’t need to be “fundamentally reformed” as Obama said recently. We need a leader with courage and conviction who will protect America with strength and wisdom, not sophomoric, untested idealism.

To take the Red Pill and vote for McCain implies at least a subtle transformation for a large number of people who might not be ready to do so. To not blame the Republicans for everything wrong in the world means to take stock of the shortcomings of what passes for liberalism in America today. It means finding out what works, not bickering about who should take the blame. It means recognizing that the world is an extremely dangerous place and that great courage and fortitude will be needed to protect ourselves. It means that realizing that not only did the Bush Administration fail to protect us from the attacks of 9/11, but so did the Clinton administration, and our entire security infrastructure. We still have a long way to go. It means realizing that government is not the solution to our financial woes.

If you are going to take the Blue Pill and vote for Obama, you can believe what ever you want. You can believe that by enacting the Freedom of Choice Act, abortions will decrease. You can believe that tax credits are not an expansion of  the welfare state. You can believe that selecting judges who “understand what it’s like to be black, gay or poor” is a terrific advance for a color blind, socially fair judicial system. You can believe that raising taxes in a recession and encouraging protectionist economic policies will have different effects than they did for Herbert Hoover. You can believe that a man who went to a church espousing the “Black Values System” will be a terrific post-racial candidate. (Google cache link -Trinity has blocked direct access). More about Obama’s church of 20 years here. You can believe that a guy who’s first instinct was to talk to dictators without preconditions will be a tough negotiator on behalf of our interests.

“Welcome to the real world”. It’s a mess, we’re weaker than we ever thought and the tragic world of action and consequence can bring real death and tragedy once again to our lives. There is no safe or perfect President, but electing John McCain is at least a vote that will not encourage our enemies to act rashly.

See you after the election.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Timmy C. permalink
    November 3, 2008 3:31 pm

    I’m a fan of long bets…. I believe our last long bet is about to come due, which was a bet that Democrats would not attempt to impeach President Bush.

    Here is another. Despite the fears mentioned in this very fearful post, I’ll bet $100 bucks that if Barack wins, by the end of his tenure as President that Dave you yourself will agree with this statement:

    “I may have disagreed with some of his policies, but on the whole he was a pretty good President and he left the country better than he found it….”

    Do we have a bet?

  2. David permalink
    November 3, 2008 11:28 pm

    Right on Timmy C! Obama for President!

  3. Toayminator permalink
    November 4, 2008 1:43 am

    They may not impeach, but the loony left fringe is still talking about war crimes trials and all that BS. Oh, and count me in for $200. Up for double, Timmy?

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