Thursday, September 04, 2008

John McCain's Speech

Wow. Was that an emotional ending or what? I have to say that the last 5 minutes, when he got very personal, brought tears to my eyes. That was a terrific finale.

The rest of it was just fine despite the interruptions by members of the opposition with their barely literate screamings and being carried off by security. I know he lost his place on the teleprompter a couple of times and there were times he looked awkward giving the speech, but no one is voting for John McCain because of his speeches. We're going to vote for him because of his character.

I particularly liked his assessment of how the political system had let the American people down.
We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption. We lost their trust when rather than reform government, both parties made it bigger. We lost their trust when instead of freeing ourselves from a dangerous dependence on foreign oil, both parties and Senator Obama passed another corporate welfare bill for oil companies. We lost their trust, when we valued our power over our principles.
That was great stuff. Here was the very best part for me.
If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.
Amen, Senator McCain. Amen.

The Scratching Post happily endorses John McCain for president.


Dean said...

I very much liked the speech, especially the "if you don't like it, do something about it" paragraph you reference.

His recounting of his time as a POW and how that changed him was very moving.

I'm glad he called out the Republicans for their very unRepublican-like behavior of late. It was needed. A catharsis, if you will.

Ohioan@Heart said...


Time to be a fiscal conservative.

Stop letting government grow. It can't do everything for everyone. If it tries, it will end up doing nothing for anyone.

Seems some in Congress are worried about McCain putting the stops to earmarks with the veto. (See here). Seems they think that earmarks are "protected under the constitution".

Fortunately, so is our right to vote for the President, and his (or her) right to use the veto.

Anybody think that Obama would do that?

Vote McCain - You Know You Should.

Foxfier said...

I liked the part about not giving money to folks who hate us....

K T Cat said...

Thanks for the comments! The getting back to basics bit was a very nice touch, too.