Tag Archives: John McCain

What is The Community Reinvestment Act?

So…  I’m gonna get political here.  Sorry.  This video got my attention in a big way today, and I think it’s worth talking about.  I’d really like to hear from both conservatives and liberals on this, because I’m trying to sort it out.  

I am an undecided voter.  Honest.  I like Barack Obama.  I like how he speaks.  I like that he acts presidential.  I feel that one of the most important things right now is that the country needs a psychological lift.  I was an early Bush apologist, but I have a hard time with him now.  I think leadership needs to be able to explain itself eloquently.  I get really testy when people attempt to dismiss the important of the perception of the masses, dismissing the masses as unwashed and uneducated.  The masses may indeed be unwashed and uneducated, but they’re our masses nonetheless, and if you don’t want to lead them effectively, go get a real job. (This from the musician… yikes.)  

In the past, I have liked John McCain.  I’m struggling with him right now.  It seems like he’s running a three ring circus.  Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My!  While Sarah Palin is certainly entertaining, I am really looking for people with conservative values that can raise the level of discourse in explaining and articulating the benefits of conservatism, because, frankly, conservatives pretty much suck at it, and then get all pissy when one points that out.  With all due respect to the governor, she has (in my opinion) failed to do so, and she’s the big rock star right now.  

So… here I am feeling like the conservatives have made a pretty huge mess of things in the past 8 years, and I’m getting ready to cast my first Democratic vote, ever, and then I run across this little video.  Now, it becomes a McCain propaganda piece towards the end, but the first 6 minutes or so raised my eyebrows.

Discuss.

Notes From an Undecided Voter #2 – Looking and Sounding the Part

Dear Senator McCain,

I like you.  You seem like a cool cat, honestly.  Your sacrifices in Vietnam are indeed staggering.  Your sense of duty, and honor, and loyalty to your friends is inspiring.  I sincerely wish you had won the primaries in 2000.  I think you would have made a far superior president then Dubya, and this is coming from a guy who was an apologist… at first.  

It’s cool that you have a sense of humor and all, that you’re having fun with the age issue, trying to deflect it and not come off as an old fart.  I get that.  

However…  our nation is in desperate need of someone who looks and sounds presidential.  I know… I know… it’s all opinion and subjective.  Welcome to the 21st century, Senator.  Love it, or hate it, perception is important.  For the past eight years, most of us in this country have grown increasingly nervous every time our fair leader opens his mouth.  More often than not, those of us who spent the first few years of this new millennium arguing about liberal media bias and presuppositions about intelligence and accents, were rewarded for our good faith by an uninterrupted string of… well… pretty moronic statements.   

Senator, remember when The President of The United States represented the pinnacle of the American ideal?  My wife and I saw an old video or Reagan, and love him or hate him, that homeboy was poised.  He was noble.  He was… presidential.  

Our economy is in the toilet, and people need a psychological lift.  Yes, I know that I’m talking in hippy-dippy fashion, but we live in a hippy-dippy world, and we can thank your generation for that, can’t we?  The economy, and really anything involving representative money, is a fragile agreement between parties.  People need to feel hopeful.  People need nobility.  I am not an expert on economic concerns, but I am an avid student of people, and I’m telling you… this is really important to our country right now.  We need a lift.  I know that we’re a nation of whiners, but we’re your whiners.  Leaders must rise to whatever unfortunate circumstances greet them, or frankly, I think they’re whiny leaders, and whiny leaders are the worst whiners of all.  

So, Senator, if you’d like my vote, you gotta punch up your public persona a tad.  I think that perhaps the best thing your opponent has going for you is that he gives a hellava speech.  Stop harassing him about it, and learn from him.  Tell your speechwriters to stop pandering to the base.  Tell them to write you a real speech.  Give me John Adams.  Give me Roosevelt.  Give me a president that I can point to and say, “That’s the leader of my country, and by God I am proud to live here.”  

Be bold, and take a place in the great pantheon of American orators.  

Whatever you do, don’t sing “Bomb Iran” again.