Well, I guess it really is over. Hillary is stepping aside, and Barack is the last one standing on the D side.
Does this mean the Clinton machine is officially broken? I sure hope so. That was one dynasty that didn’t make very many friends. It will be a black scar on our history, one that I hope we bring up from time to time as educational material. “Children, which president in the latter part of the 20th Century showed that character in elected officials is most important?”
But what replaces the Clinton machine? After all, they gave the D’s several key victories, victories that after Reagan were extremely unlikely. The Clinton machine was the bump on the “rendezvous with destiny” that the Americans still haven’t forgotten about. Now that we’re over it, we can get going on that road full bore.
But what replaces the Clinton machine? I’m pleased to tell you that the extreme left wing, that wing of the democratic party that relies solely on misinformation and illogical reasoning and ad hominem attacks with circular reasoning is the new replacement. These people are so vicious and cruel that they will eat their own. They will believe anything, as long as it is in the name of the planet or peace. They are not telegenic, in any sense of the word. They are puffed up with a false sense of importance and self-esteem. No matter how many times they fall, they are always willing to take another political beating, reverting to more and more extreme implementations of their failed practices of the past.
They are, in a word, the kind of enemy everyone hopes to fight. Insane, stupid, and easy to beat.
In America, it isn’t about left and right, and it never was. It was always about more or less. Do you want more regulations, more taxes, more bullying by the government? Or do you want less? The people of America consistently vote for less whenever there is an option. Thankfully, the right, at least what is called the right, can always argue in favor of less, an argument that even the most deluded liberal can agree with. When they do, they win, hands down. When they don’t, they have a difficult road ahead.
And on this side of the aisle, we’ve witnessed the evangelicals, the answer to the left’s retarded extremists, shoot themselves in the foot. Thankfully, they will be sitting this election out, at least as a leader with a voice that has some sway one way or the other. In the end, they are either going to vote for our side, or not at all. Instead, the mantle of the moral or social conservative has passed to those who are more reasonable and more politically savvy.
The three legs of the conservative party—the social, fiscal, and defense conservatives—are now under safe leadership, not by individuals who can go corrupt, but by messages and reasonings and by intelligent leaders at all levels who understand how politics really works and are not willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater. This is frustrating to us who want to see everything happen right now, but we have to remember how we got here in the first place: baby steps.
And even with minorities in the house and senate, we are still taking baby steps in the right direction.
McCain, I’m compelled to admit, isn’t the staunchest conservative nor the most trustworthy (in terms of political clarity.) However, he has the opportunity to choose a great conservative leader as VP, and frankly, it’s going to be hard to go wrong. McCain will be a great military leader, exactly what we need, to finish this war on terror. And when he steps aside, his legacy will be the VP he chose.
That is reason to hope if you are a republican or a conservative.