In these trying times, in a world filled with peril and a nation divided against itself, the election of a new leader to the executive is of utmost importance, and arguably the 44th President of the United States of America will have the potential to define the national narrative well into the next few decades in a way few others have. He may be remembered in the company of the illustrious – John Adams, Martin van Buren, Calvin Coolidge, Ronald Reagan – if he delivers on his promises. Yet he must also pray he will not make the mistakes of those who arrived with such promise – Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter – and squander his mandate on sexual deviancy and socialism.
For these reasons, Impact Magazine has decided to endorse the candidacy of John McCain. Whilst Barack “Hussein” Obama’s candidacy promises to erase the divisions of eras past, his policies are ill thought-out and veer dangerously close to the pink. We do not need a return to the wilderness years of the Clinton presidency, where wealth redistribution and a series of labour reforms led to a violent spectacle in the Balkans, and his mindless foreign policy gave the United States its first budget surplus in years. No – the fundamentals of our economy are strong. The baby must not be thrown out with the unfashionable bathwater, and we must not discard the free-market economic policies which gave us the ability to rise to the top through our own merits, to legitimately use our wealth as we saw fit, and gave us the strength to bankrupt the rival nation of Iceland. Our money is our right, our nation is founded upon the reality of private property, and ideas which threaten this – minimum wages, labour unions, a narrowing of the income gap – could destroy our ability to compete on an equal level with the Chinese. Lest we forget, they do not let ‘rights’ interfere upon their economic progression, and to forget this would be to surrender the next century.
We are a strong nation, we are a proud nation, and we are a nation that relies upon our continued strength and popularity in the world. Mr McCain fought for freedom in Vietnam. He knows how to win a war. His presidential air belies a man of the people, a man who knows the pain and suffering of the average man on the street. Whichever of his seven houses he may be in, whenever flying over the rows of repossessed homes in his wife’s business jet, wherever the boutique his running mate purchases clothing from – these perspectives are far more diverse and objective than the more trivial, subjective experiences of Mr Obama and Mr Biden. Mr Obama has only experience in poor neighbourhoods, and amongst the liberal intelligentsia. This is an election that cannot be left to the candidate with the better grasp of theory, and the more venerable education – this must be chosen on character and experience. Mr McCain’s empathy is more rounded than Mr Obama’s; Mr McCain’s friendship with Joe the Plumber is more trustworthy than Mr Obama’s being in the same room as William Ayers.
The fate of the nation – nay, the world – is in the balance. Our choice reflects our character. Our choice reflects our intelligence. Our choice reflects the way in which we wish to interact with the rest of humanity, economically, culturally, and diplomatically. The candidate who would deliver the domestic and international results we desperately need is clearly determined by these criteria, and a McCain presidency is the only sensible option for the true pro-American.