McCain’s Presidential Speech

“The vision of a new era of enduring peace based on freedom is not a Republican vision. It is not a Democratic vision. It is an American vision,” said John McCain at Stanford University, California, on Tuesday. This sums up his potential appeal to Americans, if and when the Republican party makes the right choice and selects him as their candidate for President.

McCain is in a unique position of appealing to Republicans on certain key issues, Democrats on others, and Americans, regardless of their political persuasions, on numerous social and political matters.

What is more, he is sticking to his guns on the major issue – the war on terror, aka protecting America’s (and the rest of the democratic world’s) freedom. “…We must recognize the dangers posed by the forces of terrorism and tyranny that look backward into a world of darkness and violence,” states McCain in the same speech. Is McCain really one of the few people in the media spotlight who read the situation in this way?

McCain continues, “International terrorists capable of inflicting mass destruction are a new phenomenon. But what they seek and what they stand for are as old as time. They comprise part of worldwide political, economic, and philosophical struggle between the future and the past, between progress and reaction, and between liberty and despotism. Upon the outcome of that struggle depends our security, our prosperity, and our democratic way of life.

Are most of the other potential Presidential candidates (Giuliani being an exception) avoiding such rhetoric purely for their own self-interest? In other words, they are unwilling to state the truth to the American people – the truth that war on terror and for freedom around the globe is not only just but is necessary to ensure the American way of life continues – out of fear that such an utterance would scupper their own political ambitions.

 McCain demonstrates he is not afraid to ruffle a few diplomatic feathers, when he chides China and Russia for their respective failures to advance the causes of democracy and freedom, while, at the same time, offering the idea that the US should make more efforts to be a good ally to countries such as France and Germany. While this last notion may not go down too well with many, it is realistic – lasting success in the war on terror, or the war for enduring freedom, will require more widespread support around the world.

 McCain mentions his idea for a “League of Democracies” as something that would “complement” the United Nations – While this seems to be more in the realms of fantasy, any group of nations that could come together and act when situations occured rather than simply politick, would be a vast improvement on the current sloth that is the United Nations. That last comparison is somewhat unfair – the sloth is a rather nice creature that hangs around on a branch all day long barely moving, and yet, in doing just that, adds so much more to the world that the UN does in a year through its own inaction.

McCain’s speech demonstrates that he is going from strength to strength and putting Rudy under real pressure for the first time in 2007.

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