Anyone who reads R. Emmett Tyrrell's column in the July/August edition of the American Spectator (www.theamericanprowler.com/dsp_article.asp?art_id=13603) will learn great gobs of stuff about the John McCain few of us know.
The McCain Tyrrell writes about stands fully 10 feet tall, has an outsized sense of moral courage seldom found in a politician in any age, and is unashamedly a patriot who'd suffer the most extreme torture before he'd turn his back on his country and his fellow Americans. (Oh, I almost forgot — he already has endured the worst kind of torture one can endure as a price for his faithfulness to God and country.)
Coming from Tyrrell, about as conservative a Republican you can find in the political spectrum, that's more than simply high praise for a GOP candidate. It's an admonishment to his fellow conservatives who can't bring themselves to get on his bandwagon because the loathe this or that McCain position on one or more issues — positions they consider to be pure liberalism. Accepting McCain's occasional leftward excursions, Tyrrell stresses the fact that at least we always know where he stands. Equivocation is not an arrow in his quiver.
Ignoring the McCain Tyrrell reveals in his piece, many conservatives zero in on the small percentage of issues where they find him going astray: immigration reform, for example, or my pet peeve, his support of the specious global warming doctrine preached by Al Gore.
Despite the fact they agree with him on most issues, some conservatives cannot bring themselves to swallow him whole, instead choking on a tiny morsel they find unpalatable.
I am, for instance, appalled at McCain's support of Draconian measures to prevent global warming, a non-existent threat growing numbers of scientists scoff at despite the fact that by getting on the global warming gravy train they could find themselves wallowing in the juicy government and corporate grants now enjoyed by other scientists willing to peddle scientific integrity for a quick buck.
I find the ultimate realist John McCain's willing acceptance of this hoax inexplicable and have to believe that it can be attributed solely to his close friendship with his bosom buddy Sen. Joe Lieberman, an avid disciple of Al Gore's global warming delusion.
Frankly, I think McCain has slid off the rails on this one, and I have a sneaking suspicion that if somebody like another of his senate colleagues, James Inhofe, the patron saint of all Republicans who consider global warming as the new flat earth doctrine, could sit down and explain the facts to him, he'd see the light.
Arguing against the possibility of his conversion however, is his genuine affection for his pal Joe Lieberman. Should he desert the ranks of the climate change allies, he would in a sense, publicly betray his friendship with Lieberman, and the John McCain Tyrrell reveals, would rather walk on nails than be disloyal to a close friend.
To John McCain, loyalty is everything, so I simply have to put his global warming delusion down as an unhealthy and unpalatable morsel that must be swallowed if I want to digest the whole meal.
This to me is one of the most crucial issues of our times, and overlooking McCain's enlistment in the ranks of the climate change hysterics is no small thing, especially since Gore's false doctrine is helping to conceal the real perils mankind now faces from the opposite direction.
Warming stopped 10 years ago. It's getting colder out there, and many scientists are coming to see a rebirth of the little ice age, or even a big one, as being in the cards. And history shows that big and little ice ages are extremely threatening to mankind's overall welfare and existence.
Moreover, concentrating on McCain's venial sins obscures the seriously mortal sins of Barack Obama, one of the most successful practitioners of sheer demagoguery this nation has ever produced. As noted, you can trust McCain even if you don't like what he's doing or saying.
You can't say the same thing about Obama. You know exactly who McCain is. You don't know diddly squat about the real Barack Obama, only the one he chooses to reveal selectively.
Much is made about his background as a "community organizer," for example. We are given images of a selfless crusader going about depressed neighborhoods offering succor and encouragement to the poor and allegedly disenfranchised at great personal sacrifice.
We are not told that what he was really doing, as Tyrrell writes, was "going into poor neighborhoods and organizing anger, channeling it into still more welfare, and more government programs, perhaps late night basketball games, (once beheld as an enlightened antidote to urban crime) medical and psychiatric clinics. Perhaps curbside aerobics, but little that would grow the economy or create jobs sustainable in the free market."
Stripped aside of all the campaign rhetoric, Barack Obama, an acolyte at the feet of the Marxist Saul Alinski, is offering us the same old socialist remedy that has destroyed every economy upon which it has fastened its tentacles and strangled the economic life out of it.
That's what it's all about. The lines are clearly drawn. It's a choice between substance and fluffery, Marxist slavery and free market liberty.
Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist and World War II Marine who writes for Newsmax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist (Cato) for National Review magazine in the 1960s.
He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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