Friday, October 17, 2008

Sarah Palin: Proud to Be an American

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has some video of a Palin speech from Dover, New Hampshire yesterday. In terms of mood and spirit differences between the two parties, the video serves as a perfect example.

We believe, too, in the promise of this country, in the opportunities that we wish for ourselves and for each other, for our sons and for our daughters. We believe America is not the problem. We don’t have to apologize for being Americans!
Morrissey likens the optimism to Ronald Reagan.

I do think the quote captures what is different about the two candidates at the moment. McCain wants minor changes to prevent another banking crisis but for the most part trusts in the American economy; Obama wants to enact the New Deal II. McCain wants to be cautious about using military force but respects and honors those that serve in the military; Obama says hawkish things like "we will get Osama Bid Laden at any cost" but has repeatedly shown a lack of respect for people who choose a military career. McCain is proud to serve his country; Obama (and Michele) think we are setting a horrible example and want to reshape us in the model of Europe.

The political landscape may make it impossible for McCain to prevail in this election. But the most disappointing thing is that the press will take even a 50.1% to 49.9% Obama victory as a mandate to trash America as it is now. And many of us just don't agree with that.

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