Thursday, September 04, 2008
McCain gives historic speech
Anyone who knows how I feel on the subject of educational vouchers (and anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis falls into that category) is well aware I disagree with John McCain on his approach to education.
He also worries me with his insistence that people can be retrained for better, long-lasting jobs (those jobs will usually last until the CEOs can figure out a way to outsource them and increase their pay and benefits).
But those exceptions noted, John McCain just concluded a historic acceptance speech, and one that leaves Barack Obama's at the Democratic National Convention in the dust.
McCain's story, one with which we are all familiar by this point, is as compelling now as it was the first few dozen times I heard it. His belief in fighting the entrenched special interests and the lobbyists, and his undeniably sincere call to service is a genuine pleasure to hear.
What was especially gratifying was the near silence that greeted the senator a few times during his speech when he dared prick the sacred cows of the Republican party, especially his pledge to veto the pork bills and name names.
In an earlier post, my headline said that McCain is giving the speech that he should have been able to give eight years ago. It has always been my belief that this country would have been better off if McCain, and not George W. Bush had been the Republican nominee in 2000, whether McCain or Al Gore won.
During the past eight years, we have had a president who listens only to those who agree with him. Hearing McCain say tonight that he will reach across the aisle, and knowing he has a proven history of doing it, lets me know that no matter which of the two candidates wins in November, we will see a change for the better when it comes to the partisan bickering that has divided America for the past eight years.