I had a real hard time staying awake through this one. Many long nights caught up with me and John McCain is not a real fiery orator. The speech was relatively good, but there were a couple of things that McCain said that need addressing. John McCain said, “We’re going to help workers who’ve lost a job that won’t come back, find a new one that won’t go away. We will prepare them for the jobs of today. We will use our community colleges to help train people for new opportunities in their communities. For workers in industries that have been hard hit, we’ll help make up part of the difference in wages between their old job and a temporary, lower paid one while they receive retraining that will help them find secure new employment at a decent wage.” What does this mean? He had so many great things to say about getting government out of our lives and then he throws this in there. Is this a new government program? Who is paying for it? How about sending everybody to college for new skills? What gives people in hard hit industries more rights to an education? And what is he talking about “making up the difference” in pay? Sounds like unemployment and welfare to me. You see John, this is why I have been so tentative about voting for you. Can I trust you to put country first or are you just taking us to the same Socialist place as the Democrats? Perhaps you should have used the theme: Constitution First. And I need this comment explained further as well: “As President I will work to establish good relations with Russia so we need not fear a return of the Cold War.” How is he going to establish “good” relations? We haven’t had those with Russia in a long time. He does realize they have allied themselves with Iran, right? And finally there was this: “Again and again, I’ve worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed. That’s how I will govern as President. I will reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again. I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not.” This always worries me because it usually means we give in to the liberals.
The rest of the speech’s content was great. I hope he will live up to things he said he would do. We do have a lot of work ahead of us. McCain said, “We need to change the way government does almost everything: from the way we protect our security to the way we compete in the world economy; from the way we respond to disasters to the way we fuel our transportation network; from the way we train our workers to the way we educate our children. All these functions of government were designed before the rise of the global economy, the information technology revolution and the end of the Cold War. We have to catch up to history, and we have to change the way we do business in Washington.” Washington is broken and putting Obama in there running the place will destroy it. He has my vote since he made one of the best decisions he has made in a long time – picking Sarah Palin.