In these past two weeks since the stock market crashed two times within one week, it was Senator John McCain who said, “The fundamentals of our economy are strong,” only for President Bush to say Wednesday night, “The economy is in danger.” For the first time in these eight long years, it was President Bush’s words that I believed, and that is not saying much since I have consistently written of his failed administration. By the way, where was Bush when the first crash happened?
Being a heart patient and witnessing McCain’s erratic behavior during this crisis, my heart palpitated. Only after hearing Senator Barack Obama calmly state in a news briefing certain key points that must be included in this $700 billion dollar bailout did I feel the palpitations lessen. Key points such as oversight and taxpayers being treated like investors.
For McCain to dictate how the both of them should react to this crisis is a tone that only a dictator would use, and we have had eight long years of Bush who once said, “I am the decider.” It took guts for Obama to stand up to McCain and not blink concerning McCain’s call for a postponement of the debates and say, "This is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess." Obama also stated, "It's going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once." In fact, he has been in constant contact with Hank Paulson and others in congress to be kept up to speed.
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, even chimed in saying that, “Obama’s and McCain’s help was not needed.”
Bush even stated during his speech to the nation on Wednesday night which counters McCain, “We're in the midst of a serious financial crisis, and the federal government is responding with decisive action.” So, Senator McCain, let the debates go on or as Bush once said in the early days of the Iraq War while painting a target on our soldiers' backs, “Bring 'em on.”
There were many other key words contained within Bush's speech that will send some Americans into panic mode such as "danger," "collapse," and “some serious negative consequences." While the fault lies with an unbridled free-market system with little regulation, which is the Republican philosophy when it comes to doing business, at least he was coming clean in how this will affect Americans. Unlike McCain who switched gears day-to-day last week and who became confused as to who the Prime Minister of Spain was.
If he thought it was imperative to go to Washington to become part of these proceedings, then why did he parade his running mate Sarah Palin around at the United Nations for photo-ops and a course in foreign policy 101? If he felt it urgent then he should have flown back then and suspended his campaign then. You do not do so two days prior to the debate. That could have been done early last week when the crash first occurred. I agree with Obama that Americans need to hear from who will be their next president since there will be a transition after the November elections.
In our own thoughts on hearing them answer certain key and vital questions, we need to take them out for a test drive in our mind. In both their temperament and tone, Americans must witness how they will handle future critical moments as we go forward.
Again, if there was a sense of urgency coming from McCain to return to Washington, this article reported, “McCain said he would return to Washington on Thursday after an address to former President Clinton's Global Initiative session.”
I think that on Wednesday, Americans got a taste of the matrix where one takes either the red or blue pill. In the movie ‘The Matrix’ the difference between the red and blue pill is as follows, “When Morpheus and Neo meet, Morpheus offers Neo two pills. The red pill will answer the question "what is the Matrix?" (by removing him from it) and the blue pill will allow his life to simply carry on as before. As Neo reaches for the red pill Morpheus warns Neo "Remember, all I'm offering is the truth. Nothing more." I think that this was the moment in time when Americans needed to hear the truth for once. Like it or not, most of us have taken that red pill and we do not like what we see.
The late president, John F. Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” and this is directed at those Hillary Clinton supporters as well as the eighteen percent that was reported today who are undecided, it would be irresponsible to elect John McCain as the next president.
There was a clear disconnect between Bush and McCain which was apparent on Wednesday night. Also, from what was reported today, the Republicans were in disarray when it came to this bailout. We cannot have four more years of Republicans controlling the White House. We need clarity, not confusion.
In the article that reported that eighteen percent of voters are up for grabs, this one passage stuck out: "A large chunk of these voters say they are hurting on a personal level from the country's economic woes, and, like everyone else, they say the economy is the top issue. Most haven't decided who would best solve their problems as president; neither candidate has an advantage on handling the economy."
While the article expresses that, one only has to remember the Keating Five scandal which John McCain was embroiled in, and that the senate ethics committee stated he “showed poor judgment.” We must also remember that McCain’s economic advisor Phil Gramm wrote most of the deregulation laws that got us to this point.
In a complete 360 from last week, McCain stated of this bailout, "I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time." The same sense of urgency came when it came to voting for the authorization for Bush to invade Iraq and we all know how that turned out. This time, congress has to be sure for the American people that they get it right. I think that statement showed a McCain in panic mode and we cannot have a president who sends the American people into panic.
Those that are still on the fence need to hear from these two candidates come Friday night. In fact, we as Americans need to hear from Senators Obama and McCain as to who can lead us rationally into the future. Let the debates go on.