Real versus Fake

As Americans enter the voting booth come November 4th, they will take the measure of men and a woman and decide who they trust with the responsibility of the Presidency of the United States. This election, like all others, will come down to one single issue. Who do you trust?

Barack Obama and the Democrats certainly put on an impressive, majestic performance in Denver last week. It was big and overproduced, in a football stadium with 80,000 screaming fans and a gushing media to hyperbolize. Obama’s speech was loud and full of liberal platitude. It also spent and inordinate amount of time attacking John McCain, their self centered sense of destiny’s mortal threat.

John McCain’s speech tonight was not slick. In fact, it was downright awkward in places. While it wasn’t the smooth production Obama put on last week, it was genuine and real. It started with his narrative, it ended with a challenge.

Sometimes genuine and real are not pretty. While Americans can be distracted by polish, they are only attracted to truth and integrity. Sometimes truth may seem mundane in the wake of dogs and ponies. But truth is what Americans know. And to truth Americans respond. Americans will know that Obama lacks the depth of life experience of McCain. They will also recognize he doesn’t even match Palin on that measure. Americans will recognize Obama for the self-centered, Me First, Country Second political hack that he is. Americans will see in John McCain the journey that started as an arrogant young fighter pilot, was shaped by horrific experiences, and continued on a new course of service and responsibility.

The American Presidency at its best since George Washington has been a position of Service and Responsibility. The Constitution guarantees us it is no more than a position of influence, and certainly not a position of Power and Prestige over the people it leads. Our Democratic friends proceed with a sense that they are the moral authority, and as such, they deserve the Presidency, and all positions of leadership while we’re at it. But see, it is the self-centeredness of moral relativism that leads them to that position. Their pessimism leads them down the path of anger. The United States of America as a whole is not an angry nation. In the end, Americans will know who is the right choice.

Further complicating matters is Sarah Palin. How unlikely, that. Sarah Palin is 44 years old. She graduated from high school when Ronald Reagan was President. She pursued a career in anything but politics. She was raised a frontier girl in a solid, Christian household. In her was cultivated in the harsh Alaska winters the standard American values on which our Country was founded. She didn’t set out to seek power, she was drafted into Political Service. She brought her integrity into office, and her People surely know. History will tell us whether she has the character to absorb this whirlwind, and keep true to herself. America will be so much the better for her efforts if she succeeds.

Republicans know the real deal when they see it, and that’s why she has united the base. It’s not because she shares the Faith most of them do. It’s not because she forces her morality on the people she serves. It is because she functions as an executive should function, true to the purpose of her position as a servant and guardian of the people of her state. She has assumed the mantle as leader of the Conservative movement simply because she has the clear-eyed vision to believe it is possible to do the right thing. This writer prays she continues to be up to the task. Republicans could only have prayed for such a thing to happen this week. But, surely enough, it has.

This is truly an Historic, epic election. We’ve been struck, almost dumb, by an enemy who wants us dead as a matter of their religion. We’ve fought amongst ourselves, and we’ve seen but not recognized the consequences of liberal policy in the meltdown of our real estate market. Our lack of diligence on energy has thrown us into an crisis as the supply of the critical resource of our economy has been restricted. We continue our fight against terrorism. We continue now a fight for our very soul. Do we choose the path of socialism as so many have in the past? Or we fight to keep the America we know?

John McCain knows what we should do. To the rowdy and raucous cheers of Republicans, he ended his speech:

“Fight for what’s right for our country.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children’s future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history. Fight with me, Join with me…”

We have to fight. We have to resist the temptation to replace weak times with government control, for the more government gives us, the more it can take away. Our forbearers did not sacrifice for us to give the nation over to the tyrants they fought to replace.

In the end, John McCain has served his country for his entire life with honor. His next act of service, should Americans see what I see, will be to serve his country as President. After a successful Presidency of four or eight years, he will leave that post with one final act of service, having introduced us to Sarah Palin.

The founders talked of Divine Providence. While other candidates would seemingly have lacked the courage to deviate too far from the expected, Divine Providence gave us John McCain. Only John McCain would have the audacity to select a young, unafraid, woman with the very virtues and values we need as the future heir-apparent to continue the work he begins tonight. Is it possible that we could finally clean up the mess that is Washington? Can it be true? If so, it is a beautiful story we can only hope Americans are capable of recognizing.

So, on November 4th, Americans will choose between integrity and service, or government control sold to us through eloquence and celebrity. They’ll choose between the real, and the fake. Americans have a nose for what’s fake. Americans will choose John McCain.