Wednesday, June 4, 2008

McCain challenges Obama to town hall debates

Senator McCain has challenged Barack Obama to a series of town hall debates. The first would be June 12th if the Obama campaign accepts.

Obama sounds great, says nothing.

After Listening to and then reading the transcript of Barack Obama's speech I realized something. Listening to Obama you feel inspired, he's a great speaker there's no doubt about that, but then you ask yourself what did he say? Barack Obama talks about all the problems in America and that he's going to fix them when he becomes President, but he always skips how he's going to fix them. Here's an example "We owe our children a better future. We owe our country a better future. And for all those who dream of that future tonight, I say: Let us begin the work together. Let us unite in common effort to chart a new course for America." Sounds great Senator Obama, but I have a few questions. What's the common effort? Where are we going? How are we going to get there? Obama never answers these questions in his speeches because the answers are scarier than the questions.

He also says "I honor, we honor the service of John McCain, and I respect his many accomplishments, even if he chooses to deny mine." Ok what are your accomplishments Senator Obama? I know you gave a great speech at the 2004 Democratic convention and got yourself elected Senator, but what else have you done? After that he said, "We must once again have the courage and the conviction to lead the free world. That is the legacy of Roosevelt and Truman and Kennedy. That’s what the American people demand. That’s what change is." Let me get this straight you plan on leading the free world by running from the central battle in the War on Terror, and talking directly to dictators that threaten the U.S. at every turn. I could pull quote after quote from his speech and tear them apart all night long. This is what Obama does he gives a speech that sounds great and everyone goes those are great ideas. The problem for the Freshman Senator will come when people start disecting his speeches and realize, his solutions are scarier than any problem we face now.

Here is the transcript

Here is the video

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

McCain starts general election campaign.

Tonight John McCain has kicked off his general election campaign with a speech blasting Obama for being someone who talks about change and bipartisan ship, but says he is the one that has been for change for years, "The choice is between the right change and the wrong change. The right change will stop impeding Americans from doing what they have always done: overcome every obstacle to our progress, turn challenges into opportunities, and by our own industry, imagination and courage make a better country and a safer world than we inherited."

McCain Highlighted differences he has had with the Bush administration from spending to promoting the surge in Iraq. On spending he said, "I have opposed wasteful spending by both parties and the Bush administration. Senator Obama has supported it and proposed more of his own." McCain said he wanted a freeze on all discresitionary spending programs until a review could be done to get rid of programs that overlap and are wasteful. He also made it clear he opposed giving subsidies to big businesses.

Then McCain turned to our dependence on foreign oil. "The next President must be willing to break completely with the energy policies not just of the Bush Administration, but the administrations that preceded his, and lead a great national campaign to put us on a course to energy independence." He said we could do this by using the using the "creativtiy and genius" of the Amercian people.

McCain then started firing at Barack Obama. He hit Obama on almost every concievable issue from the environment to the War on Terror. He attempted to paint Obama has a peace loving tax raising liberal in the fashion of Jimmy Carter. He questioned Obama's Judgement for wanting to meet with foreign leaders that are hostile to the United States, without pre-conditions. He pointed out the He has a record of working across the alise while Obama has only talked about doing so.

The point of McCain's speech was to say that he's already spent over thirty years doing what Obama is talking about doing. It was also to show he does not represent Bush's third term. "You will hear every policy of the President described as the Bush-McCain policy. Why does Senator Obama believe it’s so important to repeat that idea over and over again? Because he knows it’s very difficult to get Americans to believe something they know is false. So he tries to drum it into your minds by constantly repeating it rather than debate honestly the very different directions he and I would take the country."

McCain will win this election because he has done all the things that Obama is talking about doing. Also while no one wants to spend any more time in Iraq than is necessary I do not believe that Americans are ready to hand the country off the to Al-Qaeda. Americans really do, for the most part, understand that if we lose the battle in Iraq the war doesn't end it just becomes longer and more difficult to win.

Here's the video of the speech

Here's the full transcript