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McCain, on the other hand, has no excuse. There are no conservative interest groups pushing to hand day-to-day power over the economy to government, as the enviro groups constantly agitate for. In fact, polls and focus groups show that while many Americans say they’re concerned about global warming, it’s not at the top of most people’s agendas. And most are not interested in taking draconian measures to deal with a problem that may or may not be real. What can McCain possibly be thinking?
McCain has an opportunity to lead on this issue and make an important distinction between himself and Barack Obama at the same time. (It’s been my observation that in elections, contemporary Republicans rarely miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.) To do this he would have to frame a real energy policy that’s not centered on avoiding a phony threat manufactured by the political Left to advance its collectivist purposes.
FROM TIME TO TIME I get a fund-raising letter from McCain, which starts out with the sentence, “The choice America will face in November is very clear.” It could be damn site clearer if McCain would quit chasing after left-wing fantasies like global warming.
In his letter, McCain goes on to whoop up “long-held conservative principles of limited government, strong national defense, and individual freedom.”
McCain certainly has conservative principles correctly and economically described. But the principle of limited government is out the window if we turn over energy decisions to politicians and government bureaucrats, as McCain’s cap and trade program would do. This would be the biggest increase in government power in our history.
As to the other two principles, an energy-poor country cannot defend itself at all. And where’s individual freedom if government document-stampers tell us all when (if) we can use the air conditioner or the toaster?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?