John McCain will be the last RINO, whether he wins or loses on November 4, 2008.
The Republican country-club RINO/Elite expects grass roots, blue-collar Republicans to rally around them and put them in office, even though the RINO/Elites betray them at every turn. This time it has not worked. As bad as Barrack Hussein Obama is as a candidate, there is no enthusiasm for John McCain among blue-collar Republican voters, just a greater distaste for Obama.
John McCain is seventy-two years old. If he wins, it is doubtful that he will run at seventy-six, especially with an attractive Sarah Palin waiting in the wings. If McCain loses, candidates like Mitt Romney simply will not be tolerated by the grass roots. They do not want another catastrophe. Again Sarah Palin waits in the wings, clearly the national favorite of Republicans.
Now, more than ever, the grass roots Republicans realize the RINO/Elites simply cannot be trusted to govern the country for the benefit of the people and preservation of the United States. Their management of the U.S. when in office places in doubt whether the United States will survive another fifty years.
Barrack Obama promises wealth redistribution, but John McCain and the RINO/Elite promise poverty and despair for working class people. The Republican Party and George Bush have seen the flight of over five million high paying manufacturing jobs. Yet, John McCain goes to Michigan and tries to sell the benefits of free trade to out-of-work citizens. Detroit looks like a bombed-out war zone. Is it any wonder that the manufacturing states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania would go into the Democratic column?
Consistently, surveys had shown that 66-70% think free trade is bad for American workers. And that figure must be higher among blue-collar workers in industrial states. Yet, the RINO/Elites continue to pimp for free trade because their corporate contributors benefit. Lower wages mean higher profits and rising stock prices (until the economy collapses.)
John McCain said that he had "listened to" the American people about immigration and promised to secure the borders. He left hanging the question of what to do with the twenty million illegals and their anchor babies. His campaign promptly hired a Reconquista Hispanic and began pandering to the Hispanic voters. This was, of course, suicidal. He gained nothing among Hispanics and further alienated his grass roots base.
Americans disapproved of the $700 billion dollar Wall Street bailout by 70% to 30%. John McCain had previously gone on record of the dangers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Republican leadership in Congress had a plan that would have restored liquidity and not make the American people purchase toxic assets. McCain was in the perfect position to lacerate Rep. Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd for their part in creating this debacle. It was the perfect opportunity to be on the side of the American people.
McCain dithered and dallied. At first he backed out of a debate, and then he endorsed the bailout. When it was time to rally the opponents to the bailout, provide sound solutions and gain the support of the American people, McCain was a drama queen of all talk and little action.
The failure of the RINO/Elites is not just a just the failure of one man. It is a failure of an entire class of people. They are well educated, well-meaning, very nice and comfortable on a tennis court. But the RINOs fail to provide leadership. Leadership means having a clear vision of what needs to be accomplished, based on reason, facts and analysis, a plan to accomplish what needs to be done, and the will to forge ahead in the face of obstacles. The RINO/Elites, however, are intellectual, moral and physical cowards. (While they bravely cheer the troops in Iraq, few, if any, have ever smelled gunpowder.)
David McClelland, in the Achieving Society, asserts that societies rise, plateau and decline. From what can be seen, (Bill Gates whining that America cannot be competitive without importing computer programmers from India) the United States is in a very steep decline. McClelland says that this is because the sons and daughters of those who built the society are raised by slaves (coaches, SAT tutors, tennis pros, etc.). These children glide from high school to college to the professions, never encountering anything that requires moral resolve, involves danger to themselves or threatens their pocketbooks (Me Generation, Baby Boomers, Yuppies, Mac Mansions, etc).
McClelland says that societies dominated by these elites decline and disappear. In order for a wealthy society to survive, McClelland says, leadership must emerge from outside the wealthy elites (they are neither competent nor courageous). He says such leadership must come from the "periphery of the society."
There is no place more on the periphery of our society than Wasilla, Alaska.
Director, CT Citizens for Immigration Control
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Mr. Streitz is a co-director of CT Citizens for Immigration Control. He was an infantry platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne, Vietnam and a Minuteman on the Arizona border. He ran for the CT Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2004 and 2006. He is the author of America First: Why Americans Must End Free Trade, Stop Outsourcing and Close Our Open Borders, The Great American College Tuition Rip-Off and Oxford: Son of Queen Elizabeth I.