Louisiana Republicans should support McCain
posted Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 @ 4:51 pm
When Louisiana Republicans head to the polls Saturday to cast their ballots in the GOP presidential primary, they should support the only candidate who has a track record of believing in and exhibiting sound fiscal responsibility. They also should support the only candidate who possesses a strong pedigree in the fields of foreign policy and national security.
That candidate would be U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
Throughout his years as a member of the Congress, McCain has been a forceful proponent of doing what is necessary to ensure America's national security interests were protected amidst a world of much insecurity.
We suspect McCain developed his interest in national security and foreign affairs at an early age since he is a product of a distinguished military family. We also suspect McCain's interest was shaped by the five years he spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Over time, McCain has displayed his knowledge of foreign affairs by standing out as a steady voice of reason whenever the U.S. military was called on to deal with crisis situations in other regions of the world. It seems we always turned to McCain for his take on matters before acting militarily or otherwise, especially when American lives were at stake.
At the same time, McCain's record of favoring tax cuts when tax cuts were the prudent and wise thing to do should more than convince the American people, including Louisiana Republicans, that the senator clearly understands the people can do a better job of managing their money than the bureaucrats and politicians on Capital Hill.
McCain's record of questioning frivolous government spending is a plus in this corner, too.
A vocal critic of so-called pork barrel spending, or "earmarks," McCain has made a host of enemies because he questioned the sanity of throwing around the people's money on endeavors that clearly should be funded by local and state governments. That record does not sit well with the people who rely on the growth and expansion of government. So be it. In time, the people will realize McCain was right all along.
In the meantime, it should come as no surprise that McCain is not well liked by the far Right, or that fringe element in the Republican Party which appears to take great pleasure in operating in a political atmosphere amid much acrimony, distrust and division.
In many respects, the far Right is more dangerous for America than the far Left, or that fringe element that's overjoyed by the thought of Hillary Clinton or Barak Hussein Obama serving as our next president. Fathom the thought.
Yet, we recognized long ago that the far Right knows little about governing, and it does not understand mainstream America.
That helps explain why the far Right does not understand a man like McCain, who has a firm grasp on what America needs in its next president.
We understand it, and we understand McCain.
We would like to think Louisiana Republicans understand it, too.