Two Strong Views from the Right
Yesterday brought a couple of opposing must-read columns from the right. First, John Derbyshire:
So I won’t be watching either of the party conventions. Both parties’ choices of nominee are appalling to me. I contemplate the next four years with dread.
I don’t want either of these men in charge of the federal government, neither the crazy old fool nor the simpering sophomore. I don’t want either the moralistic imperialism of John McCain or the welfare-state-to-the world sentimentalism of Barack Obama. I don’t want my country represented by either a Compassionate Crusader or by Oprah Winfrey in drag. (Possibly in person, too, if the rumors we’re hearing about Obama’s plans for Ms. Winfrey are true.)
Next, Orson Scott Card:
In the election coming in November, we face the kind of choice that shapes the future of nations. On the one hand, we have an irascible Republican who is wrong as often as he is right, but at least has the courage to act according to his conscience often enough to earn the enmity of party hacks.
On the other hand, we have a candidate who has shown himself to be a complete captive of the intellectual elite, voting their party line in Congress, sneering in private at ordinary citizens that he does not even try to understand, wrapping himself in ersatz victimhood, changing his mind whenever it seems politically prudent while denying that he ever had any other view.
We are at the great political divide, and most Americans — especially the young, who have been so grossly miseducated by the intellectual elite — are getting their news from comedians who parrot the slanders of the elitists.
Solzhenitsyn saw what we seem determined to ignore: Power is fleeting, and so is freedom. The “world’s only superpower” can only maintain the current world order if it acts with courage and vigor to stop the enemies of freedom and prosperity.
Perhaps the difference comes in whether one believes McCain is a fashionable elitist with an irascible streak or that he’s a guy trying to muddle through, often acting with conviction in the wrong direction. If the former, he’s a mildly better-than candidate. If the latter, he might be correctable.