Thursday, September 04, 2008

On John McCain

One thing struck my wife and me tonight as we watched John McCain's acceptance speech at the Republican Convention. He repeatedly stressed the need to live and serve a cause greater than oneself, to not take the credit but serve others--lessons he learned in a Vietnamese jail cell.

The message was not personality-driven, but focused on ideals and ways to achieve them. He made few references to his opponent, which was presidential and fitting. Those points had been made in spades yesterday by Sarah Palin and Rudy Gulianni. But his life and message made the contrast utterly clear.

John McCain has a compelling story and gave a convincing speech. Despite my disagreements with some of his previous stances, I respect him and believe he tries to put principle above personality and fame. He has grown through the campaign as has my appreciation of him.

The choice should be clear. The choice is titanic.

5 comments:

Jeffroo@roo.com said...

Hitler was a community organizer. Jesus was Governor of the Kingdom.

Context Here: http://jimtreacher.com/archives/001534.html

BJ the Tornado said...

Doug,
he was in a Vietnam jail cell, not a Cambodian one.

Paul D. Adams said...

Doug:
I could not agree more. As I said elsewhere...

"Any individual who supports legislation or a Constitution that permits the free choice to take unnecessarily the lives of innocent, defenseless (unborn) human persons is not morally equipped for the office of the presidency of the United States (this is not to say that being “morally equipped” is sufficient criteria for the office, but it is certainly necessary criteria)."

Brian said...

He did good didn't he?

Doug Groothuis said...

He did well.