Well, this isn't a RedStateEclectic endorsement, but I do like the guy in many ways. Like when he says the Democrats are just as imperialistic as the Republicans. I'm all for letting him keep talking. It keeps things interesting.
I'm not a huge sports fan, and have only casually paid attention to the Olympics since about, oh, 1972 or thereabouts (I was on the local swim team that summer, so enjoyed watching Mark Spitz). Anyway, most of the time, if you asked me where the Olympics were being held, I'd have to dig really deep in my mental cavity to come up with the location. I just don't care about it that much--is that anti-American, or something?
But, I've been following enough of the discussion to be aware that party this summer will be in China. PTG over at the Plains Feeder has a provocative piece up on why we shouldn't go to China. He might be right. At the very least take a look at his post--but beware: there are some photos included which will disturb you. Also, be sure to follow his links, and take a look at some of the links the photos will take you to.
John McCain is on a "re-introduction tour"--attempting, I suspect, to re-frame himself in the public eye. He gave a speech this morning which seems to be the gist of this tour. Here's the full text of the speech.
A couple of comments. The speech, as written, strikes me as eloquent, personal, and even inspiring--at least on the surface. But...
I'm wondering if any of you history buffs can answer a question for me (and no, I don't know the answer). Have we EVER had a presidential candidate (arguably one of the two who will get elected) who was mired so deeply in the military tradition that McCain has been (read the speech to see what I mean)? Of course we've probably had as many who have SERVED in the military--at some level--as we've had who haven't served over the course of history, but that seems fundamentally different than McCain. And yes, we've had career military officers and/or heroes who have served as President, and yet the tradition of a family of professional military service seems--at least on the surface--one which the voters tend to ignore. Consider, for instance, the wooing of Dwight Eisenhower (a first generation military officer, albeit one who reached the pinnacle of the profession), for the Presidency in 1952, compared to the rejection of Douglas MacArthur--who had indicated a willingness to be drafted for the position at one point, but who ended up endorsing (ironically, huh?) non-interventionist, Old Rightist,Robert Taft as he battled Dwight Eisenhower for the nomination of the Republican Party. MacArthur's father had been an Army General, as well.
Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone can come up with another candidate--in any century--that has had the kind of investment in the military Establishment as John McCain's family has had?
I'm still digesting all of this, but here are a couple of quick thoughts I have about the new efforts to overhaul the financial system:
These people don't trust the markets
There's a move toward more centralization of power than we already have (which is never a good sign in my book)
You think that perhaps the economic system is far worse than the official word is indicating, given that: "The Bush administration Monday proposed the most far-ranging overhaul of the financial regulatory system since the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression." ?
From the story:
The main elements of the Bush administration's plan to overhaul financial regulation:
— Expand the role of the President's Working Group on Financial Markets to include the entire financial sector and not just financial markets.
— Create a federal commission, the Mortgage Origination Commission, to develop uniform, minimum licensing standards for mortgage market participants.
— Close the Office of Thrift Supervision, which regulates thrift institutions, and move those functions to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which regulates banks.
— Merge the functions of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission into the Securities and Exchange Commission to create one agency to provide unified oversight of the futures and securities industries.
— Establish an Office of National Insurance within the Treasury Department to regulate those in the insurance industry who want to operate under an optional federal charter.
— Work to establish as a long-term goal three major regulators: the Federal Reserve as a "market stability regulator"; a "prudential financial regulator" to take over the functions of five separate banking regulators; and a "business conduct regulator" to regulate business conduct and consumer protection.
Here's a great video, produced by the Ron Paul campaign. Something that Dr. Paul said early in the tape struck home--he said that his reason for being in a particular state was to "send a message." That is the mantel that all supporters need to pick up--sending a message: to the Republican Party, to the country, and to the world. (Note that crowd at the University of Minnesota!)
Send a message, watch the video, get inspired, do what you can where you're at, chip away at changing the GOP--chip away at changing the way Americans think. THIS is "only the beginning!" Watch till the end--you'll see "hope for America"! ...."He's like the coolest candidate in the world!"
You may notice some new looks on the blog (and on the think tank site, in delayed time) over the next couple of weeks. Attribute it to my need to "rearrange the furniture". Color schemes will change a bit, in the near future we'll be introducing a new banner, with a new RSE logo, and if I get real adventurous, I may try rearranging the layout of the blog a bit. So don't be surprised if you see some new looks--and don't be surprised, either, if I end up going back to an earlier version after a few days of change. Sometimes you just have to look at where the sofa is for a while before you decide whether you want to live with it that way.