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Obama And McCain (Thomas Sowell)
GOPUSA ^ | June 5, 2008 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 06/04/2008 7:46:37 PM PDT by jazusamo

Now that the two parties have finally selected their presidential candidates, it is time for a sober-- if not grim-- assessment of where we are.

Not since 1972 have we been presented with two such painfully inadequate candidates. When election day came that year, I could not bring myself to vote for either George McGovern or Richard Nixon. I stayed home.

This year, none of us has that luxury. While all sorts of gushing is going on in the media, and posturing is going on in politics, the biggest national sponsor of terrorism in the world-- Iran-- is moving step by step toward building a nuclear bomb.

The point when they get that bomb will be the point of no return. Iran's nuclear bomb will be the terrorists' nuclear bomb-- and they can make 9/11 look like child's play.

All the options that are on the table right now will be swept off the table forever. Our choices will be to give in to whatever the terrorists demand-- however outrageous those demands might be-- or to risk seeing American cities start disappearing in radioactive mushroom clouds.

All the things we are preoccupied with today, from the price of gasoline to health care to global warming, will suddenly no longer matter.

Just as the Nazis did not find it enough to simply kill people in their concentration camps, but had to humiliate and dehumanize them first, so we can expect terrorists with nuclear weapons to both humiliate us and force us to humiliate ourselves, before they finally start killing us.

They have already telegraphed their punches with their sadistic beheadings of innocent civilians, and with the popularity of videotapes of those beheadings in the Middle East.

They have already telegraphed their intention to dictate to us with such things as Osama bin Laden's threats to target those places in America that did not vote the way he prescribed in the 2004 elections. He could not back up those threats then but he may be able to in a very few years.

The terrorists have given us as clear a picture of what they are all about as Adolf Hitler and the Nazis did during the 1930s-- and our "leaders" and intelligentsia have ignored the warning signs as resolutely as the "leaders" and intelligentsia of the 1930s downplayed the dangers of Hitler.

We are much like people drifting down the Niagara River, oblivious to the waterfalls up ahead. Once we go over those falls, we cannot come back up again.

What does this have to do with today's presidential candidates? It has everything to do with them.

One of these candidates will determine what we are going to do to stop Iran from going nuclear-- or whether we are going to do anything other than talk, as Western leaders talked in the 1930s.

There is one big difference between now and the 1930s. Although the West's lack of military preparedness and its political irresolution led to three solid years of devastating losses to Nazi Germany and imperial Japan, nevertheless when all the West's industrial and military forces were finally mobilized, the democracies were able to turn the tide and win decisively.

But you cannot lose a nuclear war for three years and then come back. You cannot even sustain the will to resist for three years when you are first broken down morally by threats and then devastated by nuclear bombs.

Our one window of opportunity to prevent this will occur within the term of whoever becomes President of the United States next January.

At a time like this, we do not have the luxury of waiting for our ideal candidate or of indulging our emotions by voting for some third party candidate to show our displeasure-- at the cost of putting someone in the White House who is not up to the job.

Senator John McCain has been criticized in this column many times. But, when all is said and done, Senator McCain has not spent decades aiding and abetting people who hate America.

On the contrary, he has paid a huge price for resisting our enemies, even when they held him prisoner and tortured him. The choice between him and Barack Obama should be a no-brainer.

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Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His Web site is www.tsowell.com.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2008; mccain; obama; rino; sowell; thomassowell; tsbo
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1 posted on 06/04/2008 7:46:38 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 06/04/2008 7:48:12 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Sowell BUMP


3 posted on 06/04/2008 7:50:29 PM PDT by Christian4Bush ("In Israel, the President hit the nail on the head. The nails are complaining loudly." - John Bolton)
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To: jazusamo
At a time like this, we do not have the luxury of waiting for our ideal candidate or of indulging our emotions by voting for some third party candidate to show our displeasure-- at the cost of putting someone in the White House who is not up to the job.
 
Amen, Mr. Sowell

4 posted on 06/04/2008 7:50:45 PM PDT by littlehouse36 (Does polar bear methane cause global warming?)
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To: jazusamo

I love Dr. Sowell. He is a very wise man.

I cannot and will not vote for John McCain.

I honestly believe that he’s a half of a dozen short.

I do believe however that Mc Queeg will win without my vote.


5 posted on 06/04/2008 7:53:07 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: jazusamo
In my nightmares, I see Hezbolla(sp?) members dancing in the streets and OBL releasing videos declaring victory and prophetic fulfillment in the wake of an Obama victory.

The MSM will brush it all off, until the first attacks begin, both here and overseas.

6 posted on 06/04/2008 7:54:20 PM PDT by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: jazusamo

Hey jaz! Much as I hate to admit it, Dr. Sowell is right.


7 posted on 06/04/2008 7:55:45 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( on the cutting edge)
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To: Paperdoll

I agree with you and Dr. Sowell, Doll. :)


8 posted on 06/04/2008 7:57:40 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

bump


9 posted on 06/04/2008 7:58:12 PM PDT by vrwc54
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To: Wiseghy

I’ll never forget the Palestinians dancing in the streets after 9/11, don’t want to ever see that happen again.


10 posted on 06/04/2008 8:00:04 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: acapesket

I’m with you. Although since I live in the swing state of Pennsylvania, I still might be persuaded to hold my nose and vote for McCain. But only if he can stop p***ing on conservative for the next five months, name a conservative (or at least a non-globalist moderate) as VP. But I don’t think either is going to happen.


11 posted on 06/04/2008 8:01:38 PM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: acapesket
If it was Billery, it wouldn't make a difference. With Obama, I have yet to meet a working class Democrat that is supporting Hussain. I think McCain is going to take Massachusetts. I don't think Obama is going to win one, single state. I know it sounds crazy.
12 posted on 06/04/2008 8:01:58 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: jazusamo
At a time like this, we do not have the luxury of waiting for our ideal candidate or of indulging our emotions by voting for some third party candidate to show our displeasure-- at the cost of putting someone in the White House who is not up to the job.

Sowell Nails It...........

13 posted on 06/04/2008 8:03:09 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: jazusamo
On the contrary, he has paid a huge price for resisting our enemies, even when they held him prisoner and tortured him. The choice between him and Barack Obama should be a no-brainer.

Yes, it does not even require a brain to know who the vote for. And even though Obama's supporters do not have a brain, they still will vote for him. The Pied Piper leads them on.

14 posted on 06/04/2008 8:05:25 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: jazusamo

When McLame stabs America in the back again by appeasing Iran, don’t say I told you so. McShame says anything to get elected. His actions speak otherwise. Ask the Conservatives in AZ.


15 posted on 06/04/2008 8:05:26 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (No mas Juan "Traitor Rat" McAmnesty)
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To: jazusamo

“At a time like this, we do not have the luxury of waiting for our ideal candidate”

how about just one that is NOT a liberal POS? Is that too much to hope for?


16 posted on 06/04/2008 8:12:52 PM PDT by Grunthor (McCain sucks, Obama blows and the United States is screwed.)
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To: Leisler
I don't think Obama is going to win one, single state. I know it sounds crazy.

I believe he will win Illinois.

17 posted on 06/04/2008 8:13:16 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: jazusamo

Thomas Sowell calls it correctly — If it’s McCain v. Obama — then McCain is the obvious choice.

Thank you, Mr. Sowell, for clarifying.


18 posted on 06/04/2008 8:13:36 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: Leisler

AH HA!
You are correct in realizing Massatoosits will be interesting!
I think Kerry can absolutely lose this year, and I think McCain will take a great percentage of the vote.
BUT, we cheat wicked pissah heayah!


19 posted on 06/04/2008 8:15:04 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping jaz. :)

“Our one window of opportunity to prevent this will occur within the term of whoever becomes President of the United States next January.”

I’ve posted that same thought as well, and was called “dramatic” by some asshat from New York here at FR, but I agree one hundred percent with Dr. Sowell.

That IS how important this coming election truly is.


20 posted on 06/04/2008 8:17:27 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo
The point when they get that bomb will be the point of no return. Iran's nuclear bomb will be the terrorists' nuclear bomb-- and they can make 9/11 look like child's play.

At a time like this, we do not have the luxury of waiting for our ideal candidate or of indulging our emotions by voting for some third party candidate to show our displeasure-- at the cost of putting someone in the White House who is not up to the job.

The choice between him (McCain) and Barack Obama should be a no-brainer.

Sowell gets it right, yet again.

21 posted on 06/04/2008 8:18:31 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("a wee bit silly." -Lord Trimble on Hillary Clinton's claim of foreign policy "experience".)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood; rockinqsranch
The choice between him (McCain) and Barack Obama should be a no-brainer.

Yes, Dr. Sowell is absolutely right!

22 posted on 06/04/2008 8:21:46 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: acapesket

and if the obamama wins and what Sowell and so many of the rest of us can understand may well happen, does happen, I can only hope that people who sat back and did nothing to stop it - (the thumb suckers) are the first to suffer the consequences.


23 posted on 06/04/2008 8:23:47 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Typical Gun-Toting, Jesus-Loving Gramma)
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To: jazusamo
But, when all is said and done, Senator McCain has not spent decades aiding and abetting people who hate America.

McCain is now a U.N. flunky.

24 posted on 06/04/2008 8:25:22 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the girly-man population. Have the McCainiacs spayed or neutered.)
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To: Graybeard58

I believe he WILL be president. I have no doubt what so ever.
God help us all


25 posted on 06/04/2008 8:28:22 PM PDT by sonic109
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To: jazusamo

>> Our one window of opportunity to prevent this will occur within the term of whoever becomes President of the United States next January.

Woah...

It’s time for Freedom to put down the remote and get off the couch. Now that’s “change”.


26 posted on 06/04/2008 8:31:16 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: jazusamo

Sowell speaks the truth. Boy, is it painful.


27 posted on 06/04/2008 8:33:24 PM PDT by JHBowden
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To: jazusamo
>>>>>The choice between [McCain] and Barack Obama should be a no-brainer.

Looking that way.

28 posted on 06/04/2008 8:35:12 PM PDT by Reagan Man (McCain Wants My Conservative Vote in November --- EARN IT or NO DEAL !!!)
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To: acapesket

waaaa!
what a baby
can’t have your way so you take your ball home and pout.
obama is fine with 1million babies a year murdered and is fine with iran getting nukes.

and you won’t vote against him.


29 posted on 06/04/2008 8:35:46 PM PDT by brannon (we are all dying; some of us faster than others)
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To: Grunthor

at this point, yes. it is too much to hope for.
vote against obama.


30 posted on 06/04/2008 8:37:22 PM PDT by brannon (we are all dying; some of us faster than others)
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To: jazusamo

Same old story every year. You *have* to vote republican or the world will end as we know it. I can’t believe how many times we all fall for it. sigh.


31 posted on 06/04/2008 8:40:16 PM PDT by Thoreau
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To: brannon

“at this point, yes. it is too much to hope for.
vote against obama.”

I can’t vote against BOTH liberals?

(note; I will vote for McIdiot if he quits urinating upon conservatives for the next five months and picks a conservative VP)


32 posted on 06/04/2008 8:40:16 PM PDT by Grunthor (McCain sucks, Obama blows and the United States is screwed.)
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To: Thoreau

Well then your other choice is Obama, a Socialist . Use your head my friend.


33 posted on 06/04/2008 8:43:02 PM PDT by sonic109
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To: maine-iac7

Sorry. Not a thumb sucker.
I truly believe he has some mental issues which make him unfit for the Job.
I will vote R downticket all the way and am working for some R’s here.
Just can’t do it.
I still have some principles, McQueeg does not.


34 posted on 06/04/2008 8:43:27 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Thoreau

Kind of like Ground Hog Day, isn’t it?


35 posted on 06/04/2008 8:44:45 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The GOP death march to the gravesite is underway.)
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To: brannon

You can holler and scream all you want.

As I said before, I will vote a straight R ticket.
McQueeg is No Republican I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime.


36 posted on 06/04/2008 8:46:14 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: rockinqsranch

Bush is still CIC for seven or so months.


37 posted on 06/04/2008 8:46:18 PM PDT by BIV (typical white person)
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To: jazusamo

There was dancing and celebration in the streets of Mexico City too, on 9/11. We should never forget that fact either.


38 posted on 06/04/2008 8:49:00 PM PDT by SatinDoll (Desperately desiring a conservative government.)
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To: acapesket
You can holler and scream all you want. As I said before, I will vote a straight R ticket. McQueeg is No Republican I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime.

You can name-call all you want. I am a liberal, left-wing Democrat who is voting for McCain. I don't want to see a radical Leftwinger in the White House.

39 posted on 06/04/2008 8:56:10 PM PDT by JBGUSA (If it's us or them, I choose us.)
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To: jazusamo
At a time like this, we do not have the luxury of waiting for our ideal candidate or of indulging our emotions by voting for some third party candidate to show our displeasure-- at the cost of putting someone in the White House who is not up to the job.

Amazing that so many freepers, who have basically been nowhere and done nothing, seem to know so much better than Thomas Sowell.

40 posted on 06/04/2008 8:59:13 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Thoreau
A valid consideration and quite true.

But a nuclear Iran definitely changes the game, Dr. Sowell nails it there, and must be included in the calculus this year.

41 posted on 06/04/2008 8:59:19 PM PDT by liberty_lvr
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To: SatinDoll

“There was dancing and celebration in the streets of Mexico City too, on 9/11. We should never forget that fact either.”

...or the chants of “O-s-a-m-a, O-s-a-m-a, etc. at the soccer games either.


42 posted on 06/04/2008 9:02:39 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Paperdoll

“Hey jaz! Much as I hate to admit it, Dr. Sowell is right.”

YUP!


43 posted on 06/04/2008 9:02:43 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: SatinDoll

You’re right and I haven’t forgotten that or the illegals and their antics here in our own country.


44 posted on 06/04/2008 9:03:38 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Thoreau
Same old story every year. You *have* to vote republican or the world will end as we know it. I can’t believe how many times we all fall for it. sigh.

I understand how you feel, but I can remember not voting for Bob Dole, and regretting it deeply. I won't make the same mistake with McCain. I have to vote for him, and I detest him over the illegal alien issue (among others).

45 posted on 06/04/2008 9:03:50 PM PDT by badbass
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To: liberty_lvr

Dr. Sowell for President!!!


46 posted on 06/04/2008 9:04:07 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Tag line under construction Please watch your step, not responsible for any accidents)
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To: VRWC For Truth
When McLame stabs America in the back again by appeasing Iran, don’t say I told you so.

Please tell me you're just venting and didn't put any serious thought into that post...
47 posted on 06/04/2008 9:04:21 PM PDT by MitchellC
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To: JBGUSA

Welcome to FR.
McQuueg is a well used name in these here parts.
See Humphrey Bogart in the Caine Mutiny.


48 posted on 06/04/2008 9:04:54 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: hinckley buzzard

Exactly! He is one of the best if not the best thinker in our country. I wouldn’t argue his points with anyone because if he can’t convince a person, it’s for sure I can’t.


49 posted on 06/04/2008 9:08:26 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Stopping Iran may require some rough choices. Is McCain up to the challenge?


50 posted on 06/04/2008 9:08:29 PM PDT by stevem
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