Senator John McCain's 24 year old daughter/blogger, Meghan McCain, was recently a guest on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Before I give my thoughts on her appearance, please watch the brief interview below:
There are many things racing through my head right now after watching that...
First off, Meghan McCain is really good looking. I'll give her that. I know it's superfluous to some, but not to me. Although I'm a man who craves substance in another human being, it helps to have someone in the public limelight who calls herself a Republican that looks like she does. It'd be nice to pretend we live in a society where looks don't matter, but they do.
She did make some good points, actually, some very good points, about the GOP needing to avoid the mindset that Twitter and Facebook will magically win them votes with the under-30 crowd. While all of us under the Center-Right umbrella (conservatives, Republicans, libertarians, etc.) must utilize any and all technology in getting our messages of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and strong national security out..."poking" people on Facebook, or "tweeting" on Twitter isn't an ends, but merely a means. We will ultimately win with our ideas and values.
Ms. McCain also correctly identified the need for better candidates to be put forward in 2010 and 2012 for the Republican Party. Candidates, like, oh, I don't know, ones NOT named McCain perhaps? Your dad, Meghan, was, frankly, a disaster.
He's an honorable guy. He served his country. He's one of the only people in Congress the past 20+ years that practices what he preaches when it comes to spending and pork-barrel projects, and I thoroughly praise him for that. But he was too old, too ornery, too moderate and seemed to spend more of his time trying to "make nice" with the oppositional media than fighting for the issues and causes that Republican voters made him their candidate to champion.
And here I come to the first of my criticisms regarding what Meghan McCain had to say on Stephen Colbert's show: Despite being spot-on in her assessment that we need newer, fresher, more exciting candidates in the future, she foolishly and unnecessarily alluded to "those people" who are trying to "hijack" the GOP and make it "more extreme."
This is PRECISELY what the Left wants, for us to be fighting amongst ourselves, and more specifically, for the GOP moderates (whose don't win national elections) to attack the GOP conservatives (who won in 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000, and 2004). I hate to reduce things to an "us vs. them" mentality, but we're dealing with a president, congress, and media that wants NOTHING to do with people who aren't on-board for the secular-progressive, Euro-style "change" currently taking place in
Those of us who do recognize the disastrous path our nation is currently on, a group that includes the McCain's, need to stick together, and there are some issues more important than others. For the time being, and because of the mistakes those in power the past 8 years (including Obama's first 5 months), we need to show people why government is the problem instead of the solution more than we need to take cheap shots at fellow Republicans just to get a pat on the back from Chris Matthews or the venomous vixens on The View. The Left in this country want a different
Meghan's own father, and his best friend in congress (Senator Joe Lieberman, formerly a Democrat, now an Independent from CT), have prided themselves for years as being two of the most bi-partisan, reach-across-the-aisle, politicians in Washington. But when push came to shove, a liberal like Lieberman (the 2000 VP Nominee for the Democrats) was booted in 2006 from his own party for supporting the troops (and their mission), and a moderate like your dad was shunned in 2008 and labeled "too extreme" and "too far to the Right" by the same people who cheered him when he would undermine and oppose fellow Republicans during the previous 8 years.
Senator McCain was constantly praised for being a "maverick" before 2007, and incessantly mocked and ridiculed for being one during the campaign of 2008. In both cases, the liberal Democrats in this country were setting the agenda. Conservatives ending up voting for McCain. Moderates and Left-of-Center "independents" did not.
When Ms. McCain references "those people" who are allegedly trying to make the GOP "more extreme", she is talking about the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin. But there is a problem with assuming that these people are the problem. THEY REPRESENT THE BASE! Conservatism is the fuel that drives the GOP engine. Conservatism is comprised overwhelmingly by the religious, fiscally-minded, social-issues voters that actually show up on election day.
Married, religious service-going, law-abiding Americans are predominantly conservative and consequently tend to vote Republican. These people give more of their time and money to charity than any other demographic. These people also happen to like Rush, Newt and Sarah. Of course not all of us love them, and "these people" in the head-lines aren't infallible and don't speak for all of us individually, but who cares? Vote for someone else. Nominate another candidate at the ballot box. Turn your radio dial to whatever "Adult Contemp" radio programming replaced Air
I don't understand why so many people on the Right who share vitally important values and ideals for their government and society think it necessary to spend their time "hating on" those ideologically closer to them, instead of rallying the troops to defeat the people who stand in direct opposition to their correct and necessary vision for the
People like Meghan McCain are saying that they can't stand the "extremist" conservatives for standing on the same principles that have won us elections in the past. They are saying that conservatives are "hi-jacking" the party, and that it is selfish to do so. But then their solution is to "hi-jack" the party themselves and turn it in to something that it has never been and has never won for us in the past. Democrats who voted for Ronald Reagan did so not because he told them he was "pro-sex", or because he compromised the conservative ideology that got him elected twice governor of California, but because his ideas were better, and better articulated, than Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale's. Conservatives and Republicans won the war of ideas, not just some morally-questionable popularity contest.
Ms. McCain wants us to "reach out" to her age group by being more like the party and ideology that the under-30 crowd just voted for in November. But the under-30 crowd largely voted for Obama because of his "hug-a-tree" environmental policies, his "hug-a-thug" terrorist interrogation policies, and his "stab-a-CEO" economic policies. They want to be able to tell people they are green, politically correct, and egalitarian more than they want to be good stewards, intellectually honest, and personally responsible. Those of our generation, Meghan, who have swallowed the Left's distortions of capitalism and perversions of federalism will not suddenly begin to understand and appreciate the ingenuity of the Constitution or the magnificence of a free market economy because Republicans contradict Obama's own stance on an issue like gay marriage.
What really needs to change if we're ever to woo younger voters back to the Right is how, going forward, we educate ourselves and our children, and what values we collectively deem as foundational to the continuance of the American experiment in democracy. Are we going to keep letting government employees and cynical entertainers indoctrinate our kids, or will we care enough to learn the history, economics, and theology needed to properly groom future voters and taxpayers? Will we stand on the values of the "American Trinity" that Dennis Prager masterfully disseminated above, or will we succumb to petty in-fighting and look for guidance to a continent (Europe) that has adopted bureaucracies, lifestyles, and birthrates that are unsustainable?
The old saying goes: "If you're 20 and not a liberal, you don't have a heart; if you're 40 and not a conservative, you don't have a brain." So now we should make the 40 year old's look and act like the 20-somethings?
Parents (and any adults) who value liberty, limited government, economic freedom, personal responsibility, civic duty, and keeping this country safe with a strong military and intelligence gathering capabilities should be teaching their kids, relatives and neighbors the real-world practicality of conservatism. And more than this, they must themselves begin holding wishy-washy Republicans (that give us all a bad name and push moderates to the Left), Democrats, and Independents accountable for over-spending and legislative power-grabbing.
Meghan McCain is implying that unapologetic conservative public figures like Gov. Bobby Jindal (wildly popular governor of Louisiana) and Rush Limbaugh (30 million weekly listeners) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (the smartest conservative alive today) should take a backseat to moderates like her and her dad. We're supposed to look for leadership from the RINO's (Republicans in Name Only, i.e. Senator Arlen Specter) who blur the lines so much between the opposing sides each election that more and more voters decide they might as well vote for the "cool liberal guy who swears he is a moderate despite his clear far-Left public track record" because that liberal community organizer has a great teleprompter...I mean, is rhetorical genius...and he starts to sound more and more like our our moderate candidate.
We need men and women of substance, with real, concrete ideas, clearly explained and passionately pursued. Any ideas, Newt?
I'm ALL FOR a big-tent Republican Party. Everyone is welcome, and actually, most surveys and polls confirm that the nation is still a Center-Right one in many ways. But politicians won't save this nation, and neither will catchy slogans or cool iPhone applications. (We just say "apps".) The American people, deciding that they've had enough of the corruption, ineffectiveness, liberal indoctrination of their children in public schools, and un-Constitutional annexation of power in to the hands of the few, they will be the ones to re-direct the nation towards the Right. Cities like
We need to make our case to these entrenched voters, and you can rest assured that they won't be swayed to break a nasty 50-year habit simply because you ripped Sarah Palin on Comedy Central, Ms. McCain.
Finally, and in response to Ms. McCain's "pro-sex" tour that she's been on lately, all I will say is that she is absolutely being used by the liberal media. They want to attack and belittle Bristol Palin and the traditional-conservative parents who don't want education employees of the state teaching their kids about sex and sexual identity. Bristol Palin made a mistake, and contrary to what the NOW ladies would suggest kept the child. Lately she has been speaking to un-married teens about the health and emotional benefits of abstinence, and the potential repercussions of risky behavior (see: her infant child). So of course now that the media has on their side the daughter of the man who brought Bristol's mom on to the GOP presidential ticket 9 months ago joining in the chorus of "Palin haters", they're having a tasteless field day with it.
You're better than this, Meghan. Class isn't only something your father (and regrettably, I) rarely attended in college.
It was also tacky of her in the Colbert interview to "accidentally" bring up that she "practices what she preaches" when it comes to safe sex and using condoms. She then compounded her off-color remark by "acting" embarrassed that her dad would see her saying those things later on television. All this does is make someone look desperate for attention. Whatever happened to discretion and a lady's honor?
But I digress for now, and will ease up on Ms. McCain. I have no ill will towards her, and think that what you see in this interview is a 24 year old girl who means well but hasn't fully thought through what it means to be a public figure. Especially when you are a public figure who calls herself a Republican. Ascribing to yourself a label like that means you've now got a target on your back, and no matter how nice you are, no matter how many things you insist you agree with liberals on, they'll get you in the end. She hasn't caught on yet to the fact that the Left is laughing at her, not with her.
More importantly, and what you need to remember is this: Conservatism can win again, and Republicans can certainly use the input of people like Meghan McCain, but let's leave the out-of-their-league-young-people-saying-silly-things to the Left. They have much more experience in such matters.
We should be raising the bar, not placating to the lowest common denominator.