August 29, 2008
It’s half over; one convention done and another about to start.
Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech last night before 80,000 adoring fans, but it isn’t the way he looks or sounds that counts. It’s what he believes and would do as president. It’s the same story with John McCain.
Politics is about fooling most of the people at least some of the time. So Obama wants to link himself to Martin Luther King’s dream and avoid talking about raising taxes and regulating your life. McCain doesn’t want to talk about President Bush and makes a virtue out of supporting such things as the hoax of global warming.
The outstanding considerations for voters should be wisdom, life and work experience and vision for the future. Voters tried worshipping youth with Bill Clinton. What they got was inexperience and a failure to respond to terrorism that led to 9/11. They also got a president who behaved like a frat boy.
These are things to take seriously because the future of the country is, literally, at stake.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.