Monday, November 03, 2008

Alternative History Lessons


-By Noah

Uncountable words have been written about the 2008 Presidential campaign as various people try to convince one side or the other why people should vote for Barack Obama or John McCain. I'm about to offer a different way of looking at it. I call it Alternate History. Travel with me back to various points in our nation's past. Then, ask yourself if we would have been better off, not with the President who was in office at the time, or, one of the two choices offered to America tomorrow. There's the calm, reasoning, analytical Barack Obama who considers potential consequences of actions on the one hand, and, the bellicose, shoot first, ask questions later, practically unhinged (either because of age or temperament or medical history or all three) John McCain on the other. Consider the possibilities. See how they relate to today.

First, the Great Depression: Instead of FDR, we get Obama's new deal like proposals, or, John McCain's Herbert Hoover-like strategies of continuing the flow of money up the class ladder to the richest of the rich. We know what happened with FDR in charge. He strengthened the middle class and therefore the nation to the point where it was able to not only withstand Japan and Germany's assaults but beat the both of them and saved our allies at the same time. Of course, many Repugs didn't even want to take on Hitler at all. Some, who shall remain nameless, even openly supported him.

Second, World War Two has been won and one of our greatest generals, George Patton, wants to now take on the Soviet Union. Rightly, he sees the future threat. Wrongly, he doesn't seem to consider that such an effort would bankrupt us, let alone what happened to Hitler and Napoleon when they tried it. The prosperity of the post war years would have never happened. Fortunately, John "lots more wars" McCain was not President. Instead, an "inexperienced" man from the Midwest named Harry Truman was.

Third, General Douglas MacArther wants to take the Korean War all the way into China and teach those commies a lesson, never considering the consequences for our economy and future prosperity, let alone that we would have enough troops (Sound familiar?). Once again, that "inexperienced" man from the Midwest prevailed and so did we. My hunch is that Obama would have done the same. That is, of course, if a man of color could have run for office back then, which brings us to things like the Civil Rights Act and voting Rights Act, both rammed through a reluctant Congress in the 1960s by Lyndon Johnson. Who would attempt the same? Barack Obama? Or, John McCain who proudly voted-- over and over, year after year-- against even having a holiday in celebration of the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Oh, and one more. Let's back up to October 1962. JFK was President, a pragmatic man of vision, forceful yet reasoning all the way, not unlike Barack Obama. He inspired a country so much that we even went to the moon. I remember October 1962 very well, the daily press conferences explaining to the American public and the world perhaps the most momentous crises in history. Every day, I wondered if there would be a November 1962. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the very existence of human kind was in the balance. On our side was JFK. On the Soviet side was an exceedingly arrogant little man named Nikita Khrushchev for whom diplomacy consisted of taking off his shoe at the UN and pounding it on his table. He was the Ahmadjinejad of his time times ten, with more weapons at hand. Could you imagine if McCain had been President instead of John Kennedy? No, you couldn't. You wouldn't be here. Choose very carefully, MY FRIENDS.



At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said! Especially love the Kennedy example.

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was very interested in you taking me back in history. Unfortunately,you have re-written history especially in regard to Kennedy vs. Nikita Kruschev. You need to do more research with regard to the actions taken by Kennedy. Kennedy actually led people and had real responsibility. Obama hasn't even led a scout troop. If Obama had been around at the time, we would all be speaking Russianand Nikita would have Obama on his mantle. You also site a number of less experienced leaders particularly one from the mid-west. All had far more experience at leading people than your Obama. Should your obama win the election please smile as you write your checks to pay for the programs that he can not afford. And smile as you hear about the gross misspending that occurs in government as it has in his campaign. Smile when he decides to pre-empt your favorite entertainment or past-time so that he can feed you some more of his uneducated non-sense. Don't bother accusing me of being McCain supporter. I am not. But, as an educated rational independent thinker, I'll choose someone with experience to run one of my organizations than a rhetoric filled radical anytime.

At 9:11 AM, Blogger yeahright said...

Hello? Tyranny is government on steroids and a liberal Democrat in the White House.

At 9:16 AM, Blogger yeahright said...

Tom Broccow says, "I don't know who Barach Obama is." Correct; nobody does and now everybody wants to distance themselves in case he does turn out to be a communistic tyrant. He has already thrown McCain supporters off his plane. It just goes to show you it's not safe to board planes with certain people. When will America learn.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger yeahright said...

Say goodbye to your freedoms America.

At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear anonymouse, if that's your real name,
It's, no doubt, pointless to engage in discussion with anyone that can call himself rational as they call Obama a radical and uneducated but here goes- I recall repugs bellowing back in 1960 that JFK lacked the experience to be President, somewhat disparaging his military heroics as they did later with John Kerry. As for my Obama, my preferred candidate doesn't stand a chance of winning. I am simply pointing out a difference between the two that do have a chance. However, I will smile and think of you if indeed Obama does win. If you want to look at gross "misspending", you need look no further than the last 8 years. An argument could be made that big spending, deficit be damned Bush's bailing out of the airlines in 2002 (which really helped so much, didn't it?) was an act of overt socialism, the kind repugs like to label Obama with. Ditto for his No Child Left Behind scam or Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program. Check for commies under the bed at night. You might be surprised at who you find. History shows that the ones who take away freedoms are often the ones that talk the loudest about how someone else would take them away.
Interupt a pastime? Nice tired talking point but the FACT is that the World Series was not "pre-empted" or even interrupted. The game went on as scheduled. Look it up.
Finally, in this pissing match, I will only say that I hope that, if McCranky gets in, he can lead the country, during the few years that he has left, a lot better than he can lead a campaign. His campaign has been disorganized, incoherent and unfocused. THAT is not what we need at this time of multiple crisis. Obama on the other hand has demonstrated conclusively that he can put together an organized, focused, on message machine and run it decisively. That, if he is elected, will be what he has to do with our government. He has demonstrated superior leadership ability right there. McCain has not. Strip away all of the positions and rhetoric and just look at who has demonstrated that they can lead. The contrast in campaigns says it all.

At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeahright - your beloved goppers have screwed up our country good.

You are a clueless idiot, and you don't know what you're talking about. Sit down and shut up.

At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't agree about Truman. Truman gave us Israel, the CIA, the Korean War, and the Cold War.

Whatever possessed FDR to allow Truman to become VP?? It was absolutely insane. FDR must have been losing his marbles. He should have stuck with Henry Wallace, who was a far better man in every way. Switching to Truman was an absolute disaster for the country. It was FDR's biggest error.

IMO, Truman is the second most overrated president (after Reagan) in recent history.

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To yeahright-
Wasn't it Brokaw that said Dubya is a "decent man" back on election night 2001? The same Brokaw who consistently used old poll info that said people favor McCain in recent weeks on Meet The Press. Oh well, you have plenty of righty biased talking heads to quote. Might as well go with the biggest name. I agree with you. Tyranny is government on steroids. It's time to restore habeas corpus and it's time to restore the tax code to even what it was under Reagan if not before and repair the damage of GWB's huge deficit spending that robs us every day.

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we need to be reminded that al-Qaeda is tacitly endorsing John McCain for President solely for psychological advantage in the recruitment department.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger tech98 said...

I can imagine McCain as a latter-day Kruschev, a hot-headed, blustering egotist, short on thoughtfulness, long on arrogance.


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