By Ben Cohen
John McCain represents a dying vision of America. He is a fantasist whose identity and psyche is wrapped up in a violent, imperial image of his country, and he cannot accept the reality that this vision is now impotent.
For 50 years, the United States has reigned supreme, virtually unchallenged in its prestige and power. George Bush changed all that in 7 short years, committing trillions of dollars to two unwinnable wars, deregulating an already dangerously deregulated economy, cutting taxes while massively increasing spending and allowing the infrastructure of the country to crumble due to lack of funding.
Russia's invasion of U.S ally Georgia was a brazen message to the States, underlying the new truth: That the age of American hegemony is over.
America is spending money it doesn't have on projects that won't
work. Why anyone thought Bush had the credentials to run a country
obviously hadn't checked his professional resume,
and Americans are paying the price for choosing a man who believed in
balls out 'gut' decisions on other people's dime. The Bush mantra of
'spend now and pay later' is a favorite amongst Republicans, who have
strayed so far from their conservative roots they should really form
another party (the 'Spendicans' might be a good one).
The consequence of this particular brand of tax payer funded
corporate capitalism has been economic ruin, and it reveals a
particular strain of delusion in McCain that he flaunts shamelessly.
The fact that John McCain wants to continue on Bush's spectacularly
disastrous neo-conservative fantasy that has yielded worse results than
North Korea's missile tests should automatically discount him from
Yet McCain is still wildly popular amongst vast swathes of the
American population - most of whom have suffered immensely from the
policies he has advocated.
Obama is offering a dose of reality in this presidential campaign,
telling voters that if they want improved schools, healthcare and
roads, they must pay for it. Obama has been honest in telling Americans
that they cannot have what they will not pay for, and is really the
only conservative left in the race.
Will Americans buy into a realistic notion of their countries new
status as a declining super power with serious economic malaise, or as
a military powerhouse that can barge its way back to the top? John
McCain is selling the latter, and it looks like people are still buying