Our only hope
By Michael Moriarty
Last week, during CNN's coverage of this year's election primaries, one of the guest commentators predicted possible "civil war" within the Democratic Party. In my column for a recent Enter Stage Right, "Some Dream Team", I also had envisioned a major "house divided" among the Democrats. There is growing evidence that this year's Democratic nominee for President of the United States will be "brokered", chosen by the "senior" or super delegates, because the normal, pedestrian delegates determined by the primaries and caucuses will leave the Democratic Party with no clear candidate. Such an outcome could produce a grossly prejudiced primary election.
What is feared, of course, is that the influence of former President William Clinton, a super delegate himself, also dubbed by one major magazine as "the most influential man in the world" and therefore one of the major brokers in this election, the fear is that such "backroom power" will own the infamous backrooms of Washington, D. C., and therefore the shadier corners of a brokered convention. If Senator Obama even wins more votes than Hillary Clinton, the "brokers" could possibly, regardless of the general vote, end up selecting Hillary as their presidential candidate. That outcome could very well spread an infectious anger throughout not only the Democrats for Obama, but could break up the entire party along racial lines.
Hmmm … and the Democrats all looked so unanimously committed to civil rights and a fair deal for everyone.
Since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, no one among the Democrats has demanded a "fair deal" for the unborn. Therefore, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Progressive Democratic Party may always be offering some kind of "New Deal" … but have any of these promises ultimately ended up being a "fair deal"?
This lack of fairness and the obviously growing schism within the Democratic Party will leave the Progressive Movement impotent before the challenges we face.
Ultimately, the United States of America has traditionally returned to the Republican Party and conservative principles to deal with its profoundest crises of identity, i.e. the Civil War and America's inevitable Cold War resistance to the Communism of the Soviet Union and the growing Marxist movement within America's own population. Russian Soviet identity had achieved its strength with considerable help from the Roosevelt, Progressive and breathtakingly massive aid to Joseph Stalin during the Second World War. The Soviets also gained immense strength from the Communist Movement's expansion in the Orient during the Truman administration. The Progressive advisory staff to Truman – Dean Acheson, George Marshall and Averell Harriman – failed increasingly to support Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalist China and consequently one sixth of the entire human race fell under the ruthless and butchering policies of Communist chairman Mao Tse Tung.
Now we sit surrounded by foreign threats. We are assaulted by Islamic terrorism, Red Chinese infiltration and economic warfare, North Korean fits of lethal bravado, and the Communist Orient's brazen disregard of our trade agreements. The neo-Soviet alliances of Vladimir Putin's Russia with a provocative Iran and, not so long ago, joint military maneuvers between Russian forces and those of Red China have formed a new version of the old vicious Axis we were embattled with during the first half of the 1940's.
Communism and the ploy of Communist nations, their on-again/off-again alliances with Islamic militants such as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, this policy of keeping America forever off balance and on the defensive has, in essence, been an open invitation for American forces to entrench themselves belligerently in any foreign territories they may find themselves called to defend from the likes of Saddam Hussein.
This and the undeniable exploitation by Communists of our humiliating defeat in Vietnam point to the now profoundly unrelenting war between the collectivist ideologies of both Marxism and the Muslim world, and the increasing faith of Western, Judeo-Christianity in the individual and individual freedom and responsibility. In other words, each Western man and woman is ideally a nation unto themselves, yet they are united to protect their right to be that individual nation, that reservoir of limitless potential within the individual human being.
Senator John McCain is the only presidential candidate in the 2008 Presidential race who has experienced the Vietnam War firsthand. It was the Vietnam nightmare of defeat which entrenched disastrously Progressive and Machiavellian foreign policies within the American government. From Kissinger's Realpolitik to President William Clinton's uncritical embrace of the terrorist histories of Yasser Arafat and Gerry Adams, treating them worthy of as much respect as we pay to our own, customary condemnation of terrorism, America not only embraced the Nixon/Kissinger appeasement of the Hitlerian Communist, Mao Tse Tung, but accepted the Progressive promise that their negotiating style is not appeasement but proven "reprochement" and peace-making compromise.
In the eyes of Winston Churchill and most likely in John McCain's own mind as well, such Progressive policies only assume that the homicidally predatory nature of our Communist and Islamic enemies makes them willing to be fed the freedoms of other nations while eagerly anticipating the feast of eating American freedom for dessert.
Will America again opt for Progressive New Deal appeasement policies which only postpone the inevitable; or are we willing to be honest with ourselves and have a Republican President proclaim an end to Progressive appeasement?
Collectivism vs. individual freedom and responsibility.
The entire "chain" of collectivism is nothing but a "weak link" … therefore John McCain, at this point, is our only hope.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.