While watching Fox News this afternoon, I heard something that was quite astounding: Senator John McCain is going to stop all advertising, fund raising and other campaign events and return to Washington to work for a bipartisan solution to the current economic crisis. I certainly commend him for pursuing this course of action and hope members on both sides of the aisle can work together for the good of our nation.
According to The Washington Times, the Illinois senator wants to continue with the scheduled Friday night debate. During a news conference in Clearwater, Florida, Senator Obama reacted to Senator McCain’s announcement with this comment: “It’s going to be part of the president’s job to deal with more than one thing at once.” Yes, it will be, but neither of you is president, and the country needs someone who will put country ahead of politics. Senator McCain’s adviser Mark Salter said the debate would go forward if a bill is passed by Friday morning.
Some think the move by Senator McCain was motivated strictly for political gain, as he has fallen behind the Illinois senator by a 45-39 margin. This information comes from a Fox News Poll released Wednesday, September 24. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told reporters Senator McCain “is trying to divert attention from his failing campaign.” Yes, that sounds like wonderful support when something needs to get done. I should not be surprised to hear a comment like that. According to Politico, New York Senator Charles Schumer told CNN that McCain’s suspension of his campaign was “weird and odd.”
It seems the Democrats will not be satisfied with Senator McCain, no matter what he does. Our country is facing another crisis like the one we faced seven years ago when terrorists attacked the sovereignty of our great nation. Leaders from both parties came together to get essential work done, and it needs to happen again. I believe party-line bickering needs to end so the good of the nation can be addressed in a timely and professional manner. What do you think?
I don’t know the outcome of the next week, month or year, but one thing I do know for sure is the fact our people need to our hearts to God again. It is my opinion our great nation has fallen a long way from the Godly principles first instilled in us so many years ago. While I do not believe all hope is gone, I do believe America is facing desperate times like she never has before. Instead of pushing God out of every area of our lives, we need to cry out for His mercy and grace during this time of turmoil. The Word of God declares in Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Real leaders come in all shapes and sizes. I still recall watching President Bush standing with brave firefighters and declaring terrorist actions would not go unpunished. I see leaders such as Sir Winston Churchill standing up against a ruthless enemy during World War II. King David led his people to many victories and established a great nation. No one knows for sure everything about Senator McCain’s actions today, and we may never know. I am certain, however, he showed real leadership today as he put politics aside, if but for a short while, in order to devote precious time to fix an economic crisis.
We need leaders who will work in our nation’s best interest. Let the real leader please stand up.