On the front page of the Wall Street Journal today, the top story is a recent poll that shows Obama having a double-digit lead over McCain. In my opinion, if people have not been pushed away from Obama now, they probably won't in the next couple weeks.
I believe that McCain's inability (and it really is not just McCain, it is the party as a whole) to appeal to voters is somewhat troubling. But I also know for a fact there are many out there like myself who are Ron Paul supporters/libertarian leaning who simply cannot justify voting for McCain or some other Republicans who are up for re-election or election. I truly think that as the signs at the Rally for the Republic read, we need to "Bring the GOP to its roots." I firmly believe that those who are choosing to vote third party for whatever reason are not going to budge from their positions and beliefs.
What the GOP needs to do is run on a small-government platform. Why can't we be in support of cutting the size of government in half? What is so wrong with wanting to have a balanced budget for once? Why can't we look at big reforms? There are huge problems today, and they require huge changes.
What I find extremely troubling is that because the GOP cannot 'get itself together' they are fighting an uphill battle. Many who are fighting re-election are fighting extremely tough battles to keep their seats. The only politician I have seen who has gained extreme ground is BJ Lawson against the incumbent democrat David Price. He is making a huge stand, and hopefully he will be able to win that election in a couple of weeks. Funny thing is, he was not warmly received by the Republicans because he has Ron-Paul/libertarian leaning views.
A point I do want to hit, as the title suggests, is the idea that the rich do not deserve to keep the money they have earned, and that it should be 'redistributed.' Obama has been pushing this agenda, and it was specifically hit on the 'Joe the Plumber' points made in the last debate. Redistribution is clearly a socialistic idea, and I don't know about you, but that is the complete opposite of what I think should be an acceptable idea in America. Just look at Barney Frank in the following video:
How can the American Dream be best preserved? Allow people who have wealth to keep wealth. If people believe that they can become rich without it being taken away and huge amounts of taxes levied on them, then the American Dream is alive and well. In a society where one sees those who have 'made it' being attacked and taxed relentlessly so that the wealth can be 'redistributed,' there is something seriously wrong about that notion. Redistribution is socialism, and it should not be embraced in what should be the freest country in the world.