It is mission impossible running against inspiring campaign message

Published on 08/11/2008

Robin Toskin

If John McCain still wonders why he lost the US presidential election, he should look no further than his concession speech in Phoenix, Arizona.

Even as he cruelly fell on the sword he was aiming at President-elect Barack Obama, he still had time to thump his chest.

His speech, though projected with an anguished tone, had the venom the world was praying it would be saved from by an Obama victory.

As he wound up his speech, McCain said: “Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.”

Never mind that that history could be written with the blood of the Iraqis.

While Obama called upon the world to rise up against the challenges facing humanity, McCain was telling Americans to be wary of a dangerous world.

He said: “I urge all Americans…to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.”

To McCain, the world we live in is dangerous. And who knows, perhaps if given a chance he would spirit the US from planet earth to save its citizens.

Contrast that with Obama’s line: “To those…to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you.”

Obama recognises the need for everyone to be a citizen of the world. He preaches inclusiveness in tackling problems afflicting the world.

He also acknowledges the importance of ideals and not force as McCain is inclined to when he said: “And to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.”

He seeks to promote the cause of peace and when he “reaffirms that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope.”

Unlike McCain, he has stated he would talk to ‘America’s enemies’ — paranoia born out of George W Bush’s leadership.

Congratulatory messages, not least from Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has stated in the past he wishes to see Israel wiped off the planet, shows how a message of hope can disarm even the most hardened of hearts.

Instructively, that 57,154,810 million Americans stood by McCain’s ideals is an indication Obama’s search for world harmony is a daunting task.

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