article imageOpinion: Honour And The Man Who Will Be President

The past few weeks of campaigning has seen ugliness in the U.S. Crowds whipped into frenzies that to an outside observer could border on mob mentality. Those views may be the final straw for voters. Honour or mob mentality could decide the election.

That mob mentality has been shown in one campaign over the other. Swing voters may use that type of scene to decide who to vote for and chances are it’s not for the one who’s crowds scream out for the death of the opponent.

John McCain knows that the frenzied crowd scene is not honourable. Mark Salter, McCain’s long-serving chief of staff, has let the insiders of the campaign know that their boss would prefer to lose in honour than have a campaign out his his character.

Enter in a young Sarah Palin and that honourable defeat may be out the door. She doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘lose.’ She has a chance to be on the inside workings of Washington and that quest is one that she’s willing to take on at any cost. Honour be damned.

Times Online reports:

A leading Republican consultant said: “A lot of conservatives are grumbling about what a poor job McCain is doing. They are rolling their eyes and saying, ‘Yes, a miracle could happen, but at this rate it is all over’.

“Sarah Palin is no fool. She sees the same thing and wants to salvage what she can. She is positioning herself for the future. Her best days could be in front of her. She wants to look as though she was the fighter, the person with the spunk who was out there taking it to the Democrats.”

If the election was a Hollywood boxing match perhaps the constant character assassinations would be fitting. It’s not though, using a smear campaign rarely works when it comes to getting the more intelligent vote. People who want more than the ‘pretty boy’ want to know where the candidates stand on issues and how they will change things based on a solid foundation. Those voters won’t come around and vote in the group stroking a wildfire.

Times Online reports:

John Weaver, a former senior McCain adviser who left the campaign when it almost imploded in the summer of last year, questioned the purpose of the attacks.

“People need to understand, for moral reasons and the protection of our civil society, that the differences with Senator Obama are ideological, based on clear differences on policy and a lack of experience compared with Senator McCain,” he said.

“And from a purely practical political vantage point, please find me a swing voter, an undecided independent, or a torn female voter that finds an angry mob mentality attractive.”

Now it’s true that Obama can give a nice right hook into the character of McCain at times. He also appears to be in control. He doesn’t have to act like a pit bull on crack to get his point across. He doesn’t have to do damage control with the one he choose to be his number two. Biden at times puts a foot in his own mouth but it’s not causing riotous behaviours.

And back we come to honour. If those who comment on articles are an indication of how the world sees this election one comment stands out to me.

From the comments on an article on Times Online:

It’s interesting to see how McCain and Palin are ruining the US’ reputation abroad, by centering their campaign on xenophobia. Obama has run a respectful campaign, with few attacks on McCain, although he has his fair share of scandals. As an American, I think only Obama is worthy of the White House.


Honour. It’s the one thing a person can hope to take to their grave. In the end it’s not about money, power or prestige that is remembered. It’s also something one should hope can come into the workings of government.

Shouldn’t the President of the United States be an honourable man?


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