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Tony Makara

John McCain's foreign policy agenda falls well short of what America needs to restore the damage done during the Bush years. America has become despised around the globe and is seen as hegemonistic. George Bush wasted the goodwill shown to America after 9/11 and used that tragedy as an excuse to pursue long held NeoCon goals. The next American president needs to be a person who will build bridges between nations rather than destroy them.

Malcolm Dunn

I don't think much of his foreign policy agenda either but of the candidates I think he's the best on offer by far both as a politician and most importantly as a person. If was an American I'd vote for him.

Donal Blaney

Ann Coulter makes a good point about McCain: should we not worry about the way the liberal media love him so much. They aren't our friends, after all...

Richard

I see Ron Paul came second in Nevada, albeit with just 14% of the vote.

Matt

Richard: that's correct, here's more information:
AP release
PoliticalLore.com analysis

Having the strongest fundraising numbers in 2007 Q4 among the GOP competitors, it seems that Ron Paul is definitely going to stay in the race for the long haul :-)

Tony Makara

Does Ron Paul lean towards a social credit philosophy? His comments on banking and the creation of money tend to indicate that. How many Americans understand what the implications of that could be?

Nick

As an American (and Republican) who's listened to Rush for over a decade, I can tell you he's an entertainer and should not be taken seriously. He scolds McCain for voting for pieces of legislation Bush signed into law. However, Rush conveniently refrains from criticizing Bush.

Tom Delay is a disgrace. I'd say the child-internet predator/former congressman Mark Foley, convicted felon and former congressman Duke Cunnignham, Sen. Larry Craig and even Delay have done far more to harm the GOP.

We should be welcoming more people into the Republican tent. However, Limbaugh, Delay and others are driving them out--and they're too damn dumb to realize it.

Frogg, USA

I wouldn't bet on McCain just yet. He garnered far less support in NH and SC in 2008 than he did in 2000 (which is not a good sign).

Florida is the first race where only registered Republicans can vote in the primary. If McCain wins Florida it may mean smoother sailing (but, still not an absolute nomination victory). If he loses Florida......it will be harder for him to pull out a nomination win.

I'm a Mitt Romney supporter. However, keep in mind that 30 per cent of the expected vote in Florida is already in (absenttee ballots and early voting) while Giuliani has been heavily campaigning and had a presense there.

If McCain wins Florida, it may come down to a McCain/Romney race on super tuesday. If Giuliani wins Florida, it's gonna be a long primary race.

Tony Makara

As someone who started listening to Rush Limbaugh on AFRTS Europe on a little transistor radio during dark evenings in the 1990s I must say that I really appreciate listening to Rush these days in crystal clear broadband quality. I agree that Rush is a showman and I rarely agree with him on US foreign policy but I find he does talk a hell of a lot of sense on issues like tax and social policy. So its unfair to dismiss Rush as being simply a braggart or a showman. Sure, Rush likes to provoke a reaction, but he's a very smart character too with his finger on the national pulse. What Rush says is worth thinking about, even if we don't always agree with him. He isn't all rhetoric thats for sure.

Frogg, USA

You guys with Bush Derangement Syndrome are starting to sound like a broken record. America's image in the world is just fine (especially since we kept our word to see Iraq through til the end) and allies know we will keep our word (at least if a Republican is in office).

While Bush was President, and people with BDS slept:

1. Islamofascism was faced and came front and center to the world's attention

2. Bin Laden and his al Qaeda thugs, who were once popular in the Middle East and Asia, has lost support from Muslims (in Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, etc)

3. Libya gave up its WMD program

4. A Muslim country in the middle of Jihad war (Iraq), which was once a state sponsor of terror, is now a friend and ally of the West and currently our closest ally in the fight against al Qaeda

5. Anti American leaders were replaced mostly by pro-American leaders (France, Canada, Mexico, Germany, etc

6. Prior USSR countries are aligning themselves more with the West instead of Russia

7. Democracy, freedom, and human rights are on the rise around the world; and, the Middle East is now taking steps toward democracy all over

6. Millions of lives ahve been saved in Africa from US programs/money to combat AIDS

7. Etc, etc, etc

No one in America cares if like Bush or not; your anti-American attitudes preceded Bush and will continue after Bush; and have less to do with American foreign policy than most of you know.

Tony Makara

"Libya gave up its WMD program"

Frogg, I will certainly give you that one. Gadaffi isn't stupid and knows that its better to be a big fish in a small tank than a feeder fish for the United States!

On the subject of the USSR, it is facinating how the USA has replaced its cold war enemy with a new universal enemy and how Britain has managed to replace IRA terrorism with Islamic terrorism. Its almost like something out of 1984!

Steevo

LOL Frogg, ain't it good to know you have more of a life. 1984 :-D


Frogg, USA

All I can say, Tony, is that "the world is what it is". You can face reality or you can read fiction. There are other fiction books. Try some Star Trek books. Maybe Bush is Captain Pecard fighting the Borg and your chant should be "resistence is futile". :)

Frogg, USA

Latest Rasmussen poll shows some interesting things:

"The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Mitt Romney with a slight lead in Florida’s Republican Presidential Primary. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are close behind in what may develop into a three-man race. It’s Romney at 25%, McCain at 20%, and Giuliani at 19%. Romney has picked up seven points over the past week while McCain and Giuliani each inched up a point."

Matt

Tony,

I don't think so -- from what I've gathered from the Wikipedia article, social credit seems to be rather heavy-handed top-down gov't regulation approach (involving e.g. '"National Credit Office" [calculating] on a statistical basis the amount of credit that should be circulating in the economy'). On the other hand, Ron Paul's economic approach is decidedly a pro-free-market, bottom-up, laissez faire one, based in the Austrian School of Economics.

As for the monetary policy, he's gathered praise from financial analysts, proposing competing currencies system (I understand that would also possibly involve eliminating capital gains taxes and sales taxes on the competing currencies). Here are two videoclips, in which Ron Paul discusses this very issue:
- Ron Paul on Monetary Reform (from CNBC): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abV9tgbG-bA
- Ron Paul on the FOX Business Network 10/16/2007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXfDHXpP87o

You might also take a look at the closely related Inflation Tax section on the official Ron Paul 2008 - Issues page.

Austin

McCain would accelerate the growth of the federal government. Is that what conservatives want?

pro_usa1776

Tony Makara I would love to tell you to shut up! How's that for Hegomenic?

pro_usa1776

I am a Mitt supporter, however I would vote for Frogg for president anyday!

I do find it quite amusing that many of those who choose to speak poorly of the US would love to come live here. I think it pisses you off that you can't tell us what to do, no matter how much you want to.

Jonathan Powell

McCain would accelerate the growth of the federal government. Is that what conservatives want?

I'm not sure that's accurate. For example, McCain wanted to cut Federal spending when Bush's tax cuts were proposed. As he has said, if they had done that it would be possible to cut taxes more today, because the government would be that much smaller. Bush has increased the size of the Federal government more than any president since LBJ (including an education policy crafted by Ted Kennedy!), so if anyone deserves the ire of conservatives, it's him.

The heirs to Bush's big-government conservatism would seem to be Christian-socialist Huckabee and pandering Mitt.

No doubt McCain is liberal on some issues (free speech, gun rights, global warming etc.) but I don't think he would expand the Federal government; I believe he would shrink it.

billm99uk

The problem is that people outside of the US perceive the US President as having a major influence on the way they live their lives, yet they have no say in how he is chosen. This tends to cause resentment, although it's not really America's fault, it's just the way the world is.

Steevo

To a point that's true Bill but there can be little respect having no modesty or reserve. I know, these are the same people who could not handle Americans telling them their backyard in so many words sucks.

In many respects, especially concerning our domestic policies that influence is pretty much nonexistent other than you could say every nation, somehow affects every other. There was even a thread initiated here with an article about one of your MPs criticizing our policy for foreigners with AIDS wanting to visit, and one UK poster told me we should not have the right to determine such policy because its an imposition on your citizens. What happens here is we have a forum where conservatives who have lived in America much if not all our lives having the daily experience of what our country means, read foreigners who can read, watch and want to believe in portrayals having too much simplicity and ignorance. They then have no problem giving their opinions, as if fact, and many times determined to create the false and/or negative reality as if to prove something to themselves. Those opinions are motivated from genuine naivety to diehard leftist presumption and a perverse state of ego with respect to American power.

Simply put, some people are obsessed to tell you how your country should be run and that in itself can be offensive but with many its because of all the supposed bad. These are constantly revealing arrogance with small-minded self-serving need, even having a blatant double standard to boot. Read some of the common Brit posters here who prefer one of our current Democrats elected president and then read their comments at Conservativehome concerning policies they want their politicians to take. First rate hypocrites.

Its kinda easy Bill from this side of the ocean to understand some of these folks as having serious inner problems and I'm not saying that lightly. There is not only a lack of consistency but values of which when applied to realities forsake a common sense towards what is good and just.

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