McCain-Feingold is the Objectivists boogey-man for being anti-McCain, but its just nonsense. Among Objectivists with a penchant for close association with Christians-Conservatives, McCain Feingold its the ready made "original sin" they never overlook -- while overlooking far worse, and far more ill-intended, in the more ultra-right Republicans. Whatever the case, McCain-Feingold is no worse than Rudy’s gun-control legislation, Romney’s health care legislation, or Thompson’s Christian-Right pandering. But if you dig beneath the surface, you'll find that its mostly far more mirage than reality.
Politics is a game, and these men play it within the pragmatic guidelines of their constituencies and political ambitions. For example: I don’t believe for a single moment that Rudy ever really believed in the gun-control legislation that he signed, it was just a sop to the liberal majority of his city – Rudy’s “necessary evil”.
With that in mind, when I look at these men, and listen to them speak and watch their faces – I ask myself, who among them is trying to play the game closest to his true heart? The answer I get, at least so far, is: John McCain.
McCain, the soldier-senator; of all the candidates, I would trust him the most to lead us during war time. Of course this comes with a price, since the more principled the politician, the more determined his efforts to legistlate. But by that same token, he might be the one least likely to compromise or capitulate to our nations enemies. And lastly, it's war time, and for me: war trumps all other issues (another reason I would prefer even the anti-abortion Thompson, to a Hillary).
I don't believe that all these men are total hypocrites and fundamentally immoral, primarily they're just a product of their culture and its dominant philosophical influences. So you have to be willing to step outside of any utopian BS, libertarian claptrap or Objectivists orthdoxy; otherwise you'll drown in a sea of secondary minutia while missing the bigger picture. The only other alternatives I see, is either being stuck with supporting an imbecile like Ron Paul, or some hyper-intellectualized reasoning that leads to voting for Hillary in order to save us from the imaginary dangers of a pending Christian Theocracy.
For me, McCain appears to be the most sincere “gamer” of the lot; so for now, I prefer him over Rudy or Fred.
(Edited by Karyn Daniels on 10/22, 10:52am)