- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 10, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your editorial supporting House Chief Deputy Minority Whip Eric Cantor as a possible vice presidential pick (“Eric Cantor for vice president?” Editorial, Wednesday), highlights precisely why I, as a conservative, would never vote for Sen. John McCain. Mr. McCain’s admitted weakness is economics, and he often points to his need to become educated in the subject.

First, it is incredible that a person who has reached the age of wisdom could possibly be ignorant of something so fundamental to our freedom and prosperity. Of course, most members of Congress and the administration share in that ignorance; witness the economic basket case into which they have led us.

Beyond that, however, is that Mr. McCain was held prisoner and tortured by a communist enemy. The essence of communism is that it is an economic system, an economic system that does not work, that is the antithesis of individual freedom and that has been directly responsible for the death of nearly 100 million people in the past century.

The fact is that this same centrally planned, top-down socialist model is driving our government today, and that this fact goes unnoticed by anyone running for president on the “conservative” side is mind-boggling. Wake up, Mr. McCain; economics has consequences, big consequences.

The oath of office senators take requires that they “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Yet Mr. McCain, who does not understand the difference between economic freedom and economic dictatorship, goes merrily on his independent path, appeasing his friends and destroying our Constitution and our freedom. Appeasement is a word that aptly describes most Republicans today, as they go along to get along with our domestic enemies, unwilling to fight for the freedoms that made our country great.

Mr. McCain and his fellow travelers have been voting for more central planning and more economic dictatorship since they first arrived in Congress, and they all should be put to pasture, where they might actually learn something about economics as they go about earning a living. No right-thinking conservative should give his support or his vote to someone who has lived in this world for more than 70 years and is still so unaware of the obvious. Eric Cantor should stay at arm’s length from these appeasers if he wants to put principle above politics as usual.

LARRY LOTTER

Reston

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