Friday, September 05, 2008

The Sermon

I believe McCain gave the best sermon I've ever heard last night and let me tell you why. Nothing says it better than giving the core of the sermon and then I'll touch on some other excerpts.

Long ago, something unusual happened to me that taught me the most valuable lesson of my life. I was blessed by misfortune. I mean that sincerely. I was blessed because I served in the company of heroes and I witnessed a thousand acts of courage, and compassion, and love.

On an October morning, in the Gulf of Tonkin, I prepared for my 23rd mission over North Vietnam. I hadn't any worry I wouldn't come back safe and sound. I thought I was tougher than anyone. I was pretty independent then, too.

I liked to bend a few rules and pick a few fights for the fun of it. But I did it for my own pleasure, my own pride. I didn't think there was a cause that was more important than me.

Then I found myself falling toward the middle of a small lake in the city of Hanoi, with two broken arms, a broken leg, and an angry crowd waiting to greet me.

I was dumped in a dark cell and left to die. I didn't feel so tough anymore. When they discovered my father was an admiral, they took me to a hospital. They couldn't set my bones properly, so they just slapped a cast on me. And when I didn't get better and was down to about a hundred pounds, they put me in a cell with two other Americans.

I couldn't do anything. I couldn't even feed myself. They did it for me. I was beginning to learn the limits of my selfish independence.

Those men saved my life.

I was in solitary confinement when my captors offered to release me. I knew why. If I went home, they would use it as propaganda to demoralize my fellow prisoners. Our code said we could only go home in the order of our capture, and there were men who had been shot down long before me. I thought about it, though. I wasn't in great shape, and I missed everything about America, but I turned it down.

A lot of prisoners had it much worse...

A lot of -- a lot of prisoners had it a lot worse than I did. I'd been mistreated before, but not as badly as many others. I always liked to strut a little after I'd been roughed up to show the other guys I was tough enough to take it. But after I turned down their offer, they worked me over harder than they ever had before, for a long time, and they broke me.

When they brought me back to my cell, I was hurt and ashamed, and I didn't know how I could face my fellow prisoners. The good man in the cell next door to me, my friend, Bob Craner, saved me.

Through taps on a wall, he told me I had fought as hard as I could. No man can always stand alone. And then he told me to get back up and fight again for my country and for the men I had the honor to serve with, because every day they fought for me.
That I thought was the most powerful and moving part of the speech. Blessed by misfortune. I think that is one of the very best lessons of life. To find out how to take misfortune and turn it into a blessing.

Now how about some other good bits?

On cultural modification of Washington:
And let me just offer an advance warning to the old, big- spending, do-nothing, me-first, country-second crowd: Change is coming.
Going after the enemies of the people:
I've fought the big spenders in both parties, who waste your money on things you neither need nor want, and the first big-spending pork-barrel earmark bill that comes across my desk, I will veto it. I will make them famous, and you will know their names.
On foreign policy:
We're going to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much...
Economic plan:
Cutting the second-highest business tax rate in the world will help American companies compete and keep jobs from going overseas.
That is probably enough. You can read the whole thing at the above link or watch the video here.

Cross Posted at Classical Values

2 comments:

Pal2Pal said...

I'm glad to see that you also see the powerful words of John McCain's speech last night. I was so angry on that other place we have in common I had to leave, and right now I'm not sure I'll ever go back. They just didn't get it.

And let's look at what John McCain has authentically promised (the proof is in his life) against Obama out today with his phalanx of women taking point for him.

It is beyond my comprehension how any man can vote for Bambi without leaving his manhood at the door. And I totally don't get how any woman can cast a vote for a man who will be charged to protect her as Commander-in-Chief and who needs to hide behind her skirts.

M. Simon said...

pal,

What no one else seems to realize is that it was the opening shot in the war against the Victim Culture.