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Sunday, September 07, 2008
Paul McKeever: John Obama and Barack McCain: Two very different men
Paul McKeever, an objectivist, and leader of the Freedom Party, has put some philosophical thought into the underlying philosophies of both John McCain and Barack Obama in his latest opinion piece here on the Western Standard.
In his latest, entitled "John Obama and Barack McCain: Two very different men," McKeever tries to analyze the metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, and political views of the two candidates. The point is to see what, if anything, is really different between these two candidates. Since policies just are the result of our underlying beliefs, this kind of analysis is worth doing.
McKeever's analysis reveals, ahem, the following "stark" differences:
On metaphysics: "Whereas Senator McCain closed with the words: "Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America," Senator Obama took the diametrically opposed position on the facts of reality with his contra McCainian use of periods instead of commas: "Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America."
On epistemology: "For McCain, we should have faith in others’ reason, and reasons for
faith in God. In short: we should have faith in the reasons for having
faith in God. Shorter still: we should have faith, but reason is
"Obama did not use the word “faith” even once. Taking the polar opposite view to McCain, he said “Let us keep that promise, that American promise, and in the words of scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.” His reference was to Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful”. So, for Obama, one does not need faith: one only needs hope, because we can just rely on Jesus to have enough faith for everyone."
On ethics: "The difference is astounding. Whereas McCain says it’s right to sacrifice of oneself, Obama says it is right to move where you will be kept by others."
On politics: "The difference is clear: McCain believes you have a right to a tax-funded education, whereas Obama’s promise of a tax-funded education is not founded upon rights. More succinctly: McCain asserts that you have a right to other peoples’ money, whereas Obama regards other peoples’ money as something that the government can give to you if it chooses to do so."
You can read the whole opinion piece here.
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Well done, Paul. You've gotta love Rand.
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-09-07 1:48:03 PM
Posted by: TM | 2008-09-07 7:05:32 PM
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