Friday, October 17 2008 1:10 p.m.
It's been the hobby of many to take a shot of liquor during the U.S. presidential debates after one of the candidates says the word "Maverick". I began to wonder why it was that this crowd believed it would be amusing to drink whenever the word "Maverick" was uttered. There are other buzzwords that could be mocked, like "change". This one in particular seems to ruffle the feathers of those who took those shots. Let's try to figure out why.
Here's the definition of "Maverick" from Merriam-Webster.
The opposite of maverick seems to be a conformist or a lemming. Could it be that the maverick-haters think the qualities attributed to a maverick are qualities that one should not aspire to? It is true, that big-government, socialism and especially communism require that everyone think a certain way. That everyone tow the party line. For those who believe that personal freedom is evil, maverick is indeed a bad word.
Maybe it's a way to mock and vilify the opponent without using an intelligent argument. Unfortunately, those who aspire to have an intelligent candidate want to have the least intelligent arguments. Mocking instead of enlightening. Vilify opponents instead of arguing their substance.
As John McCain himself has said during the debates, there is a key difference between both candidates on economic issues. One candidate believes in free-markets and one thinks that the free-market has failed. Sorry to disappoint those that hate, but the free market has given the world the greatest prosperity it has ever seen since humans have existed. Even the current severe market correction does not wipe out the gains of the last 15 years. The severity of the current correction CAN, however be attributed to the changing of the rules that the government has recently made to favor certain groups and policies. Policies guided by the political donations of Wall Street to Washington, of which Obama is the #2 recipient of. Donations which, a maverick called John McCain has opposed despite his party's line on such issues.
America was founded by mavericks. People who did not tow the party line. People who thought differently and independently. People who believed in personal freedom and individual liberty. Maybe, the candidate whose favorite buzzword is "change" doesn't believe in "Mavericks". While neither candidate is perfect, save your drinking for the "change" that a candidate like Obama wants to bring in. A change from the core values of freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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