There's not too much that I can agree with, when it comes to the far left political doctrines, expressed by either Barack Obama or Joe Biden. For example, as a conservative, I could never agree to their position on abortion or their socialist learning agenda, which includes a plan for the distribution of wealth in American, which both of them cleverly, call an act of "patriotism." But, whether I agree or disagree with either one of them, on any part of their political party's doctrine, really isn't the issue that we're facing today. Instead, the question of the day that really needs to be answered is: "Should a presidential candidate of one political party have the right, to negotiate with the moral and ethical standards, established and adhered to by his or her supporters, in order to accommodate values, oppositely held by a competing political party?" More specifically, would it be either wise or proper to relinquish any level of ethical and moral standings, in a conciliatory way, during bi partisan negotiations?


By now, most everyone has heard how John McCain has always tried to "reach across the aisle," in a bi partisan way to work with Democrats. Politically, in some areas, it seems that he may have had some limited successes, when dealing with the other party. But in the process, it also appears that he's inadvertently diminished his status within the ranks of an ardent conservative base, which now see him as someone who can, on occasion; flippantly cast aside cherished, conservative principals, in order to appease other politicians who follow a strong liberal doctrine. Sadly, because of his ongoing attempts to accommodate the left, he is now perceived by many on the right, as weak and indecisive. While insisting that he remains main stream conservation, McCain's actions dictate otherwise, causing a confused and questioning conservative base to wonder about just what kind of president he might be, and if he would truly be someone who would honestly represent their conservative values, while serving in the White House.


Going into political campaign for the presidency, McCain once again tried to appeal to everyone, but in the process of being neither hot nor cold in either political direction, appeared as a candidate who was unable to find a political foothold. I believe, that soon after recognizing the mess he'd placed himself into, he wisely chose Sarah Palin, a staunch conservative, to become his vice presidential running mate. By choosing her, he quickly established favor within an anxious conservative base, which then provided him with the required appearance of political stability. During the Republican convention, Sarah Palin successfully ignited the conservative base, giving John McCain the boost that he needed. Sarah came across to everyone as a strong, straight forward and decisive leader. Attributes that I believe John McCain has a problem in exhibiting, because of his lack of conviction to anchor him politically. Ironically, in my estimation, he's the type of politician, who in his earnestness to befriend everyone, may ultimately wind up being disrespected by many.


Since the Republican convention, I believe that the political and doctrinal differences between McCain and his running mate have become strikingly clear. On one hand, we have the leader of the Republican presidential ticket, who is desperately trying to continue on, in a political balancing act in order to please everyone of every political stripe. While on the other hand, in Sarah Palin, we have a vice presidential running mate who is clearly a Christian conservative candidate, that is unafraid to walk the conservative walk and stands firmly for what she believes in. For as long as their partnership continues, it will be interesting to see what will become of this type of this bi partisanship relationship.


For years, John McCain has continually boasted of being a bi partisan conservative, who can peacefully work with the Democrat liberals to get things done. But, there can be times, when this form of amicably applied bi partisanship can become more of a hindrance, than help. For example, let's look back at what recently happened on the day after Sarah Palin took part in the vice presidential debate, in which she once again successfully energized the conservative base. In his questionable bi partisan wisdom, McCain announced that he would seek advice from the long standing conservative foe, Al Gore, on how to fight global warming. Now, I realize that now's not the time, to get into the debate over the validity of man made global warming. But for many conservatives, the real question of the day should be, why would John McCain, a conservative, Republican presidential candidate, invite a high ranking liberal Democrat, to sit down at his side to discuss any issue, right after the successful conclusion to a debate, in which your conservative running mate accomplished her goal to inspire conservative voters? Perhaps someday, bi partisanship may become a new and widely used political tool to promote fairness and better understanding between adversarial political parties. But, during this campaign, while watching McCain's fumbled attempts to appease everyone through it's implementation, it's become blatantly obvious to me that what the continuous attempt at bi partisanship ultimately ends up doing, is removing the fangs from a political tiger, leaving behind only a kitten to be toyed with.


After looking back at the history of John McCain, and what he went through as a prisoner of war in north Vietnam, I'm convinced that he's become a man that will do just about anything, to keep himself from getting into a serious conflict with anyone. Politically, I think, that because of all that he went through, he couldn't even consider anyone running against him, no matter how hard or ruthlessly, to be an enemy, but rather an adversary. There was once a time, when John flew a fighter aircraft and that was his weapon of war. But because of his experiences with the war, imprisonment and torture, his weapon of today, as a politician, has become bi partisanship. Is his new weapon as lethal as the one he once used, only in political sense? Maybe, maybe not, but for now, it has become his weapon of the day and I for one, am thankful for such a man who treasures peace, loves his country and is still around to defend our freedoms.


Bob Chandler is vice-president of Hesperia Recreation and Park District's board of directors. He is running for re-election unopposed on Nov. 4.