GLENN: What should John McCain say tonight? If I may be so bold, I've put together a speech that I think well, you just see what you think. I want John McCain to come up tonight and I want him to say this: Mr. Chairman and Mr. Vice president of this convention, my fellow citizens of this great nation, more than anything else I want my candidacy to unify our country, to renew the American spirit and our sense of purpose. I want to carry our message to every American regardless of their party affiliation, that they are a member of this community of shared values. Never before in our history have Americans been called upon to face such grave threats to our very existence, any one of which could destroy us. We face a disintegrating economy, a weakened defense and an energy policy based on the sharing of scarcity. The major issue of this campaign is the direct political, personal, and moral responsibility of the leadership in the White House and in congress, for this unprecedented calamity which has befallen us. They tell us that they've done the most that humanly can be done. They say that the United States has had its day in the sun, that our nation has passed its Zenith. They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems, that their future is going to be one of sacrifice and few opportunities. My fellow citizens or you can change it to my friends, since that's what he likes I reject this view. The American people, the most generous on Earth, who created the highest standard of living, are not going to accept the notion that we can only make a better world for ourselves by moving backwards in time. Those who believe we can do this have no business leading our nation. I'm not going to stand by and watch this great country destroy itself under mediocre leadership that drifts from one crisis to the next, eroding our national will and our national purpose. We've come together tonight because the American people deserve better from those whom they entrust our nation's highest offices to. We stand united in our resolve to do something. Trust me, government, ask that we concentrate our hopes and our dreams on one man, that we can trust him to do what's best for us. My view of government places trust not in that one man, that one person or that one party but in those values that transcend persons and transcend parties. The trust is where it belongs, in we the people. The responsibility to live up to that trust is where it belongs, in their elected leaders. That kind of relationship between the people and their elected leaders is a special kind of compact. The first Republican President, the first Republican President said, "While many people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." That first Republican President was Abraham Lincoln. If Lincoln could have seen what's happened in the last few years, he might have he might hedge a little on that statement. But with the virtues that our legacy as a free people and with the vigilance that sustains liberty, we still have time to use our renewed compact to overcome the injuries that have been done over the last few years to America. Ours are not problems of abstract economic theory. They are problems of flesh and blood, problems that cause pain and destroy the moral fiber of real people who shouldn't suffer the further indignity of being told by the government that it's somehow or another their fault. We don't have inflation. We don't have economic problems, as my opponent says, because we have lived too well. The government has utterly refused to live within its means and the same government has told us just in the last few days that this year's deficit will be $413 billion and that government dares to point the finger of blame at business, at labor, at ma and pa. They have been engaged in a losing struggle just to stay even. High taxes, we're told. Somehow or another high taxes are good for us, as if when the government spends our money, it isn't inflationary. But when we spend it, when we spend it, it is. Those people in Washington who have seen one of the worst energy shortages in our history tell us, use less. We're going to run out of oil, gasoline, natural gas, but we're going to run out a little more slowly. Conservation, sure, is desirable. We shouldn't waste energy. But conservation isn't the answer to our energy needs. America has got to get to work producing more energy. My program for solving economic problems is based on growth and productivity. Large amounts of oil and natural gas lay beneath our land and right off our shores untouched because everybody seems to believe the American people would rather see more regulation, more taxes, more controls than more energy. Coal offers great potential. So does nuclear energy produced under rigorous safety standards. It could supply electricity for thousands of industries and millions of jobs and homes. It must not be thwarted by a tiny minority opposed to economic growth which often finds friendly ears in regulatory agencies for its obstructionist campaigns. Make no mistake. We will not permit the safety of our people or our environment heritage to be jeopardized. But we are going to reaffirm that the economic prosperity of our people is a fundamental part of our environment. It's time to put America back to work. Time to make our cities and towns. We're sound with the confident voices of men and women of all races, all nationalities, all faiths bringing home to their families a decent paycheck that they can cash for honest money. For those without skills, we should find a way to help them. When we move from domestic affairs and cast our eyes abroad, we see an equally sorry chapter. Our European allies looking nervously at the growing menace from the Middle East turn to us for leadership and fail to find it. Adversaries large and small test our will, seek to con found our resolve, but we're given weakness when we need strength, vacillation when the times demand firmness. We can't learn these lessons the hard way without risking our destruction. Of all the objectives we seek first and foremost is the establishment of lasting world peace. We must always stand ready to negotiate in good faith, ready to pursue any reasonable avenue that holds for it the promise of lessening tensions and furthering the prospects of peace. But let our friends and those who may wish us ill take note. The United States has an obligation to its citizens and to the people of the world, never to let those who would destroy freedom dictate the future course of human life on this planet. I will regard my election as proof that we have renewed our resolve to preserve world peace and freedom, that our nation will once again be strong enough to do it.
Can we doubt that only a divine providence placed this land, this island of freedom here as a refuge for all those people in the world who yearn to breathe free, Jews and Christians, even during persecution behind enemy lines. People of Asia, Cuba, Haiti, victims of those who fight for freedom in Afghanistan. I'll confess that I've been a little afraid to suggest what I'm going to suggest, but actually I'm more afraid not to. That we begin our crusade, joined together in a moment of silent prayer. God bless America.
With an exception of changing the word "60" to "413 billion," changing a couple of words, not changing them as much as deleting them, the two words "Iron curtain" was in there twice, that is the speech that Reagan gave when he accepted his nomination. Why is this country still having the same debate? Why is this country still saying the same thing that we were saying in 1980? Why are people still trying to tax the bat snot out of us? Why are we still sitting here without any nuclear reactors? Why are we still arguing that coal is a solution, that there's gas and there's oil on our shores and on land? Why are we still having the argument that we shouldn't negotiate, that we should actually stand strong? Why are we still having the argument that Ronald Reagan had in 1980? He was elected, and we ended the energy crisis. We ended the malaise. We ended high inflation and out of control spending. Why? The one thing Ronald Reagan two things Ronald Reagan couldn't do: He failed us on the border. Same damn problem. He failed us on the border, and the reason why he failed us on the border is because he negotiated. He trusted congress to be men and women of their word. He said, you give me tough borders, I'll give you amnesty. They said, okay, you go first. They never, ever toughened on the border. But they got amnesty. The other thing, stop spending. Stop spending. Congress never, ever brought that line in. They yelled at him. They yelled at him for spending on defense but nobody ever yelled at them. They never saw that they were spending us into oblivion. And you know what? It ain't a Democratic problem. It's a Republican problem. I have no problem with him reading this speech where he's talking about this last eight years, the last administration. This last administration, when it comes to spending, is a nightmare. This man, George Bush, may have saved our children or may be on the right path to save our children from a world of Islamic extremism, from a world that is increasingly growing darker and darker in Europe. He may have saved us from that or put us on the right path but at the same time the threats are growing that our children will not be able to afford. The house or the taxes on the house that you currently live in. At the same time he may have started the battle on Islamic extremism. He hasn't been able to make the case, nor did he even see the case of Russia. He didn't even see it.
You know what I'd really like? He could give John McCain could give this speech and I would love to hear this speech again, from somebody who actually believed it, somebody who actually, who knew this to be true. I'm not sure if John McCain's that man. I'd be happy with this, somebody going back and looking at a speech from 1980 and giving the same damn speech because we don't ever seem to learn our lesson. But you know what I'd prefer? You know what would excite me? One, one politician from either party, any party, no party, anything, one person that would stand at the microphone and tell me, "America, this is what's coming over the horizon." This is what's coming over the horizon. These are the problems of the future. Right now our problem in Washington is everybody's working on their problem of today and nobody is seeing the problems of the future, because the problem that they are dealing with today is how to get reelected, how to hold onto their power, how to get elected for the first time. Everybody is thinking about ratings. Everybody's thinking about their own power, their own position and nobody is thinking about what's coming tomorrow. That's why we keep missing, "Oh, gee, energy, $148 a barrel. Oh, gee, Russia. Oh, gee, it looks like a strike is coming in Israel." Nobody's telling you what's coming over the horizon. I will, and here's what's coming over the horizon and that's why we need to solve all this bickering, put us all behind us because it's beneath us. We're better than this. We're better than the America these clowns have allowed us to become. Don't listen to those people on either side of the aisle in Washington because they have been lying to you.
All of the problems that they have brought out they don't really have solutions for. Some of them do. Most of them don't and that's why they keep blaming it on the other party. Because that way they don't ever have to solve anything.