That's what the signs read. That's the theme of the convention and I guess the campaign: we must serve our country. This is a new idea for a Republican campaign. It's new to integrate a campaign around the ideal of serving the country.
When you put service first, then freedom comes second at best. The implication of McCain's hierarchy of values is that you can have freedom, but only if you serve your country. Morality is to be found in sacrifice. Whatever this is, it sure as hell is not the America envisioned by our Founding Fathers.
John McCain is a nationalist. This is different from being a patriot. The nationalist believes the individual has a duty to subordinate his interests to the nation-state. Country First -- individual rights, if we must bother with them at all, come way down the list. Country First -- liberty is an afterthought.
Tonight we watched the beginning of the end of freedom in America, brought to us by well-meaning Republicans who have not the slightest idea that their perverted hierarchy of values will lead to destruction of individual rights. They were all good people we saw on TV tonight. Good, solid Americans. Their ignorance of economics and philosophy will be the end of the country they love.
If the Democrat Party is a mad farce, the Republican Party is a tragedy. In striving to serve the land they love, America, they will end up destroying it.