Twenty-eight years ago, Ronald Reagan was behind in the polls and it looked as if Jimmy Carter was about to be re-elected President of the United States. It didn’t happen. Today, John McCain is also trailing his Democrat rival – although taking account of the margin of error, both candidates could be neck-and-neck. A Barack Obama victory is not a foregone conclusion and for the sake of the United States and the world, I hope it is not.

The choice facing the American people couldn’t be starker. In the red corner, you have Sen. McCain, who is strong on defense, stands for low taxation, small government and real change in Washington. In the blue corner – or should I say in the far left corner – you have Sen. Obama, who would rather placate enemies, thinks you are unpatriotic if you don’t want to pay more of your hard earned money in taxes and would embark on a massive spending spree with your money. In the UK we have a word for people like him, and so do you; socialists. He believes in big government.

In February of this year, I wrote a post here about Sen. McCain and urged Republicans to get behind him. It did not meet with universal approval. A reader – Bill Gunn – left a comment telling me he didn’t need someone from the other side of the pond telling him how to vote. A conversation ensued and in the end we got on fine. It had been quite a number of months since I last communicated with Mr Gunn, however, last night I e-mailed him for his take on the election. 

Like me, he doesn’t think an Obama victory is inevitable. He still doesn’t like Sen. McCain, however, the arrival of Gov. Palin has solidified his support for the GOP ticket, as it has solidified support from the conservative base across the country. He also hopes, like many, that Gov. Palin is the future of the Republican Party. The final sentence of his e-mail is the one that sums it up for me.

Between her newly developed political clout and the fear of Sen. Obama, Sen. McCain may be pushed over the finish line

Her, of course, being Gov. Palin. I don’t think she is the future, however, I am willing to be proved wrong. That argument though, is for another day. She has energised the conservative base and there is a fear of Sen. Obama. I think Mr Gunn is correct in his analysis. I can only urge every American to vote for Sen. McCain. In the UK we have experienced the same kind of policies Sen. Obama is proposing. We have had to endure over eleven years of a left-wing government who believes throwing taxpayers’ money at every problem will work. A government who has increased its powers, taxed us to the hilt, eroded our freedoms and liberties. It is led by a prime minister who thinks it is the job of government to interfere in every part of our lives. It doesn’t work. America does not want to go down this road. I know many of you are sceptical of Sen. McCain, but the alternative is too frightening to contemplate. 

– Andrew Allison