I find it interesting that often times prosperity actually breeds anti-prosperous attitudes.
For instance, when you get to be prosperous, you often help people so that they don't have the same obstacles you faced. The problem is that when you do that, the person never understands the attitudes required for success in adversity. They take the fruit of prosperity, which is a gift, and transform it into a right. Then, any deficiency from this new ideal becomes not just a problem to be dealt with, but a moral problem with those who are supposed to be providing the prosperity. They have lost sight that prosperity is not a given in the first place, and, in order to be kept, must itself be vigorously defended, sometimes at the expense of some of the gifts of prosperity which they have grown accustomed to.
This is not just true in politics, but also in business. I think this is one of the reasons which led to the Internet bubble collapse. The Internet was built off of good business and hard work. This created a bubble in which a bunch of companies could get by without hard work, live in plush offices, and goof off half of the day. There's nothing wrong with that. However, when the economy had issues, rather than cutting all of that, buckling down, and getting back to the basics, they continued the playtime atmosphere until it was too late to turn back. They had taken their prosperity for granted, and it had itself become a moral right, instead of the fruit of success.
One thing that many Republicans were wondering over the last few weeks is this - why hasn't John McCain come out swinging against Obama with regards to Freddie/Fannie? I think I know why - it is because John McCain always puts country above politics.
Before the bailout bill was passed John McCain suspended his campaign, and worked with anyone and everyone he could to come up with a good bailout bill. There were almost no attacks during this time on Obama and his role in it from McCain. In fact, I think the only ones that were made were from the RNC and not from the McCain campaign. Now that the bailout bill has passed and is signed, McCain has indicated that he is going to start attacking Obama for the situation with Fannie and Freddie.
More than being president, John McCain wants the country to work. He is willing to sacrifice his presidency to do what he believes is best for the country. This is the same situation with the troop surge. John McCain lobbied for it even when it was a politically bad move, because he thought it was right for the country. John McCain allowed himself to be shot at time and time again with no response while working for the bailout. Why? Because getting the country working again was his most important task.
Now that McCain's duty has been fulfilled, he is ready to fight Obama.
That's exactly what we want in a leader. I am actually in awe of McCain's leadership. Now if only he hadn't just used his awe-inspiring leadership qualities wasting $700 Billion, I would be a lot happier.