It’s time for McCain to step up to the plate and hit some home runs. Actually, some grand slams. I want to see some passion, some good talking points, and revealing Obama for who he really is. Four weeks remain; 28 days until America casts her vote. It’s ‘go time’.

With one debate down and two to go we have yet to see something hit out of the park. Sure, McCain hammered Obama with foreign policy and made him look completely inept at taking over as Commander-in-Chief. But if I were to ask 10 people who they thought ‘won’ the first round, it would come up as a tie.

There’s a few things McCain needs to do either tomorrow night (er, now it’s tonight) and in the upcoming weeks:

1. There are many facets to Obama that are kept on the down-low. His various associations have been shrugged off and almost ignored; in fact I haven’t heard any real answers. Attending a church for 20 years with a minister who openly hates whites, black people who disagree with him, and the very country that allows him to spew such venom should do more than raise a few eyebrows. This should be very disconcerting to the average American. To cast Jeremiah Wright off as just an associate is not going to fly. This guy officiated at Obama’s wedding as well as the baptism of his two children. The Audacity of Hope is named for one of Wright’s sermons, and he was appointed to Obama’s African-American Religious Leadership Committee (but later taken off, due to the controversy). I’d say they were pretty tight.

Even Palin has come forward with some questions regarding these ties. In a recent interview she said

I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country.

I don’t know why either, Sarah.

2. Speaking of associations, what of the one with ex-terrorist Bill Ayers? Both served on two non profit boards and they worked closely together. Ayers even hosted a political event at his home for Obama. I’d say they’re more than just acquaintances.

3. Obama’s tax proposals would be catastrophic. If we think times are tough now, just wait until ‘The Anointed One’ begins his reign. Tax hikes and spending hikes are on the agenda, both of which would be disastrous and reckless with a delicate and already injured economic system. Raising capital gains taxes by a minimum of one-third and possibly doubling them, both of which Obama has proposed during his campaign, would send a clear signal to investors to hold on to their money. Who would buy stock now knowing that the tax on any profits he or she will make is going to go up sharply? Fact: Let’s look at Michigan. Democratic governor Jennifer Granholm raised taxes on almost everything in 2007. Income taxes shot up 11.5% and the state’s 6 percent sales tax was expanded to dozens of new services. The $1.75 billion tax package shook the economy to its foundations. Michigan became the only one of the fifty states with a shrinking GDP. The value of all goods and services produced in the state fell by one half of one percent while the national GDP rose by 3.4%. The state fell from 23rd in GDP to 35th. Taxes caused a disaster. McCain needs to hammer the fact that a nation under Obama is a nation that will commit economic suicide.

4. Energy. Let’s give up the global warming, sky-is-falling rhetoric that we don’t have enough energy. Vast amounts of natural gas has been discovered, nuclear energy and oil shale deserve exploring, and ANWR needs to be opened up. Renewable energy is a great idea, but we are decades away from even implementing it. Let’s take windmills and solar energy for instance. The technology and cost of implementing this kind of energy is daunting. According to this article:

[I]n order to supply a house with electricity, photovoltaic cells would have to cover the entire roof. A supermarket would require a photovoltaic field roughly ten times larger than its own roof, or 1,000 times larger in the case of a high-rise building…….Just the problems involved in obtaining rights-of-way alone are beyond anything we’ve ever experienced. And, the enormous scale of manufacturing required to produce the panels and wind towers would dwarf our current energy industries. The coal-fired power plant by comparison seems like a wonder of compact energy generation.

Drill! Drill! Drill! An administration with Obama is, well, infrastructure suicide.

There’s plenty more to add to the list (feel free to add your wishes), but these are some of the basic yet critical differences between the two campaigns. I’m afraid that if McCain fails to drive home these issues, the game is over. In the final inning with two outs, he’ll have Sarah Palin on 3rd base only to hit a fly out to left field…….and we know how those fly balls go. The only thing that could save him would be a critical error and Obama’s team drops the ball.