This at last, is the real John McCain. The attack ads reveal his desperation. With time slipping away any further pretence of personal ethics has been unceremoniously tossed over the side
Cast your mind forward to November 4th. It falls on a Tuesday this year. A day when many Americans are hoping to experience much more than the usual political anticipation and excitement of a Super Tuesday. A day of reckoning when those who have endured the cost, pain and embarrassment of the Bush terms of office, seek to elect a new President who they hope will make their life better, make them feel safer, and be someone whom they can trust.
The question to which only posterity will deliver the answer is; will America’s Commander in Chief number 44, be the hotheaded, ageing and ignorant Republican John McCain or the well balanced and provably talented Democratic candidate Barack Obama? The answer should be simple. However as we all know, in politics there is no such thing as a certainty.
If voters are influenced by TV political advertising regardless of the veracity and integrity of the message, then dyed in the wool Republicans will likely vote for McCain. Others including Independents and disillusioned Republicans in view of the state of the country’s affairs, may pause to consider this time. Three months out from the November 4th election, a number of scurrilous McCain TV ads replete with lies about Barack Obama are now appearing accompanied by the message. “I am John McCain and I approve this message”. This at last, is the real John McCain. The attack ads reveal his desperation. With time slipping away any further pretence of personal ethics has been unceremoniously tossed over the side. (navy talk) In fact right from the start, his deceit is reflected and pompously displayed by his campaign bus signage, which promotes another McCain myth. A claimed reputation for “Straight Talk?” Some myth.
This is the the same candidate who via false smiles attempts to make light of corrupt behaviour when forced to admit that he has lied repeatedly. A personal fault which he attributes in his words to, “ambition”. Straight talk? A dangerous and stupid man I’d say. A Captain Clueless in fact. That’s no lie. That’s straight talk.
A Ticket to Ride
How many other lies has this man perpetrated in a political career backed initially by his second father in law’s beer distributorship and a POW experience which due to his father’s very senior naval rank and Presidential backing provided a clear pathway into political life. No opposing candidate ever wants to be seen to be critical of a “genuine war hero”. Guess who gave McCain that title? None other than that other “honourable” republican politician the disgraced former President – Richard Nixon.
It begs the question. What about all of the other POW’s who shared the terrible trials of the Hanoi Hilton camp with McCain in North Vietnam? The POW’s whose fathers were not an Admiral. Were they heralded, feted, invited to The White House and decorated? The answer is no. That special treatment was reserved for one Admiral’s son, John McCain. Nixon ever the political opportunist, made himself look good and it certainly opened doors for McCain.
McCain on TV admitting to lying because of his “ambition” That’s his excuse? (4 mins)
Deciding America’s Future
The choice Americans will make on November 4th will be the most important since the great depression of the 1930’s. Does that sound like an exaggeration?. If you think so, then you need to consider a lot more than the just the present state of the US stock market and the impact of the corrupt sub prime lending initiated housing crisis. At the same time the United States is funding with borrowed money, two different wars in different countries with two distinctly different agendas and little to show for it except a $10 Billion monthly cost, more than 4000 young American lives lost and perhaps 130, 000 dead, including men, women and children in Iraq and Afghanistan. And much more.
During the Bush years the country has damaged its reputation internationally, and the American dollar, traditionally the preferred currency of international trade, has depreciated to such a level, it may soon be replaced by the Euro.
During the eight years of the Republican controlled White House the country has been subjected to corrupt, ignorant and distracted political leadership which has resulted in a total failure to deal with or address domestic policy issues and responsibilities. In particular those relating to the important issues of, health, education, financial regulation, tax policy, social security preservation, energy, transport, and media policy to name a few. The 44th President will need help and brilliant help at that, to begin prioritising and tackling these important issues.
The Upcoming Presidential Debates
Faced with the enormous task of righting the Ship of State at home and abroad, how then will the candidates cope and what can they offer in terms of skills and capacity to become a first rate President and Commander in Chief. These and other questions will be answered in the upcoming trio of Presidential debates. Hopefully the debates and the format employed will properly showcase the skills and knowledge of each of the White House aspirants, for the voters to judge.
The three POTUS debates will be conducted on the following dates: September 26th, at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, October 7th, at Belmont University in Nashville and October 15th, at Hofstra University in Hempstead NY. One Vice Presidential debate is scheduled for Oct 2nd at Washington University in St Louis.
So there we have it. Three debates on national television to make an impression. Let’s hope they select a mature, impartial and fearless moderator who pursues issues and policy positions. Jim Lehrer of “The News Hour” on PBS appeals to me. He has a fine national reputation and has carried out the role successfully in past years.
Abilities and Knowledge
Unfortunately for John McCain, he will be completely overwhelmed both intellectually and in policy depth in these debates. His opponent Barack Obama has proved that he his is a man of exceptional ability, temperament and judgement. Something that neither the Democratic Party nor the Rupublican Party really appreciated, when Obama first announced his candicacy. McCain will quickly see that he is batting way out of his league. The debates won’t be a pretty sight for McCain supporters and with McCain attaining 72 years of age in August his days of representing Arizona will be numbered. An unethical final campaign will do him no credit either. As you sow, so shall you reap!
After having been defeated comprehensively by Bush in 2000, no one really thought McCain would line up again eight years later. However his thirst for power was still not sated. By January 2008 his Primary campaign was near broke and he just scraped through due to the good fortune of facing poor opponents. All of whom for a variety of reasons defeated themselves and in so doing proved to be their own worst enemies. He truly became the Republican candidate of last recourse. Love him or hate him the Republicans all of a sudden realised- they were now stuck with him.
A New Star Rising
Meanwhile on the other side of the ledger it was just the opposite. Democrats were becoming very excited indeed. Barack Obama the “Yes we can man” was breaking all sorts of new fundraising records and gathering crowds never seen before in American politics. The former Republican Senator, Bob Dole interviewed on MSNBC snidely called them “A cult led by some sort of a Pied Piper”. “It won’t go anywhere” he predicted.
Birds of a feather
While Obama seems to have ability to attract and retain the very best and the brightest in advisers, John McCain seems to be lumbered with people who are less than ethical and quite inept by comparison. Hillary Clinton’s people apart from the odd exception proved only marginally better. However if the candidate can’t think for himself or herself and make quality judgement calls, then that person is not fit to lead. America cannot afford another leadership failure of Bush proportions at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The rest of the world has voted already.
And it ain’t for John McCain.