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Leadership & The Measure


Mark Antony’s Funeral Oration
from Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare

Jimmy Stewart and what he stood for had much more in common with the persona of Barack Obama than John McCain

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar.

So let it be with John McCain /

Now that Democrat Senator Barack Obama has returned to the United States from his week long sojourn through the theatres of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, including meetings with the leaders of Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, France and Great Britain and addressing a 200,000 strong public rally in Berlin, it is time to take a closer look at the qualifications of his opponent, the Republican Senator for Arizona, John McCain and another former Republican for fair measure. And what better place to start than in one of McCains published biographies. ( It saves me a lot of writing and I can’t be sued!)

Unlike Julius Caesar’s loyal friend Mark Antony, I do not seek to destroy McCain’s reputation as Anthony’s words did ever so surgically with Caesar’s erstwhile friend Brutus, the leading and final protagonist among the dagger wielding conspirators of the Ides of March murder plot. On the contrary, without any outside assistance John McCain is doing a fairly good job himself.

And Brutus, “is an honourable man?” so sardonically suggested by Antony throughout his famous funeral oration.

And John McCain, “is an American war hero?”- we are constantly reminded, lest we fail to acknowledge this for his political benefit –  is contesting the general election for President of the United States of America.

In McCain’s case, the undisputed facts in his biography speak for themselves. After all, US Senate protocol insists that all Senators are honourable men and women whether the populace agrees or not. Such is the want and way of politics.

You be the judge.

If the Republicans were seriously looking for someone to give Barack Obama a real battle for the Presidency then surely all they needed to do was to read the biography of one former, now deceased, lifelong republican for guidance.

If such a man could have been Obama’s opponent, then either way America would have been a winner in November. As a matter of contrast, Jimmy Stewart’s  abbreviated biography including his military record is included on pages 4 & 5  for your enjoyment, information and inspiration. I am sure you will find that Mr Stewart had much more in common with the persona of Barack Obama, than that of John McCain.

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