McCain’s vision for America? As clear as Palin’s view of Russia from her wolf skinning shed.
One thing you can say about John McCain, is that he is consistent to the point of ad nauseum. I refer to his annoying and demeaning habit of pandering to the American people. Doesn’t he realise that he is supposed to be dealing with serious matters and that he is not competing in some popularity contest? Important issues which impact on people’s lives and careers and the country’s future? Issues which require precise and clear explanation. McCain’s vision for America? As clear as Palin’s vision of Russia from her wolf skinning shed.
Obama has shown again that he is serious about discussing issues, and not remotely interested in wasting time engaging in self aggrandisement. Something McCain enjoys. This time it was good to see him backing up strongly each time McCain attempted to misrepresent Obama’s positions, views and policies. That signalled an improvement by Obama, compared to his performance in the first Presidential debate. While I did make notes on policy differences, I am leaving these to be written about by others for the moment. What I did notice, and these things are important because they reveal much about the individual, was a repeat of McCain’s dismissive attitude towards Barack Obama. It descended to downright rudeness.
The sight of McCain continually getting up from his stool and wandering around the circle while Obama was speaking. Did you see that? Obviously it was a ploy by the McCain campaign to distract Barack, the Town Hall audience and the millions watching the broadcast who were trying to follow what Obama was saying as images of a meandering McCain kept breaking into view. Tom Brokaw as moderator, should have insisted that McCain remain seated while Obama was speaking. Obama extended that courtesy to McCain when the Republican was yapping.
Rudeness loses marks
It was obvious from McCain’s remarks and manner that he finds it difficult to be courteous to Obama. Any arbiter of good debating would certainly not consider McCain capable of making an argument on its actual merits due to his reliance on snide remarks in attempting to inflame and influence an audience. McCain’s rudeness had reached an abominable level when we saw his backhanded reference to Obama as “that one” while pointing an outstretched arm towards him, without even a cursory glance at Senator Obama. This was outrageous behaviour from someone who pretentiously insists that they are qualified to deal with people, and quite often people they may not like, as the next President of the United States. Unbelievable.
McCain has form
This was the behaviour of a “Navy Brat” as John McCain was described by a former POW who shared the “Hanoi Hilton” Vietnam POW camp experience at the same time. The paragraph below notes some of this distinguished man’s recently published words about McCain. They have been recorded as the lead into a revealing Rolling Stone Magazine story, titled: “The Make – Believe Maverick”.
Quote — “At Fort McNair, an army base located along the Potomac River in the nation’s capital, a chance reunion takes place one day between two former POWs. It’s the spring of 1974, and Navy commander John Sidney McCain III has returned home from the experience in Hanoi that, according to legend, transformed him from a callow and reckless youth into a serious man of patriotism and purpose. Walking along the grounds at Fort McNair, McCain runs into John Dramesi, an Air Force lieutenant colonel who was also imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam.
McCain is studying at the National War College, a prestigious graduate program he had to pull strings with the Secretary of the Navy to get into. Dramesi is enrolled, on his own merit, at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in the building next door.
There’s a distance between the two men that belies their shared experience in North Vietnam — call it an honor gap. Like many American POWs, McCain broke down under torture and offered a “confession” to his North Vietnamese captors. Dramesi, in contrast, attempted two daring escapes. For the second he was brutalized for a month with daily torture sessions that nearly killed him. His partner in the escape, Lt. Col. Ed Atterberry, didn’t survive the mistreatment. But Dramesi never said a disloyal word, and for his heroism was awarded two Air Force Crosses, one of the service’s highest distinctions. McCain would later hail him as “one of the toughest guys I’ve ever met.”
On the grounds between the two brick colleges, the chitchat between the scion of four-star admirals and the son of a prizefighter turns to their academic travels; both colleges sponsor a trip abroad for young officers to network with military and political leaders in a distant corner of the globe.
“I’m going to the Middle East,” Dramesi says. “Turkey, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iran.”
“Why are you going to the Middle East?” McCain asks, dismissively.
“It’s a place we’re probably going to have some problems,” Dramesi says.
“Why? Where are you going to, John?”
“Oh, I’m going to Rio.”
“What the hell are you going to Rio for?”
McCain, a married father of three, shrugs.
“I got a better chance of getting laid.”
Dramesi, who went on to serve as chief war planner for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and commander of a wing of the Strategic Air Command, was not surprised. “McCain says his life changed while he was in Vietnam, and he is now a different man,” Dramesi says today. “But he’s still the undisciplined, spoiled brat that he was when he went in.” End quote.
Another important point
John McCain keeps saying, “I know how to deal with Bin Laden, I know how to”get” him. I’ve got the experience”. This is crazy stuff from McCain, and unfortunately Barack let this claim go unchallenged. Maybe he believes that most people can see through this McCain nonsense. Think about it. If McCain knows how to”get” Bin Laden as he puts it, why hasn’t he let his Commander in chief and good friend President Bush or anyone else into the secret. Bush and the American military top brass need to hear “McCain’s” strategy for nailing Osama Bin Laden. Somehow I think they’ll be waiting a long time.
Barack Obama performed well. He will have made another clear connection with voters who class themselves as either undecideds or independents and given further encouragement to his supporters. John McCain will suffer because he was reckless and at times, provably untruthful. But he is consistent. Once again he exhibited the attitude of a credit chaser and a shameless self promoter. A clear example of the adage of “the child being the father of the man”. Quite incredibly, McCain also expressed the view that the complex issues of Health care, Energy Supply and Social Welfare reform could be dealt with “all at once”- and “in his first year”. This radical off the cuff statement sounded like a sales pitch coming from a carpetbagger who was running short of cash.The debate outcome from a McCain perspective?. He wouldn’t have made many new sales today. In Hillaryspeak,– No Way — No How!
Go Obama Yes we can