Friday, February 01, 2008

Senator John McCain, Who Served in VietNam.....

I'm starting to see a bit of deja vu in this hyper-extended forever Presidential campaign. Recall four years ago, when on an almost-hourly basis, we were reminded that John Kerry served in VietNam, and that he earned several medals, including a couple of Purple Hearts. Remember also that, in the wake of the end of his service, he attended a number of anti war demonstrations, at one of which he flamboyantly threw his medals away. 'Twas also rumored that the very slight injuries that resulted in his Purple Heart medals were self-inflicted.

Sorry. I always go off on that guy because he's such an inept fool.

The point I'm taking a long time to making, is that in this interminable Presidential campaign, we're being reminded every bit as constantly, that Senator John McCain is a war hero, as a result of his service in the very same war. Well, in his case, he was. He deserves commendation for having survived an incredible ordeal.

It doesn't mean we have to hear about it as a seeming qualification for the office of President of the United States. Every day, several times a day. It makes one wonder if he's ever done anything else worthwhile, since. Well, he has. Not much of it is good, and it seems the 'steemed Senator kind of realizes it, too. According to one observer:

"When confronted with any of his misdeeds, Senator McCain tends to fall back on his record as a war hero in Vietnam. Let's talk sense. Benedict Arnold was a war hero but that did not exempt him from condemnation for his later betrayal. Being a war hero is not a lifetime get-out-of-jail-free card. And becoming President of the United States is not a matter of rewarding an individual for past services. The Presidency is a heavy responsibility for the future of the nation, including generations yet unborn. Character and integrity are major qualifications." -- Columnist Thomas Sowell

It's pretty obvious from the bills he's sponsored that he's no conservative, as is currently being observed by most conservative commentators. He sided with Democrats to make it difficult for the administration to appoint judges. He, in a stunning renunciation of the First Amendment as it applies to political speech, conspired with Democrat Senator Feingold to squelch criticism of sitting politicians campaigning for reelection. The list goes on.....

Additionally, the Senator's rhetoric seems to indicate that he wishes to place the country in a perpetual war situation. He's expressed interest in initiating military action against Iran because of their dabbling in nuclear physics. Iran says (of course, I don't believe them either) that they want nuclear power plants. McCain and others think they want nuclear weapons. Based on the lousy intelligence our spy agencies, all but destroyed during the Clinton administration, we have no more idea what's the truth than we did regarding Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
Senator McCain is fondly referred to by the leftist press as a "maverick." They like him because he allies himself with the Senate's Democrats very often. He's favored by the leftist press to become the Republican nominee because they think (probably rightly) that he'll cave to many of the leftists' desires.

His campaign rhetoric claims that he's "the only true conservative," but his record says otherwise. He's also noted to be a hothead, prone to angry outbursts and long-term grudges.

He's a card carrying algorian, who will continue the policies that keep America dependent on unstable foreign despots for our petroleum needs. He'll continue the harmful and wasteful programs that convert food crops into a substandard fuel, at the expense of the use of our very plentiful and accessible petroleum fuel--and at the expense of research that would otherwise lead to new technology to locate and produce petroleum from untapped sources.

The election of John McCain might be better than the election of Clinton or Obama, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it. The very conserative Ann Coulter has said that she not only wouldn't vote for McCain, but that should he become the nominee, she'll campaign for Mrs Clinton. Given Coulter's somewhat bizarre sense of humor, and tendency to hyperbole, it'e hard to tell whether that's her real position, but one can certainly draw from her statements that she doesn't favor McCain.

It's not easy to make a decision given the very poor group of candidates from whom we must select. I favor Ron Paul, all the while realizing, given his vote results to date and the political climate in Washington, his chance of becoming the nominee are very slim. I'll vote for Paul in the hopes that his influence can be felt by whoever becomes the nominee.

Then, I'll hope that the coming administration can be held to causing as little damage as possible until voting Americans can be convinced that trying to live at the expense of others is not a life-enhancing policy.

They've killed Freedom! Those bastards!

Warm regards,

Col. Hogan
Stalag California

9 comments:

T. F. Stern said...

I'd print this out and send it to my dad; but he can only see McCain the war hero and nothing else. I tried to explain the rest but it only pissed him off. Oh well, thanks any way.

MK said...

Really, Coulter would campaign for Hillary, damn, she must loath Mccain a lot, oh she's a mad woman that, love her columns.

steveintx said...

I'm waiting for the bumper stickers to come out if Mcain (who served in Viet Nam) does get the nod. I'm ging to get one from each and make up a Clinton/Mcain or Obama/Mcain whichever. Might even put Mcain at the top of the ticket just to piss off the local demorummys.

Col. Hogan said...

TF,

Looks like McCain's doing pretty well--except in Arizona, where they know him.

Col. Hogan said...

MK,

I wonder if Coulter has gone down to Clinton hq to sign up yet. At least if she wins, Congress' Republicans will line up against her. With McCain, it's four more years of Bush! More domestic surveillance, more alphabet police thug squads.

Wait....Clinton will do that, too!

Col. Hogan said...

Steve,

Great idea! Maybe I'll do that, too. I'm still hoping Paul will have a respectable showing.

Aurora said...

Col., I don't think it's going to be too different between the three Dems (including the RINO in sheep's clothing) on offer. You're going to have destruction of the country and much loss of freedom. The worrying thing about the Hildebeeste is that she's right out there in the open with her anti-market intentions. We're in for a rough ride and it's a real shame that none of the other candidates are going anywhere. It's wall-to-wall left right across the board.
That pic you've got up of McCain and Clinton is enough to make me want to throw up. Those betrayers are all in bed together. Sickening.

Aurora said...

...sorry that should read 'destruction of the economy' (not country). I think both Hillary and Obama will end up really hurting the American economy since both of them are steeped in Marxist and admirers of Saul Alinsky. McCain seems little better.

Col. Hogan said...

Aurora,

Most of the Democrat primaries so far are going to Obama, which is small reason for optimism. Meanwhile, most of the Republican primaries are going to McCain--although the Huckster is winning some today.

There's a kind of neat thing going on that no one seems to want to acknowledge: in the caucus states, in which most of the attendees are actually interested in politics, Ron Paul is doing far better than states in which the unwashed masses vote.

I take that to mean something positive--even though I still don't see Paul in the office.