Friday, October 10, 2008

Who's the Real John McCain?

In the context of John McCain's lie-centered, nasty presidential campaign -- which is now veering dangerously close to eliciting extremist violence against Barack Obama -- people are asking what happened to the good, honorable, decent John McCain they thought they knew. Here's a typical expression of the sentiment:

In 2000, as a lifelong Republican, I worked to get you elected instead of George W. Bush. In return, you wrote an endorsement of one of my books about military service. You seemed to be a man who put principle ahead of mere political gain. You have changed. You have a choice: Go down in history as a decent senator and an honorable military man with many successes, or go down in history as the latest abettor of right-wing extremist hate.

John McCain, you are no fool, and you understand the depths of hatred that surround the issue of race in this country. You also know that, post-9/11, to call someone a friend of a terrorist is a very serious matter. You also know we are a bitterly divided country on many other issues. You know that, sadly, in America, violence is always just a moment away. You know that there are plenty of crazy people out there.

Stop! Think! Your rallies are beginning to look, sound, feel and smell like lynch mobs.
In a similarly charitable vein, Ian wonders if McCain is succumbing to the mind-altering ravages of cancer.

Instead, I propose that John McCain is behaving like a snide, reckless, lying shit in this campaign because he is a snide, reckless, lying shit.

In the gymnasium of my son's school, someone has posted "adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it," which I find entirely too fatalistic to throw before a group of pre-teens who, after all, still should be encouraged in the work of building character. But for 72-year-old men who have experienced everything that John McCain has experienced, character has had ample chance to build, and the character revealed by his present adversity is plain for all to see.

I will be delighted if he proves me wrong, as by announcing clearly to the fringes of his support that "country first" entails hewing to civilized boundaries even in politics; and by telegraphing this recognition by matching the gravity of his criticisms to the quality of the supporting evidence.

I am not ruling out negative attacks; they play a genuinely instructive role. Nor am I asking to banish hyperbole from political campaigning -- that would be absurd. But tossing around vague insinuations of terrorist sympathies as though it's just another move in the give-and-take of politics is dangerous and irresponsible. It betrays a barrenness of character unbecoming anyone seeking high office.

McCain is a man of not-insubstantial accomplishment. He should behave that way.

3 comments:

neonprimetime said...

http://www.meetbarackobama.com/

Keep informed about the Obama / ACORN voter fraud situation, is Obama trying to cheat or not?

Read up on the his relationship with terrorist Bill Ayers, is it real or fictional?

Read about how Obama's poker buddy Larry Walsh had his house raided by the FBI. Why?

Get the real totals of how much money Obama has received from Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac, is he really #2 of all members of congress?

How close of a friend was Obama to Tony Rezko, who by the way is going to jail for wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and soliciting brides?

How could Obama, a man of change, pick a 30 year vet of the senate in Joe Biden as his running mate?

Does Obama really want a bigger government, and how is he gonna pay for all of it, especially if the economy is on the downturn?

Please study up on Obama before you cast your vote in November.

Dale said...

neonprimetime, you seem challenged and quite possibly special. Was your thoughtful comment, rich as it is with bullshit questions, your own contribution, or was it a copy and paste? I don't know, but I ask because the blog under your byline has quite a few more mispellings and syntax gaps than this comment does.

Whatever.

Thanks, I guess, for giving a dose of lazy innuendo and bad faith.

Paul said...

Neonprimetime, your candidate, John McCain, has behaved in such an erratic -- and now sleazy -- manner that he's locked in my vote for Barack Obama. After looking at McCain's dishonorable behavior, I feel Obama must win for the sake of the country. Thank you for confirming the wisdom of my decision with your slanderous comments here.

By the way, Dale, that was a great post! I think you are spot on that McCain's behavior raises serious issues about his character.