John McCain Isn’t A Maverick, He’s Stark Raving Mad
John McCain said he would commit suicide if the Democrats take over the Senate. Should we consider that a campaign promise Senator? I hate to be mean, but really, he opened the door and after watching John McCain suck up to the Talibangelicals over the last couple of years, he has shown us that he is as big a threat to this country as GWB has proven to be. McCain is a neo-con that would continue the policies of the Bush administration if given the chance, the problem for McCain is that there aren’t enough people in this country that want to stay on this track and it’s looking more and more like he may have sucked up to the wrong crowd.
The interesting thing is that the Talibangelicals are being marginalized, not only by mainstream Americans that are much more concerned right now with economic issues and the war in Iraq than either gay marriage or abortion, but they are being marginalized by Evangelicals that are tired of claiming these political hacks in religious clothing as their own. I understand that many Evangelicals find homosexuality and abortion abominations, but many are beginning to make clear (and loudly) to this administration that turning a blind eye to genocide, a pre-emptive war based on lies that has kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, destroying the planet for cold hard cash and economic policies that benefit only the richest amongst us, are considered abominations too. And they’re starting to speak up. I can only hope that their collective voices can drown out the noise machine of the hypocritical theocratic right.
While the country is reeling from the news that North Korea has joined the nuclear club, McCain tells us that we should rally behind the President. What? We have just learned that the nuclear device detonated by North Korea was plutonium based. That means that the North Korean nuclear program is utilizing the materials that they had on hand, the materials acquired under the first President Bush, locked up by the Clinton administration and let loose by Bush Jr. By disengaging from diplomatic talks with North Korea, George W. Bush virtually invited them to kick out international inspectors (that Clinton had put in place) and start developing nuclear weapons. And John McCain has the audacity to tell us we should “probably support the president.” Well John, you can go ahead and support the president, but you may quickly become a fan club of one. A recent poll shows that even Bush’s hardcore base is leaving his side. In less than a year Bush’s approval amongst white Evangelicals has dropped from 72% to 57%. That has to have Rove soiling his shorts, but hey, at least they’ve still got the “maverick” McCain on their side.
What we need in this country is a sharp turn in another direction. We can no longer ignore the science of global warming, suffer a Congress that abdicates its responsibilities to serve the people and provide oversight of the Executive branch and we cannot continue with a foreign policy that only serves to fan the flames of anti-Americanism around the world. We have seen what the Republican Party has to offer, an obscene national debt, a growing trade deficit, our young men and women in the military used as pawns in a psychotic make believe geopolitical chess game, and corruption on a scale we have never seen before. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that these guys have got to go.
The GOP is hoping to localize this election, to get voters to view their Congressperson as an individual rather than part of a group. At this point, that is impossible. Any candidate with an (R) after their name has to go, it really is that simple. There is no way to vote for a Republican, any Republican, in this election without causing harm to the rest of the country because the political math has been done. Each and every Republican that returns to Congress, will be squeezed, manipulated, and probably even blackmailed into protecting this administration. Staying the course isn’t working in Iraq, and it most certainly won’t work here. Throw the bums out! It’s long overdue and it just might rid this country of the scourge of John McCain. His political death will suffice.