Skip to comments.McCain: A National Disgrace
Posted on 02/06/2011 9:17:12 AM PST by USSR Didnt Fall
John McCain, so called maverick who at every turn has used his political capital to move this nation far left in the name of moderation.
I worked for his campaign in 2008 because of his VP choice, and knew the background of the person he was running against.
Immediately, I saw how unorganized his operations were and it seemed to me they were just going through the motions.
The more I heard John say we need to tone down the rhetoric, the harder it became to show up and make calls. But once again I knew there was a promising star being born, and well you see what the alternative has gotten us.
McCain who had been on the Senate floor warning of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mack was running against a candidate who's life as a community organizer was directly involved for pushing this marxist, home ownership policy that would lead to the inevitable collapse of our financial markets.
As the markets began to unravel just before the election, McCain not only stood silent but handed the high ground over to Obama.
After one of the most pathetic campaigns ever run, the same McCain people who refused to criticize Obama for the historic nature of his presidency, began attacking the only light in his campaign, Sarah Palin who's family was being thrashed on a daily basis.
No response from McCain.
I felt so dirty having spent any time trying to help a man who is wrongly characterized as an American hero, he is nothing but a traitor to the US Constitution, sovereignty of this nation and freedom loving Americans.
I don't care what this man went through, I could pick the average Joe off the street and they would have more of the America spirit running through one vein then this man has in his entire body.
His ideology since coming back home is more in line with his captors then the nation he claims to be a hero of.
The games continued as he coordinated a critical comment at Obama to where Obama basically handed him the reelection by saying "John I won the election".
Within hours of that comment liberals were coming on FOX news, saying that after that exchange, it would be very difficult for his opponent in the senate race to tie John as the establishment candidate he was.
So the same fire that John refused to spark during a campaign against a marxist extremist, was unleashed along with millions of left over money from 2008 against a conservative Arizona.
Sarah Palin who was elevated to the national stage by McCain campaigned for him, while I was not happy about that, I understood that she had no choice and in the end.
Now Mccain comes out and returns Obama's favor in helping him get reelected in the senate by saying how much our dear leader has been moving to the center as he has run up over 3 trillion dollars in debt in 2 years, passed 9000 pages of suffocating laws which will be followed by 90,000 pages for the implementing these stalinist laws, trashed the American people at every turn, gone against the will of the people at every turn and on the verge of successfully collapsing our system.
He says that he will not support another candidate for 2012(Palin), he is content with the current state of this nations collapse.
John, I can't think of another American in the history of this nation that so resemble Benedict Arnold as you do sir.
You have endorsed the fundamental transformation of this country and millions of Americans will never forget what you have done when your nation really needed you; you threw more gas on the fire and attempted to vilify the American people for wanting to live free.
You are more concerned about what the radical liberal left thinks about you or will write about you in the history books than a free America.
America is hanging off a cliff, instead of reaching out to lift her up, McCain jams a boot down on her.
Sorry my friends , I am so very disgusted with people like this. and felt a need to jump aboard the real straight talk express.
There never has been a liberal ass that Johnny hasn’t kissed.
McCain mailed it in. All he really wanted was to be known as the white man who lost graciously to the first black president. And that, alas, will be his place in history (and ignominy).
Excellent rant. Thanks for sharing it with us.
How do you really feel? /s
Three thumbs up.
Two are mine.
One is McCain’s, and I won’t mention where it is.
I guess we’re all Arizonans now....
It's as if here wants to be The Nationals, the team that always played a hapless game against The Harlem Globetrotters.
I don't know why anyone would expect anything other than this from a fellow "progressive" like Juan McPain!
One has to wonder exactly what happened in the Hanoi Hilton. Is he the real “Manchurian Candidate”?
If its not Palin, Demint or Bachmann we are cooked in my opinion.
Great rant. It’s right in line with what Mark LEvin did late last week after McLame’s appearance on the CNN 9 o’clock show.
Mutt thinks he has a chance and I don’t see it.
It’s too easy to ask “Yeah? Where have you been for the last two years?” and then make him run on his record.
Right now he is making the case that everything he did was Constitutional and within the purview of the state right.
Bottom line: Mutt stands for absolutely zip.
Agree 110%! Shameless McCain behaviors. He will always be the bridesmaid and never the bride and that’s a GOOD thing.
The worst thing is how the people of AZ have been duped once again! What is it out there, the desert/dry air or whatever? JD Hayworth would have been a great senator, yet they fell for McCain’s “no amnesty” pledge even after he proved himself otherwise for years!
Please, Arizonans, get help!
Understanding John McCain
McCain's Vietnam experience was so shattering that he sees the world through a new lens, the experience so profound that he has emerged from it with a lifelong commitment to country. This gives credibility to McCain's claim that he is a maverick, beholden not to party but to principle and country. This claim to independence is necessary in a political climate in which the present occupant of the White House is found to be unsatisfactory by nearly three out of four Americans. So, the narrative explains why a voter can believe at John McCain is different from ordinary politicians, especially ordinary Republican politicians, and they can't believe he should be trusted to embark on a new course away from current administration policies.
At the end of his acceptance speech, McCain recited how he came to be utterly broken but then restored, even redeemed with a new commitment to service to others when a fellow prisoner urged him by prison telegraph not to quit and die but instead to carry on the fight out of respect for his comrades who even then were carrying on the fight for him.
Psychologists and scholars of religious experience, especially Christian scholars, have long been aware of the empowering release generated by total surrender of the will. One can describe this in psychological language, or in Biblical language, or even in evangelical idiom.
Whatever language one uses to describe these epiphanies there is no question that very often they are real and long lasting. Psychologists would begin to explain the phenomenon by reference to the ego. An Old Testament scholar might think in terms of the first and second Commandments and the muscular faith which follows adherence to them. Christians speak of dying to the self, picking up the cross and following the Savior to become a new man-to be born again. Perhaps the most famous example is recounted in the Book of Acts which tells that Saul of Tarsus was physically knocked off his horse by the Holy Spirit. Saul experiences an epiphany, Saul becomes Paul, and is transformed from a murderous persecutor of Christians to a fully committed martyr who becomes the great evangelist of the early church, indomitable in spirit, inflexible in commitment, and-like the other disciples- utterly fearless. Significantly, Paul, the newbie Christian, does not shrink later from taking on Peter the acknowledged leader of the disciples "to his face" to dispute matters of doctrine.
In contemporary history we have the example of George Bush and his transforming encounter with Reverend Billy Graham. Indeed, we have the Reverend Billy Graham's own epiphany in the forest. We have the numberless examples recited daily in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is from the success of this group that countless so-called "12 step" groups have been formed to apply successfully the same empowering message of surrender.
The important thing to understand about these epiphanies is that when they are genuine they are often life-long and tremendously empowering. Lives really are transformed forever. Criminals go straight, alcoholics stay sober, and the miserable are made happy. In fact, these newly born spirits enjoy their new condition so much that they seek ways to prolong the joy they have obtained in their moment of sweet release. Almost universally, these people find that proselytizing and service to others is the surest way to prolong that wonderful feeling of well-being.
Isolated, sick, starved and beaten beyond human endurance, John McCain ultimately broke and signed a confession which he mistakenly assumed amounted to a betrayal of his country. Who was this wretched man who lay so anguished in that cell? In his memoir and in his speech, McCain described himself as a kind of a hotshot jet jock, a screwup, a discipline problem in school, and an accomplished accumulator of demerits as a midshipman. Evidently, he was also an enthusiastic swordsman. In short, he was an arrogant SOB. Now, in that cell, he had fallen far. The classic description of the crushing of the ego. At this pivotal moment came the means of his redemption via the prison telegraph: Service to others out of love of country. In his speech McCain declared:
"And I wasn't my own man anymore, I was my country's"
And now we know the rest of the story. This is not to say that John McCain was instantly sanctified in all respects, far from it. He still had to swim his way out of a giant mental, moral and spiritual hangover from his ordeal. His screwing around would cost him his marriage before he could swim to shore. Even today, the old self bursts out in temper. But when one lays this template over the rest of John McCains career, one should have little difficulty accepting the story as being essentially true (I for one believe it) and to accept it as a convincing explanation of his career and his conception of his role as president.
Before considering the implications of all of this for conservatives, it is instructive to consider what it means to liberals. [And to compare it to Barak Obama's story]
In a word: "nothing." Liberals do not see it because they cannot see it. They simply do not get it. The whole idea of gaining empowerment through surrendering is as psychologically repugnant to liberals as is the idea of accepting a higher authority in their lives. Consider the Democrat party to be a gigantic creaking contrivance to legitimatize liberals in their insatiable quest to feed their egos. The job of this machine is to provide rationalizations. The obvious examples are sex without consequences and abortion without guilt. These examples demonstrate that the rationalization machine can be quite deadly as it kills 3 to 4 million babies a year. The pernicious doctrines emanating from The Frankfurt School such as moral relativism, feminism, and critical theory find application not just in cultural issues like abortion which kill babies in their tens of millions but across the board, touching all government policy and every aspect of our lives.
To repeat, the whole purpose of this Democrat apparatus is to turn thinking on its head and provide a language to liberals so they can continue to play God (especially with other people's lives). Liberals will never about-face and cast away everything that feeds their ego addictions. That is why we hear them using English words but it comes out as a different language.
To return to contemporary time and apply this to John McCain post-election as his character reverts to form and he undercuts Republicans by praising Obama: my contention is that John McCain does not do this out of lack of patriotism-such a allegation against McCain is patently absurd and should be dismissed out of hand-nor does he do it out of personal ambition. He is obviously willing to run against the tide at the risk of his own political career and he has done so most recently and very courageously in his lonely support of the surge in Iraq during primary season when doing so left him isolated and his campaign bankrupt. Nevertheless he persevered and he was right.
Why? Because he had concluded that that was the best way he could serve his country. He was still living out his epiphany in the Hanoi Hilton.
The problem with John McCain as I see it is that as his ego was utterly stripped away in this epiphany, it was not replaced with either a religious or a political philosophy. It was replaced only with a noble and intense but unfocused and undisciplined patriotism. That sends John McCain crusading all over the political landscape. That is why he has no party loyalty, because he does not, like many military men, identify party with his patriotic attachment to country.
The gooks broke Johnny.
And Johnny recognized a gook in his opponent, wet himself, and gave up.
Agree completely. I worked not so much for McCain as against Obama, and at times it was difficult. From failing to follow the campaign strategies, tools, and tactics developed in 2004, to his ineffectual style, unwillingness to go for the jugular, and lousy organization - he invited his own loss.
I do so agree with your description, “A National Disgrace”.
I don’t understand how McCain was able to dupe so many people with his obvious about-face just to get re-elected.
I suppose we’re going to see the same farce put over about Obama “pivoting to center”. McMouthpiece will do all he can to push that lie in the coming months and, sadly, a lot of people will swallow it hook, line and sinker.
If I see McMouthpiece on FOX one more time speaking from and “expert” point of view, I’m going to throw up!
But Nathan, what informs that patriotism? There must be something there.
Of all the damage Juan has caused, possibly the most overlooked and long term is his leadership in the “gang of 14” in 2005 which prevented any of Bush’s judical nominees from having the up-or-down vote on the floor of the Senate that they were entitled to.
This has almost guaranteed that most of the federal judge positions will be filled by RAT appointments. This may make it difficult to get a conservative majority in the SCOTUS for the foreseeable future.
At the risk of sounding like an absolute idiot, (something I’ve grown accustomed to), I would have to say that McCain strikes me as just plain weird.
One needs to also remember that his father AND his grandfather turned their backs on him when he was a POW....and his mother made that crack “just hold your nose and vote for him”....his family knows the true score and the true man....if you can call him a man. Another fine example of how history is perverted in order to portray someone in a better light than they actually deserve.
But whatever absorbs his interest, his interest is propelled by the ego and is not checked by a political philosophy or a religious commitment but it is merely channeled and focused on his notion of patriotism.
Appreciate the rant. Ditto from me. Hope you are bracing for the next event—McCain running as VP with Obama. True bipartisanship-the real hope for America!!!
Seriously, on most salient issues there has been precious little to admire about McCain for a long, long time.
Here's hoping a few more Tea Party types joing McCain in two years. In the meantime, the House is where the action is.
That's the essence of McCain, and why he makes conservatives so angry. He understands what is wrong with the country but his need to be loved in the media and among Democrat elites overwhelms his common sense.
If I understand you correctly his ego “was utterly stripped away” and yet “in the ultimate sense remains intact although diverted and channeled.” It is focused on “his notion of patriotism.” But what is the basis of that patriotism? Whim? Any speculations?
McCain may be guided by Patriotic Relativism, but he will be judged by moral absolutes. People of conservative ilk instinctively know when these absolutes have not been adhered to.
I remember the summer-fall of 2008, when listening to Rush, he’d sometimes say softly “We are SO screwed.” when he was discussing McCain. We were screwed. So screwed.
What an insult to conservatives to have the very man who poked us in the eye for years and years (McCain-Feingold, etc etc) be the repub nominee for Prez. It was unbearable.
The GOP-RNC may as well have given us someone with an actual “D” behind their name because that’s what McCain is anyway.
My husband and I were totally in the pits about it, until the morning we heard Sarah Palin for the first time, at the speech she gave when McCain introduced her as the VP running mate. I was instantly inspired by her, and I knew she was the real deal, a feeling that has only deepened with every passing day since then.
Near the end of the campaign, I was devastated to hear McCain say of his supposed opponent “America has nothing to fear from an Obama presidency.”
WTF? I mean W T F? McCain was still running (supposedly) and he practically conceded with that one statement.
He never even wanted to win. He never once even uttered Barry Soetoro’s full alias Barack HUSSEIN Obama. That was too rude for McCain’s fine sensibilities I guess.
No one is a better example of the term RINO than McCain.
If the RNC-GOP offers up another rotten egg like that again in 2012, they and we as Americans are toast. We’ll be lucky to survive until Jan.20th, 2013. That’s where McCain and his ilk have gotten us. GW Bush’s “let’s all just get along” crap fueled the RINO fire as they burned down conservatism and left us with 2 choices to vote for: a democrat commie, and democrat lite McCain.
If one reads his autobiography, it is clear that his pedigree as the son and grandson of very powerful admirals who were in charge of war theaters, set a standard to which McCain is trying to compete.
As an aside, my observation of a few ranking officers, including naval officers, is that they despise politics and despise politicians. They believe that they stand between self-aggrandizing politicians who would sell out the country for a partisan advantage and a very dangerous and aggressive world. Therefore, partisan commitment to the professional military mind is often a symptom of lack of patriotism. Conversely, being a maverick one's own political party is a token of patriotism.
I think McCain identifies patriotism closely with military service, which comes from his own biography and pedigree. To that discipline he remains submitted but that does not extend in the civil sphere or to the discipline of political party.
I believe he became fiercely devoted to national service. If one looks at the Lincoln Savings fiasco in which McCain was the sole senators to survive because he was the least tainted, one could draw the conclusion that McCain saw that afair as a threat to his commitment to service and has reacted fiercely to any possibility of similar taint. That means he must be fiercely independent to the point of being a maverick.
These are my armchair musings and I do not pretend to any training in psychology so take it or leave it as as you find it agreeable.
I thank you for your thoughts and insights.
Do you have any observations to add (or subtract)?
Exactly Bush and McCain are the same people the so called rift that is there is all bs.
Can you name one policy difference between the two?
No they are both for advancing the statist agenda.
I know. I am so disappointed in GWB. At the start of his presidency I was ready to embrace him as a great president in the mold of Reagan, but he bitterly disappointed. He did not close the borders after 9-11, did not agressively drill for domestic oil as a national security measure, and ushered in the mess we have now. What a nightmare. Only a true conservative president and a House and Senate dominated by them will save us. We have to hang on for 2 more years. It’s unbelievably hard to take. It seems like it’s been 4 years since Hussein took office.
I’m not up on military culture and I don’t know what to think of McCain’s praise for Obama. I think that the office of presidency demands a non partisan, realistic president and that McCain is hopeful that the office has turned Obama from his leftist ways. Perhaps that hope is based on Obama’s commitment to Afghanistan. McCain says he thinks Obama has learned something. I’m not that optimistic that Obama has learned an anything of importance. I think Obama is doing what he is doing out of political expediency, he has to survive the next election. He is still committed to the left and hasn’t risen above politics in any genuine way. The church going, etc., is play acting for the most part. I think how Afghanistan and the economy turns out will determine Obama’s fate in the next election.
Worse his father has been pushing the new world order and his administration has been filled with Kissinger people.(Scowcroft, Eagleburger, Baker etc)
Bush 41 sent a stimulus package to the so called reformed communist states that the American people could only dream about, without even verifying the change.
He knew damn well that many of the leaders in Russia and eastern block countries were the same with different titles, yet they sent billions of dollars, low interest loans under IMF, grain, technology and manufacutrring to them and China.
3 weeks after China declared marshall law on its people Bush 41 granted them MFN status and a couple weeks after that they were driving tanks over people with no retribution.
MFN status gave them the ability to become our banker with the ability to buy our government debt for the first time.
Kissinger under Nixon opened the door for China’s rise and Bush if you remember was endorsed by Kissinger in becoming the head of the CIA at the time.
Its just all a mess, the one thing to think about is that Obama couldnt have gotten done what he has in these two years without both Bush’s and Clinton.
The bureaucracy is the old Soviet which has been empowered to such an extent that election soon will have no consequences.
The EPA is a much more powerful weapon than any nuclear weapon the USSR ever had. This unelected group drove manufacturing and technology over to the communists, along with big dollars for our best and brightest to teach them how to eventually become the most powerful super power in the world.
It also stopped us from developing our own resources and allowed China and Russia to gobble up these resources from around the world and today from off our own shores.
The alliance between Russia and China has never waivered, the idea that they were enemies was another ruse that would bring more advantages to them in terms of intelligence sharing of what was discussed in so called private meetings with America.
I mean really dont you think that Bush 43 knew the radical nature of this president?
Trust me they know 100 times more than we know yet he handed them TARP, the ability to take over the autos while empowering the treasury secretary to dictatorial levels.
Geitner also a Kissinger boy as is a recent addition to Scott Brown’s team.
What strikes me is that we can talk about Soros all we want, but no one dares mention Kissinger who in my opinion is far more powerful and just as dangerous.
Bush 43 was a puppet of his father all this stuff I have written is the unfortunate truth which is why they attack Palin and go soft on Obama and his fundamental transformation.
Blind eyes is an ironic name, Obama is a marxist what part of that don’t you understand?
He has passed enough legislation at this point to make everyone a permanent slave of the state 9000 pages of liberties up in flames.
Cover for McCain all you want but the people in this nation that are going to stand up and speak out will no longer deal with this type of propaganda of giving neo statists the benefit of the doubt.
McCain is unAmerican period,
I’m not covering for McCain. I said I don’t think Obama has learned anything of importance and that he has not raised himself above leftist politics. Reread my post. Why McCain believes he has is anybodies guess. I think because Obama did the right thing in Afghanistan it probably made McCain optimistic or, worse, made him think he should work with him. I think, if anybody, it McCain who hasn’t learned anything, especially about Obama.
Those in power just laugh at the average citizen, the dupe taxpayers.
So much evil in the world. It will take a miracle to get good folks in power and change things.
Sarah Palin ads every two minutes extolling his conservative virtues.
I'm sure I'll get flamed, but it's the stone-cold truth. So, I don't care.
Didn’t know that thanks.
She had no choice but its clear that she is the only one who will stand up against Washington.
If you want to make that an issue be my guest, but if you want to turn and say she is anything like the other candidates like Gingrich, Romney ,Huckabee Guiliani you would be flat wrong which is why the left and right attack her.
Palin would wipe the floor with Obama everyone knows which is why the insiders are extremely desperate as to blame a murder on her.
There's always a choice.
And I fail to see much difference that matters with the other candidates you mention.
And I could care less what "the insiders" think about much of anything.
Clearly you have an agenda against Govenor Palin from looking at your most recent posts.
And to be honest its hard to understand what your talking about.
She always speaks about America being a representative republic not democracy by mob rule.
Anyhow no reply necessary I have learned those with such a clear agenda is just a waste of time.
Show me three federal programs and/or agencies she has publicly advocated for eliminating. (Out of the thousands we need to elimate.)
Show me which current functions of the national government she thinks are unconstitutional.
Show me her support for shutting down the U.S. Department of Education.
With links, please.
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