Monday, February 05, 2007

Why Torture Victims Should Not Run For Prez

We are seeing the reason that victims of torture should not run for President. It’s John McCain. No one in the United States over the age of four is not aware of the John McCain legend: he spent five-and-a-half years in a Prisoner of War camp in Vietnam from 1967 to 1973, where he was repeatedly beaten and tortured. John McCain is a hero. He lived to tell the tale. His father and his grandfather were United States Admirals. He himself went to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. In 1976, McCain became the Navy's liaison to the Senate. In 1982 he was elected to the US House of Representatives to represent Arizona’s 1st district. He was elected to the US Senate in 1986 where he’s been ever since. He’s in his fourth term in the Senate. John McCain is a walking time bomb. It is impossible to have been tortured and not be damaged. There are those who will say that the experiences McCain had and prevailed over during the Vietnam War show he is made of stern stuff. By me, he was damaged and bent and has been plotting and scheming for thirty years to run the world the way it should be run. That is, by force and intimidation. Because that’s the way McCain was handled in Vietnam. Amazingly, this morning, the New York Times tells us that John McCain has characterized as “good people” the folks who brought us the Swift Boat ad that smeared John Kerry’s war record in 2004. This time around they are good people because McCain has hired them to run his 2008 campaign for president. I cannot deny I have a mental image of John McCain throwing off his nice-guy suit after he’s elected president and emerging as a ranting hate-spewing pod-person from hell ala a “South Park” segment. So far, McCain is still performing his annoying bland impersonation of the reasonable man. But just look at what he’s doing. He’s telling lies. He’s hiring the best dirty-tricks professionals in politics and he’s pushing for all-out war with Iran. John McCain is already acting like a pod person from hell.

1 comment:

Barry Schwartz said...

I doubt the torture was necessary to make McCain a scornful, bitter jackass with the imagined dick of a sperm whale.