January 18, 2007
Hot on the heels of the 2006 elections, the 2008 Presidential campaign is apparently hitting full stride already. Among the perceived ‘front runners’ is Senator John McCain (RINO Az.) vying for the Republican nomination against several others.
Senator McCain, a former Navy Aviator and ex-POW from the Viet Nam War, campaigned against George W. Bush for the Republican ticket in the 2000 campaign and lost. At that time, of then candidate Bush, McCain said, “Bush’s campaign tactics were twisting the truth like Clinton,” when McCain’s skeleton’s were brought to bear.
Since losing to Bush, McCain hasn’t exactly been as ‘supportive’ of the President as one would have expected with a fellow party member sitting in the White House now. McCain’s supporters have made no bones about the 2000 South Carolina primary being a ‘smear campaign’ and even insinuating that Bush is a racist because of McCain and his wife adopting a child with ‘dark skin.’
McCain hasn’t been exactly favorable towards the Bush tax cuts that helped spur our economy to record highs throughout the Bush administration. He opposed Bush over the gun control issue. During the 2000 Florida fiasco over recounting selective counties trying to hand the Presidency to Democrat Al Gore, McCain seemed to have ignored it all, even when the Gore camp was denying including thousands of absentee Military ballots over a technicality.
The New York Times noted that when Bush warned he would never sign a bill sponsored by McCain and several Democrats to regulate health maintenance organizations, McCain instantly demanded it be considered by the Senate.
McCain helped sponsor the first attempt at restricting our freedom of speech in the ridiculous McCain/Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill, which paved the way for 527 groups which supported or opposed political candidates with little restrictions. Two of the more notable 527s, Moveon.org and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, became very active in the 2004 campaign between President Bush seeking a second term and junior Massachusetts Senator, John ‘F’in Kerry, self proclaimed Viet Nam War Hero, protester and supreme opportunist.
Moveon.org openly opposed Bush and openly supported Kerry. The SBVT, on the other hand, openly opposed Kerry, as many had actually served alongside Kerry and several others remembered him selling Viet Nam Veterans out with his testimony before the Fulbright Anti-War Commission hearings in 1971. Unlike Moveon.org, SBVT took no supportive stance for Bush and wouldn’t even allow supportive comments to be made on their discussion forum during the campaign.
McCain, while never saying anything I heard about Moveon.org, accused the SBVT of being "dishonest and dishonorable" adding, “"It was the same kind of deal that was pulled on me." Hinting at a possible Bush involvement in the first SBVT ad against Kerry, McCain said, "I hope not, but I don't know. But I think the Bush campaign should specifically condemn the ad." Kerry, likewise, denounced the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth with neither he nor Senator McCain saying a word against Moveon.org.
I have always been led to believe that silence implies consent.
In the May 14, 1973 issue of U.S. News & World Report, McCain said Kerry’s testimony in 1971 was "the most effective propaganda [my North Vietnamese captors] had to use against us." It has now been said that McCain, who allegedly held Kerry’s actions against him for some years, reconciled in the early 1990s after having "a long - and at times emotional - conversation about Vietnam" during a mutual trip to Kuwait.
Said McCain, "Our differences occurred when we were kids, or at least close to being kids. It was a long time ago, and we both came back and realized that there were a lot of difficulties in the prosecution of that war."
McCain joined with Kerry in what appeared to be the effective burial of the POW/MIA issue before we received a full accounting of our missing people left behind in Viet Nam, just prior to Senator Kerry’s cousin receiving a multi-billion dollar contract to build a deep water port in Vung Tau, Viet Nam.
He was opposed to President Bush’s tactics of trying terrorist detainees by Military Commissions.
Just last year, McCain faulted the Bush administration for misleading Americans into believing the [Iraq] conflict would be "some kind of day at the beach," when President Bush has never said any such thing, always emphasizing instead that it would be a “long and bloody fight” against terror, in Iraq or anywhere else.
When President Bush and the Generals on the ground opposed increasing the numbers of troops there, McCain disagreed and now that Bush has agreed to send more, inflaming the Democrats who also have been yelling for more troops, McCain now takes a stance supportive of Bush who now agrees with him.
In all, I think you can see that McCain, who likes to carry himself as a ‘moderate’ and ‘peaceful’ Senator, but who is reported to have a near uncontrollable temper, has no problem attacking or opposing supporters and candidates who beat him, while seemingly giving a pass to those support the opposing party and candidates.
What is ironic about this is that the very 527 group he had nothing to say about back in 2004 has now started attacking him and McCain doesn’t seem very capable of handling it.
In an email received today from Terry Nelson, McCain 2008 Exploratory Committee Chairman, we read, “Yesterday, Moveon.org began attacking Senator John McCain for his steadfast support of achieving victory in Iraq.”
“Moveon.org is an ultra liberal group that is known for running negative attack ads against Republicans. Their long list of negative and mostly false ads is well documented. In fact, they even went as far as to compare President Bush to Adolf Hitler and opposed military action after September 11.”
Imagine that, Senator McCain, they have an open agenda of opposing any Republican, Conservative or Right Winged Candidate and now that they no longer need your support, they turn on you. Where were your cries and condemnations, as you made against the highly decorated and combat tested Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group, towards Moveon.org? Why did you give them a pass, Senator, and not expect them to turn on you as they have against all others not of the liberal persuasion? Do you not realize that you cannot make a deal with the devil and expect the devil to give you a pass?
You made no bones attacking an honorable group of Veterans and President Bush, Senator. Now, it’s come back to bite you in the butt.
As most of us learned as children, Senator McCain, what goes around, comes around.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
January 18, 2007
Posted by Lew Waters at 8:47 PM