Saturday, September 20, 2008

McCain - Experienced Maverick or Opportunist

It seems that John McCain will say and do whatever he thinks will get him elected as President of the United States of America. In his defense, this his final bid for the office having been beaten by George W. Bush in 2000. At age 72, this might be his only chance. He told Pastor Warren at Saddleback church that after 9/11 rather than telling people to go out and shop, we should have told them to join the Marine Corps, Peace Corps, volunteer with the Red Cross, etc. Mr. McCain, what is this type of activity called? Aren’t these community organizers working in the community to help those less fortunate than themselves?

We are told by McCain just after the Democratic convention that he would not announce his VP selection because this is Obama's time to shine - being the first African-American to gain nomination of a major political party. The win-at-all-cost McCain knows that after the speeches by Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Joe Biden's acceptance speech, Bill Clinton support of the Democratic ticket and Barack Obama's magnificent speech to conclude, he would have to pull something out of his arsenal to top what had just occurred.

Republican, John McCain, the consummate politician - 24 years as a Senator (so-called maverick), he went on TV with a paid advertisement to congratulate Obama with what was another one of his silly smirks. Days later, he announces that Sarah Palin is his choice after only 2-meetings and only four people in his selection camp knowing his choice but he's adamant that she was fully vetted. However, no FBI profile has been completed and she comes already with her own rap sheet, an investigation into allegations of trying to get her brother-in-law, a state trooper, fired - apparently in defense of a bitter divorce battle in which her sister is embroiled.

The first line of attack now is no longer the experience issue of which Sarah Palin has none but Barack Obama is a community organizer. Suddenly, what he told Pastor Warren in August at Saddleback is now unimportant because the moment dictates that he should go in another direction for political reasons. John McCain has no strong conviction about anything. McCain turns on a dime and is like the character, two-face, Aaron Eckhart in Black Night that was creating his own luck with a two-headed coin.

America, we have to demand from these politicians seeking office that we want integrity in the Oval Office. Change means no more lies, mistakes, misinformation or whatever you choose to call it. A relationship requires an honest commitment to serve - no cheating is allowed because our kids lose their lives in foreign lands and we look like bumbling idiots to the rest of the world.

If you are independent like me, ask someone you know in another state that you aware are tuned into the issues to help you decide in the interest of our country. On November 4, 2008, go to the polls and vote as that person's surrogate. We cannot slip back to the 1950s or heaven forbid the 1930s - America wake up and as McCain himself said fight, fight for American values of equality and justice for all. Don’t be fooled into repeating the same mistakes we made in 2004 and 2006.

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