Thursday, August 28, 2008

54. Regarding Democracy and the Coming Election Day

I've just finished watching Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden's speeches from the democratic convention. If you did not get a chance to see Bill Clinton's speech, I encourage you to do so.

In fact, here you go:

While I thought all of the speeches were good, I feel like this is the one everyone should see. If you can get through this and still choose a crusty old stuttering warmonger as our president, I sincerely have to wonder about you and what you imagine this country can be.

I'm not usually a person who follows politics, or feels particularly strongly about any given election. But this campaign has done it for me. I am officially swept up. I wish election day weren't on a work night, because I would feel compelled to host a Super Bowl style election party to watch the coverage with snacks and all the play by play action. I am sick to death of Republican bullshit, and I am excited that happier times could be around the corner. I am also terrified that McCain will lead us straight for WW3 without a second's hesitation.

I don't care that we could be electing the first black president of America, though it's amazing that the civil rights movement has come so far. And I don't care that Obama is young for a president, because age is not equivalent to experience or wisdom. What I do care about is that Barack Obama has the intelligence to try and find a balance between extremes, in which everyone can exist harmoniously. Like the one Jedi who brings balance to the force...

It is obvious that he puts a lot of thought into his words and actions, and I feel confident that he will make wise decisions. I don't feel I am voting for a puppet, or that he is lying to my face. For the first time ever, I feel good about a politician, and I am hopeful that things will start to get better.

Fingers crossed that my fellow Americans will agree.
mX (O__o) Xm


Cronus said...

Things are not usually so simple as they appear.

Dexter Obvious said...

While I do not claim to know everything, I have a difficult time buying into the conspiracy theorist angle. Sorry.

Janieac said...

It is very cowardly to complain about how miserable the state of things are, yet offer no actual alternative to change.

Looks like a Ron Paul voter's handiwork. It could have been a great campaign video for him.

In any event.

The Russia / Georgia / US issue is pretty much clear cut evidence that this whole entire world is going to hell in a hand basket regardless.

If McCain's worse; then Go Obama!

Cronus said...

Just because something looks extreme doesn't make it wrong. Most conspiracy theories have some truth in them.

My point with the NAU video was not to imply that Obama is leading a conspiracy, only that he is not quite so "independent" of thought and action as he might want you to believe. He is a very well spoken socialist and far more electable than the dem's preferred candidates (like biden for instance, he was put up for presidential candidacy twice in the last decade, but failed because of general unseaworthiness and scandal).

I have seen nothing of Obama to make me believe that he will "change" anything. Except of course, to look better on TV than the smug disaster of a politician we currently enjoy.

The Boognish said...

McCain lost five U.S. Navy aircraft

Navy pilot John Sidney McCain III should have never been allowed to graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average student and a lousy pilot. Had his father and grandfather not been famous four star U.S. Navy admirals, McCain III would have never been allowed in the cockpit of a military aircraft.

His father John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in Europe later becoming commander of American forces in Vietnam while McCain III was being held prisoner of war. McCain III's grandfather John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

During his relative short stunt on flight status, McCain III lost five U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.

Robert Timberg, author of The Nightingale's Song, a book about Annapolis graduates and their tours in Vietnam, wrote that McCain "learned to fly at Pensacola, though his performance was below par, at best good enough to get by. He liked flying, but didn't love it."

McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus Christi Bay while practicing landings. He was knocked unconscious by the impact coming to as the plane settled to the bottom.

McCain's second crash occurred while he was deployed in the Mediterranean. "Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula," Timberg wrote, "he took out some power lines [reminiscent of the 1998 incident in which a Marine Corps jet sliced through the cables of a gondola at an Italian ski resort, killing 20] which led to a spate of newspaper stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an admiral."

McCain's third crash three occurred when he was returning from flying a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game.

Timberg reported that McCain radioed, "I've got a flameout" and went through standard relight procedures three times before ejecting at one thousand feet. McCain landed on a deserted beach moments before the plane slammed into a clump of trees.

McCain's fourth aircraft loss occurred July 29, 1967, soon after he was assigned to the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot. While seated in the cockpit of his aircraft waiting his turn for takeoff, an accidently fired rocket slammed into McCain's plane. He escaped from the burning aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134 sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft, and threatened to sink the ship.

McCain's fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. McCain ejected from the plane breaking both arms and a leg in the process and subsequently parachuted into Truc Bach Lake near Hanoi.

After being drug from the lake, a mob gathered around McCain, spit on him, kicked him and stripped him of his clothing. He was bayoneted in his left foot and his shoulder crushed by a rifle butt. He was then transported to the Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton.

After being periodically slapped around for "three or four days" by his captors who wanted military information, McCain called for an officer on his fourth day of captivity. He told the officer, "O.K., I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital." -U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 1973 article written by former POW John McCain

"Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to terminate my medical treatment if I [McCain] did not cooperate. Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and confirmed that my target had been the power plant." Page 193-194, Faith of My Fathers by John McCain.

When the communist learned that McCain's father was Admiral John S. McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government documents), a medical facility normally unavailable for U.S. POWs.

The communist Vietnamese figured, because POW McCain's father was of such high military rank, that he was of royalty or the governing circle. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the crown prince."

For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory), the U.S. Navy awarded McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.

"McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat," explains Bill Bell, a veteran of Vietnam and former chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs -- the first official U.S. representative in Vietnam since the 1973 fall of Saigon. "Since McCain got 28 medals," Bell continues, "that equals out to about a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat. There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more than 7,000 hours in combat and I can tell you that there were times and situations where I'm sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good to them by comparison. The question really is how many guys got that number of medals for not being shot down."

For years, McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an overly friendly and biased news media. The former POW turned Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed to gloss over his failures as a pilot and collaborations with the enemy by exaggerating his military service and lying about his feats of heroism.

McCain has sprouted a halo and wings to become America's POW-hero presidential candidate.

Cronus said...

You missed the part where McCain was brutally tortured to the point where he can no longer raise his arms above his shoulders. Also the fact that he spent years in that prison because he refused the offer to go home. He stuck to the "first in first out" rule and would not leave until it was his time.

Cronus said...

Not to be partisan, but Biden received 5 draft deferments in vietnam on the basis of his "asthma" that never seemed to stop him from playing football or lifegaurding. All the while McCain sat in that prison... Perhaps he was allergic to BDU cotton?

The Boognish said...

McCain wasn't tortured. He can't raise his arms above his shoulders because he broke both of them in his crash landing over Hanoi. He agreed to give up military secrets on the condition that the North Vietnamese would transport him to a hospital. Hardly a war hero. He could barely fly any plane much less a fighter jet.

Cronus said...

I'm fairly sure that If I broke your arms and legs and left you bleeding on the floor for other POW's to feed; You might break too. I'm not a McCain fanboy by any means, but I think that your tirade up there is a little obnoxious.

Super Milk-Chan said...

Frankly, I couldn't care less about the man's military career. It's his politics that concern me.

Cronus said...

What precisely is it about his politics that concern you? He is by far the most moderate and "bipartisan" of all the considered candidates from both parties. He doesn't exactly have a history of being a party puppet.

Super Milk-Chan said...

Foreign policy and women's rights are two that spring to mind...
Bush has had 8 years to make a mess of things, and I don't picture McCain doing anything to clean it up.

I posted this blog because I was excited and inspired by the speeches from the Democratic convention. For the first time ever, I find that I am both hopeful and passionate about what happens in the coming election.

Yet somehow, the comments here have spiraled into an absolutely ridiculous argument that only vaguely have anything to do with the original topic. I probably should have expected that...if there is anything people enjoy arguing about more than politics, I certainly have no idea what it is.

Janieac said...

Word. Looks like it's time to close this thread.

But before I go, it is worth noting that McCain was a non-partisan politician until about 4 years ago; where he started voting with the Right ... what was it? ... oh yeah, 90% of the time.

Per his own admission.

Just sayin'.

Cronus said...

I think I would rather contend with McCain's Abortion rights policy and the europeans disliking us than I would fighting off Al Gore's communist fantasy implemented by our new lord and savior Mr. Obama. It might do all voters well to look into the histories of BOTH parties elite. Query: Occidental Oil, Armand Hammer, Al Gore.

Super Milk-Chan said...

I am officially bored.

Peanut butter, true or false?
Discuss amongst yourselves.