February 23, 2007
McCain Too Dangerous for POTUS

Simply put, John McCain does not have the character to be President of The United States.

A very critical component of one's character is temperament - on this, he fails if you've followed his life and career even cursorily. Yes, we can call him a "war hero" and we sincerely thank him for his service. But that, by no means, guarantees us a good President who is looking out for the interests of the American People as his top priority.

Look at all of the bills of which he's been a sponsor in his Senate career - ill-considered, unconstitutional, treasonous - disastrous.

During debate on the CIRA bill abomination, I watched him give a stomach-turning speech from the Senate floor, imploring his colleagues to grant Social Security benefits to illegal insurgents among many other giveaways - all at the law-abiding American tax-payers' expense! But, the most sickening part of all was the rhetoric he used to browbeat those who disagreed with him, comparing them to forcing Illegals to "ride in the back of the bus".

Don't forget he was also caught up in the Keating Five scandal. If I had a choice between McCain and Mrs. Clinton, I'd have to vote for her (by not voting) because, at least she's a predictable, known quantity, and nothing would better galvanize a new Conservative movement on the Right than to see Slick Willy back in the White House operating as First Lady.

McCain would most certainly plunge us into a deep malaise of RINO mush and a continuation of Bush's debilitating Neo-Con (socialist) fantasies - if he could even win the Presidency.

Sorry, I just could not ever bring myself to support this guy - he's, in a word, dangerous. (Not to mention that, every time I see this guy, his overtly disingenuous and stiff gesticulations bring to mind an amalgam of Uncle Fester crossed with Dr. Strangelove - like a character straight out of a Stanley Kubrick masterpiece.)

-Jefferson Paine

Posted by JeffersonPaine at February 23, 2007 10:03 AM | Email This
1. "we can call him a "war hero" and we sincerely thank him for his service. But that, by no means, guarantees us a good President"

This is true, just take a look at President Grant. Great civil war general, but a horrible presidency filled with scandal and cronnism.

Posted by: TrueSoldier on February 23, 2007 04:00 PM
2. John McCain has my undying gratitude, respect for his service to our country.

He is a military hero and role model, I can tell the story of his military career, his time as POW to my children with pride as pattern to look up to.

His political career however is disgraceful. JP hits some of the highlights. For me McCain - Feingold is the one the more outrageous. If McCain cannot understand the simple words "congress shall make no law" of the first amendment he has absolutely no business in any office in any capacity.

TrueSoldier, at least U.S. Grant gave us the term "lobbyist."

Posted by: JCM on February 24, 2007 07:50 AM
3. JP,

You come to an interesting conclusion, John McCain is "dangerous." If I may, your logic concedes one of two things. Is he "dangerous" because 1) he has a chance of winning, or 2) he's dangerous because he has the ability to attract mainstream support?

I like the idea of a Giuliani/McCain ticket, and I'd be willing to bet there are a lot of Washingtonians similarly inclined. It's incredible what these two candidates have that their counterparts (Hillary and Obama) on the left don't have. Distinguished military service in the case of McCain, and actual executive-level experience in Rudy's case.

But if either of those two guys gets picked off in the primary, this state will likely go heavily for Obama.

Posted by: Patrick on February 25, 2007 11:31 PM
4. Sorry, Patrick, you’ve wrongly inferred how I arrive at my conclusion about Mr. McCain.

I’ve recently read an excellent dual biography profiling the paths of George Washington and Benedict Arnold by Dave R. Palmer. He concludes the book with an examination of their personal characters, offering great insight into the fact that, even though each was a very capable and extremely courageous Patriot fighting for our cause, one ascended to unassailable greatness while the other plunged into utter infamy.

We can argue about the exact elements that make up one’s character, but lets look at the ancient, yet still apt, Greek model composed of Fortitude (bravery, perseverance, strength), Temperance (self-control, restraint, stability), Prudence (discretion, principle, judgment), and Justice (fairness, goodness, morally just).

With a mere modicum of research, it’s plain to see that, similar to past military “heroes”, although he may score well on Fortitude and seems to make an attempt at the others, Mr. McCain falls far short on the essential elements we need in the next President of The United States of America.

In light of this, it seems the myopic, very early party endorsement behind a fatally flawed character like this by the Republican (not Conservative) “establishment” in Washington State could only be explained by abject naiveté, or by cynical political calculation.

That’s what I mean by “dangerous”.

-Jefferson Paine

Posted by: Jefferson Paine on February 26, 2007 12:58 PM
5. Patrick,

John McCain has proven himself dangerous by his own words. He stated in 2006 that if he had the choice between a country that enjoyed free speech yet had a corrupt government and a country with a clean government that had no freedom of speech, he would choose the latter.

That, sir, is dangerous.

As Americans, we have the power to choose who leads us. That power lives and dies on free speech. When we lose the right to speak, we lose the right to choose.

McCain is dangerous.

Posted by: ERNurse on March 2, 2007 04:24 AM
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