The Real McCain
The Truth About The 'Straight-Talk-Express'
Foreign policy is supposed to be his specialty, the reason people might vote
for him, especially regarding issues with the Iraq war. But he has so many major
facts wrong, it's just astounding, and very dangerous. And he doesn't say the
wrong thing once, he does it over and over again.
There are several possibilities as to why he's wrong, all of them bad: he's
senile or some other condition, he's simply not very bright, or he's lying.
It may be one, or some, or all of these, but in any case, he's clearly unfit
to be the next president.
The media has been giving McCain a pass for years. Even McCain
calls the media his base, because they fawn over him so much and don't challenge
him or ask tough questions, especially follow-up questions.
Here is a list I started on his serious, and very scary errors:
- McCain was a leading
cheerleader and architect for the illegal Iraq war, constantly telling the
Bush Administration lies about Iraq having WMD's and still
claims that's what everyone thought.
repeatedly confuses the religions of Al Qaida (Sunni) with Iran (Shia),
thinking Al Qaida is in cahoots with the other, a ridiculous proposition, just
as it was when Cheney lied linking Saddam to Bin Laden. The Sunni / Shia claim
is a major error and should have all but ended his candidacy, but the press
(Brit Hume on Fox News) called it a minor
blip and a senior moment. The media then stopped covering the story.
- Said the Anbar
Awakening was created by the surge when the Anbar Awakening started in 2006
and the surge started in 2007.
- Claimed there is a serious
situation on the Iraq / Pakistan Iraq border, a border that doesn't
exist. They are over 1,000 miles apart - see
- And he
often talks about Czechoslovakia, which hasn't existed since 1993.
- Too many people will die if we have another thoughtless ideologue who can't
think any better than George W. Bush.
The Real McCain.
pushed hard for invading Iraq, claiming the Iraq war will be 'easy', and 'not
very difficult', with grateful Iraqi's (youtube video complilation), while
lying about claiming he opposed it. McCain was and is a major player in telling
lies about Iraq having WMD's and covering up the truth; lies that led
to the illegal invasion of Iraq.
- McCain supports
Bush tax cuts for richest 1% of Americans, like himself.
- He wants
to privatize Social Security. Essentially wants to privatize just about
all government services, like the military, education, you name it.
providing healthcare like he has for all Americans. He's been kept alive
by government healthcare nearly all his life. Wants Americans to find insurance
themselves on the open market.
- He cites as his "biggest" legislative victory of that era a
1989 bill that abolished catastrophic health insurance for seniors, a
move he still cheers as the first-ever repeal of a federal entitlement program.
- His anti-government fervor was renewed in the Gingrich revolution of 1994,
called for abolishing the departments of Education and Energy.
the recent GI bill that was passed in spite of him. McCain has repeatedly
voted against helping veterans while saying he supports them. Incredible.
He ended up skipping the vote and didn't show up.
against preventing the CIA from torturing prisoners. This allows
them to waterboard, or whatever else they can dream up.
- Favors the missile defense shield (Star
- Opposed creation
of a Martin Luther King holiday.
school vouchers, and opposes teacher's unions. He essentially wants to
gut public schooling and give the money to private schools.
against the assault weapons ban and the Brady Bill.
nuclear power in a thoughtless dangerous way with no clear way of dealing
with the complexities of this issue.
- Opposes hate crime legislation.
- Appears to support
teaching creationism under the 'Intelligent Design' label in chools.
- Wants just abstinence only
sex education taught, not comprehensive sex education and birth control.
civil unions for same sex couples that would provide them the same benefits
as heterosexual couples, like being eligible for healthcare, or hospital rights.
He also opposes gay marriage.
essentially killing the Estate Tax by raising the minimum to 5 million
from 1 million, affecting only the richest 1% of Americans.
- Has shown he doesn't
know the difference, (and
not just once), between the religions of Al-qaida (Sunni) and the majority
of Iraq and Iran (Shiia). So, he doesn't know what the fighting is about.
visiting a market in Iraq, he said you could walk freely in Iraq –
while wearing a flax jacket and surrounded by soldiers. And said
Petraeus goes out in an unarmed Humvee, also untrue.
at Jerry Falwell's university after calling him an 'agent of intolerance'
hired Tucker Eskew who smeared him in 2000 in order to help him with his
campaign against Obama. The
horrible attack Eskew and Bush hit McCain with essentially ended McCains
bid for the presidency, and is legendary in the history of dirty tricks and
smears. At the time, McCain said there was a special place in hell for people
like Eskew. Apparently that means working for him now and doing similar things
- Was raised Episcopalian and went to those schools, but claimed
he was Baptist when campaigning in South Carolina (heavily Baptist), although
he's never been baptized at the age of consent, as the Baptist religion requires.
Who is this guy?
- Member of the Keating 5 scandal.
He got huge contributions and worked to protect Keating, a screwed up prosecution
– for instance: the federal conviction was overturned because jurors
had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge
Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions.
- Wants to overturn Roe v.
Wade, in order to outlaw abortions and a woman's right to choose. He would
appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. They will rule
for corporations and against the people.
Supreme Court appointments would be modeled after Alito and Roberts, who
are extreme conservatives and would be a disaster in other areas besides Roe
v. Wade. Incredibly, McCain said the recent court decision to uphold Habeaus
Corpus was one of the
worst in history!