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There have been many harsh words in this campaign – on both sides. PLEASE – set aside your politics and take 20 minutes out of your day to watch these three videos. They made us laugh out loud – primarily because both candidates say what everyone around here has wanted to say for WEEKS!
John McCain – Part 1
John McCain – Part 2
Poor John McCain – not only did he look crazy during the debate Wednesday night, the man he referenced more than 20 times and applauded for being “rich” – IS! If you are going to build your entire debate platform on one man, wouldn’t you find out everything there is about him? Well…
“Joe the Plumber” is related to Charles Keating! (Remember “The Keating 5” – John and his cronies?!)
From The Huffington Post –
Robert J. Elisberg of The Huffington Post writes:
You see, Joe Wurzelbacher is apparently related to Robert Wurzelbacher. Who is the son-in-law of (are you ready…?) Charles Keating!
Yes, that Charles Keating. The Charles Keating of the Keating 5 Scandal. For which John McCain was reprimanded by the United States Senate, for his involvement in attempting to illegally influence government regulators. The Charles Keating who John McCain has been trying to avoid have mentioned. So, he basically mentioned it 24 times.
Anyway, back to Robert Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber’s father. You see, Robert Wurzelbacher was an executive of American Continental Corporation, the parent company of Charles Keating’s Lincoln Savings. That’s the bank which caused citizens to lose their life savings and cost U.S. taxpayers $3.4 billion. As part of that scandal, Robert Wurzelbacher pleaded guilty to three counts of misapplying $14 million and served 40 months in prison.
And now, Lincoln Savings, Robert Wurzelbacher and Joe the Plumber are back with John McCain.
“Congratulations! You’re rich!,” indeed.
It’s rare that we are left speechless – but this is truly one of those times. What has become of the United States of America that this would be allowed to happen – and that the candidates for whom these people were gathered said nothing? We are saddened…and sickened beyond words.
The Scranton Times-Tribune notes that yet another McCain supporter at a rally today with Gov. Sarah Palin yelled “kill him!” in reference to Sen. Barack Obama:
Chris Hackett addressed the increasingly feisty crowd as they await the arrival of Gov. Palin. Each time the Republican candidate for the seat in the 10th Congressional District mentioned Barack Obama the crowd booed loudly. One man screamed “kill him!”
Last Monday, a supporter also yelled “kill him” at a rally. In the past weeks, McCain supporters have called Obama “an Arab,” “Little Hussein,” and a “terrorist.”
I would also pray Lord that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their God — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his [McCain’s] opponent wins for a variety of reasons.
And Lord I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you would step forward and honor your own name in all that happens between now and Election Day.
Oh Lord, we just commit this time to you, move among us, make your presence very well felt as we are gathered here today in Jesus’ name I pray.
This was the invocation at a John McCain rally in Davenport, Iowa this weekend, given by Rev. Arnold Conrad.
Is this questioning Obama’s faith – suggesting that “his” God is “Hindu, Buddha, Allah?” There is more than one God?!
This is BEYOND outrageous – this is intolerant and ignorant at best. This smacks of insincere acceptance speeches at awards shows and after football games, insinuating that God was somehow on the side of the victorious person/team – blasphemy of the highest order, from where we sit. To a good number of us, it looks plainly devious and despicable. And we are, frankly, appalled.
Contrary to the misguided theories of some – including the present occupant of the White House – this country is NOT a theocracy.
OUR GOD DOESN’T VOTE.
Maybe it is too late for this, maybe the last three weeks of the presidential campaign are going to be about as high-minded as a rock fight. Or an Ultimate Fight. But at Hofstra University on Wednesday night, you want Barack Obama and John McCain to present themselves as they really are, not just as products of their handlers and where they are in the polls.
You want them to actually talk to each other and talk to us at the same time, before it is too late. Because for now, this is what the process has become:
Obama, the candidate leading in the polls, having to defend himself against the notion that he isn’t just an opponent to McCain, but an enemy, and about half-a-traitor. And that isn’t a shame for one side or the other, it is a shame for all of us.
At the same time that McCain runs a television commercial saying Obama is “too risky for America,” at the same time Sarah Palin goes around America accusing Obama of “palling around with terrorists” and sounds like some windup doll for right-wing radio, here was John McCain on Friday – in a moment of both decency and humanity – saying this at a town hall meeting in Minnesota:
“[Obama] is a person you don’t have to be afraid [of] as President of the United States.”
In that moment, McCain was so much better than what his campaign has become the past few weeks, so much better than his own running mate, who more and more acts drunk with being famous or maybe just from the roar of the Obama haters in the crowd.
This is still a contest for the most important elective office on Earth, at one of the most perilous moments in history, and sometimes you think the whole thing is being geared to a huge demographic comprised only of stupid people. When it is like this, Obama and McCain aren’t the losers. We are. However this comes out.
I came down Sunday morning and there on the kitchen counter was the envelope, stamped and ready to go, from my college freshman. The outside read “Official Absentee Balloting Material – First Class Mail.” It was about as first-class as you get, the first vote of his life. His brother, a college junior, also a first-time voter, had already mailed in his ballot to the town clerk where we live.
The two of them went through the process of getting absentee ballots on their own, no help from their mother or from me. They were thrilled from the start to watch the long primary season play out, thrilled they would finally have something to say about the fragile and dangerous world we are handing over to them. Only now they are appalled by what they hear and see in the late innings.
Obama is no saint here. He is a politician, and his ambition is no more sacred than McCain’s. But say this about him: His narrative hasn’t changed in two years. He has run the same campaign against McCain that he ran against Hillary Clinton and all the rest of them. If he has sometimes fought back against the other side with his own nasty rhetoric, it is probably because he saw what happened to John Kerry four years ago, when he was slow to fight back against the scamming of a cynical political lowlife like Karl Rove, and saw how the country lost because of that.
But if Obama wants to tell McCain to say the things his ads say to his face, let him say that to McCain’s face on Wednesday night at Hofstra, not to Charlie Gibson. If Obama really thinks McCain is too old and too erratic to be President, let him say that at Hofstra, too.
If McCain wants to come after Obama with William Ayers, an old member of the Weather Underground, the Swift Boat All-Star of this campaign, then let him question Obama directly about Ayers, not go through Bob Schieffer, the moderator, or anybody else. If McCain thinks some old relationship with Ayers makes Obama “too risky for America,” then let him explain that with something other than the innuendo and invective of his campaign’s current ads.
McCain has a right to be angry these days, as he sees his last shot at the presidency begin to slip away from him. He not only was ruined by Bush/Rove gutter politics eight years ago, now he must feel as if he is being ruined all over again by Bush’s presidency, the worst and weakest in 100 years. But McCain was better than Bush eight years ago. He should be better now, no matter what the hacks working for him tell him he has to do to win.
The process was supposed to be better than this, the ending to these two years of presidential politics was supposed to be better because the stakes are as high as they have ever been. Obama is not an enemy of the country, he is not the enemy of the Republican Party, no matter what the yahoos say.
John McCain encountered real enemies of this country a long time ago in Vietnam. He should know the difference better than anyone.