McCain: More myth than substance? @ WTF August 2

Elephants and donkeys… the difference

With sincere apologies to the Wonder Man and the Cute One… aka… Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney…

Elephants and donkeys live together in perfect harmony 
Side by side in government, oh Lord, why don’t we?
We all know that politicians are the same SOBs wherever they go 
There be bad and worse in ev’ryone of them
They wage war for the wealthy to survive,  
And tax, tax to thrive on what we give 
Elephants and donkeys live together in perfect harmony 
Side by side in government, oh Lord, why don’t we?
Elephant and donkeys, living in perfect harmony 
Elephants, donkeys, ooh…
The difference between elephants and donkeys?
Essentially… not one damn thing.

McCain more myth than substance…

Senator John McCain has spent a lifetime creating a myth about himself.

The myth is just that… nothing but a myth… a lie… a prevarication… a series of prevarications.

He is nothing but a chameleon.. a changeling… who transforms himself as to what is most necessary to be to attain his goal or goals.  The Media… as well as many voters… have been sucked into that myth and and for some reason most tend to just accept it at face value.

I’m sorry he has cancer… I’m sorry a lot of people have cancer. But… that changes nothing about who he is… at best a flip flopper and at worst nothing more than a phony who would lie at the drop of a dime.

I’m glad he cast the vote that defeated the latest version of the elephants’ attempt to scuttle healthcare for the American people… still… it changes nothing about who he is or the type of person he is.

Immigration…

In 1997, McCain voted “yes” on limited welfare for immigrants… specifically, the amendment he supported would have restored food stamp benefits to the children of legal immigrants.

In 2003, 2005 and 2006, John McCain either co-sponsored or supported supported the Dream Act… the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (Dream) Act would have allowed undocumented children brought to the United States permanent resident status if they, among other provisions, completed two years of college or military service.

In 2007 he did not support the latest incarnation of the bill… he also did not vote against it either.

In late 2010, when the Dream Act was again brought before the Senate, McCain voted against it. The bill eventually  went belly up after a 55-41 vote in the Senate.

In 2005, Senators John McCain & Ted Kennedy proposed a guest-worker program & a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants.

  • Americans understand that for years there are undocumented workers who have tried to follow our laws and be good neighbors and good citizens, and have paid into the Social Security Trust Fund.
  • Once that person regularizes his or her status, and as they proceed down the path to earned citizenship, they should have the benefit after having followed the law and made those contributions. That is fairness.
  • We should not steal their funds or empty their Social Security accounts. That is not fair. It does not reward their hard work or their financial contributions.
  • The amendment proposes to change existing law to prohibit an individual from gaining the benefit of any contributions made while the individual was in an undocumented status. I oppose this amendment and believe it is wrong.

In 2006, Sen. John McCain continued to be a primary co-sponsor of immigration reform legislation that included a path to citizenship for America’s undocumented immigrants.

But… in 2010, all his support for immigration reform was tossed aside and McCain went so far as to claim that he had never supported a path to citizenship. McCain, eventually publicly and loudly, said he supported the Arizona state legislation push for some of the harshest anti-immigration laws in the nation which effectively allows cops to racially profile Latinos as a method to check for their legality to be in the United States.

What changed?

In 2010 he was engaged in an early tooth and nail primary challenge from another elephant corner for his Senate seat. Tea party darling J. D. Hayworth.

Hayworth among other things had seized upon McCain’s prior record supporting immigration reform.

At one point during the buildup to the primary, an Arizona rancher was shot and killed… allegedly by Mexican drug smugglers. Hayworth pounced on the idea the country was soft on border control and began attacking McCain and his past advocacy for immigrant workers and other benefits for immigrants whether they be illegal or legal.

Suddenly, McCain juked right… and made a political ad while walking with a  popular Arizona sheriff and at one point sternly says, “Complete the danged fence!”

The ad itself was a disaster as almost every Arizona voter knew McCain’s past record on immigration. However, with the issue of illegal immigration now a serious thorn in his ass, McCain suddenly says he supports Governor Jan Brewer and her signing of the very controversial State Senate Bill 1070 which said immigrants had to carry papers that showed their legal status and be able to produce them on demand. Cops could now simply stop someone simply on the suspicion that they might be an illegal. Essentially, if they looked brown. That was now cause to check if they were from Mexico illegally.

McCain embraced the new law… took it to heart… as the one and only thing that government could do to fight back against the Mexican cartels who were running amok around and across the borders of the United States and Mexico.

In other words, he changed his stance because of the expediency in winning an election.

Climate change…

In 2003, McCain was standing tall in support of legislation that would create a market-based solution… aka as “cap and trade” … to limit pollution.

And, his 2008 presidential run, McCain again proclaimed his support for cap-and-trade measures as he said, “We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great.  The most relevant question now is whether our own government is equal to the challenge.”

By 2009, McCain was calling such measures “cap and tax.”

By 2014, McCain was lambasting Secretary of State John Kerry for even bringing up the topic of climate change … almost as if Kerry was being a boob for thinking there could be such a concept as climate warming throughout the world that could affect human kind in a perilous manner.

Why the change?

Political opportunism, plain and simple. He is doing nothing but cozying up to and pandering to the tea party peeps. An election was coming up in 2016 and he was doing nothing more than making sure all his primary ducks were all in a safe and orderly alignment.

Schwarzenegger endorsing McCain for president during a tour of the Solar Integrated Technologies factory in 2008.

Want another example of his baldfaced hypocrisy on climate change?

In January 2008, McCain visited California  for the California republican primaries. While there he appeared at a solar power manufacturing plant with then elephant Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He proclaimed for all to hear  that he was  completely on board with developing solar energy as an alternative source for America’s energy needs. He was blatantly cozying up to the Governator… who was, and still is, a big proponent of green energy and clean technology that would help reduce global warming… for an endorsement in the soon to be held California presidential primaries.

By May 2008, McCain was singing a different tune when at an event hosted by a major player in the outdoor and clothing industry… REI… the CEO approached McCain and began talking up the initiatives REI had undertaken to minimize their impact regarding climate change.

McCain said, “What do you want me to do?”

The CEO said they wanted to install solar panels on their retail outlets in  Arizona, California and Oregon but there was no federal subsidies available to help with the costs.

McCain didn’t stutter when he said that he is skeptical of subsidies in general… BUT… he does support them for nuclear power and the oil & gas industry.

Gun control…

Prior to 2000 former service man, veteran of the Vietnam war and ex-POW was a darling of the NRA.

On the one hand…

However, in an October 2000 ad, McCain suggested that closing the private seller loophole would significantly reduce gun violence as he said, “Convicted felons have been able to buy and sell thousands of guns at gun shows because of a loophole in the law. Many (of the purchased guns) were later used in crimes.”

McCain also is heard saying in that ad that unlicensed gun dealers…aka private citizen sales… should be required to perform in depth background while adding: “I believe law abiding citizens have the right to own guns. But with rights come responsibilities.”

… and then on the other hand

McCain made the ads to be run for two state ballot initiatives that would require background checks on private sale if passed and enacted as law. At the time, McCain told the NY Times that he made the ads because the state initiatives could help aid in a push to close the private seller loophole in the federal gun laws.

In that interview, McCain also said he was evolving on the issue of gun laws due to the violence that was occurring in the country at that time, which included the shooting at Columbine High School: “I do believe my view has evolved. It’s appropriate to do so in light of some of the terrible tragedies that have befallen our nation.”

By 2010, McCain did a 180… made a U-turn… as he sponsored a bill that would force the District of Columbia to repeal its gun-registration laws and allow residents to transports firearms within the district.

Guess, he de-evolved. Hey, what?

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell…

In 2006, former naval man and war vet McCain seemed open to changing the military’s ban on gay service members and repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) when he said, “The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy,’ then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it.”

In 2007, McCain said, “We have the best-trained, most professional, best-equipped, most efficient, most wonderful military in the history of this country. There just aren’t enough of them. So, I have to rely on our military leadership, in whom we place the responsibility to lead these brave young Americans in combat as we speak. I think it would be a terrific mistake to even reopen the issue. It is working, my friends. The policy is working. Let’s not tamper with them.”

In 2009, at various times, he said versions of…  “Right now the military is functioning extremely well in very difficult conditions. We have to have an assessment on recruitment, on retention and all the other aspects of the impact on our military if we change the policy. In my view, and I know that a lot of people don’t agree with that, the policy has been working and I think it’s been working well.”

Then when the Bamster in his 2010 State of the Union address pledged to repeal DADT, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Michael Mullen said, “No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.”

And, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee…  which McCain co-chairs… “I fully support the president’s decision.”

As co-chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee he was directly told by the two heads of the America’s military that they supported repealing DADT… a fulfillment of his one specific requirement… when he said in 2006 that he would be guided by military leaders… on what he needed to vote to repeal DADT.

And, McCain said, “At this moment of immense hardship for our armed services, we should not be seeking to overturn the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.”

McCain’s spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan, when asked about his position on DADT, said, “Senator McCain does not believe we should repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.'”

Does there seem like there is a failure to communicate here? Especially on McCain’s part?

What McCain says on the one hand can dramatically and radically change when something like a little like a senate reelection run becomes involved. He can’t appear being opposed to or offending the priorities of certain party peeps or voting constituencies… he might lose crucial votes if he doesn’t get on board with exactly what those people want to hear.

It’s as if he is saying… Don’t bother me over this trifling bullshit; we gots more important fishes to fry.

Iraq War…

This one’s short and bitter…

In January 2002, while touring the flight bridge of an aircraft carrier on the Arabian Sea, McCain shouted: “Next up: Baghdad!”

In February 2002, at a NATO security policy conference in Munich on Feb. 2, 2002, McCain said, “Terrorist training camps exist on Iraqi soil, and Iraqi officials are known to have had a number of contacts with al-Qaida. These were probably not courtesy calls… The next front is apparent, and we should not shrink from acknowledging it.”

In July 2002, He said, “Look, we need a regime change in Iraq. If we can do it on the cheap by having operations involving just Special Forces and some air power and opponents within, either the Kurds in the south, Shiites in the north, then that’s fine.”

In short, before the America’s war in Iraq, McCain said, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.”

Four years later, McCain said that he was always aware that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”

Torture.. the military… the CIA…

John McCain personally experienced various degrees of inhumane treatment during his five years as a prisoner of war of the North Vietnamese. As such, he has often and loudly spoke against the use of torture by U.S. troops.

He repeatedly stood up to the Bush administration and said he opposed using torture techniques… such as waterboarding… as cruel and inhumane.

In 2005, in the wake of abuses at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and other U.S.-controlled facilities, McCain put forward an amendment that required the military to abide by the Army Field Manual, which specifically forbids waterboarding, as well as other inhumane or degrading actions…  among these were forcing a “person being detained” to perform sexual acts or pose sexually, placing hoods over the heads of detainees, threatening detainees with dogs, or using temperature extremes to cause physical trauma.

In July 2005, he said “Our enemy doesn’t deserve our sympathy but this isn’t about who they are. This is about who we are,” as he fought to include specific amendments regarding and prohibiting the use of torture to the $42 billion Pentagon authorization bill for 2006.

In 2008, Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed an amendment that would have banned torture not just by Department of Defense (DOD) peeps but also by the CIA. It would have closed a loophole in federal law left in part by the McCain Anti-Torture Amendment.

The loophole?

In 2005, when the Congress passed a bill to apply the Army Field Manual to the DOD, it purposefully excluded the CIA. The law allowed the CIA to use “alternative interrogation techniques.”

McCain voted against Feinstein’s amendment.

McCain’s against torture when it’s American soldiers doing the interrogating but when it’s the CIA… Whoa, Nelly… it’s no holds barred.

Forget all that human rights shit. Do whatever is necessary to get them damn terrorists to spill the beans. Forget the fact that there are volumes of research that states most information extracted from suspects or prisoners is usually highly inaccurate and unreliable.

In fact, as recently as 2015 McCain himself has said, “I know that such practices don’t work. I also know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners does not produce good, reliable intelligence. Victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it.”

Did I miss something in the translation?

But wait… 2008?

His voting against limiting the CIA to the techniques approved in the Army Field Manual on Interrogation, wouldn’t have anything to do with trying to consolidate his party’s base and a certian upcoming election would it?

Warrantless Wiretapping…

Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly issued an executive order that authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without needed court-approved warrants when investigation are conducted into domestic spying.

Regarding Bush Okaying NSA secret wiretapping of Americans: McCain says “I obviously wouldn’t like it. “

Bush’s order allowed the NSA… as well as other government agencies… to monitor… or wiretap… the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of an estimated many thousands of people inside the United States without warrants over a period of three years in an effort to track possible terrorists.

When this news broke in 2006, McCain was critical of it. McCain told reporters that he needed to “know more” about what Bush authorized but he “theoretically, I obviously wouldn’t like it.”

He later appeared on NBC and said, “it is up to a court of law to find out if someone broke the law here and where punishment should be handed out.”

And, in a 2007 interview with the Boston Globe, he directly criticized Bush’s five-year secret order that avoided complying with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act when he said, “I think that presidents have the obligation to obey and enforce laws that are passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, no matter what the situation is.”

When the Globe pushed him on the by asking, “So is that a no, in other words, federal statute trumps inherent power in that case, warrantless surveillance?”

McCain said, “I don’t think the president has the right to disobey any law.”

Then in 2008… there’s that year again…  one of McCain’s top advisors… Douglas Holtz-Eakin…  said McCain believed that the Constitution gave Mr. Bush the power to authorize the NSA to wiretap American citizens international phone calls and e-mail without warrants, despite a 1978 federal statute that said otherwise.

In 2008… warrantless wiretapping is OK

He later disavowed that opinion BUT said… “the (Bush) Administration nor the telecoms need apologize for actions that most people, except for the ACLU and the trial lawyers, understand were Constitutional and appropriate in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001. We do not know what lies ahead in our nation’s fight against radical Islamic extremists, but John McCain will do everything he can to protect Americans from such threats, including asking the telecoms for appropriate assistance to collect intelligence against foreign threats to the United States as authorized by Article II of the Constitution.

The Article II citation is key, since that issue refers to President Bush’s longstanding argument that the president has nearly unlimited powers during a time of war.

Sounds like McCain just did a 180 here… Suddenly warrantless wiretapping is OK, if the president thinks it will assist in the war on terror.

Fuck adhering to American law and screw it that the courts may say something else entirely different.

His racism…

“I hate the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live.” John McCain.

In 2000, he said this in response to a question asked by reporters aboard his campaign bus.

When given the chance to take back his words or apologize for using a racial slur he said…

“I was referring to my prison guards, and I will continue to refer to them in language that might offend some people because of the beating and torture of my friends.”

Source: San Francisco Chronicle (18 February 2000)

Sorry, I kinda, sorta empathize with his emotions, but if the offensive guards were Black… or Spanish… or Muslim..  and he used the words nigger or spic or raghead or sand nigger… would it then be okay because he was only referring to inhumane and torturous guards?

Sorry. That don’t feed the damn bulldog nor do it pass the sniff test for accepting his use of a racist slur and, frankly, of being racist.

Banking deregulation…

In 1993, on the Senate floor debating bank deregulation on the floor of the senate, John McCain said, “This legislation takes a small but important step toward eliminating the tremendous regulatory burden imposed on financial institutions… One principal reason banks are unable to make loans is the bewildering array of statutory and regulatory restrictions and paperwork requirements imposed by Congress and the regulatory agencies.”

And, he also added, “While a case can certainly be made that every law and regulation is intended to serve a laudable purpose, the aggregate effect of the rapidly increasing regulatory burden imposed on banks is to cause them to devote substantial time, energy and money to compliance rather than meeting the credit needs of the community … This bill recognizes this fact, and takes a small step forward toward eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens imposed on banks.”

In 1997 A McCain aide told the Journal of Commerce… “Any time you can responsibly deregulate, Sen. McCain wants to deregulate.”

In 1999, John McCain voted for passage of the Senate version of a bill that would eliminate current barriers erected by the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act and other laws that impede affiliations between banking, securities, insurance and other firms. The bill also would exempt small, non-urban banks from the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), revise the Federal Home Loan Bank system and require that owners of automated teller machines (ATMs) provide notice on the ATM and on-screen of any charges imposed for the use of the terminal. The bill passed 54-44.

In 2003 he appeared on CNN’s In The Money and said, I am a deregulator. I believe in deregulation.”

In 2006 when CNN asked McCain how the Republican Party could recover after their losses in the 2006 election, he said, “By returning to the basic core principles of the Republican Party, very careful stewardship of tax dollars, less government is best government, less regulation, lower taxes, strong national defense, community and family values.”

In 2008, while on the campaign trail, McCain said, “We need to return to the Reagan years. We need to have fiscal conservatism. We need less government. We need less regulation. We need to end of spending spree which has eroded our base of Republican support.”

He also told CNN… “We’ve got to do the other things necessary to encourage business and give them lower taxes, less regulation, less government in their lives, and that means a simpler, fairer tax code. The tax code in America is broken and it needs to be fixed.”

Then suddenly… the day after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the selloff of Merrill Lynch, which predicated the banking crisis of 2008, he said, “… there’s been tremendous turmoil in our financial markets and Wall Street. And it is … it’s … people are frightened by these events. Our economy, I think, still, the fundamentals are … of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times. And I promise you, we will never put America in this position again. We will clean up Wall Street. We will reform government.”

And… in September 2008, when political commentator George Stephanopoulos asked, “In the past you said you were for less regulations, maybe even a moratorium. Do you think now we’re heading into an era where we’re going to have to have enhanced regulation?”

McCain responded… “Two years ago, I said that I was worried about … co-sponsored legislation because of the excesses of Fannie and Freddie that I saw. Six years ago, I railed about corporate excess and not expensing stock options. I’m a Teddy Roosevelt Republican. I believe there’s a role of government. I believe that government has to be part of the solution. I mean, regulation and oversight has to be absolutely essential. Teddy Roosevelt said unbridled capitalism leads to corruption.”

Will the real John McCain please stand up?

Supporting his comrades in arms…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are other examples of McCain’s blatant flip flopping, and in my opinion lying, that I could rail on about but time and space limits my ability to list them all. But feel free to go to your favorite online search engine and just type in John McCain’s flip flopping… You might be amazed with what pops up.

Let me leave you with one last observation about John McCain…

In John McCain’s 2002 book “Worth the Fighting For” he admitted that in the 2000 presidential primary, he had supported South Carolina’s right to fly the Confederate flag which flew in direct opposition to his own personal view about that symbol of racism.

He writes… “I didn’t want to do this. But I could tell from the desperate looks of my staff that we had an enormous problem. And that it could come down to lying or losing. I chose lying.”

Hmmm…

He chose to lie when the truth would have served him better… but… maybe cost him some supporters or votes in South Carolina.

Maybe the next time he speaks or does something… it would bode ya’ll well to ask…

What else does he lie about?

One last thought…

Saw this in the NY Daily News on Friday (7/28) an article that was written by staffer Evan Grossman…

“… a fan at a Cleveland Indians game this week complained that some jerk seated in front of him was covered in Nazi tattoos. According to reports, the man and his son were moved to seats with less offensive sightlines.

Outrage Over Cleveland Indian Fan’s Nazi Tattoo Is Ironic

Ironically, Native-Americans have been complaining to the team about offensive imagery for decades and they’re still waiting for a response.”

Think about it… but… seriously…

If, you take more than five seconds to understand the writer’s point…

You probably voted for Trumpty Dumpty, go around wearing white sheets and burning crosses, think all Native American lands should be ceded to the Federal government to be raped of all its worth until totally barren and not useful for a single damn thing and that Black lives don’t fucking matter…

Another Thousand words…

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