McCain Insults Our Intelligence. Again
by epiphany, Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 10:28:54 PM EDT
When McCain answered the question of which wise ones he would consult during his administration, he cited one John Lewis (D-GA).
I find this disengenuous because John McCain is not close to John Lewis or his policies. I found an article on Mother Jones discussing this connundrum with comments from Sen. Lewis.
I think McCain is an opportunist lacking in political integrity. He thinks very little of the American public, as evidenced by he and his campaign's blatant disrespect for the intelligence of the electorate. He will say anything to score points with that segment of the population who thinks he is a Maverick, all while he does everything to ensure that big corporations continue to control the future of our nation's economy and legislation.
McCain thinks he can bullshit his way to the WhiteHouse with jokes, war anecdotes and lies.
It's up to us to say, NOT THIS TIME!
In case you don't feel like clicking the link- the meat of the story is below the fold:
Posted on Mother Jones by Jonathan Stein (8/18/08)
In response to McCain's latest invocation of his name, Rep. Lewis said in a statement requested by Mother Jones, "I cannot stop one human being, even a presidential candidate, from admiring the courage and sacrifice of peaceful protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge or making comments about it." But, he added, "Sen. McCain and I are colleagues in the US Congress, not confidantes. He does not consult me. And I do not consult him."
It took McCain years to fully embrace the goals that Lewis was fighting for on Bloody Sunday. In 1983, McCain voted against making Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday, in opposition to most members of Congress, including many of his Republican colleagues. In 1987, the governor of Arizona repealed the state's recognition of King; McCain supported the move. It was only in 1990, 25 years after Lewis marched in Alabama, when Arizona reversed its decision that McCain changed his own stance on the issue.
And there are, of course, the fundamental differences between John McCain's political philosophy and the goals of Lewis and his fellow marchers. Lewis hoped that the federal government would use its influence to protect the rights of disenfranchised individuals; he sought an expanded role for government because of what he believed was government's power to do good. It explains, in part, why Lewis is a Democrat today and supports Barack Obama for president. McCain, on the other hand, is a fanatical enemy of government spending and has said, "I've found over time that less government involvement is better." It's a philosophy that would have left Lewis and his cohorts out in the cold.