McCain’s win in florida has propelled him to the top of the list of republican favorites. Since then, he has garnered endorsements from both giuliani and Arnold Schwarzeneg-ger and replenished his dwindling campaign funds. Of all the candidates for president, democrat or republican, McCain will bring long lost integrity back to the White House. Integrity destroyed by Bush and Monica’s friend Bill Clinton.
McCain supported Bush’s war in Iraq and the recent surge of troops in Baghdad. A good reason for me to not think about voting for him. However, knowing his family background, I respect his decision because you wouldn’t expect him to do anything else.
He was born on Aug. 29, 1936. Some of his opponents say a 72-year freshman president is too old for the oval office. McCain says it gives him more experience to make good decisions. He’s right. He is the same age as I am and I know I make great decisions. Now if I could just remember where my favorite coffee shop is every morning maybe I could be president.
McCain comes from an old Navy background. His full name is John Sidney McCain III. I am always leary of anyone being the second or third namesake in the family. It kind of reminds me of an aristocracy headed by King George III. Maybe his families ties to the Navy prompted an aristocratic name. Both his father and grandfather were admirals in the Navy. John never became an admiral, but he certainly was a war hero in the Vietnam War.
One of the presidential titles is commander-in-chief of our armed forces. McCain definitely qualifies for that position: he served in the Navy from 1958 until he retired as a captain 1981. His war decorations include the Silver Star, Legend of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
McCain’s main rival Governor Mitt Romney, doesn’t qualify for the commander-in-chief position especially, in a time of war. Romney was a draft dodger and never served in the military.
As reported in the Boston Globe, while the war in Vietnam was escalating, Romney was granted a deferment from the draft because he was a Mormon “Minister of Religion.” The deferment gave him two-and-a-half years to work as a missionary in beautiful France. He also received nearly three years of deferment while he perused a college education. He was probably studying more ways to be a draft dodger. It should be noted that during the Vietnam War the Mormon church had a record number of men signing up for foreign missionary work.
But maybe military experience isn’t important for a commander-in-chief. Take Bush for example — please.
Bush applied for membership in the Texas National Guard on May 27, 1968 two weeks before he graduated from Yale with his degree in home economics. Two months prior to that there was a bloody Tet offensive in Vietnam and the National Guard received about 100,000 applications from men not wanting to get drafted. Bush was one of them. While the 100,000 Americans filing for membership in the guard were placed on a long waiting list. Good old George was sworn in on the same day he applied for status as a draft dodger. That partially explains why he will go down as the dumbest commander-in-chief in American history.
It’s evident Bush doesn’t know how to dress for the part as leader of our armed forces but he does know how to criticize someone who does. During the uprising and protests against delays of democratic elections in Pakistan Bush chastised President Perves Musharraf for wearing his military uniform. What a hypocrite. Like Bush, Musharraf is the commander-in-chief of his military in Pakistan why shouldn’t he wear his uniform?
Even though McCain supports the on going war in Iraq the republicans really don’t have much of a choice. They should nominate a candidate who knows the rules of engagement of war. And one who has experienced the tragedy and torture of war himself.
In 1967 on his 23rd bombing mission McCain was shot down over Vietnam. He was seriously injured and experienced periods of torture during his five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war. He was only released after the Paris peace accords signed in 1973.
McCain has demonstrated his loyalty to the American flag and the people he serves. He deserves the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America. Hopefully, the majority of Republican’s will get on board the McCain train to the White House.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist. The polemics of his articles can be discussed at firstname.lastname@example.org. His Web site is www.thefarsidechronicles.com.