Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, September 19, 2008

John McCain: R.I.P.

John McCain’s death was already tragic. But now, to make the pain and suffering even more unbearable: some sick twisted leftwing demon — a Body Snatcher — has hijacked John McCain’s corpse.

And this — this Thing! — is STILL running for president! It’s trying to use the body of The Maverick™ as a Trojan Horse; trying to smuggle Communism into the White House. Poor old John McCain must be just twisting and turning in his grave.

The agony! The FURY of watching helplessly while his own corpse is walking around engaging in socialist rhetoric and Class Warfare. Conservatives, please understand that this is NOT the Maverick™ that you see on TV, talking about government regulation and trying to push for a — a Nanny State!

Seriously, how can McCain keep a straight face these days? Thirty years of “bootstraps” and “free market” rhetoric, and suddenly he's clamoring for government regulation and helping those whiny consumers. Is anybody gullible enough to believe this?? Within hours of declaring that “the fundamentals of the economy are sound,” McCain did a huge 180 and started pushing for government intervention and coddling the unwashed masses.

Imagine if the situation were reversed. America has been confronted with an urgent crisis, and suddenly Barack Obama starts shouting about “rugged individualism,” “limited government” and “let the marketplace decide.” Conservatives would be laughing their asses off and going “yeeaahh, riiight!”

But for McCain, thirty years of “sink or swim” and “get a grip, peons!” can just segue right into “oh my God, we need to jump in there and rescue everybody!” and nobody calls him on it. Oh that’s right, he was once a Prisoner of War, so it’s OK.

If the leader of the American Nazi Party started talking about tolerance and racial harmony, you'd be a little skeptical. (If not, check your pulse.) If you're in favor of racial harmony, why not vote for the person who’s been preaching about it all along, and not somebody who just discovered it five minutes ago.

By the same token, if you agree with McCain’s sudden conversion to “government meddling in the marketplace,” why not vote for the party that’s already been endorsing that approach for several decades?

If you agree with John McCain’s newfound sense of urgency over the economy, then you're a Democrat. A Big Government Liberal. Vote for Barack Obama.

cross-posted at Bring It On!


Anonymous JollyRoger said...

I've said for years now that Johnny would whore his own mother out if he thought he could get a few votes out of it.

Could there be any doubt left?

September 19, 2008 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Anyone who checks his/her pulse and finds something there should have written off McCain as a zero-credibility pol whose only abiding motive, principle, raison d'etre — whatever — is winning the election.

McCain is Joe Isuzu with a POW story and a comely sidekick for those voters who don't read and barely listen, mostly preferring to look at the pictures.

So far, we've seem him stay exactly two courses: win the election and Iraq (for 100 years, yada yada).

I didn' think it was possible, but McCain's nonsense has been so bad this week, especially on the financial crisis, he could turn out to be a worse president than George W. Bush.

So now I'll say it. You had better be scared, people — very, very scared.

September 19, 2008 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: No doubt whatsoever.

SW: Yes, it's time to be scared. "Joe Isuzu with a POW story" -- LOL. Worse than Dumbya -- God help us all.

September 19, 2008 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

One of the best things you've written about McCain, Tom. Wonderful stuff here!

The guy has flip-flopped so many he probably doesn't even know who he is anymore. Or where he is. Or even why he is.

September 20, 2008 at 3:47 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Rachel had a woman on last night who travels with the Old Coot and reports on his campaign.

This woman said the McCain-ites just don't care any longer what their critics or the media says about them.

The Old Coot is 72, running on empty and aging by the day. He knows this is his last chance and he would throw his 94 year old mother under a bus if he thought it would help him get elected president.

September 20, 2008 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

HA! Joe Isuzu is a perfect description of McFossil.

I try not to think too much about him actually in the White House even though I think he'll get it. Ugh.

September 20, 2008 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Thanks. I can't imagine anybody taking McCain seriously. Everything he says contradicts something he said earlier.

Christopher: I think that's exactly it. He's running on empty, has nothing to lose and doesn't give a flying fuck about any possible consequences. No matter what happens, he'll either be president or he'll retire happily to his seven mansions.

Randal: I guess we'll all have to brace ourselves for that terrible possibility -- a senile president and his ambitious bimbo assistant.

September 20, 2008 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I have always felt there were two John McCains running for president, the maverick, and an eviltwin, manufactured by the Democrats to make the real John McCain seem, well, hollow.

September 20, 2008 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: Well, he seems hollow, so maybe that's the reason.

September 20, 2008 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Sorry about this but I passed this on to you.

September 20, 2008 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I still say that he has medical problems that we not aware of.

September 20, 2008 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Lew: That's an interesting post, but I have to be a wet blanket. I never take part in those "tag" thingies. But thanks anyway.

Let's Talk: I wouldn't doubt that a bit. And then we're stuck with Praylin in the White House if anything happens to McCain.

September 20, 2008 at 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He would be a true Maverick if he really proposes regulation of the market which is against every Republican and Conservative philosophy in the book.

Not that I believe him anyway

The Problem is, I don't see Obama or anybody else taking it much further.

We still have the ghost of Ronald Reagan who just about convinced the country that the New Deal was a bad idea and if you notice, no matter how much people scream for something like Health Care reform the Conservatives can still make them believe that a Government Bureaucrat is worse then a for profit driven Insurance Executive to make decisions on your health.

And there's the point - People are going to scream something be done and taxpayer money is going to bail our the rich brains who should've known better. After that somebody may talk or real regulation (like the New Deal) and those same people will be convinced that your finances are in better hands with a greedy speculator then a evil Government Regulator.

FDR didn't care what people thought, he just took the bull by the horns and did it and we were all better for it for almost 50 years.

Unless you've been listening to the Republicans!


September 20, 2008 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I doubt if McCain means a word of his newfound populism and sympathy for working people. As another blogger said about Mitt Romney, "he's never met a position he didn't take."

Our population is just brainwashed with that Reagan archetype. That idea of "individualism" and letting everybody sink or swim on their own is perfectly valid (I don't agree with it). But what we have now is the worst of every possible approach. Trillion dollar bailouts for people who are already wealthy beyond comprehension, and the rest of us can just get a grip and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps.

And this seems to be perfectly OK with all these people who preach about rugged individualism. Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars for huge corporations, that's cool; as long as some working stiff isn't getting a free lunch.

September 21, 2008 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Mile High Pixie said...

Isn't it nearly hilarious when this sort of thing happens? It almost gives me hope for November. Like recently when McCain said we needed to form a 9-11 committee to find out what's going on with the economy, and Obama just said (and I'm paraphrasing), "It's the mortgage and lending crisis, moron! Any economoist can tell you what's happening! We don't need a committee to tell us what we all already know!" After fighting against a 9-11 committee or understanding 9-11, the Republitards sure seem interested in 9-11 committees all of a sudden.

September 21, 2008 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

MHP: Yup, it's pretty ironic. Only McCain could make a slogan out of something the Republicans have been fighting tooth and nail for 7 years. Maybe the Democrats could use McCain's comparison as momentum for actually forming a 9/11 commission so we could try finding out what happened that day. The official story doesn't wash.

Obama was right. It's obvious to millions of Americans what caused this financial meltdown. We need to do exactly what Republicans have been refusing to do for the last 30 years.

September 21, 2008 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

And to think I would have voted for him if he'd gotten the nomination way back, instead of Dumbya. (No, I did NOT vote for Dumbya. I just really thought McCain was a true maverick.) To see him with open eyes now, though, is truly scary. Especially after he picked Palin. Has anybody checked his backyard(s) for strange-looking pods? Or has he always been this way?

September 22, 2008 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Candace: I can actually go one better (or worse). I did vote for McCain in 2000 in the California primary. California had an open primary at the time (they abolished it soon afterward) and I figured in case we had a Republican president, better McCain than Bush.

I never really knew that much about him. Maybe he's always flipflopped or said whatever is convenient, and he just dressed it up as being a "maverick."

September 22, 2008 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Tom Harper wrote: "Our population is just brainwashed with that Reagan archetype. That idea of 'individualism' and letting everybody sink or swim on their own is perfectly valid (I don't agree with it)."

I think people acquire fuzzy notions in childhood that are rooted in idealism and a romanticized but incomplete understanding of what the U.S. was like during its first 125 years or so. That is, we had the great open west, where anyone could go and benefit from free land, free wood, water, minerals, fish, game and every other resource you can think of. It was all there for the taking, and poor people from the settled, developed eastern U.S. could go west if they were willing to work and take on the risk of living and working on the frontier.

By the beginning of the 20th century, certainly by the early 1920's, the great open west was virtually all owned and posted land. The long era of massive free capital and resources had been the biggest, best social welfare program and economic growth engine the world had ever seen, but it was over.

Ever since, ours has been a nation of ever larger corporations and ever more people dependent on those corporations for a paycheck. Our economic security, individually and as a society, has become increasingly dependent on wealthy, powerful people remote from nearly all of us in every way and far beyond our control, except through goverment regulation or the courts.

By electing people like Reagan, the Bushes and, to an extent, Bill Clinton, a public ignorant of history and the potential for damage cast off most of the government regulation. Corporations, through lobbying, influence buying and a PR con job are close to freeing themselves from consequences in the courts. Their mechanism is requiring people to sign away their right to sue, agreeing instead to arbitration by corporate-paid arbitrators who, no surprise, nearly always find in favor of the corporations that pay them.

The voting public had better wise up before the damage becomes irreversible, short of a revolution. If they elect Bush 44 and his not ready for prime time sidekick, it really could be all over.

September 22, 2008 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Good description of our predicament and how we got here. I can't think of anything to add.

September 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

Good god, he's a real professional.....The kind that walk the streets, and have red lights on their doors. It just doesn't stop; their unending ratcheting of controlled lies...

United In Peace And Freedom

September 22, 2008 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

AHB: Yes, he's a pro. He's got the snake oil and millions of Americans seem to be buying it.

September 23, 2008 at 12:29 AM  

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