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I’m no doctor, nor have I ever played one on TV. But family members and close friends have suffered from serious mental declines and problems. Watching a loved one change for the worse is emotionally exhausting, frustrating, demoralizing, and depressing. Denial only works for so long.
John McCain and his campaign proudly promote his experience in foreign affairs. They pretend to believe that they have some great advantage over Obama, despite the cluster*** and quagmire that Iraq and Afghanistan have become. The more we look into Georgia-Russia, the worse McCain looks.
Recently on other foreign issues, McCain seems ever more confused. He repeatedly mixed up Sunni and Shiite, he forgot that Iran is a Shiite country, he claimed Iran was training Sunni terrorists and hosted Al Qaida terrorists, and he was lucky to have Sen. Lieberman nearby to correct him during his recent embarrassing trip.
He called the Czech Republic “Czechoslovakia.” He thought that Pakistan and Iraq share a common border and he said the Vladimir Putin was the current president of Germany. All of this in just the last three months. There are many more examples, even more frightening and dismaying.
While everyone is entitled to make mistakes, so many basic errors can indicate more serious cognitive problems, especially when many of his actions are becoming strange in other ways. What presidential candidate would offer his wife up for a topless contest at a biker convention, or sing “Bomb-bomb-bomb-Iran?”
On at least 5 occasions in the last two months, when asked an unexpected question, this dazed, “deer in the headlights” look crossed his face, and when he finally responded, his answers had nothing to do with the issues raised.
On major issues, (abortion, social security, taxes, Iran, Iraq, off-shore drilling, stem cells, just to mention a few) McCain either forgot his previous stances and changed his mind, or he is incapable of recalling positions he held dearly as recently as a year ago. McCain’s problem is that he categorically denies ever changing his positions, even when he is shown video and news articles.
A growing group of conservatives, moderates, and medically educated are beginning to question his mental status, as similar disturbing events continue to occur.
Senile Dementia results in progressive loss of memory and mental abilities, and noticeable personality changes. Short-term memory is affected first, and a victim then has increasing emotional and physical instability, with unpredictable switches between apathy and aggression. Victims fill in the blanks in their memory unpredictably, and confabulate facts routinely. More and more, his behavior resembles that of Senile Dementia sufferers.
Dementia sufferers can be friendly, interactive, intelligent, responsive, convincing, alert, and fully aware. Yet, even they understand that something is wrong, and more than anyone, an intelligent person hates to admit it to himself. His statements yesterday and today, discussing the office of Vice President as someone who WOULD take over for the president (McCain) for medical reasons, suggested that he already knows that he suffers from a serious problem.
John McCain has served his nation honorably. Except for his Keating 5 scandal, he seems to have avoided most troubles that other congressmen and senators seem to attract like shit attracts flies. Then again, the Abramof scandal has not fully played out, and many of his lobbyist advisers may yet taint him with their own criminal activities.
While John McCain deserves respect and thanks for his past service, that service should not and cannot blind us from recognizing and considering a growing collection of strange behavior and serious misstatements. If McCain does suffer from a progressive mental disability, he has no business being president.
Let us hope that our media, previously seduced by an alert, semi-independent, self-described maverick, won’t allow their biases and past love, blind them from the decline he displays more and more often. Let us hope his aides who prop him up on weekdays (since McCain is physically and mentally incapable of campaigning on weekends) recognize what America deserves – a sane, fit, energetic, and rational president. More often than not, John McCain no longer fits that description.