McCain’s Nietzschean Übermensch rallying cry: fight fight fight fight fight…

…fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight fight for truth, justice and the American way. Are we to believe Obama won’t fight for these things?

McCain used the word fight some 49 times during his convention speech. At the end I expected him to rip off his street clothes and reveal his Superman outfit and soar through the torrent of red, white and blue balloon like an A-4 Skyhawk catapulted off the USS Forrestal.

Reemphasizing McCain as warrior is brilliant, if desperate, since trying to co-opt the change theme from Obama may not work. The pesky Democrats keep reminding everyone he voted with Bush 90% of the time.

The fight theme is a spin-off from the POW image he wants us to vote for, along with his new combat wingmate who is also known as the the caribou gutter, wolf shooter from airplanes, barracuda, “killa from Wasilla” and pit bull in lipstick.1

The is juvenile campaigning. It’s akin to the schoolyard posturing during a campaign for school president where the quarterback beats the kid with the A average.

Worst of all is the convention slogan “country first” and its implication that Obama puts country second. McCain referred to the “me first, country second crowd” and warned them that “change is coming”.

Some pundits are saying that McCain let the speakers before him take the low road. These comments sure don’t seem like the high road to me.

Not one Democrat at their convention said anything close to this at their convention.

We are supposed to believe that McCain and Palin will fight for American values and Obama and Biden won’t?2 Be alert for suggestions not only that they are putting ego and ambition “to promote their careers”3 first before patriotism, but that they are also cowering wimps.

Why not just come right out and call them traitors?


1. McCain’s nicknames include “McNasty” from his high school wrestling days and as an adult he was nicknamed “the white tornado” because of his prematurely white hair (U.S. News and World Report) and according to his high school yearbook “Punk” (ABC News).

2. Values as they see them, which is something to consider especially now that we have learned that Sarah Palin, the president in waiting, has fundamentalist religious values.

3. Palin said “In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

17 Responses to "McCain’s Nietzschean Übermensch rallying cry: fight fight fight fight fight…"

  1. Hal Brown  September 6, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Left out George Washington, Simon, so obvious he’s easy to overlook. McCain wants to be seen as Teddy Roosevelt, a lieutenant colonel. McCain retired from the Navy as a captain, which is equal to a full colonel.

    To be fair in ranking generals as presidents we have to look at General Grant too.

    Here’s a good column about McCain admitting he likes to pick fights for the fun of it: THE WRONG FIGHT.

    McCain has to do anything he can to extricate himself from his connection from Bush. The Dems, if not officially at least through Move-On and the comedy shows, will use photos like these (LINK) to illustrate just how close he’s been to Bush.

    Top middle could be titled “John, is that a pencil in your pocket or are you that happy to hug me?” and bottom right one might (might if they had a dirty mind) wonder from the expressions just where McCain’s hand is and what it is doing.

  2. JudyB  September 6, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    …”McCain has to do anything he can to extricate himself from his connection from Bush…”

    That my dear, would require having McCains head surgically removed from the nether regions of Bush’s ass!

  3. Hal Brown  September 6, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    There are so many responses to this, Judy, but I have to maintain a modicum of respectability on Capitol Hill Blue. You know, maintain those family values and all.

    Huffington Post turned the collage I link to above into a slide show, so you can view each one in a larger size.

    Here are my favorites:

    The infamous hug

    and

    Where’s McCain’s hand?

    she added a few more, including one I’ll call

    Which one is Garfunkle?”

  4. bryan mcclellan  September 7, 2008 at 4:10 am

    What a blatant absence of Art.

    It’s the funkle Twins.

  5. SimonSC  September 5, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Funny, I can think of senior military who made outstanding political leaders, General de Gaulle, General Eisenhower, General Khrushchev. I’m having a hard time thinking of more junior officers or enlisted men who made good political leaders. In fact, I can think of a few lower-ranking officers and enlisted men who made fairly atrocious political leaders.

    Anyone have some exceptions?

  6. ekaton  September 5, 2008 at 10:31 am

    If McCain wins, the country is screwed.
    If Obama wins, the country is screwed.

    – Kent Shaw

  7. JudyB  September 6, 2008 at 2:10 am

    “Are we to believe Obama won’t fight for these things?”

    No, but that’s exactly what they want us to believe, just like they wanted us to believe that GWB was the candidate who could “restore” honor and integrity White House, and unite this divided nation.

  8. griff  September 5, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Neither one will fight for these things. They’re all traitors. They take an oath to defend the Constitution, a document the rest of the world would kill for, as we had to. They betray that oath and the People they’re tasked with representing. Every last one of them.

    Obama will be no different. He’s a Democrat, by the way. You know, the other side of the coin. You know, the same party we put in charge of the Congress almost two years ago with a mandate to end the Iraq fiasco. You know, the same party that voted to renew the Patriot Act and all the other liberty-robbing legislation that came down the pike.

    They offered no resistance to any of it. But we’re to believe that Obama will undo all of this? Not a chance. Power, once acquired, is never given back. Never.

    American values no longer exist, at least not in our government.

  9. Janice  September 5, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I thought the new republican mantra was drill, drill, drill… I guess they have to keep it short so they can remember the word. These people are just scary – stupid scary. And, the good police of St. Paul really showed what they are made of – 800 arrests, including Amy Goodman. Now there is something to be proud of..

    If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
    Mark Twain

  10. EmanTX66  September 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I agree with ekaton and griff. If McCain gets elected, other than a few symbolic new faces, everything will remain as it has for the last 8 years. The only difference will be the push to ban abortion and teach creationism championed by the hot – and therefore very likable – new VP.
    If Obama wins then half his supporters will be calling for reparations and the other half will be demanding a handicapped Hispanic lesbian Wiccan be named Secretary of State. That will turn most Americans off and kill any of his working-class reforms in Congress. Not to mention the conservative media will fire up the “-gate” scandal machine that dogged the Clintons.
    Let’s face it: working-class Americans are screwed and probably will be for sometime. Jindal/Palin is next in ’12 and who doubts that Clinton and Obama will duke it out for the next 3-4 contests?

    Workers of the world unite.

  11. zuzumamu  September 5, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    The Pug convention, or I guess I should say, the Pitbull Convention was so depressing.Wasn’t Lindsey Graham adorable snarling into the camera? Hate Kill God~GET IT? Caribou Barbie for President. They’re losing, they know it, and now, they’re dangerous. Bomb bomb bomb Iran? or just knock off Obama. What a freak show; America has the bends after being lifted at the Democrat’s Festival of Ideas in Denver, then plunged into a Rally of Hate in St Paul~I truly believe Rove saw those 18 million Hillary votes as an opportunity to cover up their plans to steal this one too. I think Pennsylvania,c/o Tom Ridge, is the place where they’ll do it. The Swift Boat crap was to cover the stealing of military votes; now they are inventing “disaffected Hillary voters”…uh, waitresses and Walmart workers, who are going to en masse vote for Secessionist Sarah this time around, (’cause they’re racist too, doncha know),a mythical block of voters that is going to put Palin (dragging the old man behind..hey, maybe he’ll die before the elections..brain aneurysm anyone?) over the top in November.Little do they know that women like ME are working those jobs in this economy!I just hope they remain as stupid as they are..because this time, we will fight when they steal this one. We’ll have the money, moxey, determination, communications, and a better chess player as a leader in Barack, to fight back.Go send him five bucks for the vote challenge fund.

  12. Lillibet  September 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Noun, 911, verb, POW, not working?

    Now it’s also “fight” to the 49th power? Let’s round up, and call it 50.

    So, we’re not going to do diplomacy. We’re not going to work with other peoples. We’re going to bulldoze through whatever we want, because the “leaders” and deciders are always correct. And because these “deciders” believe in a Unitary Executive, in a no longer single SuperPower world.

    It’s now all “fight, fight, fight”, which means more wars for oil. More wars for power. More wars to enrich the contractors and munitions makers. More wars to control the information.

    The US government continues to have three branches and the world is not Unipolar. But facts don’t deter zealots.

    Thus, in this way of thinking, the people are just poor schmucks who know they don’t want to fight, they don’t want to demonize, they don’t want to bulldoze their neighbor, are sick of using bombs and armies when smart police work would be better to address terrorism.

    Maybe people have figured out that all those arms and armies are coming at the expense of their health, education and welfare. Maybe the people, like the ones preemptively arrested in St. Paul, have figured out that trashing the Constitution hasn’t been such a hot idea. Perhaps people have figured out that we were lied to by the people telling us to “fight” to the 50th, ahem — 49th power. And that they might lie again. To the zillionth power.

    In one way, I agree with McCain. We do need to fight. We need to fight mendacity.
    Lillibet

  13. Hal Brown  September 5, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Way to go for the jugular zuzumama!

    Keep commenting, I want to read what you think when you get really riled up…

    emantx66 re:

    If Obama wins then half his supporters will be calling for reparations and the other half will be demanding a handicapped Hispanic lesbian Wiccan be named Secretary of State. That will turn most Americans off and kill any of his working-class reforms in Congress.

    Do you have any idea how racially insensitive this seems. I hope this is inadvertent. I hope you aren’t referring only to achieving reforms for the white working class.

    lillibet, I’m sure you remember when Kerry was mocked by Bush for saying that smart police work was the best way to combat terrorism. Bush, remember the president who got rid of our gay Arab speakers and was responsible for an intelligence service that had no effective undercover spy network in the Arab world.

    Even getting Bin Laden in Tora Bora would have been accomplished by the military equivalent of a SWAT team.

  14. Lillibet  September 5, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Smart law ienforcement is always the best way to catch relatively small groups of non-governmental miscreants.

    lillibet, I’m sure you remember when Kerry was mocked by Bush for saying that smart police work was the best way to combat terrorism. Bush, remember the president who got rid of our gay Arab speakers and was responsible for an intelligence service that had no effective undercover spy network in the Arab world.

    Even getting Bin Laden in Tora Bora would have been accomplished by the military equivalent of a SWAT team

    However, all the reports that came out, even on CNN, Fox and the like, indicating Bin Ladin died in December 2001, make me fear that even law enforcement won’t be arresting the dead. Trying the dead is even more problematic.
    Lillibet

  15. EmanTX66  September 6, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Responding to Hal Brown: I guess I was being racially insensitive and I apologize. It’s difficult for me to explain what I mean. I feel – perhaps ignorantly so – that there is no seperation between races on working-class issues. Any “seperation” is caused by my fellow liberals pushing ideas/agendas that apply to only a small, polarizing portion of the populance (for instance, gay marriage). I agree with most of those proposals but living here in TX I see the other people I work with struggling with wanting to vote for Obama but fearing it will only bring to power people who want to futher only the principles of their narrow slice of the American experience. Sure, that’s pretty much a product of the residual racism/sexism that some Americans still carry, and that’s a shame. However, that fear is real and may manifext itself once that curtain closes behind them on election day.

    I was in KC on business one night and was trying to talk politics. The bartender turned on the DNC and Melissa Ethridge was singing. The bar went nuts with laughter and insults. Conservatives are insensitive with their words, as was I. However, liberals are absolutely clueless on how to reach out to those who may need our ideas the most. The conservatives took quasi-racist talk and used it to sell ideas to the middle-class that decimated their economic future for the benefit of the wealthy. As much as it may gall the idealists among us we liberals had better learn how to sell our product to those same people.

  16. Hal Brown  September 6, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Thanks. Keep an eye on Texas for us please. We need regular reports from The Lone Star State.

  17. ekaton  September 6, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    “However, liberals are absolutely clueless on how to reach out to those who may need our ideas the most. The conservatives took quasi-racist talk and used it to sell ideas to the middle-class that decimated their economic future for the benefit of the wealthy. As much as it may gall the idealists among us we liberals had better learn how to sell our product to those same people.”

    Right spot on. Read “Deerhunting with Jesus” by Joe Bageant. You and he agree 100%. In fact read any of a large number of his essays on http://www.joebageant.com and see why working people and poor working people and the poor keep voting republican thereby cutting their own throats. The liberals have basically forgotten these people and are basically interested in preaching to their own middle class choir.

    Really good comment, EmanTX66. Thank you.

    – Kent Shaw –

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