The real McCain

In 2004, John Kerry was swift-boated by T. Boone Pickens’ group of hatchet-men. For the longest time, Kerry did not respond. Some people closest to him have since suggested that he was actually frozen on the issue, incapable of responding. They give an almost imperceptible nod when the issue of PTSD is raised.

In retrospect, Kerry, PTSD and all, STILL would have been a much better president than the village idiot currently polluting the White House.

Yesterday, for the umpteenth time, John McCain tried to make Professor William Ayers the issue of this campaign, a guy who 40 years ago protested against the US military occupation of VietNam. 40 years ago, McCain was an involuntary guest at the Hanoi Hilton.

Coincidence? Unlikely. These two points go far in explaining several things. Why does McCain have the most infamous, uncontrollable, scary temper in Congress? Why do people in his own party shudder at the thought of him as president? Why did McCain repeatedly call the Viet Namese “fucking gooks?” Why was McCain the foremost of all US senators in PREVENTING more investigations of MIA/KIA/POWs still in Viet Nam? Who else had the standing and history to crush efforts to find hundreds of US soldiers, either dead or still living, in the years after we left Saigon? And why does the topic of Bill Ayers create such frantic, scary energy on the part of McCain?

If Kerry suffered from PTSD (not an unlikely fate for any military person, especially one in combat), how likely is it that McCain, a POW for 5 years and a repeated failure in landing his planes without crashing, also suffers from some mental injury or condition? It would explain his bizarre behavior, especially in recent times. It would explain his temper, and much more. It also can explain his fixation on someone who represents, in his mind, everything wrong in America.

John McCain has used his military service and POW status as a weapon ever since he entered politics. He has hidden behind it, he uses it as huge cover on tough issues, and he uses it to manufacture his “hero” status. I am sorry, but a POW is not automatically a hero. A POW is a POW. A POW is merely a soldier who was caught by his/her enemy.

In one respect, every military person, every fireman, every police officer, every lawyer, doctor, nurse, chiropractor, grocer, garbage collector, blogger, even those soiling themselves in politics can be called “heroes” simply for showing up at work.

Was McCain a true “Hero?” I cannot answer that. The deeper that people try to dig into his behavior in VietNam, the squirrelier it looks. McCain’s campaign has done its best to prevent research into his history, almost as strongly as they attack those who research Sarah Palin’s terrorist AIP connections.

Those who served with McCain are more likely to say no, he was no hero. Does he use his POW to manufacture some aura, some PR image, and to further his personal goals and quest for higher office? Of course, he does. The briefest look at his political history proves that. Is that wrong? Probably not. Circumstances befall all of us, and using them to one’s advantage is not necessarily a fault or a failure of character. But let’s apply the complex, unusual facets and history that is John McCain to Professor Ayers.

Why the fixation? Why the noticeable grimace, apparent hatred and refusal to think straight about the whole issue? I suspect that McCain suffers from some mental disability, and in some ways, it is connected to his five years as a POW. To him, Bill Ayers represents that pampered segment of society that dared attack his military service, that protested the very war that makes him a hero, and the events that allow McCain to slide on his many personal, professional, political, even criminal failings and mistakes in judgment. Ayers poses a danger to his concocted self-image, and the image he chooses to display to others. Ayers represents the college kids of the 1960s who did not suffer like he did. Ayers, perhaps, in the twisted mind that is John McCain, has replaced the image of the “fucking gooks” who he has repeatedly sworn at as recently as two years ago.

In John McCain’s mind, there were two arch-enemies on the stage last night: Professor William Ayers, and his accomplice, Barack Obama. And in his mind, they really are linked together in the worst possible way. Poor Senator McCain. He really is not suited for the highest office in the country.


  1. Malibu

    Mr. Kezelis you have nailed down the problems that Senator McCain displays in public. But I also see an extension of this mania within the party of the GOP. In fact, it might be that all Americans are involved in one point of view without even a curiosity of the other side of the aisle.

    I grew up with the Republican point of view and any discussion, lecture, movie that dared to lean toward a Socialistic thought was castigated. When I began to learn about the workings of the Democrats, I made a point to listen and read about their programs starting with FDR. These programs were essential to keep the dignity in the American workers. Machinations of the government over years of influence by both parties could not get us out of the Depression but did we learn anything about this failure?

    I did! I saw the need for a balance of power and even control over the White House. The balance was fully defined in the Constitution but the voters never made the connection.

    Here in 2008, we have two political parties that consider the others’ point of view as evil. When we look at the GOP change of platform and the President that got elected in 2000, only a total fool would not see a large fault in President Bush’s concept of government. Most agree he was a failure as a man and a leader.

    Why do we have another failed Republican leader with obvious mental faults and questionable ethics, trying to replace President Bush? The fact that the voters know about his faults but tend to be slightly afraid of a black man running against him, shows that Americans are not aware of the job description that these men will fill. President Bush opened up the White House to represent power never seen before in America. If there was ever a time for sanity and a balanced look at the Constitution it is now!

    We suffered under a dictator in the last 8 years but without oversight in the Congress, this will continue and I fear Senator McCain will continue in the same mold as President Bush.

    I do not blame Senator McCain for this but his base and the RNC that will work for any Republican whether he/she is ethical or even qualified. Your commentary was excellent and will get people thinking about the election.

    Malcolm, who could be wrong.

  2. SweetPaula

    I will fess up! I voted for dubya….the first time around, but started to “wise up” and reconsider the direction in which he was taking our country. The next election of course was a crime (stealing is still a crime isn’t it?) against Mr. Al Gore.

    I was a registered Republican and more conservative in my views at one time. Over the last 8 l-o-n-g years, I have concluded that Mr. Bush has completely abused his powers as the Chief Executive and passed this whole stinking mess right under our noses. We of course are in this mess, as Barack Obama has rightly noted, directly because of the failed economic policies of the last 8 years.

    Last night’s final debate was Mr. McCain’s last ditch effort to pull the wool over all of our eyes and convince those voters hanging by the threads of indecision that his way is the right way. Let me re-phrase that…”that Mr.Obama’s way is the wrong way!” He failed miserably in my book. His demeanor and snarky attitude was anything but “Presidential”. What really astounds me are all the people who remain so staunchly behind Mr. McCain simply because he is a right wing Republican. I call it Party before Country syndrome. If Mr. McCain is really all about “County First” then my suggestion is that he step aside and let the better man win, in order to maintain some honor and a smidgen of respect.

    This of course is my humble opinion only.

  3. ekaton

    “Poor Senator McCain. He really is not suited for the highest office in the country.”

    And neither are the doddering old fools of either party in the Senate and House suited for public service. All they do is run up the national debt and pursue a foreign policy of belligerent intervention. They continue to create enemies worldwide and then tell us we have to vanquish our worldwide enemies. Love it or leave it? Believe me, if I could afford to leave I’d be gone in a flash.

    — Kent Shaw

  4. Hal Brown

    Real John McCain worse than many of us thought.

    Every American should know the true story related here.

    The make believe maverick: the real John McCain.

    A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty

    “This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.”

    I think I’ll be googling countries that welcome American expatriates if he wins.

    Credit where credit is due. Pollchecker blogged about this article back on October 6th here