Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Because he lacks any real ideas, John McCain is running a campaign of gimmicks--junky sound bites that make no sense but serve to deflect voter attention away from his utterly pathetic qualifications.
The first of these gimmicks was the "gas holiday," which was quickly discarded after people realized that it was, well...a cheap stunt that would save them a few pennies at most.
However, one persistent gimmick which McCain has put continually put forth to little or no rebuke is the strange idea that he is a "foreign policy" expert--apparently more wars really are going to make us safer in his view.
John McCain receives his regular "national security" briefings exclusively from the experts at the American Enterprise Institute, a rabidly pro-war foreign policy think-tank which propagates positions which incidentally coincide exactly with those of McCain.
For someone to call himself an expert on an issue while only taking advice on it from those he already agrees with, would be quite laughable, if it weren't actually true. However McCain's positions on campaign-finance and the economy are equally, if not even more ridiculous.
Much has been made about Barack Obama's recent decision to forgo "public financing," a move which McCain said "should be disturbing to all Americans." Actually, what should be "disturbing" is that Senator McCain will be using our hard-earned tax dollars to fund his campaign, as if he were the one who really needed the dough, and not us. Obama is a standard politician, of course, but at least he won't be using your money and mine to finance his rascally ambitions.
Our tax dollars should not be used to fund the campaigns of power-mad politicians. It is quite disgusting that McCain thinks such a thing is "good for the country."
What would be "good for the country" would be if people got to keep the money they earned instead of having McCain help himself to it in order to further his political ambitions. Thomas Jefferson remarked once:
“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical.”
John McCain is living in lala-land if he thinks that the American people will be "disturbed" when a candidate decides not to use their tax dollars as his personal checkbook.
Seriously, why should you and I be "disturbed" that Barack Obama is not using our money to fund his campaign?
Nevertheless, the gimmicks keep on coming. McCain has recently touted Ebay as the cure for unemployment--ironic, as Ebay CEO Meg Whitman just happens to be one of his campaign co-chairs.
Apparently, as one of his "advisors" has put it, McCain thinks that unemployed Americans "shouldn't be obsessed with looking backwards all the time, and saying, `Gee, where did those jobs go?''
Why, in the name of heaven would someone worry about being unemployed when they can just sell their junk on Ebay? Accordingly, why should voters "be obsessed" about millions of jobs floating away to India and China when we have Ebay as a fall-back?
John McCain is showing people that he is an unfunny joke--an old rich guy competing for the voters of middle class people whose lives he can not at all relate to as he sinks further into his dreamland cocoon.