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The War President: John McCain September 17, 2008

Posted by Who? in Election 2008, Politics, Random.
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Came across this post at Jon Taplin’s site.  This video scares the hell out of me; even taking into consideration that it is slanted and edited for dramatic effect.  The fact of the matter is that McCain has built his image on that of the fearless hero and that, my friends, is dangerous.  Give me the thinking man willing to go to war ONLY as a last resort not the guy born in love with war and his own, one-dimensional legend.  Not to mention the fact that John McCain was born in the 1930’s- I believe people largely define themselves and their view of the world somewhere in their 20’s.  That leaves ol’ Johnny boy with a world view stuck in the late ’50’s.  Wisdom and experience is great but I’d rather have someone that is a little more in touch with the modern world.  Things have changed quite a bit since then.  I’ll write some more on this topic later and how it affects the process of progessive change in this country- especially in Congress.

A while back, a random news story caught my eye and something hit me.  Donald Rumsfeld was speaking  on the news and the name bar read “Secretary of Defense”.  The Secretary of the Department of…Defense?  I think I also happend to be reading 1984 at the time- which might explain a lot.  I wonder how many Americans know that the Department of Defense was originally called the Department of War.  Just think about that for a second.  Think about the difference.  It’s doublespeak.  So what is the effect?

-They say this…we must defend this country! National security!

-But they really mean this…we must go to war!

The emotional response between the two is very different- one puts us on the defensive.  You feel justified in taking action when the message is framed by words like defense and security.  I’m all for defending this country WHEN IT NEEDS DEFENDING.  

I personally don’t want to live in a world, let alone country, where McCain has one hand on the Nuke Button and the other holding a copy of the Bush Doctrine.  Events could be put into place and America, possibly large parts of the world, could slip into nuclear winter if McCain is voted into office.  For the current administration, war was a means to an end, but for McCain it almost seems like war itself is the end.

“The statesman who yields to war fever is no longer the master of policy, but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.” W. Churchill

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