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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Let’s Talk About Character Mr. McCain

Over at the campaign for John McCain they are in attack mode against Barack Obama trying to make mountains out of ant hills. While we can all assume that John McCain is a highly decorated Veteran of Vietnam his personal character is not virgin white when you look at the big picture. In any single persons life you can go back in time and bring forth the skeletons of shame. I’ve got them, you have them, we all have that one moment in time where we look back on life and say to ourselves… “Damn it!” When you are running for President of this nation, the “Damn it!” turns into larger expletives when your life history hit’s the presses.

People really do not know who John McCain is other than the horns and trumpets that sound every time a newspaper or blog sounds off on his war history in Vietnam. Nobody out there is talking about the family and wife he left behind after coming home as a POW in Vietnam. Until, my good friend over at the Gun Toting Liberal sounded off on his investigation as to the character of John McCain recently.

Now, don’t get me wrong — again — I am NOT endorsing Barry O-Bomber here; I just believe it is important we know our candidates as well as possible before we head off to the voting booths of America. Another interesting resource for more information on Panama John McCain can be found at Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain. - Gun Toting Liberal

Gunny linked in to a great article about the man, John McCain, that wants to be President of the United States and has proven through his past actions as a father and husband that he simply does not deserve the “Family Values” vote. Over at the Daily Mail they had this very informative article…

She was the woman McCain dreamed of during his long incarceration and torture in Vietnam’s infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison and the woman who faithfully stayed at home looking after the children and waiting anxiously for news.

But when McCain returned to America in 1973 to a fanfare of publicity and a handshake from Richard Nixon, he discovered his wife had been disfigured in a terrible car crash three years earlier. Her car had skidded on icy roads into a telegraph pole on Christmas Eve, 1969. Her pelvis and one arm were shattered by the impact and she suffered massive internal injuries.

When Carol was discharged from hospital after six months of life-saving surgery, the prognosis was bleak. In order to save her legs, surgeons had been forced to cut away huge sections of shattered bone, taking with it her tall, willowy figure. She was confined to a wheelchair and was forced to use a catheter.


For nearly 30 years, Carol has maintained a dignified silence about the accident, McCain and their divorce. But last week at the bungalow where she now lives at Virginia Beach, a faded seaside resort 200 miles south of Washington, she told The Mail on Sunday how McCain divorced her in 1980 and married Cindy, 18 years his junior and the heir to an Arizona brewing fortune, just one month later.
‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that just does.’

Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womaniser who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.

Snip part 2

Ted Sampley, who fought with US Special Forces in Vietnam and is now a leading campaigner for veterans’ rights, said: ‘I have been following John McCain’s career for nearly 20 years. I know him personally. There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you what it is – deceit.

‘When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he started running around on her almost right away. Everybody around him knew it.

‘Eventually he met Cindy and she was young and beautiful and very wealthy. At that point McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought was better.

‘This is a guy who makes such a big deal about his character. He has no character. He is a fake. If there was any character in that first marriage, it all belonged to Carol.’

Snip part 3

But Ross Perot, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is unusually slick and cruel – even by the standards of modern politics.

‘McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory,’ he said.
‘After he came home, Carol walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona. And the rest is history.’
- Daily Mail

I could start my rant off on what a scumbag McCain was but that would not be right. I could go off on a tangent on marriage is like luggage and it is forever. Or I could go off on McCain for being an opportunistic piece of crap for treating his NOW ex-wife like dirt simply because she was not the same girl he married when he came home from the Hanoi Hilton.

One thing that I have to keep in mind is that the man was a tortured POW in Vietnam and the end result of his time there returned someone that was not the same person mentally that first embarked on his tour of duty. The same goes true for his first wife and the trauma she went through. One thing is in fact true in this whole little soul searching on McCain’s character is that he is not whom he portrays himself to be in the press.

Just one other thought, when you take your vows before God and you say I do, the sickness and health part counts. There is no “Do you promise to always weigh 120lbs, be svelte, a beauty queen for as long as you both shall live.” Or for that matter, “If you do get hurt, sick, injured, your husband may screw around and kick you to the curb and marry another within a month of your divorce.”

McCain is in a race to keep up with his father’s legacy, his grandfather’s legacy and one up them as admiral's. They must have been real pieces of work?


Special thanks to the Gun Toting Liberal for this post…

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