Posts Tagged ‘McCain’

“The Greatest Threat to Democracy”

February 26, 2017

“The fake news media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people.”

— Donald Trump, President of the United States of America.

“The first thing dictators do is shut down the press.”

— Sen. John McCain, R -Ariz.

“We must challenge this statement that the news media is the enemy of the American People. This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.”

— William H. McRaven, retired four-star admiral and Navy Seal, Commander of the bin Laden raid.

Truly news that really is “fake”is an enemy of a democratic republic,  but to apply that label to mainstream news organizations like CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post just because they ask tough questions is absurd. Without a free press a country cannot be free.

That is not to say that mainstream news organizations or any news reporters are above being criticized.  It also doesn’t mean I agree with the practices of some of them. However, to try to shut them down because they hold a presidential administration accountable and fact check what its representatives say, or oppose them editorially, in my view, is an unacceptable threat to democracy.

To me the most important amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the first one:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or of abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of  the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. 

(The Trump quote was contained in a Tweet. The McCain quote is from an NBC Meet the Press interview, and the McRaven quote is from The Daily Texan.)

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Yes He Did … and So Did Sen. McCain

November 5, 2008

  Decency and respect prevailed.

  In Phoenix, Arizona, Sen. John McCain showed the class that represents the best of America in the way he conceded the election to Sen. Barack Obama.  He knew what the election of the first African American president represents.  The election is over and now is the time for the country to come together.

Sen. John McCain, (R) Arizona

Sen. John McCain, (R) Arizona

  Some in the crowd booed as he mentioned Sen. Obama’s name, but he held up his hands to let them know that was not the way to act. Decency prevailed.

  The mammoth crowd at Grant Park in Chicago went silent as it listened to every word that Sen. McCain had to say.

President-elect Barack Obama

President-elect Barack Obama

  And, though the crowd erupted into wild enthusiasm when President-elect Obama walked on the stage, it quickly sobered. The television cameras caught on the faces in the crowd their understanding of the  magnitude of what the American people had just done.  They had showed the world that this country is indeed about democracy. Both Senator Obama and Senator McCain made that point in their speeches.

   A reporter/videographer for the Ledger-Enquirer asked me what I thought of President-elect Obama. I told him that Obama is very intelligent, well educated, steady, poised and the person we need at this time in history. I said nothing about his being an African American. The reason for that is that I was not for nor against him because of his race.  He has qualities that have nothing to do with race that impress me.  I was judging him as Dr. King wanted us to judge a person, not for his race but for the content of his character.

  I also said that the election of Sen. Obama would have a tremendous positive international impact. He is respected overseas, as demonstrated when 200,000 people turned out to see him in Berlin.  

    Sen. Obama had high praise for Sen. McCain and the sacrifices he has made for this country. Both men showed us on November 4, 2008 the greatness of a country that continues to mature. The world is a better place for the way they conducted themselves once the decision of the American people was final.  

  President-elect Obama will inherit a tremendous mess.  We wish him well in coping with it by providing the leadership that the country needs. .

The Most Important Vote You May Ever Cast

November 3, 2008

  Somehow, this election eve feels like New Year’s Eve. Tomorrow looms, possibly,  as one of the biggest days in the history of this country. That is because of the critical nature of what is happening economically in this country and the world.  

  Like you, I will be watching the returns as they come in, and I will be commenting on them. It is possible that Jim Martin could unseat Republican Saxby Chambliss, or, more likely from what I am hearing, Sen. Chambliss will not get a majority of the votes and there will be a runoff. So even if Georgia, as predicted, goes to Sen. McCain, the state could help the Democrats attain a filibuster-proof Senate. 

  An incredible lot is riding on this election, one that, as I heard pundit say on CNN, could be the most important vote you will ever cast. That’s pretty dramatic, but considering that this country is on the brink of economic calamity, which puts the world on that brink, it has a strong ring of truth.

      It may take a few hours to earn one of these “I’m a Georgia Voter” badges, but it is worth the wait, in my view.

Badge of Reponsibile Citizenship

Badge of Reponsibile Citizenship

  More tomorrow.

Is the Money Going to the Wrong Place?

October 18, 2008

  This is not 1932, you might say when we compare today’s financial disaster with the Great Depression. No, it’s not.  But, there are similarities. You know, things like the stock market crashing and banks failing.

  This time is also different in that the government is pumping money into the banking system to keep it viable. However, there are those who say that’s the wrong way to go.

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Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932, Whistlestop Campaign, New Albany, IN (Courtesy: Franklin D. Roosevelt (Library)

  They are not opposed to the government intervening in the crisis, but they think the intervention needs to give relief to the average American, not just the banks. They point out that this is a good time to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. That harkens back to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s public works programs.

   “There is no way a modern economy can function without good roads, telecommunication, rail transport and an educated labour force,” Allan Mendelowitz told , a member and former chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board, told  Adrianne Appel of Inter Press Service.

  Using money for those things provides jobs, which means that people will have money to spend, and since our economy depends heavily on consumer spending, it makes sense to target working Americans when deciding on where to prop up the economy.

  Appel’s article reports that critics of the Bush administration say he waited until he could wait no longer to do something to stop the economic bleeding. They don’t believe he really wanted to do it because it flies in the face of the ideology he has been espousing. But, he really has no choice if he wants to prevent another Great Depression.  But, the way he is doing it follows his philosophy of giving to the wealthy and hoping it will trickle down to the rest of us.

  “Just think if we used those billions directly on jobs,” said Lewis Pitts, a public interest attorney in North Carolina.

  “In the developed world we have the worst income distribution of any country. A smaller and smaller portion of our population has a larger claim on wealth. This manifests in that the working poor have less and less income and have a harder time making ends meet,” Mendelowitz said.

  So, in that sense, we are back to 1932.

  Congressional Democrats plan to start working on help for the average American, planning to allot $150 billion for roads and other infrastructure programs.  But, Senate Republicans would probably filibuster any attempt to do that, or, if they didn’t, President Bush would probably veto the bill. That would mean a delay, but he’ll be gone in January and, if Sen. Obama is president, it will probably become law. McCain? It’s hard to tell. He did buy into the Bush economic program, but he is not, as he says, Bush, and he does have a habit of changing his mind.

Why Politics Top the TV Ratings

September 5, 2008

  What’s hot on TV right now?

   Politics.

   Speeches by Barack Obama, Sara Palin and John McCain have attracted more viewers than the Olympics opening ceremony and the American Idol finale.

Sen. Barack Obama

Sen. Barack Obama

  Why?

Sen. John McCain

Sen. John McCain

  The same reason that Americans tuned in by the millions to hear what President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to say in his fireside chats during the Great Depression. They are now paying attention to what the politciains are doing because of what they have done to them. Their lives are directly being affected by the state of the economy, the high price of gasoline and food, incomes that are not keeping up with inflation, jobs being sent overseas, illegal immigration, and an unpopular war that is siphoning off billions of dollars that could be spent at home,  

Gov. Sarah Palin

Gov. Sarah Palin

    Too bad they wait until things get so bad before they really start paying attention. But, the fact is, they now are.

Sen. Joe Biden

Sen. Joe Biden

Alice Pate and Josh McKoon on McCain’s Choice for VP

August 30, 2008

 Alice Pate, chair of the Muscogee County Democratic Party:

 There were no surprises in Sen. McCain’s pick for VP. Gov. Palin is a radical right wing candidate. She was energy adviser for Sen. McCain and she supports drilling in Alaska — a policy which will not solve our energy crisis.

 She opposes a woman’s right to choose and if she were to become president would nominate extremists who would overturn Roe vs. Wade.

She is a card carrying life long member of the National Rifle Association an organization which opposes limits to automatic weapons which endanger the lives of law enforcement officials and threaten the safety of all citizens.

Her selection is designed to attract the extreme right to support this ticket. With no experience in Washington, if McCain were elected, we would have a woman who is just a heart beat away from the presidency serving as vice president.

 She will not attract independents, moderates and progressives to the party. Gov. Palin is the traditional candidate. We want a ticket which offers a better future not just for our daughters and granddaughters but for our sons and grandsons and for all Americans. As Sen. Barack Obama stated in his historic acceptance speech from Denver, “This election is not about me – it’s about you.” The Promise of America will not be realized by the McCain-Palin ticket. Gov. Palin is the not the right woman. Obama-Biden is the ticket of change.

John McKoon, chair of Muscogee County Republican Party

  What a great day for America!  Gov. Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be President. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her administration and has seen approval ratings of over 80 percent.
 
·         She has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources.
 
·         She leads a state that matters to every one of us. Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.
 
·         She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending.  And she put a stop to the bridge to nowhere that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
 
·         In Alaska, she challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill.
 
·         As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Gov. Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.
 
Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington.
 
In choosing Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain put Washington on notice that he is serious about shaking up the status quo.
 
What we’re seeing is a maverick who has shaken up Washington picking as his teammate a maverick governor who has shaken up her own state.
 
What it’s going to take to change Washington is a team of Mavericks who have a record of accomplishment in shaking up the status quo.