Wednesday, December 16, 2009
THE ATTACK MACHINE IS STILL IN HIGH GEAR
Recently, I was reading at some of my favorite sites when I came upon one that was, to put it mildly, insulting to John McCain. Now as a presidential candidate I felt he left a lot to be desired although I supported him. My support was rooted in my personal admiration for him as a man and an American hero. I was particularly upset with some of the comments about the post. They were uniformly sophomoric and obscene. While a little obscenity doesn't bother me very much, I felt this was over the top.
Throughout the '08 campaign I was disgusted with the attack machine of the left and the way they went after John McCain personally. Leave aside for a moment Sarah Palin. That's a post for another day. McCain was continually subjected to the basest and most vile attacks on a daily basis. Disagree with him on policy, that's fair game. But making fun of his physical problems is beyond the pale. These problems were the result of over five years of imprisonment and torture in a North Vietnamese prison camp. Many on the left distorted his service record trying to paint him as a reckless pilot who was dangerous. Really? McCain was shot down on his 23rd mission over North Vietnam.
In the real world McCain would be revered for his service and selfless sacrifice. I wonder how many of these people know that McCain refused an offer from his North Vietnamese captors to be allowed to leave imprisonment early. He realized that it would be a propaganda coup due to his father's command position. Additionally, he chose to abide by the unwritten rule that those captured first should be released first. Sure McCain can't raise his arms above his head, or comb his hair, or type on a computer. Torture causes physical problems.
I realize politics is tough, but the Dems raised the bar to a new level with their personal, groundless attacks in order to win. It is apparently that important, or they have a total lack of ethics and morality. The latter seems to be true if some of these posts are any indication.
What brought this up was my dismay that the personal attacks don't end. Hey, listen up lefties, your guy won. McCain was humiliated on a daily basis and to his credit he stood tall throughout. It made me proud of him all over again. If some of you people want a lesson in being a hero and what it takes to live like one, read McCain's book, "Faith of My Fathers."
You might learn something.