Tuesday, October 14, 2008


The Anti-Vet Veteran

How odd it is that John McCain, of all people, fails to support programs for veterans time after time.

Follow the link to McCain's voting record on all things veteran and see what I mean.

I have never understood our government's abandonment of the very people it asks for every bit of effort, every sacrifice of comfort, safety, and sanity. Our troops are returning from this lie-based war with traumas physical and mental.

That the government is fickle on the fortunes of its troops is nothing new. The Defense Department denied the damages that Agent Orange visited upon troops in Viet Nam. It shirked responsibility for Gulf War Syndrome in the early nineties.

Now putzes like McCain want to cut back on post-battle care of physical and mental needs of vets. He's backed off on the anti-torture stances he took a couple of years ago, even though his cavalier attitude puts the troops in greater harm's way.

McCain ought to know better. Unfortunately, he is so out of touch with the people he claims to "take care of," so ignorant of the disappointment they feel in his non-support of them, he continues to campaign away as if the presidency were his due from the courage he showed 40 years ago. That courage, while commendable, was no greater than that shown by any other POW in his plight. Perhaps McCain wants the glory for his "heroism" without drawing attention to the price he's really paid, with mental stability a big part of it.

Of course, the past means a lot to McCain. That's because he hasn't a clue about what to do with the future.

He doesn't know economics. He doesn't know technology. He prides himself on foreign policy, even though the direction in which he would take us is no new direction, just a rehash of the disasters our country has cultivated in the past six years. So much for foreign policy. He has no new ideas for energy, no vision for the future.

I actually have a lot of respect for age and experience. In its best form, it can provide perspective that is otherwise hard to come by. It's amazing to me that McCain can manifest so little gravitas.

That characteristic, ironically, belongs to the younger candidate in this election.

Here are the current projections from Fivethirtyeight.com. Check out their site. There are lots of other races projected, too.

Could it be that the American people are about
to do something right?

November can't come soon enough.

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