Terrorists have struck again on American soil. Seven years after 9/11, John McCain is running for president of these United States by saying he is a war hero and he is the defender of our national security. He’s a liar, a pirate, and a thief. Standing in front of millions of people on Friday night, the lies that he’s been telling and the hate that he’s been fomenting by word and deed finally came to fruition in another act of domestic terrorism.
Children in Dayton, Ohio were attacked Friday night with a chemical irritant while their parents were attending services. They were attacked by supporters of John McCain, who said, “the greatest single threat to the United States is Muslim extremists.” The attack was perpetrated because they were Muslim, and for no other reason, by a group of people supporting John McCain for president by producing hate films. While John McCain stood at the podium, these children choked and gagged. While he spouted the lies he’s been practicing against Senator Obama, children screamed and begged for their parents. While he shook hands and strolled off into the night, they whimpered and pleaded to return to Syria and Iraq, a nation he is so proud of invading. Are you kidding?
President Bill Clinton said in his speech at the Democratic National Convention, “the world has always been more impressed by the power of our example, than by the example of our power.” The terrorists that did this followed John McCain’s example. He has decided that his integrity is irrelevant to this campaign, and these hate mongers have none.
This is the man who wants to go into Russia over Georgia; who is reading the alphabet in the Russian Prime Minister’s eyes; who is still fighting the Vietnam War even though he sat it out; who is singing songs about bombing other countries; who said Friday night while the attack was happening, “I’ve been a part of a war that American lost,” as if that were justification for invading Iraq, as if winning in Iraq will somehow re-write his own Vietnam experience; who spouts “the surge worked” and “victory in Iraq” as if the occupation is worth the lives lost or the money spent; whose primary example is “when you’re afraid, attack!”
John didn’t order the hit. He didn’t place the nozzle against the window and pull the trigger. He only stood by while the lies he has told, the policies he’s espoused, the friendships he’s fostered, bore strange fruit. Whether he’s suffering from overreaching ambition (”I didn’t decide to run for president to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism”) or just feeling the effects of his PTSD, John McCain has lost what honor he once earned and is assured of finding Osama Bin Laden in hell, because he’s earned a spot at the right hand.
I called him a liar, because he’s stopped telling the truth. I called him a pirate, because he continues to take the work of others and claim it for his own. I called him a thief because he’s stolen what the United States and the presidency is supposed to be and left a shell in its place.
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who, in times of moral crisis, remain neutral.” – Dante
This guy isn’t even neutral. He’s working for the dark side. I won’t hear one word from him or Steve Schmidt or Rick Davis about this attack, about his supporters, because whatever helps him win is okay. That’s why he’s not said anything about the Michigan Republican Party using home foreclosures to keep Democratic voters off the voter registration lists, or any of the other crap that’s going on. Unfettered ambition, or post-traumatic stress disorder – John McCain is a danger to himself, the United States and the world.
Cross posted at Spreading the Word on September 29, 2008.