An election, especially a Presidential Election is a unique time in the political history of the United States. It is a time in which we, the people, can hire and/or fire those who we choose to represent our interests.
The 2020 Presidential election is two months away. At this point in time, the pressure on both sides of the campaign is only beginning to ramp up. Both the Republicans and the Democrats are doing everything in their power to win the election. However, there is one way to lose voters. The way is to insult them.
Yesterday, you know who called American soldiers who were captured and/or killed in battle “losers” and “suckers”.
This, from the guy who got out of serving in Vietnam because of “bone spurs”. This man is a coward and a bully. He talks a big game, but is never able to follow up with action. While our military and their families serve and protect our country, he insults them.
I come from military veterans. My grandfathers and uncles fought in World War II. One of my great-uncles on my mother’s paternal line was a veteran of World War I. Having their memories and their years of service spit upon by a man who did everything he could to avoid serving crosses a line that I take personally. It is just another reminder of who this person truly is and why he is unfit for office.
Obviously, his goal is to be President for another four years. Referring to those who gave their lives for the United States as “losers” and “suckers” is not the way to win a Presidential election.
When it comes a Presidential election, the choice of Vice President can make or break one’s campaign.
Back in 2008, the late Senator John McCain chose former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate for that year’s Presidential election. While we may never know if it was that decision that cost him the Presidency, we do know that this woman became a political joke.
Saturday Night Live had a field day that year. Tina Fey playing Palin was comedy gold.
As this year’s Presidential election comes closer with every day, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is under pressure to choose his running mate. After promising to choose a woman, there has been speculation about who his VP will be.
I would love to say that race does not play a role in his choice. The choice should be based on experience, who is the best person for the job, and professional chemistry. But race, unfortunately, does play a role.
For me, as a voter, I would not be surprised if he chose Kamala Harris or Stacey Abrams. If he wants to be President as badly as he says he does, he needs to prove that his administration and policies will be inclusive and respectful.
The last thing he or the Democratic party needs is a reboot of the political mistake that was Sarah Palin.
I’ve never had the inclination to make a career out of public service. But I admire those who do.
The late Senator John McCain spent his adult life in public service; first in the military and then in government. When he passed away last summer, his passing left a hole in this country that will never be filled.
Last week, you know who went after the late Senator in the same way that a school yard bully attacks a classmate whom they perceive to be weak.
Methinks the gentleman (if you want to call him that) is jealous. Senator McCain made public service his life’s work for his adult life. He fought for this country and her citizens during the Vietnam War. After being captured and tortured, he refused release. After retiring from military service, he spent thirty plus years in the service of the American voter. In every sense of the word, he is a hero.
I could go on, but I will let the late Senator’s daughter speak, as only she can.
P.S. I have to wonder where Senator McCain’s Republican “friends” are on this matter? Are they man or woman enough to stand up to you know who or are they more concerned about saving their own skins?
By every measure, the late Senator John McCain was a true American hero and patriot. His loss will be felt for years to come.
While most remember Senator McCain as a giant of American politics who represented the ideals of America, you know who is taking an adult temper tantrum.
When a sitting Senator dies while still in office, it is tradition that the flags around Washington D.C. are lowered to half mast and remain so until this person is buried. The flags were lowered on Saturday, raised yesterday and then lowered again.
News reports have also stated that you know who is barred from Senator McCain’s funeral as per the late Senator’s direct instructions. Both Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who defeated Senator McCain in 2008 and 2000 Presidential campaigns respectively are not only invited to the funeral, but they will also be eulogizing their former Presidential opponent.
The thing about you know who is that it’s all about him. If he doesn’t like what he is hearing or he doesn’t get exactly what he wants, he takes a twitter temper tantrum. He plays schoolyard bully style politics with those around him. When something goes his way, he brags to anyone and everyone who will listen. When something does not go his way, he will place the blame on everyone else but himself.
The fact is that the man or woman who takes any leadership position, there is an expectation of how they will behave. We, as the voting public, expect the President Of The United States to be mature, rational, composed and represent the United States as a beacon of democracy and freedom to the rest of the world. Instead, our current President is an orange-colored man-child who has the emotional temperament of a spoiled toddler and represents everything America is not.
To give one’s life to serve one’s country is the most selfless thing any man or woman can do.
Today, America lost Senator John McCain. As both a politician and a member of the Armed Services, he gave his life to ensure that America lives up to her ideals.
Born 1936, he followed his father and grandfather into the US Navy. Shot down while serving in the Vietnam War, he was a prisoner of war from 1967-1973. After finishing his service in the military, he became a politician. Many Americans of a certain generation remember him for running on the Republican ticket against Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election. Known as a maverick, he was not the type of politician to just go along with the rest of his party. He was a politician who did what was right for the country, instead of what was right for the party.
While I did not share some of Senator McCain’s political beliefs, I respected him for standing up for what was right instead of meekly following in the footsteps of his fellow Republicans.
My heart goes out to those who knew him and loved him. May his memory be a blessing and may we remember, as Americans, what he did for this country.
There are certain hallmarks that come with leadership. The ability to calmly and maturely accept blame when something goes wrong or someone makes a mistake. The ability to admit when you, as the leader, have made a mistake. There is also the ability to praise someone who has done well in their position, regardless of how one feels about them on a professional or personal level.
While John McCain has given his life to serve this country, both in the military and on Capitol Hill, you know who only gives a sh*t about his needs and his reputation. Not only did he use the excuse of “bone spurs” to get out of serving, but he has used the military as an excuse to further his personal agenda and to give lip service to his base.
If this is the mark of a leader, we are in big trouble.