John McCain stood in front of all of us and lied tonight. He said specifically that he’s repudiated every attack made against Barack Obama. He then launched into an incredible defense of the people who shout out at the Palin rallies and the dog whistles to racism:
McCain On Attack Ads: ‘I Can’t Be A Referee Of Every Spot Run On Television.’ “GOP presidential contender John McCain says he can’t control every attack ad aimed at Democrat Barack Obama and fully expects he’ll face a similar barrage, sounding the bell for a raucous general election brawl. ‘I can’t be a referee of every spot run on television,’ McCain told the Herald in an exclusive interview. ‘I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments, but we all know there are groups who want to attack me.’” [Boston Herald, 6/12/08]
McCain Surrogate Colonel Bud Day Said, ‘The Muslims Have Said Either We Kneel, Or They’re Going To Kill Us’ And The McCain Campaign Did Not Repudiate Him. “A leading John McCain surrogate stirred controversy Friday after defending the Iraq war in particularly stark terms, telling reporters ‘the Muslims have said either we kneel, or they’re going to kill us.’ Bud Day, who was a prisoner of war with McCain in Vietnam and often advocates for the Arizona senator’s presidential bid, made the comments during a conference call with Florida reporters organized by the Florida Republican Party. ‘I don’t intend to kneel, and I don’t advocate to anybody that we kneel, and John doesn’t advocate to anybody that we kneel,’ he also said. Asked to respond to Day’s comments, the McCain campaign issued a short statement from spokesman Michael Goldfarb. ‘The threat we face is from radical Islamic extremism,’ he said.” [CNN, 7/18/08]
John McCain has not pulled Sarah Palin back from her “hangs out with terrorists” remark, he continues to claim that Obama launched his career from Ayers’ living room, and repeats lie after lie after lie.
When pundits and bloggers say that McCain was at his best tonight, all I can say is that the term “best” should not apply when one is telling a lie.
Which is why, among other reasons, he is more qualified to lead this country. John McCain has proven by his lack of action this past week, his apparent inability to control the message of his campaign, and his abrogation to Sarah Palin that he is completely unqualified to lead this country. There isn’t a more compelling case for his defeat than this past week.
Love it. Just love it.
Seein’ as how you’re so religious and all, Gov. Palin, I thought you might want to hear what the Word has to say about your recent behavior:
24 A malicious man disguises himself with his lips,
but in his heart he harbors deceit.
25 Though his speech is charming, do not believe him,
for seven abominations fill his heart.
26 His malice may be concealed by deception,
but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Now…I know it says “man”. But it applies to women too. And it even applies to mavericky straight-talkin’ wolf-shootin’ witch-chasin’ women like you. Cuz after all, Gov. Palin, if you’re such a straight-talker and all, you should know better than to tell lies like you’ve been telling.
But you know you can tell lies and get away with it, don’t you? That’s the fault of the ignorant, booing, cheerleading pompom-wearing idiots who like their facts covered in a big pile of bullshit tailor made for their appetites.
What you and your war-hero-turned-dishonorable-demagogue running mate need to know is this: When you incite threats, hate and violence by telling lies, God doesn’t like it. He’s not inclined to be on your side.
When you and your hate-mongering dishonorable running-mate say things like this:
“This is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America,” she told the Clearwater crowd. “I’m afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country.”
…you expose your wickedness in the assembly.
God’s got some stuff to say to you, but I doubt you’re listening, Governor Palin. So my friends and I are going to say it instead, as plainly and straight-talky as we possibly can. Only, we have the sense to leave the hate speech at the door.
Here’s what my Twitter friend Zik says:
When you drive a crowd into a racist froth, and incite them to want to kill the next president you don’t get to seperate yourself from them.
That’s right, gun totin’ gal. You don’t. And let’s be clear — you and your dishonorable running-mate associate yourself with some of the most destructive domestic terrorists of our time. Not just associate — SUPPORT.
That’s right, Governor Palin. Your running-mate voted to PROTECT domestic terrorists.
Let’s be clear on where I stand on this:
When you and your dishonorable running-mate look the other way when death threats, slander and hate speech are shouted out at your rallies, it is the same as doing it yourself. There is no difference.
when you and your dishonorable running-mate choose to tell outright lies about Senator Obama in an effort to stir up hate and fanatical nationalism, it is the same as if you had done it yourself. There is no difference.
When you and your dishonorable running-mate make sly racial references intended to send a dog whistle to the hate groups in this country that you are willing to be as racist as they, you ARE as racist as they. There is no difference.
IF you and your dishonorable running-mate succeed in whipping the frenzy to such a state that violence is threatened or carried out against Senator Obama or anyone associated with his campaign, volunteer or paid…
I will. not. rest. until I have done everything in my power to make sure you have no power ever again. Or that anyone associated with you has any power ever again. I will not rest until I have found a way to reach as many churches as I can and convince them to denounce your unpatriotic, dangerous and violent acts of treason on our country with your lies, malice and ‘abominations’. I will spend every last dollar I have making sure that the truth comes out about you and your dishonorable and dishonored running-mate.
Those things I will do because I’m human. God, on the other hand, may hold you accountable. You have one option to mitigate that.
Turn away, confess how wrong you are, and…
Make it right.
Otherwise, you’re accountable and responsible, and I will exercise my right as a citizen of this country to hold you responsible.
Please watch this. Please pay close attention to the point, which is that the mistakes John McCain made in the Keating Five scandal are the very same mistakes he’s making today. Forget about the mudslinging he’s doing, forget about the nastiness, forget even about Sarah Palin for a minute. Watch this video and listen carefully to this: John McCain exercised poor judgment when he chose to override regulators in favor of Keating (and cost the taxpayers 3.4 billion dollars), and he’s doing it again now.
This is not mud. It’s truth. If John McCain still thinks deregulating markets is the answer, then he really is without a clue. And if he is finally coming around to the idea of regulatory restraints on the markets (which I doubt), it’s highly doubtful that he would support those restraints fully, given his aversion to deregulation and associations with anti-regulation cronies.
Remember this, when you hear the claim that McCain and Palin are straight-talking: Fraud is the creation of trust, and then its betrayal.
KeatingEconomics.com has been launched to explain John McCain’s participation in the Savings and Loan scandals and his deep, deep ties to Charles Keating and S&L lobbyists.
On a personal level, I lived through this. I had clients that were Savings and Loans, whose employees lost everything when they blew up, just like the banks are doing right now.
In my opinion, there is nothing more important than having someone in the office of President who can grasp the complexities of these economic earthquakes and come to some idea of how to resolve them on a long-term basis. McCain is not the one for that job.
In both cases, it is the complete lack of regulation, reporting and disclosure that brought on the crisis. For a thorough explanation, I suggest listening to this podcast to learn more about the current crisis, the bailout, and the consequences of allowing banks, investment banks, and the commercial paper markets to function without any reporting, disclosure, or oversight of any kind.
If pensions were allowed to function this way, no one would retire. Or at least, they wouldn’t retire willingly or with any assets.
Watch for the documentary tomorrow. And let’s all make informed decisions.
Here’s the intro: