Number of sentences in John McCain's acceptance speech about his experience as a POW in Vietnam: 43. Number of sentences about his 25 years in the House and Senate: 8. The convention ended as it began: a commemoration of McCain's hellish years in a Hanoi prison cell four decades ago. The political equation was a simple one: POW equals patriotic hero equals a fighting president. Before McCain walked down the long runway at St. Paul's Xcel Center, a baritone voice declared over the P.A., "When you've lived in a box .... you put your people first." Case closed. But there was a speech to get through. And before McCain arrived at the climactic I-was-a-POW finale, he delivered, in wooden style, a no-better-than-par speech that was mostly a series of traditional GOP buzz phrases: lower taxes, cut spending, open markets. He noted, "We believe in a strong defense, work, faith, service, a culture of life, personal responsibility, the rule of law, and judges who dispense justice impartially and don't legislate from the bench. We believe in the values of families, neighborhoods and communities." (Just not community organizers.) Was the speechwriter who penned Sarah Palin's acceptance speech too busy to work on McCain's? Unlike most speakers at the convention, McCain acknowledged that some Americans are facing tough times. "I fight for Bill and Sue Nebe from Farmington Hills, Michigan, who lost their real estate investments in the bad housing market," he said. "Bill got a temporary job after he was out of work for seven months. Sue works three jobs to help pay the bills." And he said he would fight for Jake and Toni Wimmer of Franklin County, Pennsylvania. "Jake," he explained, "works on a loading dock; coaches Little League, and raises money for the mentally and physically disabled. Toni is a schoolteacher, working toward her Master's Degree. They have two sons, the youngest, Luke, has been diagnosed with autism." But how would McCain help these folks? Moments later, he offered a dumbed-down version of his economic plan: " I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can. My opponent will raise them. I will open new markets to our goods and services. My opponent will close them. I will cut government spending. He will increase it." (By the way, many analysts and journalists have repeatedly noted that Obama's economic plan would cut income taxes far more than McCain for Americans below the top 1 percent.)
Originally posted by TheAgentNineteen
First off, drop the ignorance. You wreak of the very kind of spoiled attitude which McCain spoke against during his speech. Second, don't ever criticize someone for bringing up their POW experience. You have no right whatsoever to demean someone for their service to their Nation. Do you not think that he wakes up every single day of his life remembering those years? People who go through such horrific experiences will always and forever have them embedded in the back of their mind. Even when not written into a speech, you will still hear an ex-POW speak of their time as such on a fairly regular basis. Does he not have an inherent RIGHT to do so?
It is the kind of lazy, fog-brained individuals such as yourself that do absolutely nothing to contribute to a cause greater than yourself. You are about as "Enlightened" as the NVA who thought they could break McCain through the Breaking of both of his Arms, TWICE, constantly Dislocating them, Breaking his Teeth at the gum-line, Breaking his Ribs, and the Breaking of his Legs. YEAH, when you go through that for Five years, then come back on ATS and mock the experience. Then when you always talk about it, how would you like it when we all just told you to "Give it a break will you?" (NO PUN Intended HA...HA.).
Originally posted by TheEnlightenedOne
So, once again, I DO have the RIGHT to say what I said about McCain.
First Off, I AM IN THE MILITARY,
Originally posted by Dronetek
reply to post by TheEnlightenedOne
First Off, I AM IN THE MILITARY,
I'm former USAF, so pucker up.
John McCain went through horrors most of us couldn't imagine, for a country that mocks him and his service. I find it pathetic and disgusting. It litterly makes my stomach churn.
Even if you don't want to recognize it, what McCain went through in that prison is a big part of who he is. His disabilities and memories make up the man that is John McCain. How can he not talk about his POW experience?
[edit on 6-9-2008 by Dronetek]