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Glass Houses and Stones

John McCain and Sarah Palin are throwing stones. They have conveniently forgotten the saying: Those who live in glass houses should NOT throw stones! With McCain down in the polls, he’s doing what he said HE WOULD NOT DO: throwing out dirt.

McCain is hoping voters will be so blind-sided, they won’t realize that the economy is sick. At least 50 thousand people just lost jobs in the financial mess that McCain helped create, while he winked and looked the other way; that Detroit motor sales fell by 30-percent, (compared to this time last year); that more people are still losing their homes; that more banks are likely to fail; that we are NOT winning the war on terror; that America’s reputation overseas is in tatters; that children are still being Left Behind; that health care is a mess…

• Instead of telling Americans what HE, John McCain, plans to do about Immigration, and why his plan is better than Obama’s–McCain is calling Obama names.

• Instead of telling us what HE, John McCain, plans to do to ease unemployment, and why his plan is better than Obama’s–McCain is trying to scare voters with misconceptions and name-calling.

• Instead of explaining to republicans why he, John McCain, decided to ram such an inept running mate down their throats, (given the choices he had), and explaining to them why drunken driving and teenage pregnancy are now a hip part of the Conservative Family Values Credo…McCain is sending his running mate out to throw mud for him.

• Instead of telling Americans how he, John McCain, plans to secure U.S. borders, and why his plan is better than Obama’s–look for increasingly vitriolic attacks against Obama, his wife, his mother, his sister, his teacher…his black father, everybody who donates to Obama!

• Instead of explaining how he, John McCain, will be different from George Bush, McCain is hiding behind innuendo and Palin’s high heels!

Mr. McCain, there is enough dirt to go around.

McCain took substantial political contributions from California banker, Charles Keating, and did not disclose them, (as mandated by law). Keating asked McCain and four other senators (Keating Five) to help keep the government from investigating his California Savings and Loan. The investigation was held back for two (2) years. John McCain and his family, including a nanny (every Joe Six-Pack has a nanny) flew several times to Keating’s lavish Bahamas estate…on Keating’s private jet!

While Senators in Keating’s pocket were trying hard to block the banking investigation, that house of cards came crashing down, and thousands of elderly people lost their pensions, their investments and their livelihoods. It was just as big, back then, as the financial crisis is today. The Keating Five senators all claimed then that helping Keating was like helping one of their constituents. McCain said: “I have done this kind of thing many, many times,” and described the Lincoln case like “helping the little lady who didn’t get her Social Security.” Some check, that turned out to be! McCain’s fellow senators ruled that he had shown “poor judgment.”

• Poor judgment, like McCain showed when he so enthusiastically supported Bush’s War in Iraq.

• Poor judgment, like McCain showed when he rushed to Washington to inject himself into the Bailout Plan, to no avail.

• Poor judgment, like McCain displayed, by passing up qualified potential running mates and picking Sarah Palin.

• Poor judgment, like McCain shows by insisting that America is winning in Iraq. Even the commander who masterminded the fragile and tenuous peace in Iraq, General Petraeus, WILL NOT USE THE TERM: WINNING! Petraeus says “winning” is NOT a word that HE would use to describe the fragile situation in Iraq.

Better: yes. More stable: looks so. Fewer bombings: definitely! Winning? Too early to tell. And WE ALL WANT A WIN. 10-billion-dollars-a-month call for more than a win! That deserves a slam-dunk. A Mission Accomplished!

Senator McCain, does the “U.S. Council for World Freedom” ring any bells? It should. It’s a very right-wing organization. AND YOU REPORTEDLY SAT ON ITS BOARD, in 1981. If you want to talk about the ultra left-wing, how about talking about the ultra-right wing! Democratic Strategist, Paul Begala (who wrote a book about the Arizona Senator) claims McCain sat on the board of a very right-wing organization called the U.S. Council for World Freedom.

Mr. Begala appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday (October 05) and this is what he had to say:

It (U.S. Council for World Freedom) was chaired by a guy named John Singlaub, who wound up involved in the Iran-Contra scandal. It was an ultraconservative right-wing group. The Anti-Defamation League, in 1981, when McCain was on the board, said this about this organization. It was affiliated with the World Anti-Communist League, the parent organization, which ADL said, “has increasingly become a gathering place, a forum, a point of contact for extremists, racists and Anti-Semites.”

• Are you an anti-Semite John McCain? How would you explain sitting on their board?

• Are you a racist, Senator McCain? What were you were doing on that board?

• Are you an extremist, candidate McCain? Why were you on that board?

If McCain is trying to paint Obama with “guilt by association”, shouldn’t the same judgments (there’s that word again) be made about him?

Do you see now, that when you point a finger, it can come back to haunt you?
Begala says “the problem is that a lot of people know John McCain’s record better than Governor Palin, and he does not want to play guilt by association or this thing could blow up in his face”.

I’d listen if I was John McCain. Both candidates are decent men. Let’s just leave it that way, and focus on the issues. We are voting for a president. Let the Catholic Church (and I’m not catholic) decide who to canonize for sainthood.

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