by Dennis Rahkonen | September 5, 2008 – 12:16pm
Most Americans are unaware that John McCain is infamous on Capitol Hill for repeated displays of volatile temper, often laced with language so foul that his “values-oriented” backers would be shocked to see how wildly vulgar their man can get.
He isn’t just a loose cannon in this regard, but a veritable, errant artillery battery of shoot-from-the-hip, dirty-lip verbiage directed at foe and friend alike.
Included are well-documented fusillades striking fellow Republican senators Cronyn, Grassley, and Domenici. McCain even went ballistic against his own wife, calling her a “trollop” and an obscene term for the vagina when Cindy made the mistake of remarking about her husband’s hair loss.
What’s the big deal? After all, Harry Truman and a number of other U.S. presidents also did their fair share of swearing.
True enough, but they weren’t held for over five years as a POW, a circumstance that could make anybody unbalanced, and they never expressed worry over their own temperament (as McCain has reportedly done). Importantly, they didn’t have a bellicose record of being rigidly predisposed to military “solutions” above diplomacy, never mind how wrong and antagonizing to humanity the U.S. foreign-policy purpose in question.
Add to that the demonstrable fact that McCain gets matters screwed up on a regular basis, as someone flirting with senility would do, and you wind up with a troubling mental portrait.
I wouldn’t want a Commander in Chief who confuses Sunnis and Shiites, thought that Czechoslovakia still existed, believed that Iraq and Afghanistan share a common border, etc. And certainly not one who doesn’t know how many houses he owns, or imagines that $5 million is the threshold of wealth.
It’s frightening that such muddle-headedness rides tandem with a slippery tendency for McCain to fly off the handle, spouting a blue streak, possibly sending a quivering finger toward the trigger that starts war, perhaps including thermonuclear holocaust.
Paris Hilton amusingly views McCain as just a wrinkly, old, white-haired dude.
But could he actually be someone who’d invite Armageddon, in a mad variation of the concluding scene from Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove”?
Given the overwhelmingly reactionary nature of this misnamed maverick’s politics, we shouldn’t vote for McCain in any case. For working-class Americans to do so would be like voluntarily opening wide their billfolds to mercilessly exploitative Big Business and High Finance thieves.
After all, peering into Monopoly’s silk-lined vest pocket will reveal George Bush and John McSame, plus the entire Greedy Old Party, staring right back.
But it’s McCain’s instability, and quick belligerence, clouded by a blunted command of things as they actually are, that makes him most unacceptable.
He may now have a physical clean bill of health, but we should be very worried about what an honest psychological evaluation might reveal