John McCain: The Misguided Maverick

Complete Score: 3 / 42 = 7%

With the presidential elections fast approaching here in the United States of America, let’s take a look at the presidential candidates and how they rank. Many months ago John McCain made an appearance on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. At the time McCain was still just one of many Republican candidates. Having seen Senator McCain on The Daily Show before, I knew he was a somewhat charismatic guy. Still, to me Jon Stewart completely owned Senator McCain on multiple topics in that interview. Watching that interview, I thought there’s no way this guy will ever become a Republican presidential candidate, he’s just not evil enough. Though he was getting schooled by a comedian I thought that hey at least John McCain would be better than Rudy “9/11 9/11 9/11” Guiliani or Mitt “I’m Rich B*tch” Romney.

The New Red Threat
The New Red Threat

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Value

Politics aside, Senator John McCain did serve this country in a war and for that he deserves our respect. As a professional pacifist, I want to make it clear that Senator McCain deserves our respect but does not deserve a free pass for past performance. We can argue the merits of patriotism another day, and I do consider the principle of looking after the globe first, and then country to be a very valid one but regardless, John McCain put his life on the line in an attempt to help this country and its citizens and that is an action that has value.

Having said that, Senator McCain’s political career is a big, big reason why we need term limits on all politicians. He has literally become a career politician and has become very apt at greasing the hidden gears of the system. This talent is not admirable. To better this country we need politicians who look after their constituents first, not lobbyists. Senator McCain has consistently and constantly stood up and defended lobbyists, going so far as to state that they are a necessary part of our political system. On this point I must heavily disagree with Mr. McCain and believe lobbyists devalue our political system and place its power in the hands of the few who already have wealth and power, and guide our politicians away from helping the public. In my humble opinion, politicians should listen to their constituents and their staff, not paid corporate lobbyists. If these politicians cannot look at the facts and come to a conclusion that helps the general public simply put, they should not be in office.

Score: 1 / 5

Quality

No matter which way you slice it, on paper John McCain will tax us more than Barack Obama. By us I mean the 95% of the population who is not in the top 5% of incomes. The richest amongst us will see a tax increase, and after eight years of Bush tax cuts they should pay more than the rest of us. Fact is, the richest amongst us have seen their incomes skyrocket, while the average worker (whose productivity is increasing greatly) stagnates, barely keeping up with inflation.

Heck, John McCain himself (in 2001) said the he thinks the richest amongst us should pay a lot more taxes. Now though he’s flip flopped and thinks it’s some form of socialism to tax the rich. The latest attacks on Senator Obama, stating that he is a socialist is the final faltering swing of a campaign that slung so much mud that everyone got dirty. The McCain campaign is the exact ideal of what is wrong with American politics and for the negative impact he’s had on our political system and by further dividing the nation with his slander, Senator McCain has severely tarnished his image and legacy.

Score: 1 / 5

This picture scares me
This picture scares me

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Innovation

Well, he’s certainly crafty at his old age, as each week a new lie or semi-lie or twisted truth comes out about Obama or the country or who knows what. Other than that, McCain brings to the table the same old tired tactics of the last two Bush campaigns, throwing mud at the opponent without promoting one’s own ideals. I still to this day know more about Obama and his plans via McCain than about any ideas McCain might have. That’s one big fail for McCain.

Score: 1 / 5

Social Benefit

Where to start. First up, he was part of the military, which might be good for his country but is overall a bad thing for society. If no country had a military there would be no wars. Yet realistically, a military exists so we won’t spend too much time on his veteran status. We’re not docking points but we’re not awarding him points for it either, at least not in this section.

Moving on, Senator McCain has been involved in the Keating Scandal, which decreases confidence in our elected government and thus impacts society negatively. He also has been traveling around the world on his campaign and during his career, burning literally tons and tons of fossil fuel in the process.

McCain’s lifestyle itself negatively impacts society. He says he wants to improve the health and diet of America, but at the same time admits his favorite foods are red meat and shrimp. How about setting a good example for our children instead of promoting the fatty foods that got us into our current obesity epidemic. McCain claims a concern for the environment but drives a giant, gaudy campaign bus and allows Bush to open up and more of the Grand Canyon to corporations looking to extract resources while damaging our natural environments. I cannot think of a single positive impact Senator McCain has had on society in the past ten years. Add in that he vigorously campaigned for George W. Bush, both times, and it’s clear he’s failed our society, at least recently.

Score: 0 / 5

John McCain is a cylon
John McCain is a cylon

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Freestyle!

Frack you John McCain, you fracking toaster. Put your country first and go away John McCain, just go away.

Score: 0 / 22

You can read more about Barack Obama at JohnMcCain.com.

Complete Score: 3 / 42 = 7%

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