Monday, August 4, 2008

Granny says McCain is an Inveterate Bigot

GrannyStandingforTruth points out, citing CapitolHillBlue, that John McCain has a long history of anti-ethnic, color-aroused, misogynistic jokes that he tells his friends and reporters whenever he gets the chance:

McCain's collection of off-color jokes are riddled with racist words and sentiments. Advisors have toned down the raunchy rhetoric of his early years in Congress but close aides say his attitudes have not changed.

McCain opposed making the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King a national holiday. During his 2000 campaign for President, he told reporters on his "Straight Talk Express: "I hated the gooks (North Vietnamese). I will hate them as long as I live."

Katie Hong of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who reported the remark, wrote:

It is offensive because by using a racial epithet that has historically been used to demean all Asians to describe his captors, McCain failed to make a distinction between his torturers and an entire racial group.

It is alarming because a major candidate for president publicly used a racial epithet, refused to apologize for doing so and remains a legitimate contender.

For his 2000 campaign for President, McCain hired Richard Quinn, founder and editor in chief of Southern Heritage Magazine, to serve as his spokesman in South Carolina.

Notes Salon.Com:

Quinn's articles have called Nelson Mandela a "terrorist" and King a man "whose role in history was to lead his people into a perpetual dependence on the welfare state, a terrible bondage of body and soul." In another piece, Quinn said of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, "What better way to reject politics as usual than to elect a maverick like David Duke?" though he did condemn Duke's bigotry.

Irwin A. Tank, author of Gook: John McCain's Racism, notes a long and sordid history of racism from the presumptive GOP nominee, including:

  • McCain's use of the anti-Asian slur "gook" publicly for 27 years before dropping the use for his current Presidential run;
  • McCain's endorsement of George Wallace Jr., a frequent speaker at white supremacist events;
  • His vote against establishing a holiday for Martin Luther King's birthday and then another vote to rescind the holiday.
  • In answering a question about divorced fathers and child support, McCain called the children "tar babies."

The list goes on and on.

I tend to believe that McCain's calling his wife a cunt in front of a group of reporters is the incident that will most haunt him throughout this election cycle. Each of the other groups that McCain has targeted for bigoted remarks is a minority for whom the public might not have enough sympathy for the remarks to sway a vote one way or the other. But women are the majority of voters in the United States and, to my knowledge, the vast majority of them are VERY insulted when anyone calls them, or any other woman, a "cunt".

And that's why John Sydney McCain, III is NOT going to become president of the United States: Because women simply don't like being called "cunts", much less by the president of the country in which they live.

3 comments:

AgentX said...

McBigot sure keeps himself busy. When he's not lying about his record in front of the media (see the 2 minute freeze video
here) he's yelling at Congress to get back to work, when he hasn't shown up for work in 4 months.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNE_XFNfzOI
But, it pales in comparison to my next big tip.

AgentX said...

You know that war going on in Georgia? McCain has his hands all over it. Remember those 115 lobbyists you discussed in February?
Well, as you probably have heard by now, Randy Scheunemann the McCain Foreign Policy Adviser is a registered lobbyist for Georgia. Georgia went to invade South Ossetia to regain control of its province. Now, they had to have know that Russia wouldn't take to kindly to that. What you might not have known was that he was part of the team called PNAC that lobbied for war in/over Iraq.
So you got one of the architects of the failure of Iraq giving advice to the near-senile McCain on the issue of Eastern European/Russian dynamics which he received thousands of dollars to push a slanted point of view. And yet he couldn't predict that our assisting Georgia would embolden them to retake its lost provinces and possibly trigger an oil shock?
http://thinkprogress.org/wonkroom/2008/04/30/scheunemann-lobbyist-georgia/
Is it any wonder why McCain came out so strongly in defense of Georgia in his speeches today?
But wait, there's more.

AgentX said...

Of course, McCain bungled the speech so badly that columnists and experts are saying rather loudly that McCain would be worse than Bush on foreign policy affairs.
http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/16505.html
One of McCain's boneheaded ideas was to kick Russia out of the G-8
Not only that, he plagiarized whole sections of his speech from Wikipedia.
http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/politicalinsider/2008/08/did-mccain-plagarize-his-speec.html

The Neocons like Kristol and all are pushing for a greater proxy war with Russia and McCain seemed to be answering that call in his speech, especially this line:
We have other important strategic interests at stake in Georgia, especially the continued flow of oil through the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which Russia attempted to bomb in recent days; the operation of a critical communication and trade route from Georgia through Azerbaijan and Central Asia; and the integrity and influence of NATO, whose members reaffirmed last April the territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty of Georgia.

So there you have it- another resource fight in the Peak Oil era.