For John McCain so loved the country that he left it in the capable hands of the governor of Alaska….
–the Gospel According to Palin
It’s all about spin these days. Pick the right slogan and people will follow, whether you have substance behind you or not. John McCain’s key slogan—when he’s not appropriating Barack Obama’s “change” theme—is “Country First.”
But, from John McCain’s mouth, “Country First” is as much a lie as “thanks but no thanks for that bridge to nowhere” or “Obama will raise your taxes.” A more appropriate campaign slogan would be “Ego First”—or, more specifically, “John McCain’s Ego First.”
I am reminded of a quote from my favorite writer, E.M. Forster: “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.”
For that, ironically, is precisely what John McCain has done. He has already proven that he will say anything to get elected, that he has no loyalty to truth. But most disturbingly, this self-professed hero has—through a single act—called into question his loyalty to the United States. If he is willing to leave the presidency in Sarah Palin’s hands should he die in office, how can we possibly believe that he gives a damn about what happens to this country when he’s gone?
But wait, you’re saying about now, this blog is supposed to be about gay sex. When are we going to get to the gay sex? Well, hold on, my friends, I’ll get to that. I always get to that.
Even people in McCain’s camp get to it, apparently. His chief of staff, Mark Buse, was recently outed: see Michelangelo Signorile’s blog for all the juicy details.
I can’t fathom the depths of self-hatred that motivate a Mark Buse or a Mary Cheney—or, for that matter, the cabal of traitors known as the Log Cabin Republicans. I suppose it’s hardly surprising that in America there are people who love money more than their own souls. These are the homosexuals who claim that they’re “just the same” as heterosexuals outside of the bedroom—or the airport men’s room. Well bully for them.
John McCain has consistently voted against hate crimes bills and ENDA, as well as expressing firm support for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. He is no friend to gay people, despite what Mark Buse might tell himself when he picks up his paycheck.
And the positions of McCain’s running mate—who actually believes the crackpot Christian line that McCain adopted only recently, when he sold his soul for the nomination—are even more offensive. One of these two boneheads could be responsible for appointing the next Supreme Court Justice—or the next two, or the next three.
At a time like this, when the Supreme Court is teetering on the brink of fascism, there is no more important issue in a presidential election. The fate of our nation depends on the preservation of liberty, the nurturing of the U.S. Constitution as a living, breathing document. One more Scalito and we might as well forget about civil liberties and get ready for a Christian theocracy not unlike the Muslim theocracy of Iran.
But as long as those tax shelters for the rich are maintained, all is well in the Republican world. And what does it matter, anyway? Armageddon and the rapture are coming soon. Their warmongering will see to that.