McCain: C’mon, Baby, Just Give Me Four More Years. I’ll Do Better.
What’s wrong with the media? It’s too early to tell at this point.
John McCain gave a stirring, maybe even moving, speech to close the Republican Convention, but the whole thing brought to mind a story my dear departed Daddy, a life-long Democrat, often told about the woman who was married three times and was still a virgin. Her first husband was a much older gentleman, and on their wedding night when she emerged in her negligee, he had a heart attack and died. Her second husband was an alcoholic and was incapable of consummating the marriage. Her third husband was a Republican, and all he did was sit on the side of the bed and talk about how good it was going to be.
John McCain was the epitome of that Republican as he stood there before a cheering right-wing crowd and appealed to a beleaguered American middle and lower class to just give his party one more chance to get it right. He wanted us to know that the Republicans were going to be really good this time. He even went so far as to perform an act of contrition by noting that the Republican Party had gone to Washington to change it but instead were changed by it. The statement fell upon silence in the hall as the “angry right” didn’t begin to get what he was talking about.
McCain had absolutely nothing new to offer the vast left-behind people of this country. He tried to conceal this fact by carefully turned phrases such as: “If you’ve lost your job, I will stand on [sic] you but stay out of your way.” So as he tried to convince the hurting masses out here in the real world that he would help in some way, he simultaneously reassured his fellow Republicans that it would not be the business of government to do so. In fact, he rallied his base by stating that he was going to make sure government stayed out of their way.
He made an impassioned promise to improve education in this country, but immediately went down the same road that Republicans have been trying to get us onto since segregation was ordered by the Federal Courts: school choice. While this “choice” sounds like a good thing, it is simply code for closing down public schools by cutting off their funding. He was also going to accomplish this by freeing the schools from the tyranny of teachers unions and “reward the good teachers and help the bad teachers find another job.” As one who spent fourteen years as a teacher, it was my experience that what school administrators considered to be the best teachers in the school had a direct correlation to how much kissing up was done by a particular teacher. I taught at the community college level, and I have student evaluations to lay beside my “performance evaluations” to illustrate my point. I never once had an administrator attend one of my classes. And by the way, I didn’t have the benefit of a teachers union when the “Education Governor” George W. Bush cut funding to community colleges in Texas eventually leading to the closing of several workforce programs including my own.
McCain also pointed out the tragic cases of several families he had run across while campaigning, people who had lost their jobs and the like, and he promised to “fight for them.” But he gave only one example of something he would actually do to help one of those families. That family had lost a son in the Iraq War, and all he promised them was that he would make sure their son didn’t die in vain. It was typical Republican/McCain rhetoric and position: we’re always looking out for the unborn and the heroic dead, but everyone in between the two will have to look out for themselves.
He pretended to offer relief from the staggering damage that an unaffordable healthcare system has wrought on our citizens and economy. He warned of the evils of a system that would guarantee access to all, stating that it would lead to “some bureaucrat standing between you and your doctor.” If McCain ventured outside the comfortable bounds of his government healthcare program, he would find what those fortunate enough to have some form of healthcare insurance already know: some clerk in your insurance company is standing in the way of you getting the healthcare you need! McCain didn’t lose his touch. He never had it to begin with.
Yet again John McCain showed without question that he just doesn’t get it. He still thinks the way out of this fix is to give yet more tax relief to big corporate America in hopes that they will shower the benefits down upon the rest of us and to protect big insurance’s stranglehold on the healthcare system of our country. His plea? Ah, c’mon, baby, if you’ll just give me one more chance, I’ll make it up to you.
It’s time for us to recognize the talk for what it is: talk. It’s time to throw the bums out and go with some real change. C’mon, baby, dump that old lying man and find someone who really cares about you.