"The action I am taking is no more than a radical measure to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul. Let them dare, then, to bring me before a court of law and let the enquiry take place in broad daylight!" - Emile Zola, J'accuse! (1898) -

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Words And Phrases Used To Describe John McCain

(McBush, McSame, McRambo, McLiar) By Those In The Know.

(He’s back: My Friend Bob Barkley In Ohio has a few thoughts to share.)

Last Time:


“Reckless, imprudent, arrogant, unprincipled, panderer, cynical, crass, dishonest, war-monger, elitist, uninformed, waffler, poor student, rowdy, intemperate, impulsive, self-centered womanizer, displaying unsound judgment, classic opportunist, intolerant, racist, unfit, crazy, reactionary, disingenuous, hollow, lusting for personal gain, possessing an anti-democratic ideology, unusually slick and cruel, displaying visceral judgment by one who is confidently righteous, grumpy, ungracious, sarcastic put-down artist, subordinates any greater common good to a raw pursuit of power, unusually and perhaps even uniquely dishonest, sadistically indifferent, unifier turned divider, the populists’ garb hangs awkwardly on the frame of John McCain, everyman he ain’t,” and finally, “Bush on steroids.” He clearly, according to many sources, “has contempt for anyone who stands between him and the presidency.”

While there are certainly some positive words used to describe McCain as well, they hardly offset the evidence cited above, and I have found absolutely NO evidence to refute even one of these terms. And then, of course, there’s this: “The nomination of Sarah Palin represents a direct and unprecedented assault on the American ideal of merit.”

Maybe it’s best summed up with the following, “John McCain has set out to be elected president on the basis of character, yet there is much in his personality that makes him unsuitable to be president. On a psychological basis, he is a very risky choice. He is, at the very least, an emotionally immature man with a poorly controlled temper and a tendency to make rash decisions. In far too many ways, on the basis of personality, electing McCain will indeed be opting for four more dangerous years of George W. Bush.”

H.L. Mencken always had a way of getting to the root of issues, and he did so when he on July 26, 1920, the acerbic and cranky scribe wrote in The Baltimore Sun: "all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre - the man who can most easily (and) adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." Mencken died in 1956, so little did he know how right he would be proven to be just as the next century would commence.

And now, crossing the great gender barrier, we have chosen a woman who can also match Mencken's expectation. As won scribe recently put it: "The nomination of Sarah Palin represents a direct and unprecedented assault on the American ideal of merit."

How embarrassing. She’s fit to be the president of the student senate at Liberty University, and her nutcase mentor could possibly be captain of the football team.

As Hillary tells us, voting in Republicans and expecting change is like expecting the iceberg to save the Titanic.

Complied by Bob Barkley

Bob Barkley, Worthington, Ohio

Email: rbarkle@columbus.rr.com

Note To Bob: Read a few thing here. I’ve had a few words to say now and then!)