Manchurian Candidate

Written by Christianity and the Confusion on August 22nd, 2008

Manchurian Candidate

Author: Eric Taylor


I know that I haven't submitted an article before this, it's just that hearing McCain's people questioning Obama's patriotism and loyalty to this Country has me steamed. The Republicans are trying to build McCain as some sort of war hero but the other POWs in that camp say otherwise.

There is a whole group of Veterans that are opposed to McCain's candidacy; “Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain.” They accuse McCain of having been a collaborator and suggest that he would be the Manchurian Candidate. That might be going too far, but what is not is McCain's record on Veteran's affairs. Even well known Republicans say that John McCain has been the worst opponent to Veterans. Here they are in this video, tell me if McCain is really a friend to Veterans.




3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anonymous says:

    I can't believe this! What about that Bible study about judging? John McCain was a POW, he served this country and paid dearly for it! How can anyone say that what they would do if they were a POW? McCain isn't my first choice, but he is a good choice!


    Jeb for VP

  2. Anonymous says:

    That's just silly talk, to every question McCain's answer is that he was a POW. If his campaign hinges on his past then we have a right to examine that past. Did he betray the other POWs? His record as a Senator doesn't look good. He has done litle to help Vets and MIAs, if anything he has made it harder on them. I don't know if McCain is a Manchurian candidate, but I do know that he's not a good choice.

  3. Anonymous says:

    “To see McCain resort to playing the POW card when answering legitimate questions, in my mind, cheapens that experience. And by cheapening his own experience in war, he degrades all of our experiences in war. He turns the horrific incidents we've all seen, touched, smelled, and felt into a lame excuse to earn political points. And it dishonors us all.”

    Brandon Friedman, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan


    John McCain has been exploiting his prisoner of war experience every chance he gets. He has used this story to justify everything from not knowing how many homes he has to his healthcare plan to his marital infidelities to his taste in music. The McCain campaign is even using his POW story in paid ads. But now a veteran who was a prisoner with McCain in Vietnam is explaining loud and clear that being a POW does not qualify McCain to lead our country.

    Dr. Phillip Butler knew McCain as a fellow POW. Watch and listen!

    We are sure this video will draw an onslaught of right-wing attacks, but we bring it to you because it is our job to continue to convey the truth together and give these issues national attention. As Dr. Butler has said, McCain does not have the temperament to have his finger near the red button. Get this video to everyone you know: friends, family members, coworkers, and especially those who don't share your political views. The video is designed to reach them. Get it on your social networking sites like Digg. And get it to every blog, newspaper, and TV station that has ever overplayed McCain's POW story. It is time to fight back with truth!

    The mainstream press has already begun to call out McCain for overusing his POW story. And it's cut across all political persuasions.

    • “Whether he's deflecting criticism over his health-care plan or mocking a tribute to the Woodstock music festival, Senator John McCain has a trump card: the Hanoi Hilton. – Edwin Chen, Bloomberg
    • “Noun, Verb, POW” – Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic Monthly
    • “The McCain campaign's constant invocation of the candidate's POW past is weird bordering on irrational…” – Ana Marie Cox, TIME
    • “I think they are going to it way too many times.” – Howard Fineman, Newsweek

    Remember how Joe Biden got the press to refer to Rudy Giuliani as “A noun, a verb, and 9/11“? Well, let's actually take Andrew Sullivan's lead here and get the media to boil McCain down to a similar phrase: “A noun, a verb, and POW.” Considering how often the McCain campaign invokes his POW story, isn't that what they're already doing?

    Robert Greenwald
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