Pro-Patriarchal Militant Piety Isn’t Pro-Life — Much Less Presidential

18 08 2008

UPDATE – so now it’s not just cheating by having his staffers crib the test questions in advance and feed answers to him in the car. It’s stealing now too, did you hear the latest, about McCain’s stolen cross-in-the-dirt war story? The right wing called McCain out on this fib first back in 2005, when they found “his” POW story in Solzhenitsyn.

Will the news media dare to cover this, or are McCain’s complaints to corporate media honchos about bias calculated to keep his own honor and integrity out of the fray, rendering his words bulletproof no matter what lies they be?

Hey who cares, he doesn’t know any better, he’s an old fighter pilot, not a scholar. Just like our current president . . . (Well, at least instead of making up sniper fire a la Hillary Clinton in Bosnia, McCain’s story was real. It just wasn’t his own — so his rave performance for churchfolk was brought to us by cheating, stealing AND lying? Go Moral Majority!)

All’s fair in love and war, right? Your job is to win one for the Gipper by killing the gooks. Oh, and impregnate the adoring women, who will then raise the children in your image. Very macho stuff.

But how in anybody’s 21st century straight-talk, can offensive fighter pilot jokes, bluster and [plagiarized] war stories be defined as “pro-life” much less presidential?

(Whether it is straight-talk and “patriotic” rather than “treasonous” or “useful idiocy” to set one’s military policy based on advice from a staffer who simultaneously is on the payroll of a foreign head of state, will have to be fisked another day.)

“Militant piety” is a phrase coined by former nun and brilliant theological historian Karen Armstrong. After seeing the Saddleback — um, “event”? — I see it as a straight-talking definition of John McCain.

To his admirers, Mr. McCain’s tough response to Sept. 11 is at the heart of his appeal. They argue that he displayed the same decisiveness again last week in his swift calls to penalize Russia for its incursion into Georgia, in part by sending peacekeepers to police its border. His critics charge that the emotion of Sept. 11 overwhelmed his former cool-eyed caution about deploying American troops without a clear national interest and a well-defined exit, turning him into a tool of the Bush administration in its push for a war to transform the region. “He has the personality of a fighter pilot: when somebody stings you, you want to strike out,” said retired Gen. John H. Johns, a former friend and supporter of Mr. McCain who turned against him over the Iraq war. “Just like the American people, his reaction was: show me somebody to hit.” [Sound loving and prudent and “pro-life” and New Testament to you? ] Whether through ideology or instinct, though, Mr. McCain began making his case for invading Iraq to the public more than six months before the White House began to do the same. He drew on principles he learned growing up in a military family and on conclusions he formed as a prisoner in North Vietnam.

He also returned to a conviction about “the common identity” of dangerous autocracies as far-flung as Serbia and North Korea that he had developed consulting with hawkish foreign policy thinkers to help sharpen the themes of his 2000 presidential campaign.

While pushing to take on Saddam Hussein, Mr. McCain also made arguments and statements that he may no longer wish to recall. . .

Yet Spunky is taking McCain’s pandering “pro-life” promise for all his presidential policies at face value, and refusing to credit a word Obama has to say about this or anything. If she’s an accurate barometer of how Christian fundamentalism and evangelism sees truth, justice and the American Way, my human rights and Favorite Daughter’s, and the humanity — sheesh, the intelligence! — of all the women and girls of the world including the majority, non-Christian ones, better buckle up for a bumpy ride to change.

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19 08 2008
JJ

What I don’t get is why a huge church celebrity wouldn’t need to at least SEEM to appear more honest and moral than this — why did Warren so blatantly put his personal integrity and pastoral assurance on the line for something so easily shown to be a lie? He screwed up and faked out the voters who tuned in for truth, and he got exposed.

If this were Dan Rather, he’d be damned indeed — oh that’s right, he WAS.
So why not Warren?

20 08 2008
JJ

Undecided Miami Herald staffer on Florida’s pro-McCain VFW event:

Still on the fence, like so many other undecided Americans, I’m hoping to see McCain move beyond the old Bush mantra of ”you’re either with us or against us” and patch this blue-state and red-state quilt into one proud nation again.

Obama made that point to rousing applause from the vets Tuesday. It was a defining moment for those of us who aren’t tied to one political party or another. . .
”One of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can’t disagree without challenging each other’s character and patriotism,” Obama said. . .

The buzz outside the convention center’s cavernous hall was split. Democrats had their man; Republicans had theirs. But it was the undecided, even in this strongly pro-GOP crowd, who told me they were pleasantly surprised with Obama’s spunk.

Our next president will stand at the intersection of political self interest and our national security. In these stormy August days, that’s not a comforting thought.

20 08 2008
JJ

But.
Sadly, I am seeing that the hard right doesn’t really want –actually is fighting against! — one free, proud, united AND diverse America. John McCain is doing better politically with them now than he used to do, precisely because finally he has jumped aboard their slash-and-burn, take no prisoners train. He’s a candidate whose very definition of leadership is fighting for “his” group — whoever will pick him as their captain and fund his fight for glory — against all the rest of the people in America, and in the whole world.

Very Christian Soldier. Very sad.

20 08 2008
20 08 2008
20 08 2008
JJ

“Steady Hand on the Tiller”:

. . . I thought, good grief, everybody around here has got guns and we were there on a diplomatic mission. I don’t know what had happened to provoke John but he obviously got mad at the guy and he just reached over there and snatched him.”

-Senator Thad Cochran, (R-Mississippi), June 30, 2008
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“I decided I didn’t want this guy [McCain] anywhere near a trigger.”

-Anonymous Republican Senator, speaking to NEWSWEEK, describing an incident in which McCain erupted into a profanity-laced tirade directed at his colleague, Republican Pete Domenici.

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“[McCain] slammed his fist to the table and stood up and said this meeting is over. Then he pointed his finger at me and started calling me names. His staff was pulling him back, trying to get him to sit down.”

-Phoenix City Councilwoman Kathy Dubs, describing McCain’s behavior at a meeting

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“F*ck you! I know more about this than anyone in the room!”

-John McCain, screaming at Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) at a committee meeting last year.

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