It’s hard to blog without ready access to the internet — well actually impossible to actually post a blog, but because I have time on my hands and my internet connection is not presently working, I am writing on the word processing program.
Back up and running for the time being:
Anyway, I was listening to an autobiography of John McCain while driving last night. At times I actually thought I ought to have voted for him, but at other times I realized why I did not.
By his own admission he got into politics because he likes the power and being in the limelight and he admits that he is impulsive and not prone to thinking things out.
I like the parts where he claimed that although running as a generally conservative Republican for office, beginning with congress, he worked with and got along with liberals and moderates — or actually I think in the past he thought himself a moderate, but these days in the Republican Party a candidate has to run to the right to be accepted.
I only just began listening to the tape of his autobiography, but one of the parts that sent a warning flag up for me was his own admission that he was attracted to Charles Keating, a major player in the Savings and Loan scandal of the 80s, because he threw lavish parties, and paid for trips to the Bahamas for McCain and wife (they later paid him back, directly that is — McCain denies any special treatment for the convicted white collar criminal).
ADD 2: Keating did some prison time, but was actually aquitted on precedural technicalities on many counts in appeals and settled a federal case.
McCain I recall got into trouble for seeming to put pressure on federal officials to give special consideration to Keating when he was being investigated and for his wife‘s family having dealings with the shady character. Keating had been the major campaign contributor to McCain, McCain admits in his autobiography.
(For all his troubles on the behalf of Keating McCain had to suffer being called a “wimp” behind his back by Keating.)
Of course, that is politics. How can you ignore someone who has given you a lot of money?
And that leads me to a point — I knew there was one somewhere here — In the current electoral climate, some seem to suggest they would take the politics out of politics.
It’s not going to happen. Without politics little to nothing would get done. And besides, politics is everywhere, not just government. There is office politics and even politics in kindergarten.
Politics is nothing more than the game of who gets the power or how to use power.
We can have rules for the game and some will break them nonetheless, but life without politics would be pretty sterile.
I listened to more of the tape before it started skipping on me and otherwise acting up (old technology/old tape from the free library).
I did hear the part where McCain thinks the politicians sold us out in Vietnam, but he also reveals that he understands what really happened there. The Vietnamese had fought off foreign intervention for centuries. He quotes Vietnamese officials or at least a former North Vietnamese official for admiring the U.S. for not being a “colonial” power, but being surprised that it sided with the French colonials and seemed to have attempted to supplant them after they were kicked out.
He also goes to great length in admitting that he has quite a temper and even got involved in a shoving match with another congressman.
I think what troubled me most about McCain during the last presidential campaign, though, was him indicating that he’d depend upon Meg Whitman for economic policy.
I would not want to depend upon that scary lady for anything!
Thank you fellow voters for not electing her Governor of California.
And how is Barack Obama working out?
Well, I think he tries to be reasonable. But politics is not known for being reasonable. And I think he tries to make sense of the economy. But economics does not always seem all that sensible to me.
Meanwhile, he has stuck himself pretty well to that gooey tar baby that is the Middle East wars.