• John McCain, Human Rights and Our National Mental Illness

    May 9, 2017

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    There’s that lay definition of mental illness where you come to believe you’re the only sane person left in the room. I think that’s where I am right now.


    In last week’s address to State Department employees, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated out loud what has been America’s foreign policy forever, the idea that basing our policy too heavily on values creates obstacles to advancing our national interests. Tillerson basically restated the Kissinger line of realpolitik, which is what the U.S. had been doing since WWII even without a snooty name to it: offering lip service to rights and human values and democracy as expedients while supporting scum bag dictators as they fit our real needs.

    That’s how you got the CIA overthrowing regimes in Iran and throughout Central and South America, why the U.S. supported terrible autocrats in South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines, and where the roots of American backstopping of non-democratic regimes such as in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria lay. The plan was pretty clear: make nice speeches (“Women’s rights are human rights”) in China calling out America’s adversaries while doing nothing to promote those same ideals in America’s allies in places like Saudi Arabia.



    But as with so many traditional American travesties that have long existed but were not spoken of pre-Trump, things are different now. And so in a full-on flag waving Op-Ed, America’s Crusty Old Man McCain uncorked a lengthy rebuttal to Tillerson’s plain speaking. McCain got in every cliche from the oldest John Wayne movies to the latest Chevy truck commercials in standing up for ‘Merica the world’s human rights policer. Here’s a taste of what he wrote:

    Human rights exist above the state and beyond history… They inhabit the human heart, and from there, though they may be abridged, they can never be extinguished. We are a country with a conscience. We have long believed moral concerns must be an essential part of our foreign policy, not a departure from it. We are the chief architect and defender of an international order governed by rules derived from our political and economic values. Our values are our strength and greatest treasure. We are distinguished from other countries because we are not made from a land or tribe or particular race or creed, but from an ideal that liberty is the inalienable right of mankind and in accord with nature and nature’s Creator.

    Depriving the oppressed of a beacon of hope could lose us the world we have built and thrived in. It could cost our reputation in history as the nation distinct from all others in our achievements, our identity and our enduring influence on mankind. Our values are central to all three.


    I can’t be the only one stunned by the irony here.

    McCain’s seminal experience — surviving as a prisoner of war under torture in North Vietnam — was as part of a horrific war the U.S. waged against the agrarian nation in Vietnam for… no clear purpose. Millions of civilians were killed to “free” them, with aerial bombing taking away their rights to life in the crudest fashion. The Vietnamese people voted after WWII to become a single (Communist) nation, and the United States intervened to put a stop to that. Every single prediction of the time that was made to justify that war turned out to be wrong; Vietnam today prospers, and continues to seek ways to join closer to the world system McCain imagines the U.S. created as something akin to an act of God.


    But don’t believe me. Let’s ask the relatives of those killed and maimed by America in Vietnam if they agree with McCain that “We are a country with a conscience.”

    After that, let’s chat up some of the Koreans tortured by the U.S.-supported dictator Chung-hee Park, or Filipinos under U.S.-supported Ferdinand Marcos, or the families of those murdered by American drones across the Mideast. Or maybe those still currently under American torture at Guantanamo. Let’s ask the ghosts of those killed by American weapons in (deep breath) Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Grenada… oh, you go look up the rest. Or call John McCain’s office and ask his staff for a complete list.

    And of course I’m focusing on foreign policy hypocrisy here. But America the nation of conscience practices hypocrisy at home as well. Despite being among the wealthiest nations globally, America stands alone without a comprehensive health care system. And so suffers 6.1 deaths for every 1,000 live births, higher than Hungary, Poland, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Finland and Japan had less than half the rate of the United States. America has the highest rates of incarceration in the world, and stands by as 1 out of 5 children live short of food. Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries. Our elections are undemocratic mish-mashes of gerrymandering, voter fraud, foreign hackers, and the influence of massive amounts of corporate money and payoffs. America clung to slavery as a economic foundational element long after most of the world moved forward.


    The truth? You can’t handle the truth. The truth is the United States maintains a bloody, warist, hypocritical record that would at least find a touch of purity in admitting we conduct our foreign policy with the greatest of self-interest. The only question left is to ask who is crazier at this point: McCain, who may believe the hogwash he is peddling, or the Americans who read it uncritically.




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    • John Poole said...

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      Words written on the hooped canvas of a conestoga wagon in a John Ford western: “Global hegemony or bust!” Americans worship a smiting god. That might account for our mental illness.

      05/9/17 8:39 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      McCain: We are a country with a conscience.

      But not a brain.

      (CNN) — Sen. John McCain announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate Friday, calling her “the running mate who can best help me shake up Washington.”

      “She’s exactly who this country needs to help me fight the same old Washington politics of me first and country second,” the presumptive Republican nominee said at a Dayton, Ohio, rally of about 15,000 supporters, who welcomed the surprise pick of the relatively unknown politician with cheers and flags.

      “She’s got the grit, integrity, good sense and fierce devotion to the common good that is exactly what we need in Washington today,” McCain said.

      05/9/17 8:45 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      McCain is more out of touch with reality than the homeless people living outside the State Department.

      05/9/17 8:53 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      And that includes most Repugnicans.

      Two-thirds of voters with a favorable opinion of Donald Trump believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and a quarter of them believe that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, a poll released Tuesday shows.

      The Public Policy Polling survey showed 59 percent of those who said they viewed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee favorably think Obama was not born in the United States and only 13 percent believe he’s a Christian.

      05/9/17 9:28 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Before people are allowed to vote they should first be required to pass a test that indicates they are in touch with reality. The test should include questions like “was Obama born in the United States”. Felons are not allowed to vote and mentally ill people should not either. The test should also be used to screen candidates for office, but most Democrats would then run unopposed.

      05/9/17 9:42 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      It’s Tuesday. Is Obama’s Drone kill list stll being done?

      05/9/17 10:08 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Peter.

      Sounds like your becoming a “nationalist”… Isolationist … What ever the current term is…. Cool

      And… For the record….McCain…. He’s the poster child for mental illness. Not to mention… He sold off his election for president to the highest bidder.

      M

      05/9/17 10:14 AM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...

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      John McCain…

      The poster politician for term limits.

      05/9/17 10:27 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Here is a sample test for the voting booth:

      There is a timely filed record of birth for Obama in Hawaii.

      Obama was baptized into the United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination and formally joined it in 1988. He left the UCC in 2008 because of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy.He now worships with a Southern Baptist pastor at Camp David but has not become a formal member of any church since 2008.

      Though Obama is a practicing Christian and he was chiefly raised by his mother and her Christian parents, his father, Barack Obama, Sr., with whom he lived only as a baby, he characterized as a Muslim-raised atheist and his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, with whom he lived during his early childhood, was nominally Muslim. This familial connection to Islam, among other things, is a basis of claims that Obama secretly practices Islam.

      1. Was Obama born in the United States?

      2. Is Obama a Christian?

      Provide evidence to the contrary.

      05/9/17 10:45 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      All this mental illness is probably a result of those mass vaccinations,
      .

      05/9/17 11:04 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Best tweet of the day: Sullivan, nominee for State’s #2, hopes that State Dept. reorganization is done “as quickly as humanly possible” —

      Sounds like State Dept. is gonna become a Spicer concentration center.

      05/9/17 11:46 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Golden showers?

      05/9/17 11:49 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich.

      As you walk down conspiracy theory Ave…..

      Suggestion…… Check what Lolo Soetoro changed his name to….

      You will just love the results.

      M

      05/9/17 12:43 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Mitch, you didn’t answer the voting test questions.

      05/9/17 1:13 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      The Newsweek magazine poll “What America Knows,” conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, regularly asks American citizens a wide range of questions relating to world events both past and present, and a number of more trivial questions of general knowledge.

      On five occasions the following question has been asked:

      “Do you think Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq was directly involved in planning, financing, or carrying out the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001?”

      September 2003 responses: 47% Yes, 37% No, 16% not sure.
      January 2004 responses: 49% Yes, 39% No, 12% not sure.
      September 2004 responses: 42% Yes, 44% No, 14% not sure.
      October 2004 responses: 36% Yes, 51% No, 13% not sure.
      June 2007 responses: 41% Yes, 50% No, 9% not sure.

      Bonus question: do you think Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9-11 attacks?

      05/9/17 1:24 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      These are all good questions to ask while you are waiting on line at Trader Joe’s.

      In regards to Peter’s question as to who is crazier, the answer is anyone who thinks this is gonna end well.

      05/9/17 1:31 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      America needs an intervention.

      05/9/17 1:32 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich.

      Voting question 1. Is Hillary a Criminal….. Yes.

      Voting question 2. Did the Russians influence the elections… Yep…they hate Hillary too.

      Voting question 3. Is Rich Bauer living in exile because he’s Nuts?…. Yep….

      Score!!!! Crowd goes wild…. And I get a new set of steak knives !

      M

      05/9/17 4:16 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      And…. Here’s the answer why Washington State is so nuts….

      Of course….. This Has NOTHING to do with all the earthquakes they have been having….

      It does however explain all the anti Trump /pro Hillary riots…

      http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/09/hanford-plutonium-finishing-plant-tunnel-collapse-triggers-alert.html

      M

      05/9/17 4:20 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Mitch, temper, temper. You know it is not good to get exited with your dementia. You see how Trumpie gets.

      Come on now, just answer one of the questions. Obama, born in Hawaii, yes or no.

      05/9/17 4:36 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Mitch: I refuse to answer that question as it may incriminate me as a demented ol fool who can’t stand the fact that a black man was our president.

      05/9/17 4:41 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer. Barack Obama is NOT a “black man”. I define him as half white. Obama may define himself as half black or mixed race.
      He is America’s first half African mixed race POTUS.

      05/9/17 5:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich and John.

      Personally I think Obama was born in Hawaii…. In a test tube…. Filled with extreme left wing, nutcase ideas that have no bearing in the modren world.

      Income equality… In Obama terms… Means bankrupt everyone…
      Healthcare… Means scam taxes to float a government that is bankrupt.
      Foreign policy means destroy friendly nations.

      And Rich….. I’m am thrilled that the United States finally evolved to the point of having a black man as president…..

      Just not very happy it was Obama…..

      But it will make it easier for the next black person…..

      I’m hoping its Alan West.

      M

      05/9/17 5:10 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Trump just fired Comey.

      Mitch, are you happy now?

      05/9/17 5:53 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Mitch, you’re a good man,

      05/9/17 5:56 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Getting back to the topic of the day, mental illness and our fearless leaders, let US not get our hopes up that Trumpie will take a shower from his power trip if the Dems take the House or Senate in 2018 and let Mike Sick Pence (none the wiser) take the stage. Compared to Pence, Trump is a blessing.

      The real beast of the earth: Pence is the proverbial Earth Dog, conceived in 1958, and primed to take power in 2018 if the Dems win the House or Senate and then demand to see Trump’s tax returns. 2018 is the Chinese year of the Earth Dog.

      Sick Pence is famous for his false prophecies; his greatest one is that smoking doesn’t cause lung cancer. The guy is a real religious menace.

      Trump may be bad, but better the devil you know….

      05/9/17 10:41 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich

      Actually…. As hard as it be for you to belive….

      I am Extremely happy Trump got rid of Comey…. That guy is as nuts as Hillary….. He played so many games…. Agencies are still sorting them out …

      M

      05/10/17 1:19 AM | Comment Link

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