In the over half a century that I have been politically
engaged, I have never seen such an unqualified presidential candidate as John
McCain. There are tens of millions of Americans in their seventies and beyond
that have been smart enough to become technology literate, but not McCain, who
is unable to even use the Internet. The man has a medical history that makes
Dick Cheney look like the picture of great health.
How anyone can still see McCain as a legitimate maverick is
insane. The man has switched positions on so many key issues as to make him
unbelievable on anything. He routinely says things in public that are totally
false. McCain has sold his soul to get the Republican nomination and while
Republicans deserve no better, Americans would be beyond stupid to vote for
McCain. Yet if polls are to be believed history, could repeat itself and nearly
half of voters could vote for him. For me, this is entirely understandable,
because I find Barack Obama a clever charlatan and nothing more than another
conventional, dishonest politician with exceptional eloquence and a winning
smile. Is he the lesser evil compared to McCain? Sure. But that just depresses
me, not motivates me to vote for him.
The contrast between the youthful Obama and the elderly
McCain simply on the basis of visible physical and mental sharpness and vigor
Every time I see McCain, he looks and sounds pathetic. Anyone
who keeps repeating an insipid phrase demonstrates a complete lack of mental
competence. With McCain it is constant reference to �my friends,� along with
his cartoon grin.
It is time to stop thanking McCain for his military service
and honoring his stint as a war prisoner by giving him credit for being
qualified physically and mentally to be president. We have all seen how being
president ages all the men in that office. The before and after photographs of
presidents convince you that the office inflicts incredible stress, even on
someone as brain-dead as George W. Bush. But Bush was a relatively young man in
good health. He may have escaped the price of impeachment that he richly
deserves, but he has not escaped the physical deterioration produced by the
Now imagine McCain aging as all other presidents have in
office. It is a frightening prospect. Something akin to some horror movie that
shows a transformation from a normal human being to some frightening alien life
There must be some way out of this.
It is time for more Americans to face the truth about the
two-party plutocracy that has robbed our political system and weakened our
democracy. The one important thing that McCain and Obama have in common is that
they are both products of and servants to the corrupt, dysfunctional two-party
Clearly, the corrupt political system has accommodated
itself to only about half of eligible voters actually voting, a disgrace that
hardly anyone even bothers to talk about anymore, as if a first class democracy
has such a disgusted population. But this is consistent with the fact that some
84 percent of Americans see the country on the wrong track.
Obama is no political messiah. And to simplistically see him
mainly as so much more preferable than the decrepit McCain misses the core
problem. Obama will do nothing to change the corrupt, unworthy political
system. He is a talker, not an agent of change, certainly not systemic
political change that requires bucking the elite status quo political powers
that pull the strings of the two-party plutocracy.
Make you vote count. Make it a vote against all Democratic
and Republican candidates and against the two-party plutocracy that makes a
mockery of our democracy, which is as fake and delusional as any in the world. The
time is right for Americans to vote for third party or independent presidential
and congressional candidates, not because any of them can be elected, but as an
action to demonstrate through voting that they reject the two-party duopoly. Nonvoters
are ignored, but we need to get on the electoral scoreboard with votes against
the two-party status quo.
Joel S. Hirschhorn can be contacted through www.delusionaldemocracy.com.