I sent this to the local paper, but I don't think they will publish it as they are getting too much from the public lately. They did publish 2 long "other Voice" articles on Oct. 13th that were totally anti Obama. This is just the truth about McCain. Well, some opinion.
John McCain graduated fifth from the bottom at the Naval Academy, but he was given pilot training. He was the son and grandson of admirals. He was John McCain.
He lost 5 aircraft, most by stalls. His second loss was when he was flying low over Spain. He took out power lines leading to a blackout. McCain’s third loss was while flying to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game. Another stall, which the Navy dismissed as "unavoidable", and assigned McCain to the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in December 1966. An ordinary sailor would not have been allowed to keep flying, but not John McCain.
McCain lost his fourth plane on board the Forrestal on July 29, 1967 when a rocket slammed into the plane next to his starting a fuel fire. McCain scrambled out of his plane climbing off over the nose. A bomb fell from his plane. Those familiar with the plane state that the bomb fell because of actions that he took either in error or panic in his hasty exit from the plane. 134 sailors were killed when the bomb exploded and the fire blazed.
McCain did not stay on deck to help. He left the surviving crew behind and went to the pilot’s ready room and watched the fire on a television monitor.
When a reporter was leaving the ship, McCain boarded a helicopter with him and flew to Saigon. McCain said he left for “some welcome R&R” in Saigon, but he left without permission from his commanding officer. He rejoined the ship a week later and asked for a transfer. An ordinary sailor would have been at least court-martialed for desertion, but not John McCain.
On Oct. 26, 1967, he was shot down and captured by the Vietnamese after ejecting from his plane.
No name, rank, and serial number for McCain. "I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital," McCain pleaded with his captors. McCain told them his father was an admiral. He gave up military information and made a tape for the North Vietnamese. Other POW’s referred to him as a songbird. The Vietnamese offered to release him early, but he refused knowing if he did his career would be over. An ordinary sailor would not have given in so easily, but not John McCain.
In 1973, McCain reunited with his wife, Carol, who had been permanently disabled in a car accident while he was a POW. What a shock to John McCain who left a beautiful model and returned to a short, heavy, disabled spouse. John McCain could not have been expected to stay faithful to that.
Still yearning to become an admiral, McCain pulled strings and enrolled in the National War College. At War College you take a trip abroad to see military and political leaders. He met a fellow former POW, who said he was going to the Middle East. McCain said he was going to Rio, so he could get laid. McCain was a chronic womanizer and gambler. He was a married father of three at this time.
McCain used his authority to arrange frequent flights that allowed him to carouse with subordinates and "engage in extra-marital affairs." This was a clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice rules against adultery and fraternization with subordinates. An ordinary sailor would have been penalized, but not John McCain.
In 1979, while attending a military reception in Hawaii, McCain met the young wealthy Cindy Lou Hensley. McCain filed for and obtained an uncontested divorce from his wife in Florida on April 2, 1980 and promptly married Cindy on May 17, 1980. He obtained the license while still married to Carol. Ronald and Nancy Reagan and Ross Perot never forgave him for dumping Carol. But why should John McCain care, he had a young, beautiful, wealthy wife.
He resigned from the Navy in 1981, after he knew he was not making admiral, and went to work for his father-in-law in Phoenix; where he made powerful and wealthy friends in Arizona including banker Charles Keating, who was later convicted of fraud, racketeering, and conspiracy.
After McCain was elected to Congress, he made sure that all information about POW’s was hidden. He did not want the true information about his 5 ½ years to come out.
He pals around with unrepentant domestic terrorist G. Gordon Liddy. He works almost exclusively with active and former lobbyists.
McCain was a spoiled child and a spoiled young man who always thought he deserved the best and that he could do whatever he wanted. He learned no lesson from Vietnam. He now has an ambition to be president and will say or do whatever he thinks will further that goal.
This is not the story McCain tells about himself. Few politicians have so actively crafted their own myth of greatness. In McCain's version of his life, he is a prodigal son who, steeled by Vietnam, learned to put "country first." Remade by the Keating Five scandal that nearly wrecked his career, McCain re-emerged as a "reformer" and a "maverick," saying he would never do anything that would dishonor himself or his office. He is certainly not running an honorable campaign. It is his ambition to be president and he is willing to do anything to achieve that goal.
He knows he is not an ordinary person and the rules do not apply to John McCain.