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The people’s patriot!

Posted in American Culture & Politics by humanb on March 23, 2010

A day after healthcare reform passed in the House of Representatives with zero Republican votes, former “Country First” Presidential candidate John McCain had this to say on Arizona radio:

“There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year. They have poisoned the well in what they’ve done and how they’ve done it.”

WTF? The 2008 Republican presidential candidate has just forcefully endorsed Republicans in both houses of Congress obstructing all legislative activity for the rest of the year. It’s only MARCH. There are two wars. No jobs. Foreclosures. Failing schools. Crumbling infrastructure. And trillions in federal debt. How is this attitude after a legislative defeat even remotely responsible? How can a career senator even say this publicly?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) caught wind of this and spoke truth to shamelessness:

“For someone who campaigned on ‘Country First’ and claims to take great pride in bipartisanship, it’s absolutely bizarre for Senator McCain to tell the American people he is going to take his ball and go home until the next election.  He must be living in some parallel universe because the fact is, with very few exceptions, we’ve gotten very little cooperation from Senate Republicans in recent years.

At a time when our economy is suffering and we’re fighting two wars, the American people need Senator McCain and his fellow Republicans to start working with us to confront the challenges facing our country—not reiterating their constant opposition to helping working families when they need it most.”

In my quick search for an accompanying picture to this post, I came upon a shocking piece of idiocy from conservative political commentator Debbie Schlussler who posted in 2008 about McCain’s superior definition of patriotism as described in a Parade magazine article:

“HUH?! Sorry, Barack, but while that makes a great Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream slogan, a lofty feeling at the ashram, or even a description of a sex orgy, that’s not what patriotism means. It means exactly what John McCain says it does–putting America first, sacrificing for it.

But, now we know that if Obama is elected, he will think the nebulous, hippie feeling of “faith in one another” is America’s priority, when it should actually be what John McCain thinks it is–putting our country first.”

Yeah. Patriotism has nothing to do with how we treat our fellow Americans as neighbours, colleagues, employees, consumers or constituents. It has nothing to do with cultivating community, cooperation, altrusim, and good-faith communication. It has to do with putting “country first”. And there’s nothing “nebulous” about this concept.

Obama has consistently argued that effective legislating requires Democrats and Republicans to have faith in one another’s motives, to have faith that we all want what’s best for the country, though we may differ on what that is. Without that faith, there can be no progress in Congress. Only obstructionism. Slash and burn politics.

Humph. That’s hippie talk.

McCain has called on all Republicans in Congress to stop working for the American people as their elected representatives if it requires cooperating with the majority party in Congress. They’ll keep collecting their 6-figure paychecks and they’ll keep using their comprehensive, government-provided health insurance, but they’ll stop working to create jobs and extend health coverage to you.

John McCain, the people’s patriot!

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