Our government is nothing more than a group of legal thieves. They take taxpayer money and do nothing with the exception of making the wealthiest Americans even more money. They live a life of privilege and luxury, while the people they are elected to serve move farther away from the one-percent and closer to the poverty level. When John McCain ranted at a group of anti-war protestors, he simply made a fool of himself. America is lucky he didn’t get elected in 2008; we would be in an even more disastrous situation. I say; ‘you shut up, John McCain.’ You and 534 other members of Congress are the real ‘low-life scum.’
Does Congress understand why their approval rating is under 15 percent? Do they care? The answers in order are ‘yes,’ and ‘no.’
The incident occurred when three former Secretaries of State, George Schultz, Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger were attending a hearing about national security. The protesters chanted ‘arrest Kissinger,’ and carried signs labeling him a war criminal. Although their claims are surely valid, McCain became irate and defended Kissinger’s ‘honor.’ Let’s get real. During the Vietnam era, Kissinger ordered multiple covert operations against several nations including Cambodia which resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.
What has our government done for us lately? Nothing good; but they have begun a plan to remove our Constitutional rights. The fourth amendment is gone; several states are removing the right to vote for minorities, and the Supreme Court made a decision to call corporations ‘people,’ allowing the wealthy to buy elections an nullify the votes of the many. Thanks to the Electoral College, if the candidate you voted for doesn’t win the state you live in, you wasted your time voting. Now legislators such as John McCain want to remove free speech from our remaining rights.
There are no more ‘public servants,’ Congress has become lackeys of the very rich.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, McCain had the nerve to say that he remains angry at the protestors. He said he felt sorry for Kissinger who has a broken shoulder and is 91-years-old. He’s remains among the living while many others are not because of his decisions.
Medea Benjamin is one of the founders of ‘CODEPINK,’ an anti-war organization. She was a member of the small group which was physically removed from the Senate hearing. She said she is pleased that McCain acted in such a vulgar manner. She said that she previously believed that McCain would have acted like an intelligent veteran politician. Because of his tirade, a small protest which would never have made the news became a front page item.
What our country needs is daily protests. Inequality has become the norm, and it’s time Washington is held accountable. Authorities are quick to criticize protests which challenge their power and prestige; and that’s why there should be many more. Congress refuses to listen to the working class and poor; it’s time they are forced to do their jobs and represent us.
McCain confirmed the claims of many who believe that the most important action Congress should take is to create term limits for themselves. The term ‘professional politician’ is merely two words placed together which mean ‘useless.’
Commentary by James Turnage