Sunday, March 09, 2008

How true could it be?

John McCain is a Republican, and he votes with them most of the time.  In recent years he has been voting with the most right wing of them, for example, Senators Kyl and Gregg.

In the previous post, I discussed certain aspects of the recent McCain ad.  A friend asked me where the Roosevelt speech was from, what war Roosevelt was talking about.  Well holy patooties, ladies and gentleman, it was the greatest war, the constant war, a war Teddy Roosevelt fought well (although I hear he made an exception when he had to fight against his friend J Pierpont Morgan). Highlighted portion in the ad.
Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great staffs, both of the old parties have ganged aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them in martialling [sic] to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. Unhampered by tradition, uncorrupted by power, undismayed by the magnitude of the task, the new party offers itself as the instrument of the people, to sweep away old abuses, to build a new and nobler government. This declaration is our covenant with the people and we hereby bind the party and its candidates with this [signation?] to the pledges made there herein. With all my heart and soul, with every particle of high purpose that is within me, I pledge you my word to do everything I can to put every particle of courage, of common sense, and of strength that I have at your disposal, and to endeavor so far as strength has given me to live up to the obligations you have put upon me and to endeavor to carry out in the interest of our whole people the policies to which you have today solemnly dedicated yourselves in the name of the millions of men and women for whom you speak. Surely there never was a fight better worth making than the one in which we are in.
Another paragraph of the speech available at the Library of Congress's American Memory project.

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