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"You and I together will confront the $10 trillion debt.....this is the agenda I have set before my fellow prisoners and the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent."

John McCain telling it like it is in a moment of clarity and candor at a campaign rally.

Some might see John McCain's comment addressing his "fellow prisoners" at a recent campaign rally as a slip of the tongue or perhaps a sign of exhaustion from a 72 year old man. Some might even think that John McCain might be a bit confused about where he is right now and perhaps he is remembering his days in Vietnam as a prisoner of war. After all, McCain's performance in the second debate was marked by some disorientation and general nastiness that might lead some to assume that McCain is losing his grip.

But I think McCain's recent comment addressing his "fellow prisoners," instead of his fellow Americans, is really a sign that McCain still has the mental clarity and insight to tell the truth occasionally, making him a true political maverick. At that rally, he was really displaying that old "straight talk express" that had made him famous.

Americans today are prisoners to a system that they have little or no control over.

Most Americans believe that wasting lives and billions in Iraq is wrong. Most Americans believe that they are good enough to employ here at home and that sending their jobs outside of the country is wrong. Most Americans are against child and sweat shop labor and they believe in corporate responsibility. They believe that the laws should be applied to people as well as to corporations and they believe that there should be justice for the poor as well as the rich. The majority of Americans believe that all should pay their fair share in taxes, even the richest and the largest corporations. Most Americans believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and they don't like being monitored and tracked in every way imaginable by their own government and by corporate interests.

They believe in privacy as well as human decency. That is why most Americans don't like being spied upon and they don't like torturing people. Most Americans believe that the institutions of the country should be held responsible when they break public trust and that they should not be rewarded with bailouts and giveaways. The American people are mad that they are paying for the risky, immoral, and probably illegal business practices of the super rich. They believe in a strong middle class and helping hand for the poor. The American people don't believe that they and their children should have to pay the rest of their lives so that the super rich remain super rich and powerful.

Yet despite what the majority of Americans believe and want their leaders and elected officials promote another agenda called internationalism or globalization. Sure the politicians say what Americans want to hear around election time. But when they get to governing, politicians go about doing what the corporate and financial interests want them to do. This has been going on for decades because the political system and the government is controlled by the banksters and the corporate gangsters.

Sadly, Americans are now prisoners in a country called America and it is owned by corporate and financial interests with a global agenda that has nothing to do with promoting the interests of the American people.

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John McCain should be congratulated for letting the truth slip out. Who knows, at his other campaign rallies McCain might decide to let a bit more of the truth out. He could address the people at his rallies as "my fellow suckers," "my fellow credit serfs," "my fellow peasants," "my fellow sheeple," "my fellow downtrodden," "my fellow consumers,"or something else that correctly addresses the people and their position in this fascist "New World Order."

So I say a BIG THANKS to John McCain for having the courage to speak the truth, even if it is just a short phrase in a long winded campaign speech.

Mr. McCain, you really are a political maverick.

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