Do you remember the John McCain that ran against George W. Bush in 2000? You know, the straight-talking maverick that even Democrats liked. What ever happened to that guy?
Was there a deal struck between John McCain and the Republican establishment before the 2004 election? Did they promise McCain that if he would stop criticizing George W. Bush and start supporting the Bush agenda, he would be the Republican party’s nominee for President in 2008?
That theory began to look doubtful last summer, when McCain’s presidential campaign was about broke and trailing in the polls; but when the corporate media hailed McCain’s third place finish in the Iowa Primaries as the greatest victory since Truman over Dewey, it became pretty clear--the fix was in.
Why else would John McCain get off the “Straight-talk Express” to take a seat behind George W. Bush on the “Brown-Nose Express”? No honorable person can support George W. Bush and his policies without demeaning themselves and sacrificing their honor (ask Colin Powell). Did John McCain succumb to what Thomas Jefferson described?
· “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.”--Thomas Jefferson
With this thought in mind, I began to explore the life of John McCain. I wanted to tell the story of a noble warrior who had forsaken his ideals and supported a man he detested because of his ambition to be President.
John McCain’s mother was an oil heiress. Both his father and Grandfather were Admirals in the Navy, and that was to be John McCain’s destiny and his first ambition--to be an Admiral.
After attending an expensive boarding school, where he earned the nicknames: "Punk" and "McNasty", McCain got into the Naval Academy on the strength of family connections. He was almost expelled twice for bad conduct, but his mommy came and fixed things for him the first time, and a classmate took the fall for him the next time. McCain graduated fifth from the bottom in a class of 899 cadets.