John McCain hasn’t received too much media coverage here in Australia at this point, but now that Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic Party nomination, that will probably change.
Australia isn’t likely to hear too much about John McCain’s outstanding military service, or that a number of people in the McCain family have served their country, or that McCain and his wife adopted one orphan who couldn’t get the medical treatment she needed in Bangladesh, so Cindy McCain brought the child home and cared for her, or that McCain and his wife also rescued another child, who was taken in by a McCain aide.
We’re also unlikely to hear about the injuries McCain received while in the Navy, while as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton, and his refusal to be treated as anything more than another prisoner, and if we do hear about it, it’s incredibly likely that we will hear about it in the context of proving that McCain is just ”another vicious war criminal with no regard for human life like George W Bush!!11!!!”
It’s a stupid analogy, because it not only removes all the credit and respect due to McCain’s service, but also implies that he would not have learned from his own experiences. He certainly would have, and he certainly came out the better man from his experiences. They were certainly incredibly tough, but it’s not possible to look at McCain and think “There’s a man who hasn’t learned a single thing out of life.”
McCain is quite the statesman. He’s somewhat reserved, certainly, and is keeping his family out of his campaign, which is a tremendous feat considering the pressures of an election campaign. After all, Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama haven’t been able to keep their mouths shut, and in the case of both of the Democrat frontrunners, it was to their detriment in most circles.
John McCain’s reservations of not mentioning his military service in any great detail, or inviting his family too heavily in his campaign, speaks greatly about the man. It shows that he holds his military service in high regard and is not so egotistical as to need to be seen as a war hero, unlike John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential Race. Unlike Kerry, John McCain earned his war honours, which include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
By not making his family a main focus of his campaign, John McCain demonstrates his great love for them, and that he doesn’t want to disrupt his childrens’ lives too heavily. Several of his sons are enlisted in the military, and McCain clearly doesn’t want to jeopardize their careers. This is however, another thing we’re unlikely to hear in the Australian media.
The policies of John McCain are also pretty sound, although fairly vague as to how they will be achieved at this point. John McCain wants to make the United States more secure, and to secure the borders, although he makes no mention of deportation of illegal immigrants on his website.
He does however, wish to extend an olive branch to countries in Latin America who “reject authoritarians like Hugo Chavez, support freedom and democracy, and seek strong domestic economies with abundant economic opportunities for their citizens.” This is another good move, because it will encourage business in countries where many illegal immigrants come from, and if the move is successful both in the short term and the long term, there will be less immigrants entering the United States. However, this plan is still weak in how it will be achieved.
John McCain’s stance on Iraq and the war is a good one, and one I can fully appreciate. Cutting and running from Iraq with a full withdrawal of the troops shouldn’t be an option, because it’s unrealistic and would result in a huge number of deaths.
McCain supports the reduction of government spending and the reduction of tax rates, both of which are admirable goals, though very unlikely to actually occur. It’s certainly a good aim, and goes to the heart of many Americans, but unless McCain is going to privatize a bunch of governmental departments, it’s not likely.
I must say, I like McCain’s approach to healthcare and insurance. If he can implement such a policy in an effective way, the US healthcare system should improve vastly, in my expert, furrin’-type opinion. Having never had to use the thing though, I can’t be too sure.
The primary problem with McCain is that his policies don’t have too much on how they’re to be implemented, although unlike Barack Obama’s, McCain’s policies are much easier to understand and approve of because he’s put them in a much more simple way and has more explanation of what his actual aim is. This eloquent simplicity makes it easy for the reader to recognise what the policy is, and from there, it’s possible to imagine and consider the different ways the policy could be implemented.
From Melbourne, I think McCain has the goods to be a great President for the United States of America, and I’d vote for him any day, if I could.