Thursday, October 02, 2008

Applause for the Other Prisoners? - McCain's Paradox

One of the most sited stories about John McCain is that he spent over five years in a prison war camp being tortured at the hands of his enemies for refusing to give information.

Can we take a look at this if that is ok? If it is not too taboo for the audience?

Three points I would like to look at.

1.) He was not some innocent guy who was kidnapped while site seeing with his family, he was after all dropping bombs on his captors from an airplane before he was taken hostage....If someone was dropping bombs on us we would probably be pretty pissed off too and want to capture them and get information out of them before more bombs were dropped on us.

Which brings us to point number two...

2.) Are we in the process of creating middle eastern versions on John McCain in Cuba right now? People who will go back to their country celebrated as hero's for surviving torture at the hands of their enemies. The detainees of Guantanamo Bay the future leaders of the Arab world? I mean didn't we capture them and torture them to make sure no more bombs or plots would be hatched against us? I guess I struggle with the moral confusion of what makes one a patriot and another a terrorist?

3.) What about million Americans in this country right now who are still in prison camps? Non-violent pot smokers who are serving 5-10 mandatory sentences being brutalized, tortured, separated from families and mentally scared. People who will not get a parade for what they endured. For the injustice they suffered. People who will be outcast from society labeled as write-offs and being no good for going through the exact same experience that John McCain is celebrated for? Minus the fact that their crime has not hurt anybody else.

I wonder what do we really value in this country? What is a patriot? When we celebrate John McCain's experience I wonder where the applause is for all the other prisoners? Why is it taboo to challenge these notions? Why do we celebrate our own methods and slap the hands and condemn others who use them? I would think that being what he has been through, the heart ache, the depression, the brutality that he would be the first to see the injustice of our system and walk through the halls of our prisons and be the man to let our people go, and give back the freedom to millions that he seems to tout in his campaign ads.

6 comments:

Rocketstar said...

self righteousness

Thomas said...

It's great he was in the service, but that doesn't mean he's the best choice to run the country. I actually think the opposite, that all his time fighting has led to an overemphasis on making war.

lauren said...

My mind was already on point two before you got there... agree completely. And I agree with Rocket's assertion that it is probably self-righteousness more than anything else.

The only thing I can wonder / hope is that, if elected, McCain would challenge Guantanamo related practices and policies. I'd hope that he would have empathy for those we torture, given what he's been though himself.

Kristi said...

How are you stranger.....?

Reggie said...

Frankly, I don't know how any one person could think that they know better than everyone else...enough to lead an entire country (or the world as we American's tend to think). Having thoughts that are deep or having vast knowledge isn't enough unless you have the proper level of humility...something I've never know a polititian to have.

Ma said...

I want a parade for what I've endured god damnit!! hehehe

you may be an asshole sometimes (last post) but you're also pretty brilliant....
maybe we should have a parade for you too?