I remember the news articles about John McCain's capture and torture by the Viet Cong, during the Viet Nam war. I wondered at the time how anyone survives that kind of horrific trauma, torture on a daily basis over a number of years.
Physically, he lives with some grim reminders of that time.
He is unable to raise his arms above shoulder level, for example.
I think that anyone who could survive that kind of nightmare must have a special kind of grit and courage. I also think that should make a strong character, a good character to serve as president, perhaps.
So, I was a little shocked to hear of his choice in a running mate, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. That's not to say anything about her as a person. What bothers me is this...in choosing a running mate, you must find a person who is not like you, but one who has strengths that you don't have, so a running mate will fill in the spaces in areas where the presidential candidate is lacking.
For example, Barack Obama chose someone who is outspoken and vocal, who is able to call a spade a spade, whenever needed. Joe Biden is in-your-face and verbal, where Obama is quiet and softspoken. A good partnership, in my opinion.
This choice for McCain is interesting, because the governor is like him in so many ways...both are anti-abortion, both support the freedom to bear arms. I think it would have been a better choice to pair up with someone who has strong counterpoints to strengthen the areas where John McCain might be lacking.
Oh, well...it's just politics.
How often I've seen someone do something that makes no sense, and then get elected to a position of power, nonetheless. People do what people do.
Who am I to say what McCain should have done?
We'll see what this partnership brings, as the weeks go by.
“War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.”
~ John McCain