I spotted this on a tweet from Will, then I read the article on Boing Boing. It has to do with questioning McCain’s “Cross in the dirt story” and how it might be plagiarized from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’sexperiences in the gulag.
It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman’s memory of war from the comfort of mom’s basement, but most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others. John McCain has often said he witnessed a thousand acts of bravery while he was imprisoned, and though not every one has been submitted into the public record, they are remembered by the men who were there (one such only recently reported by Karl Rove though it escaped mention in any of Senator McCain’s books). But as Swindle said, this is a “desperate group of people trying to make something out of nothing.”
In the spirit of full disclosure, I need to inform all of my readers that I am a member of the pro-Obama D&D crowd. Also, I added the link from Firedog Lake in regards to Swindle–just so we get a better understanding of who he is.
I have not maligned McCain’s war record, nor have I seen any evidence of Obama’s supporters attacking his record. I also don’t know how many of my fellow Obama supporters game. Why the AdHomin attacks on gamers?
Gamers are a diverse group, politically speaking. There are liberals (like myself), independents (like Itanya) and conservatives (like Lewis). To lump us all together is to invite a lot of comment from right leaning gamers as well as lefties, like me.
What I am more concerned with, however, is McCain’s war record. Most of us–and by most I mean 99% of the American people–respect and admire Mr. McCain’s service to our country. We respect him for his service. Even though I no longer think of him as a Maverick or hold him in high regard, I do respect him for enduring in the Hanoi Hilton. However, once you say that your War Record is a prime qualification for service, your War Record is going to be scrutinized. Furthermore, being a War Hero is not enough to President of the United States.
Scrutiny is not swiftboating. John McCain should know this–he stood up for Kerry in 04. I think he forgot the difference in the past four years–especially when he hired the same people who vilifiedKerry in 04 to “defend” his record.
Being a War Hero is all that McCain really has in this election. His policy suggestions are laughable. His record in congress over the past four years will show how close he was to Bush’s policies–and that is not a good place to be considering Bush’s political radioactivity. As an orator, he cannot hold a candle to Obama. His base is rallying behind him, but it is with reluctance. But he’s a War hero. Because he is a hero, he can also be the independent minded Maverick. He has the glamour that comes with being a hero. The entire basis of his campaign stems from his War Hero status.
At what point does being a War Hero qualify one for service in the highest position in our government? I will not deny that it shows tenacity, determination and courage–but those traits are not only demonstrated by being held captive by enemy forces. President Lincoln demonstrated those very same qualities, and he never fired a musket at another person. Republicans claim that Reagan showed the same qualities, yet he was not a war hero. Because all McCain brings to the table is his war hero status–keep in mind he has wavered on almost every policy decision he had in the Senate, from Off-shore drilling to torture, to appease his base–this quality is being emphasized by the Right.
Therefore, McCain and his staff have to attack any perceived threat to his status as fast as possible. If his status is questioned, he will lose the election. That being said, I’m not going to question his status as a War Hero. I do, however, question the notion that being a war hero is what qualifies him for being the chief executive of our nation.