Posted by: heartsleeve | August 19, 2008

More of the same?

It occurs to me that John McCain is as intellectually shallow as our current president. When asked what his Christian faith means to him, his answer was a one-liner. “It means I’m saved and forgiven.” Great scholars have wrestled with the meaning of faith for centuries. McCain then retold a story we’ve all heard a hundred times about a guard in Vietnam drawing a cross in the sand.

Asked about his greatest moral failure, he cited his first marriage, which ended in divorce. While saying it was his greatest moral failing, he offered nothing in the way of explanation. Why not?

Throughout the evening, McCain chose to recite portions of his stump speech as answers to the questions he was being asked. Why? He has lived 71 years. Surely he has some thoughts on what it all means that go beyond canned answers culled from the same speech he delivers every day.

He was asked “if evil exists.” His response was to repeat for the umpteenth time that Osama bin Laden is a bad man and he will pursue him to “the gates of hell.” That was it.

He was asked to define rich. After trying to dodge the question — his wife is worth a reported $100 million — he finally said he thought an income of $5 million was rich.

One after another, McCain’s answers were shallow, simplistic, and trite. He showed the same intellectual curiosity that George Bush has — virtually none.

This quote is from a great op ed by Jack Cafferty. If you have the time, you should really read the rest of it.

Maybe you aren’t embarrassed by our current president and his asinine world view. If so, you probably aren’t the intended audience of this piece. However, if you feel as I do that our current president is an international embarrassment whose intellectual bankruptcy has brought us nothing but a screwed up economy and a weak position on the stage of global politics, then this article should strike a chord with you. It certainly did with me.

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