ktm rider wrote: stockingfull wrote:
His mental status, though? That's not a serious issue at all, now is it?
Nope. it sure isn't. You are talking about a man that flew numerous missions into hostile territory and paid the price dearly for fighting for his country by being shot down and tortured for over five years! His mental status would have to be incredibly strong to endure such a thing. So, If he can prevail through such a horror, anything else should be a piece of cake. He could have just ran back to college and dodged the whole war.. ( i.e. Bill Clinton )
So no, it is not a serious issue at all. I am more concerned about a certain possible candidate that has attended a church for the past 20 years that has a pastor that spouts anti-American rhetoric, condemns America and likes to travel with Louis Farrakhan. Now THAT is a serious issue!!!! And if you think it isn't you are lying to yourself....
How can anyone seriously think that the "current" mental health of a candidate is any less important than his/her "current" physical condition? Would you want to elect a person who is currently dying of Cancer based on the fact that 30 years ago he/she was healthy?.....Of course not, so let's at least admit that a Presidential candidate's current
physical or mental condition is a legitimate factor to be considered & move on!
That being said, I personaly do not beleive that Sen. McCain suffers from any form of mental illness other than normal aging (if that can be considered an "illness") but that his aging is most definetly a factor to consider &, in my estimation a disqualifying factor at that. I feel that McCain's reversal of position, on any number of core priciples, (Religeous zealots in politics, Bush's tax cut for his rich buddies only, switch on legitimizing torture, etc) discloses as much mental degradation as it does a tactical appeal to the Republican core voter.
The fact that he admittedly knows very little about economics, (the most serious problem this country pesently faces) that he had to be saved by Sen. Lieberman whispering in his ear that Al Quieda is not welcomed in Iran & the fact that he's advocating fighting & dying in Iraq for possibly another 100 years shows to me that his mental powers have deteriorated to a point that I dont want him in the Oval Office.
For these reasons, I cannot vote for a man who once w
as a heroic , straight-talking "Hands Acroos The Aisle" kind of guy.