October 8, 2008

John McCain's Rage

"I have a temper, to state the obvious, which I have tried to control with varying degrees of success because it does not always serve my interest or the public's." - John McCain

Am I the only one that thinks that John McCain doesn't have the temperment to be our next Commander-in-Chief?

Drumbeats from Brave New Films remind us that during last night's debate, John McCain said we need "a cool hand at the tiller," but McCain has proven to be a loose cannon. He has accosted his Congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle on everything from the federal budget to diplomatic relations. He is known for hurling profanities rather than settling disagreements calmly. His belligerence is legendary. Even conservative Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi has said, "He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."

When someone earns the nickname "Senator Hothead," the public ought to call his character into question. McCain's propensity to explode undermines his abilities as a rational decision maker, particularly on national security issues -- which could prove disastrous considering our country is already involved in two wars.

Watch this video to learn more about John McCain's rage:



Do you have concerns about McCain's temperment?

8 comments:

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hello there!

There are some leaders who are tempermental but who are effective...but they are THE EXCEPTION...people do not want to follow those who they do not respect! People often do not respect those who do not exhibit mental and emotional discipline.

Obama is graceful but I am not certain that he exhibits emotional discipline...he is a people-pleasser and a kowtower and THAT DOES NOT mean he is any more noble than a loose cannon like John McCain.

I keep thinking about Obama DENOUNCING a man who was his friend and confidante for 20 years (Dr. Wright) rather than defending the theology of his own church.

If he won't defend a person who was in his life for TWENTY years then I doubt he will stand up and defend black men in general.

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

Randall said...

When someone you've been close to for twenty years starts taking a political stand you disagree with, don't you feel a responsibility to distance yourself from them?

There are many things about McCain that scare me... his temperament being only one of them. I don't think Obama is perfect, but when was the last time we had an election that wasn't a choice between the lesser of two evils in most people's view?

Viqi French said...

Whoaaa... Senator HOTHEAD?!

I've heard he has an unsavory temper, but hadn't heard it's been "formalized" with a whole nickname.

Not good. At all.

The Fitness Diva said...

Funny, I was just having this same discussion with my morning client about McCain, and she said the same.
His inability to put personal differences aside to the point where he still shows his rage and outright dislike for his opponents when on neutral ground, or when just handling politics as usual, etc. makes him not a good choice for a president.
Yes, he is a hot head, and a hot head is not someone you want having the power to go to war with other nations.
All it will take is to really piss him off.
Aren't we in enough unnecessary wartime conflicts as it is?
I think many people see this angry side of McCain clearly. His supporters just have decided to ignore it.

SjP said...

Who is the real John McCain? He is obviously someone with "issues" that is not fit to lead. He scares me....really....

Villager said...

Lisa - Obama did defend Rev. Wright. As I recall he delivered a powerful speech in front of an international audience on race in which he passionately defended Rev. Wright. However, Rev. Wright then did some things that are not defendable in a weekend spree of personal indulgence at Detroit NAACP dinner, DC press club speech and media interview. I think that Rev. Wright put himself in the line of fire and Obama needed to cauterize that relationship if he was to ever hope to beat Hillary in the primaries...

Randall - McCain does scare me...

Viqi French - It is always good to know that we're sharing new information with our blog readers!

Fitness Diva - After awhile you can't ignore what is placed in front of your face. The disrespect that McCain showed to Obama in the debate last night was very obvious to most of us...

Sojourner - I think that the real John McCain is on display. His best years are behind him. He should simply sit back and enjoy the rest of his career in the US Senate and in his 7 homes or 13 cars...

gunfighter1 said...

I'm less concerned with his temperment than I am about his shockingly bad judgement.

If Senator McCain was a thoughtful, deliberate, reasonable man, who happened to have a bad temper, that would be one thing... but a man with a bad temper AND poor judgement. Well, let's just say that the consequences of that combination would just about ALWAYS be bad.

Villager said...

Gunfighter - It is great to see your village voice back up in here. I hope you come by more often in the past.

re: McCain. I agree with your assessment of his judgement. I can't wait for this election to take place...