Sen. John McCain has relied upon about the privileges bestowed upon the McCain Dynasty, from slavery to the present, since the day he was born. The legacy of his father’s and grandfather’s careers and the personal protection of his father made
Sen. John McCain has relied upon about the privileges bestowed upon the McCain Dynasty, from slavery to the present, since the day he was born.
The legacy of his father’s and grandfather’s careers and the personal protection of his father made the many errors and poor judgment exhibited by the Arizona senator to be exempt from accountability.
As a naval pilot, he was a disaster.
In a very short fashion, he lost 23 expensive jet planes; there were 134 accidental deaths and the deactivation of a U.S. aircraft carrier (worst accident in U.S. naval history). His actual amount of combat time can be measured in days and, at best, a few weeks. This is no illustrious military career.
Still, with his shoddy resume, he pursued admission into the Military War College. This is a must for any military officer pursuing the rank of O-7 and above (Admiral or General). This is where you get your “ticket punched.” Getting in is the challenge–everyone graduates. This is where people like Colin Powell and George Patton excelled and went on to become heroes. How does an accident-prone guy who has spent more time in a POW camp than combat get admitted? It was simple. He used his father’s, the Admiral, connections.
Retiring Sen. John Warner, R-Va., was Secretary of the Navy at the time, and he was a close friend and admirer of John McCain’s father, the Admiral. He would later admit to a reporter, “Yes, I pulled some strings for his admission. It wasn’t the first time strings were pulled, and it won’t be the last.”
Thus, the “stars” were aligning for this privileged, arrogant guy by virtue of birth. They gave him some token command positions stateside and ignored the lack of adequate combat experience plus he now finished War College. He was eventually assigned to Capitol Hill as a military liaison. It was here that he would learn political finesse and would fall in love with the life of a politician. It was also here that his poor judgment would start to show again.
While his wife and children waited five-and-a-half years for him to return from the POW camp, she was injured in an auto accident. It left her with a permanent and extreme limp.
That physical impairment completely turned off John McCain. He began womanizing and keeping mistresses right in the face of his family. Finally, he hit the “jackpot” with one of his mistresses. She was the daughter of a very rich and powerful family in Arizona. His hustle went into gear. He divorced his wife and moved in (prior to the divorce) with his new mistress. Later, Cindy and John McCain would marry soon after the divorce was final.
In Officer Candidate School, we were told that such adulterous behavior will kill an officer’s career. Somehow, it didn’t matter for the pampered, privileged John McCain.
Just as the stars were about to align, a significant event occurred, John McCain’s father died. All of a sudden his protector, “sugar daddy” and road to success went away. I guess he picked up a few envious enemies along the way, and they took action. John’s naval career came to an abrupt end before he could make Admiral. What was he going to do without his daddy?
He started a new hustle. He and Cindy moved to her home in Arizona, and he went under the protection and guidance of his new daddy or father-in-law. His new career would become politics through the connections, money and power of his in-laws. Cong. Rhodes, R-Ariz., of Phoenix soon announced his retirement.
The next day he and Cindy bought a house in that congressional district and then announced his candidacy for the seat. Daddy’s money roared into the coffers and his markers were called in. John McCain was going to Congress.
Soon after that, Senator Barry Goldwater (RAZ) would retire and John would transfer into that prestigious seat. He has been there ever since. It wasn’t long before his poor judgment would re-appear. Senator John McCain became one of the infamous Keating Five. These were five senators accused of providing special favors for John Keating who would eventually be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $3 billion for his part in the notorious Savings and Loan Scandal of the 1980s and 1990s.
McCain received over $100,000 in illegal donations and various expense-paid junkets to the Caribbean for him, his family and his servants from Keating. He had to pay it all back. It was concluded by a formal Senatorial Investigation that McCain exhibited “poor judgment” in this matter. There, it became documented and official.
We have just been confronted with the latest example of his style of judgment: His vice presidential nominee, the unvetted Sarah Palin. There seems to be a pattern.
Harry Alford is the co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce.
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