If you had any doubts about John McCain's sanity, watch this YouTube of part of his appearance on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Monday, Aug. 25. It begins with Leno asking about all the houses owned by Cindy and John McCain. Typical of Leno, it's a pointless question asked only because it's currently in the news. But is this the most important question to ask of the man who might be the next president?
Yet the question elicits, in mere seconds, all you need to know about why John McCain should not be president. At about the 1516 second mark in the YouTube, where McCain says "yet, um," he gets that look on his face where you know he's insane. He really, really wants to say: It's questions like that, Jay, which show me why, when I become president, I'm going to push the nuclear button and blow up the whole world!
The next part of McCain's answer also is revealing. He says: "In a moment of seriousness, I spent five and a half years in a prison cell, without a — I didn't have a house. I didn't have a kitchen table. I didn't have a table. I didn't have a chair. And I spent those 5-1/2 years…"
At this point, about 2930 seconds into the YouTube, he gets that Armageddon Crazy look again.
He continues, "…not because I wanted to get a house when I got out." Then he talks about his father-in-law, a World War II veteran, who built the family's beer-distributorship fortune, and Cindy's "humanitarian" work.
Unfortunately, Leno didn't continue with the obvious question: Why do you always bring up your history as a prisoner, and what does it have to do with this issue?
But let's return to McCain. He should have stuck by his and his wife's right to own as much property as they wished. Or he might have quipped, Jay, for every house we own, you own several dozen luxury and antique cars in Jay Leno's Garage.
Two more things are worth observing on McCain's Leno appearance. He also mentions, at about 58 seconds in the YouTube, that his wife "is now in Georgia, as we speak, looking at the humanitarian aspects of the results of this Russian invasion."
Leno, again, misses a chance to ask the pertinent questions: Didn't Georgia start the war by invading South Ossetia? And what about Neocon Randy Scheunemann, a paid agent of Georgia, and the top foreign-policy adviser to the McCain campaign? Is he behind your Georgia obsession?
Leno might have read from Pat Buchanan's LRC column:
From January 2007 to March 2008, the McCain campaign paid Scheunemann $70,000 — pocket change compared to the $290,000 his Orion Strategies banked in those same 15 months from the Georgian regime of Mikheil Saakashvili.
What were Mikheil’s marching orders to Tbilisi’s man in Washington? Get Georgia a NATO war guarantee. Get America committed to fight Russia, if necessary, on behalf of Georgia.
The YouTube breaks off here. But I watched the show as it aired on broadcast TV, and at the end Leno asked about the crashing value of the U.S. dollar, quipping that it's become like the Mexican peso. (Actually, the dollar has been declining in value even against the peso — but never mind!)
McCain shifted the topic to high energy prices. Maybe that's how he sees inflation, confusing the symptoms (high oil and gas prices) with the real diseases (inflation and war). He said America needs to end its dependence on foreign energy sources through more drilling here in America and developing nuclear power.
As McCain admitted last December, "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should. I've got Greenspan's book."
In fact, higher energy and other prices are caused mainly by the dollar's demise from the inflation created by his beloved Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve Board chairman. Other inflation culprits include current Fed Inflationist-in-Chief Ben Bernanke, and President Bush, who appointed both of them and stands by them.
McCain also might be loath to bring up inflation and the gold standard — the only cure to inflation — because Ron Paul kept bringing up those topics in the Republican primary debates. Better to stick to drilling and nuking.
The second cause of high energy prices is Bush's wars in the Middle East, of which McCain is the top cheerleader. Not only have the wars disrupted energy supplies, but the wars' cost — as high as $3 trillion$5 trillion just for the Iraq War — pushed Bush and the rest of the government to pay for the wars through the hidden tax of inflation instead of open increases in tax rates.
From the time kings and emperors clipped coins, inflation has been used to pay for wars, especially long ones like the Iraq and Afghan wars (and potentially an Iran War). Many Americans still remember how war-inflation was used in the 1960s1970s to pay for the Vietnam War, causing the stagflation of the 1970s.
McCain appeared on Leno's show during the Democratic National Convention as counter-programming to cadge votes. But despite Leno's soft questions — or because of them — the real McCain was on display: obsessed, ignorant, insane.
August 27, 2008