"The ole man's wisdom"
By Michael Moriarty
With CNN, the world's largest news network, sitting politically – and not so politely - on Senator Barack Obama's side in this presidential campaign, how can the pro-life candidate, John McCain, win?
If the Democratic Party is again prepared to shoot itself in two feet – please recall the 1968 convention in Chicago – if it is forced to leave both Obama and Hillary Clinton equally tainted, such a " house divided" will not only "not stand", its racist and sexist squabbles inside this supposed political enemy of racism and sexism will define the coming election as between an old warrior, McCain, and a young favorite of the hypocrites!
The Democratic Party has been built upon its over-a-century-old forgetfulness. That amnesia had been a virtual glue to the shattered, post civil war, Confederate South. This party of southern rednecks now fancies itself as the foremost enemy of both racism and sexism!
Hmmm … takes one to know one, I guess.
This year, however, these legendary stubborn mules are a hotbed of racist inference and feminist paranoia. The Democrats appear to be so gifted at destroying their own best interests, why even try to compete with such talent? The "ole man" should just stay out of the way of the "young ‘uns".
This old navy pilot should subtly run the rest of this race not against the Democrats but, as has been suggested, mildly against George W. Bush, to whose war-addicted blind side the Democrats have sutured John McCain. What members of the Rush Limbaugh camp McCain loses will be offset by the Independents and crossover Democrats he can win to his side by simply looking like neither a Bush nor two quarreling birds in the hand of the Democrat Party.
The "Ole' Man's Wisdom" … that will prove to be the ultimate and timeless description of what may very well be known as McCain's Presidency.
McCain is really only about four years older than myself. I, of course, am so eccentric an elder, only the Libertarian Party would consider me viable as a political candidate. They did actually … in Florida they wanted to match me up against my old nemesis, Janet Reno! I declined because by then Reno was so disliked in her own state she didn't even need a second opponent.
I did a movie about John McCain … kind of … and it was called Hanoi Hilton. That was the nickname which navy flyers gave North Vietnam's Hoa Lo prison camp. I played a downed and captured Navy pilot who spent at least half a decade in the Hanoi Hilton.
Jane Fonda does not come off well in the film … and that is one of the reasons it was panned by the press. Today, however, a serviceman like the one I played in Hanoi Hilton may be President of the United States.
Perhaps the film is not being shown on television in deference to Jane Fonda. Old wounds, you know? We don't want to drag those up … because now, in 2008, Hanoi Hilton – except for one of its guests, John McCain – that prison and that whole war is best forgotten.
As I said, forgetfulness is a particularly resilient trait within the Democratic Party.
And as many have said in Clintonian New York: "Forget about it!"
Without the help of the press, such national amnesia would be impossible. Remember how long it took America to hear about the crimes of Stalin? The "Progressives" just didn't want to take the glow off of our WWII ally.
As for the deliberate, mass starvation of Chinese by the Communist dictator Mao Tze Tung? Only recently has the unspeakable inhumanity of Beijing's monster been fully exposed by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday in their brilliant biography of that Chinese Pol Pot.
Oh, by the way, Mao sheltered Pol Pot, the Cambodian architect of the Killing Fields - another docudrama intriguingly absent from television - to the end of that mass, serial killer's natural life.
As for John McCain and his ole' man's wisdom, deepened by years in the Hoa Lo prison and tested by America's greater love for Hanoi Jane than for the victims of the Hanoi Hilton … can a tested, American manhood be better represented than by John McCain? Particularly when Islamic butchers, some as cold and cruel as both Joseph Stalin and Mao Tze Tung, will be waiting to test the next President of the United States, challenge him with terrorism in our own homeland and on a level under which no President has ever been tested before?
There is no doubt our "old man" has the proven patience to stand the test, not crumble and eventually rise in ultimate victory … both on the campaign trail and as a two-term, Republican President of the United States.
It's about time we brought the American prisoners of war, some of which spent over ten years in the Hanoi Hilton … it's time we brought them home to the White House.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.