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A couple weeks ago, McCain reached out to the Obama campaign and agreed to only use public financing for the general election in Fall 2008 if Obama kept his previous promise to also use public funds. For a while, it seemed like Obama was in a tough situation. Either he would break his previous promise to use only public funds, which would injure his credibility on ethics issues, or he would be forced to lose his massive fundraising advantage over McCain by accepting parity in funds.

The New York Times reports that Obama tried to avoid this double bind by adding conditions to an agreement to accept public financing that would include promises to limit other types of campaign spending (527 groups and DNC/RNC spending). I agree with the NY Times that this attempt was very disingenuous, as his comments last year about public financing made very clear that he thought candidates had an ethical demand to use public financing (which would preclude recent attempts that sound more like a child saying “if he doesn’t, why should I”). However, this response has appeared to limit much of the damage McCain had hoped to leverage against Obama in the press.

Today, Obama receives much better news on this front as the FEC announced that McCain will not be able to withdraw from the public financing system for the rest of the primary season. This not only will limit McCain to spending only 5 million for the next few months if the ruling holds, but also takes away the moral high ground from McCain, as he took out a loan with tricky stipulations that required public financing as a guarantee for the loan.

Personally I believe that Obama and McCain should both stop squabbling over this issue and happily eschew public funding. Right now campaign laws are still not rigorous enough to prevent corporate money from influencing the race even if candidates do take all public funds. If Obama or McCain wish to take the high road, they should privately fundraise at all stages of the election and be transparent in their efforts to not take corporate donations. For Obama especially, this would be the wisest choice, since he can likely raise much more than the 84 million provided by public funds through his expansive small donor base.

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On February 17, 2000, John McCain made the following statement:

“I hate the gooks,” McCain said yesterday in response to a question from reporters aboard his campaign bus. “I will hate them as long as I live.”

McCain, a former Navy pilot who spent five years in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp, was questioned about the language because of a story last month in the Nation magazine reporting his continued use of the slur.

McCain made no apologies yesterday.

“I was referring to my prison guards,” McCain said, “and I will continue to refer to them in language that might offend some people because of the beating and torture of my friends.”

In case any of you aren’t aware of the term, the article goes to explain:

the racial slur used by the senator has a long, painful history that is felt by many Asian Americans.

The word “gook” was first used in 1899 by American soldiers fighting Filipino insurgents. During the Korean War, the term was aimed at Koreans and Chinese. It was directed at the Vietnamese when Americans were fighting in Vietnam. It is now used as a slur toward any Asian or Pacific Islander.

I am speechless. The fact that McCain sees no problem using this sort of language sickens me. I understand he was held hostage and tortured during the war by a specialized group of individuals, however those people should not be specified by their race. And if this is the way McCain associates himself with Asians, he should take the steps to rectify his mindset. His unwillingness to adjust his language to um, not completely offensive terms is just one of the many reasons why he’s unfit to lead this country.

“I will hate them as long as I live.”

That’s good, John McCain. Don’t hold anything back. Let us know how you really feel. I understand that John McCain appeals to many due his being “real”, how he’s not as “politician-y” as Hillary and is more “realistic” than Obama. However, is his being upfront about his being narrow-minded considered a good quality? Or that he wants the world to know he wishes to keep this nation racially segregated? Because that is exactly what he’s doing.

I feel really comfortable having this man potentially carry on with our foreign relations, and am fully confident that he’ll remain level headed when dealing with other countries, as it’s clear he doesn’t and won’t ever harbor any deep seeded feelings of revenge. Oh, wait, no I don’t, and yes he will.

“I will call right now, my interrogator that tortured me, a gook,” McCain said. “(I can’t believe that) anybody doesn’t believe these interrogators and prison guards were cruel and sadistic people who deserve the worst appellations possible.”

McCain said he does not consider the comment an epithet.

“Gook,” he said, “is the kindest appellation I can give.”

Thanks McCain, that is so very kind of you. Thanks for not referring to these men as “chinks” or slanting your eyes when describing the “type” of people who you were held imprisoned by. You’re so sensitive to refer to an entire race in such a diplomatic term: “gook.” A term that’s equally as offensive and derogatory as any other racial slur.

I don’t care if these statements were made back in 2000. It’s not as though McCain was an ignorant child when making this speech and just needed to be educated, he was well aware of what he was saying and even took the steps to defend his words. Therefore, his hard headedness and inability to see past his own white-washed eyes simply makes him a racist prick. And if the fact that he is much older keeps him mentally stunted to a time period where such remarks were acceptable, and as a result is incapable of realizing how inappropriate his language is, that’s just one more reason why he is in no position to represent a culturally integrated country.

We need a president who will shed this country of its offensive racial stereotypes and lead us into a new era of acceptance and equality. I’ve had enough of our dependency on leaders who are either morons or so full of themselves they are unable to step back and look at themselves objectively. It’s a disgrace, and if McCain is elected he will only exacerbate the overwhelming issues this country currently faces dealing with racism. Unacceptable.

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So, Super Tuesday has come and gone. Republicans seem to have selected their candidate, but Democrats have no such closure. Clinton and Obama are basically neck-and-neck.

As you may have heard, Brooklyn went to Clinton and McCain. However, according to WNYC (I wasn’t able to confirm the data myself), there was one district in Brooklyn that went to Obama and McCain. And that is the district that holds me, Plainclothesman, Oneiroi, Mooseknuckle and Boomstick. Thus, these results can be attributed mainly to our respective endorsements. Right?

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