FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Telling the American people they are cynics may not be the best way to get them to vote for you for president... but that's what John McCain is doing.
In a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland today, the presumptive Republican nominee talked about the reasons why he thinks many Americans have become cynical about our country. He says for some, it's because of the state of our economy. For others, it's a reaction to the government's mistakes and incompetence. But McCain thinks that in some cases the cynicism isn't a reaction to feeling let down by the government, country or social institutions, but rather a result of people taking this country and the liberties it provides for granted.
He says that for some Americans, their idea of liberty is "the right to choose among competing brands of designer coffee." McCain says if Americans find fault with our country, they should make it a better one. He also calls on people to take on a greater cause than themselves, by doing things like joining the military, running for public office or helping feed the hungry.
There is also an update when it comes to McCain's age and health status... his campaign is now saying the candidate's medical records will no longer be released by April 15th as they had previously promised. Instead, they're now saying we should see that stuff "sometime in May."
Finally, James Dobson, a leading conservative and founder of "Focus on Family," in a personal letter to the Wall Street Journal says, "I have seen no evidence that Senator McCain is successfully unifying the Republican Party or drawing conservatives into his fold."
Here’s my question to you: Is it helpful to John McCain’s campaign to say Americans are cynical about their country?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
At least it is truthful, Jack! What McCain needs to add to the discussion is the role his own duplicitous pandering has played in causing us to be cynical. From the beginning of his campaign, from fawning over the Religious Right conservatives he once scorned, to licking Bush's boots as he marches lock-step in the "war on terror," McCain has certainly given Americans no reason to feel optimistic and trusting about our politicians.
P. from Fort Myers, Florida writes:
McCain is absolutely right! The Democratic Party is harping on every misery possible, most of which are beyond the means of any president to actually fix. Personal responsibility/accountability for bad financial decisions, career choices, and all manner of social ills are being shuffled to the government to somehow create a new program or funding stream to handle everything from healthcare, joblessness, and poor financial investments. A psychological malaise hangs over the nation–and everybody is looking to government for an answer.
Brian from Moscow, Idaho writes:
Jack, No because instead of helping people find reasons to abandon cynicism, his statement only puts voters on the defense, which is a terrible strategy. His stating this now puts voters in the position to defend themselves against him, which is never a good place for a candidate to be.
Tom from Boston writes:
I think the fact is that the vast majority of Americans are sick and tired, mad as hell, and even embarrassed about what has happened over the past seven years. Does that make us cynical? Perhaps a better word is worried – worried about our economy, worried about our stature in the world, worried about the debacle in Iraq and the lives, money, and increased number of enemies it has caused us. Given this, I don't see how this could be of any benefit to a tired old man who confesses he doesn't know a lot about the economy and whose foreign policy is a scary extension of the status quo.