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Published:August 26th, 2008 16:20 EST
John McCain: Quick To Play The POW Card

John McCain: Quick To Play The POW Card

By Robert Paul Reyes

Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, suffered torture, pain and deprivation for over five years in a prisoner of war camp in Vietnam. There isn`t an American, Republican or Democrat, who doesn`t appreciate McCain`s sacrifice for his country.

An honorable man lets his deeds speak for themselves, he doesn`t bring them up at every conceivable occasion. McCain refers to his years as a POW in his stump speeches, interviews, autobiography, debates and commercials. His constant invoking of the darkest period in his life cheapens his heroism and sacrifice.

In a Democratic debate, early in the primary season, Joe Biden said of Rudy Giuliani: There`s only three things he mentions in a sentence, a verb, a noun and 9/11. McCain is becoming a caricature of himself, there`s three things he mentions in every sentence, a verb, a noun, and POW.

John McCain plays the POW card at the drop of a hat; he uses it as a shield against any attack. If a rival criticizes his support of the troop escalation in Iraq, he will respond: How dare you disagree with me, I spent five and a half years as a POW.

But even if McCain is attacked for his position on a subject that has nothing to do with war or foreign affairs, he will exploit his POW experience. Recently McCain has been mocked and ridiculed for not remembering how many mansions he owns. McCain defended himself by alluding to his POW years when he didn`t have any material possessions, let alone a house.

McCain is not unique is overcoming overwhelming adversity, he shouldn`t behave like a friggin saint. Joe Biden has overcome a brain aneurysm and the death of his wife and baby when he was only 29, but you don`t hear him constantly harping on his personal tragedies.

McCain acts as if we are supposed to be predisposed to vote for him because of the suffering that he endured in Vietnam as a POW. Sen. McCain, enough already with your POW experience. We may not have been prisoners of war, but we have all prevailed over our own personal tragedies.

When I`m interviewed for a job I don`t mention my personal ordeals. I don`t tell the interviewer that he should hire me because a couple of times I escaped death by the skin of my teeth.

McCain should run on his merits, and stop exploiting and cheapening his sacrifice to his country.