Letter: Voters need to proceed carefully
To the Editor:
John McCain is desperately trying to distance himself from George Bush, but McCainas late as 2004 as proudly proclaimed voting on Bush's agenda 90 percent of the time.
There are other similarities that are more difficult to change. Both are college "legacy" enrollees: Bush at Yale and McCain at Annapolis. "Legacy" means that colleges set aside a certain number of "slots" in the freshman class based on ancestry, so do not have to compete with other applicants. Bush's father (president) and grandfather (U.S. senator) qualified him as a "legacy" admission. For that matter, Bush's father was likely a "legacy" admission. Bush junior was a C student.
McCain's father and grandfather were admirals and attended Annapolis.
He was a mediocre student prior to college and graduated fifth from the bottom in class of 800 from Annapolis. Both have limited intellectual achievement. McCain does not know how to get on the Internet and had trouble using the teleprompter.
Bush fractures the English language with his garbled syntax and proudly proclaims that he does not read newspapers or books.
Admittedly, they can surround themselves with staff smarter than themselves and rely on their advice. Look at the trouble that has caused with Bush.
The 21st century has made the job immensely more complex that just 20 years ago and it is compelling that the president have the intellectual capacity to understand the world and lead the country in precarious times.
An understanding of history is a good place to start. By itself, it is not sufficient, but when accompanied by sound judgment, it is an essential ingredient to success. Without it, we are destined to repeat the last eight years.
McCain deserves the entire country's thanks for his brave wartime service, and it is clear that he has it, including Barack Obama's. That service cannot and should not be a substantial factor in his race for the White House. It reflects on his courage, but many others, both in and out of Congress, have demonstrated equal courage.
The voters need to proceed carefully. We cannot afford another mistake like Bush and Cheney. The stakes are simply too high.