Straight Talk, Straight Talk
Before I get into the crux of this blog post, let me offer up to you a sampling of the lyrics to "Straight Talk" by Dolly Parton, from her 1992 film of the same name:
Gimme some straight talk, straight talk -- and hold the sugar pleaseNow, I have no idea if Senator John McCain took the name for his "Straight Talk Express" from the Parton film. I like to think he did, because that idea is a whole lot more endearing than the notion that he actually meant it to be taken seriously. If I've confused you, let me clear things up. Here's McCain during the 2000 presidential campaign:
Straight talk, straight talk -- sounds plenty sweet to me
Don’t talk to me in circles in some mumbo-jumbo jive
Gimme just straight talk, straight talk and we’re gonna be alright
’cause I like to know just where I stand, I don’t like guessing games
And I hate a bunch of gibberish, so just spit it out real plain
Don’t use big educated words from your bs degree
Straight talk, straight talk -- don’t try b.s.-ing me
Straight talk, straight talk -- turn loose and let it go
You can tell me anything -- just like on oprah’s show
Just tell me how you really feel, be on the up and up
With questions I can understand -- for answers you can trust
Pick up the ’phone, you’re not alone -- we’ve all got something to say
So listen in and listen up -- we’ll find a better way
With honesty and common sense, it’s really hard to miss
Straight talk, straight talk -- just tellin’ it like it is
Straight talk, straight talk -- there’s nothing like the truth
Just tell me all your troubles -- pretend I’m Donahue
So don’t be shy, ’cause we can talk -- you know you’ve got a friend
Call me, call me -- for simple straight talkin’
What’s cookin’, America?
Straight talk, straight talk
Straight talk, straight talk
I am a pro-life, pro-family fiscal conservative, an advocate of a strong defense, and yet Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and a few Washington leaders of the pro-life movement call me an unacceptable presidential candidate. They distort my pro- life positions and smear the reputations of my supporters. Why? Because I don't pander to them, because I don't ascribe to their failed philosophy that money is our message.Admirable. Sort of rad, right? The kind of things you like to hear from people you don't exactly intend on voting for. But McCain, in his ongoing Evangelical gangbang, has decided to give us a little less straight talk, straight talk:
Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right.
American military hero and Arizona Sen. John McCain will deliver the Commencement message at Liberty University on May 13, at 9:30 a.m., in the Liberty University Vines Center.Now, maybe I'm being unfair. Maybe this is straight talk, straight talk from McCain. Maybe everything else has been...what's the word...oh yeah...BULLSHIT. Maybe he didn't really mean what he said in 2000 and he only said it because he thought that would work and now he thinks it behooves him to sound like those he claimed to oppose. Maybe in "healing the breech" and efforting to find "common values" with a petty, dickless fascist endears him to voters he feels he needs to win the election and that need trumps all other needs, like, say, integrity or honesty or, as Dolly might say, a little straight talk, straight talk. But even Dolly knew there was no going back to that listless douche Michael Madsen, that she had turned a corner, begun anew, found herself, schtupped James Woods, etc. I don't expect much from politicians, but unlike McCain, I do have a few standards when it comes to my "friends." Oh, and I hate a bunch of gibberish. (Via Sully)
While Sen. McCain and Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell have had their share of political differences through the years, the two men share a common respect for each other and have become good friends in their efforts to preserve what they see as common values. This will mark his first ever appearance at Liberty University. Falwell said McCain's appearance at LU's graduation is another sign that McCain is wooing evangelical Christians.
"He is in the process of healing the breech with evangelical groups," Falwell said.
Falwell said McCain has expressed a willingness to support a Federal Marriage Amendment, an issue dear to conservative Christians.