38.9 Million Got To See Real John McCain During Speech

A staggering 38.9 million viewers – fully half a million more than saw Barack Obama’s speech – watched John McCain deliver his Republican nomination acceptance speech.

John McCain’s campaign had been rather envious of the crowds Barack Obama was getting; now – buoyed by Sarah Palin – John McCain is now not only matching but beating Barack Obama for crowd turnout.

Millions of viewers had felt a shiver go down their spines as John McCain concluded his speech by saying:

“Long ago, something unusual happened to me that taught me the most valuable lesson of my life. I was blessed by misfortune. I mean that sincerely. I was blessed because I served in the company of heroes, and I witnessed a thousand acts of courage, compassion and love.”

“On an October morning, in the Gulf of Tonkin, I prepared for my 23rd mission over North Vietnam. I hadn’t any worry I wouldn’t come back safe and sound. I thought I was tougher than anyone. I was pretty independent then, too. I liked to bend a few rules, and pick a few fights for the fun of it. But I did it for my own pleasure; my own pride. I didn’t think there was a cause more important than me. Then I found myself falling toward the middle of a small lake in the city of Hanoi, with two broken arms, a broken leg, and an angry crowd waiting to greet me. I was dumped in a dark cell, and left to die. I didn’t feel so tough anymore. When they discovered my father was an admiral, they took me to a hospital. They couldn’t set my bones properly, so they just slapped a cast on me. When I didn’t get better, and was down to about a hundred pounds, they put me in a cell with two other Americans. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t even feed myself. They did it for me. I was beginning to learn the limits of my selfish independence. Those men saved my life.”

“I was in solitary confinement when my captors offered to release me. I knew why. If I went home, they would use it as propaganda to demoralize my fellow prisoners. Our Code said we could only go home in the order of our capture, and there were men who had been shot down before me. I thought about it, though. I wasn’t in great shape, and I missed everything about America. But I turned it down.”

“A lot of prisoners had it worse than I did. I’d been mistreated before, but not as badly as others. I always liked to strut a little after I’d been roughed up to show the other guys I was tough enough to take it. But after I turned down their offer, they worked me over harder than they ever had before. For a long time. And they broke me. When they brought me back to my cell, I was hurt and ashamed, and I didn’t know how I could face my fellow prisoners. The good man in the cell next door, my friend, Bob Craner, saved me. Through taps on a wall he told me I had fought as hard as I could. No man can always stand alone. And then he told me to get back up and fight again for our country and for the men I had the honor to serve with. Because every day they fought for me.”

“I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again. I wasn’t my own man anymore. I was my country’s.”

“I’m not running for president because I think I’m blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God. If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you’re disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.”

“I’m going to fight for my cause every day as your President. I’m going to fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, as I thank Him: that I’m an American, a proud citizen of the greatest country on earth, and with hard work, strong faith and a little courage, great things are always within our reach. Fight with me. Fight with me.”

“Fight for what’s right for our country. Fight for the ideals and character of a free people. Fight for our children’s future. Fight for justice and opportunity for all.”

“Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up for each other; for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America. Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.”

“Thank you, and God Bless you.”

As the crowd leaped to its feet and began cheering wildly, John McCain shrugged off the cheers like a man on a mission and continued to shout, “Fight with me!  Fight with me!”

Sarah Palin, in her own incredible speech, had said of John McCain in his concluding words:

And though both Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, “fighting for you,” let us face the matter squarely.

There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you … in places where winning means survival and defeat means death … and that man is John McCain. In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country.

It’s a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a 6-by-4 cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.

But if Sen. McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made.

It’s the journey of an upright and honorable man — the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this country, only he was among those who came home.

To the most powerful office on Earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless … the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God … the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome. A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pinhole in his cell door as Lt. Cmdr. John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day.

As the story is told, “When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe’s door and flash a grin and thumbs up” — as if to say, “We’re going to pull through this.” My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years.

For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words.

For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.

If character is the measure in this election … and hope the theme … and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.

Thank you all, and may God bless America.”

I am now fully convinced that John McCain is the right man at the right time for this country.  As a man with a warrior’s heart – and he is the only true warrior in the race – and as a man who has suffered as few men or women have ever suffered for his country, John McCain has the courage and the compassion to lead this country forward in a difficult time.

And Sarah Palin?  What can I say?  The woman who will change history by being the first female member of the executive branch of the United States in history is simply remarkable.

Both promise to bring their proven record as “mavericks” and their proven record as reformers with them to Washington.

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8 Responses to “38.9 Million Got To See Real John McCain During Speech”

  1. christianliberal Says:

    Some things I don’t understand.

    I thought Republicans, Conservatives stood for fiscal responsibility.
    McCain is supportive of continuing the Iraq war.
    That is at a cost of not billion, but HUNDREDS of billions of dollars.
    67% of Americans oppose this costly war.
    Why would anyone support that?

    I thought Conservatives had strong religious values.
    Yet they support the use of force in Iraq.
    What would Jesus say about that?

    McCain is now trumpeting the “change” chorus.
    But he voted 90% with Bush.
    How does that square with you?
    That’s not change; that’s more of the same (failed) policies.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Let me ask you this, Christianliberal. Based on your understanding of Jesus – applying your own logic to Jesus and war – would Jesus put a murder or rapist in prison, or would He forgive?

    Jesus supported every word of the Old Testament – which supports just war. Jesus Himself will personally go to war when He returns in Revelation (read Rev 19:11ff).

    Further, Augustine’s discussion of Just War has been embraced by orthodox Christians for well over a millennium.

    I would submit that you have a very poor understanding of Jesus or Christianity – particularly since as a liberal you demand the abortion of 50 million innocent human beings. I KNOW what Jesus would say about that! Remember John the Baptist leaping in the womb when his mother was near Mary (who was also pregnant). Could Mary the Mother of Jesus have had an abortion and ended the whole Incarnation?

    So I simply reject your view, and will not permit someone like you to lecture me on Christianity or the teachings of Jesus.

    As to the “budget” aspect of the war. Based on that alone, the war was a bad idea. I hope you consistently apply that to all other government programs, though. Abolish the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, Social Security, Medicare, etc. Otherwise Jesus would have a name for you: hypocrite.

    Iraq is a very costly war. But it would be far more costly if we leave now, when we are so close to victory. Why don’t you move to a country like France, where surrender is part of their national cultural identity?

    I imagine you support Iran being allowed to develop nuclear weapons, and become the terrorist state that openly transports murder and violence across the world. Fine. But don’t do it in the name of Jesus.

  3. Jesuslovesyou Says:

    You take the word of God out of context. Jesus does not support us to go to war. God’s covenant with Abraham and his people called for them conquering the land promised to them, and their testament was based on the Law of Moses. You know that Jesus brought with him a different promise and different instructions. “You have heard that it was said, “Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth, But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also…..You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matt 5:38-44. “Bless those who curse you” Luke 6:28. Revelations 19:11 says “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” This is not an instruction for us, but what Jesus will do in the end of days. I wonder why you used this reference. We do not have the power that Jesus has. We are to keep Jesus’s direct instructions and those of the Apostles until the day He comes. Please be careful citing the Bible. You may as well not even use it if you are going to use it wrong.

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Interesting. I kind of remember a few parts of the Bible you seem to have torn out. I remember Moses leading the Jews into the Promised land to drive out the Amorites, Philistines, etc. I remember a part about Moses sending out spies, and only Joshua and Caleb wanted to go in and fight; the other people wanted to make “peace in our time” with the giants.

    If you don’t read the whole Bible, you tend to miss things and screw a lot of theology up.

    Jesus, by the way, didn’t believe in incarcerating prisoners (from you very narrow perspective) either; He believed in liberating them. Would you mind opening your home to a torture-rapist-murderer? Please? He needs a place to stay. And please forgive him for anything he does in advance. Jesus would do it!

    Christian thinkers through the ages have believed in “just war.” Neville Chamberlain pursued “peace,” and refused to go to war – and he ended up getting us into the costliest war in human history when preemptive action could have stopped Hitler in his tracks.

    I also kind of notice that the 50 million human beings murdered in the abortion mills don’t seem to bother you as much as “war.” I hope you’re voting Republican: WWI (Wilson, Democrat); WWII (Roosevelt, Democrat); the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Truman, Democrat); Vietnam (Kennedy and Johnson, Democrats); Vietnam ended (by Nixon, Republican).

    I was a soldier (like the centurions whom Paul led to Christ), and I understood then that I could fight for my country, and still turn the other cheek as a person. I also understood that the same Jesus who turned the other cheek also drove out the money changers, and that there is a time and a place to use force to stop evil.

    I might also remind you of Romans 13:4 – another page you seem to have torn out of your Bible – that says that the government “doesn’t bear the sword for nothing.”

  5. Jesuslovesyou Says:

    Like I said before, There was a purpose for God’s chosen people to go to war. It was God’s will to do so, and He gave them specific instructions at that time. That was God’s covenant with the Israelites, which is why it is the Old Testament (which means covenant or promise). That is not His will for us, because while we are supposed to still obey the law of moses, our walk with God is from the heart and with love, above all other commandments. Mark 12

    The New Testament is Jesus’s Instructions to All people who choose to believe in Him. Live By the Spirit “Love, Peace, Joy, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Patience, Faithfulness, and Self-Control. Galatians 5:22. This does not justify us going to war whenever we please. We are not meant to fully understand God’s will and plans, but we are to trust Him by doing what His word says to do. The Bible says specifically not to sin in order to glorify him, but by trust, faith and obedience to Him we will prosper. God is more powerful than any person, any country, or any war, and our inability to turn the other cheek for Him is (lets admit it)not faith its fear. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7. To disagree would mean that you don’t believe that God can do all things. When the disciples were in the boat during the storm and were scared. Peter then got out of the boat to walk on the water, and cried out to Jesus “Save me!” Jesus Said, “Why are you fearful, O’ you of little faith” Jesus then ceased the waves. (Read Matt 14:22-32). Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33.

    But as long as you try to be smarter than God, you will never be led by the Holy Spirit, but by your own fleshly desires which is why you take scripture our of context.
    All shedding of innocent blood is murder. Whether it be in Iraq, Vietnam, Japan, or here at home (including the killing of an unborn baby). Just because we are Americans doesnt give us the right to kill more people and call it “Defending our country”. All countries believe that about themselves, what makes us any better? We are not defending our country by staying in Iraq.

    Whether or not you agree with Peace, you can’t pick and choose scriptures and use them out of context. That would make you a false teacher, which God considers as bad as murderers.
    P.S. There was no reason for calling the above commenter a hypocrite. All he did was ask you a question.

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    First of all, I haven’t called ANYONE a hypocrite on this article comment section. The fellow – who ID’d himself as a liberal, said the war was wrong because it cost hundreds of billions of dollars. If that makes it wrong, then it makes all the programs liberals love that cost hundreds of billions of dollars also wrong. All I did was present a conditional statement, and if the shoe fits, wear it.

    If there was a purpose for God’s chosen people to go to war then, why is it so impossible for you to accept that there might be a purpose now? And why would you say “the shedding of innocent blood is murder” when we’re trying to kill terrorists? Are you claiming that terrorists are innocent?

    You haven’t mentioned abortion. Are you someone who votes liberal because they are opposed to the war in Iraq, when they have the blood of fifty million American babies on their hands? You at least seem to understand the clear teaching of Scripture on abortion.

    Nor have you attempted to explain why Augustine’s doctrine of just war (which orthodox Christians have embraced for well over a thousand years) is so dreadful.

    Why didn’t Paul demand that the centurions he converted leave the military if it’s very purpose is so immoral?

    And we must also understand something: you seem to think the United States is or should be a theocracy governed by priests, rather than a nation based on Judeo-Christian principles.

    And you haven’t explained how God gives the government a sword – which Paul says God didn’t give it in vain – if it is so immoral for government to use the sword. Read Romans 13 and explain how war is forbidden in this passage.

    I’ll give you an example: a man breaks into your home. His purpose is to rape your wife and murder your family. Will you fight him? If you say, “No, because of 2 Tim 1:7,” I’m not going to try to argue with you. Frankly, I think you are tolerating the greater evil than fighting (and killing if necessary) the man who is going to so brutally use the wife whom God gave you to protect. If agree with me, “I have the right to fight him and kill him if necessary to protect my family, then we’re well on the way to Augustine’s just war doctrine.

    I’m not going to get in a long argument about this. I’ve frankly got to many other projects. If you want to view me as a false teacher guilty of the equivalent crime of murder, there’s nothing I can do about it. I’ll just say, “Judge not, lest you be judged yourself” and move on.

  7. Jesuslovesyou Says:

    ” For we do not wrestle against the flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” Ephesians 6:12. The war spoken of in the new testament is the war we have with spirits (Spiritual Warfare). That is a war we can’t fight without God. I dont need to address any doctrine which is not the Bible. That is all a Christian needs. Christians often embrace things which sound good but arent even Biblical, like Christmas for example. And my telling you that you take scripture out of context and that makes you a false teacher, is not against the word. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”1 John 4. I know you dont have time to answer me back and thats fine, but i feel when someone misunderstands scripture and the meanings, I am led to correct it. The purpose for war in the Old Testament was for God to show the people that he is above all other Gods. It was to show not only his character, but his power, his love for his people, and his abilities. People were worshipping other Gods and Idols and God, not the people, defeated them all, showing us he is the Almighty. If he wanted us to remain in war with eachother, he would not have sent Jesus who came for EVERYONE. That is why, in the scriptures I gave you before, he taught that there be no more “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” “but love those who persecute you instead”. That is something that people have a hard time believing, but that is where faith comes in. God is above our human logic. We will never think at his level, so we are to just trust him and do what he says. It is not easy being a Christian and having to forgive “unforgivable” things. Once you have the Holy Spirit in you however, it will change the whole way you think. Thanks for listening, and God Bless You

  8. Michael Eden Says:

    Jesus loves you, too. But I’m not going to let you post on my site anymore.

    You’re not just calling me a “false teacher,” which I don’t have to tolerate. You are calling St. Augustine and the overwhelming majority of orthodox Christians through the centuries.

    You’ve also pointedly ignored every point – and every Scripture – I tried to make with you; and debate is useless when someone does that.

    I don’t waste my time trying to argue with people who appear incapable of having a rational argument.

    Abraham Lincoln – who is also a false teacher by your standard – was willing to fight a war to defend the union and finally end slavery. His view was that we stand up for what is right and pray that we be on God’s side.

    Hitler murdered six million Jews – and wanted to murder all of them. But you fiercely oppose the United States from preventing Hitler from succeeding.

    Paul teaches in Romans 13 that God gave government a sword to foster the good and to punish the evil. Gave gave government that authority. And that authority means using force to fight evil.

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