McCain is using this “parable” in front of the Jesus-Freaks in Orange County, CA to whore out his image as a good Christian man. In a self-inflicted emotional moment, he inverts the details from Alexander Solzhenitsy’s original story as a Holocaust prisoner to fit his own experience as a POW in Viet Nam. It’s shameful, it’s disgusting and it props up the idea that McCain is willing to use his POW status as a package he can market to the masses in an effort to sell more war.
Watch the video to the end… You tell me:
Quoting the “Double Talk Express“:
It appears John McCain’s very touching story about one of his captors in Vietnam showing him kindness and drawing a cross in the sand might actually be borrowed.
It is very similar to this story about Alexander Solzhenitsyn from his times in the Soviet Gulags.
Along with other prisoners, he worked in the fields day after day, in rain and sun, during summer and winter. His life appeared to be nothing more than backbreaking labor and slow starvation. The intense suffering reduced him to a state of despair.
On one particular day, the hopelessness of his situation became too much for him. He saw no reason to continue his struggle, no reason to keep on living. His life made no difference in the world. So he gave up.
Leaving his shovel on the ground, he slowly walked to a crude bench and sat down. He knew that at any moment a guard would order him to stand up, and when he failed to respond, the guard would beat him to death, probably with his own shovel. He had seen it happen to other prisoners.
As he waited, head down, he felt a presence. Slowly he looked up and saw a skinny old prisoner squat down beside him. The man said nothing. Instead, he used a stick to trace in the dirt the sign of the Cross. The man then got back up and returned to his work.
As Solzhenitsyn stared at the Cross drawn in the dirt his entire perspective changed. He knew he was only one man against the all-powerful Soviet empire. Yet he knew there was something greater than the evil he saw in the prison camp, something greater than the Soviet Union. He knew that hope for all people was represented by that simple Cross. Through the power of the Cross, anything was possible.
Solzhenitsyn slowly rose to his feet, picked up his shovel, and went back to work. Outwardly, nothing had changed. Inside, he had received hope.
[From Luke Veronis, “The Sign of the Cross”; Communion, issue 8, Pascha 1997.]
Excerpted from “The Gulag Archipelago” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, which was released in the US in 1973.
McCain’s looking for warm-fuzzies and the sympathy vote.
It’s quite possible for them both to have had a similar experience while being held as prisoners, but the fact that John McCain seems to be bit of a Solzhenitsyn buff, recently writing this piece on him for the New York Sun, makes it very suspicious. After all this would not be his first time getting caught lying about his POW experience.
CNN and the rest wrap up the conversation about conception, pro-choice and abortion with simplistic sound-bites. Nobody talks about how to reduce abortions (aside from the pro-life Christian freaks who attend Rick Warren’s church and shoots abortion doctors in the head).
I’m waiting for McCain to show up telling all of us his version on how he hid the Holy Bible in a pie. When the even Communist Russian Vietnamese soldiers came by demanding refreshments, Senator McCain couldn’t remember which side the Bible was hidden. Luckily, by the hand of God, Senator McCain cut into it and gave a delicious slice to the evil soldier, keeping the Bible hidden inside with the eternal smell of cooked rhubarb.