Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has thrown his hat into the presidential clown stretch limo and despite being considered one of the more conventional candidates – in that he’s been a Washington insider for a very long time – his candidacy promises to be one of the most crazy of all.
We all know that Graham and his buddy John McCain are two of Washington’s hawks on steroids. Neither has met a Middle Eastern country they haven’t wanted to declare war on (except for Israel).
Since Graham has so much insider experience and since he serves on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, you can be sure that he’ll run as the expert on national security.
Graham may be somewhat of an expert on national security, but fear is his number one motivator. His inspiration for running for the White House is that the world is “falling apart.” Never mind that our own national infrastructure is falling apart, no Graham wants to spend more on wars.
Graham’s fear, though, seems to border on a type of paranoia which is far more frightening to the American people than any terrorist group. In April, Graham went so far as to say that he would kill people if they even thought about joining ISIS. Thought about it.
“If I’m president of the United States and you’re thinking about joining Al Qaeda or ISIL, I’m not going to call a judge,” he said. “I’m going to call a drone, and we will kill you.”
Source: New York Times
Um, okay. He’s going to monitor our thoughts? Will we be killed for joking about it on Facebook?
One of the most famous quotes of the great Franklin Delano Roosevelt is that “the only thing to fear is fear itself.” Back then, Roosevelt was warning us of politicians like Graham (and most of the modern day Republican pack) who use fear to manipulate. While Graham has almost no chance of winning, a Graham administration is definitely something we should fear, if only for his own irrational fear.
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