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Starting this week, I will be doing once-a-week exclusive video commentaries for the stellar conservative website Takimag. com. It’s the same SA You Tubes you’ve become accustomed to – just served up to an even wider audience.

Here’s the first installment:

John McCain’s Boogeyman

Here’s the commentary text:

Fear of the unknown is quite natural for children, who for generations have feared the “boogeyman,” whoever and whatever it might be. Fortunately as we get older, we begin to realize the irrationality of many of our childhood fears.

But the fear of the unknown seems to never leave us. This election year many on the Right have tried to make the case that Barack Obama is to be uniquely feared because he represents a brand of liberalism never before seen on the presidential stage. Typically referencing both Obama’s former preacher Jeremiah Wright and his relationship with former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, Obama is the boogeyman for adults, who we are told we know nothing about and should fear because of his lack of experience, yet we should also fear because we know everything about him based on a few questionable ties to questionable friends.

I fear Obama for the same reason I feared Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Bill Clinton and most of their predecessors – they are conventional liberals. No need to create extraordinary boogeyman when the run-of-the-mill Democrat will do. Obama promises more of the bad government most Americans have become accustomed to. So does John McCain, yet due to new information released last week, I already have arguably more reason to fear a President McCain than Obama.

There is really no case to be made that McCain is any sort of boogeyman. What you see is what you get, and much like Obama, my problem with McCain is that I’m afraid of what I’m going to get based precisely on what I see. McCain’s latest misreading of the conflict between Georgia and Russia, not to mention his constant saber-rattling over the Middle East, not only reflects the mindless foreign policy of the current administration, but suggests that despite the Arizona’s senator’s deep military experience, his eight year experience with the disastrous Bush White House hasn’t taught him a damn thing.

Or has it? Writes Pat Buchanan “Who is Randy Scheunemann?  He is the principal foreign policy adviser to John McCain… But Randy Scheunemann has another identity, another role. He is a dual loyalist, a foreign agent whose assignment is to get America committed to spilling the blood of her sons for client regimes who have made this moral mercenary a rich man.” Buchanan reports that Scheunemann was paid $290,000 by the Georgian government last year, as he lobbied for acceptance of that country into NATO; something he almost achieved. If Scheunemann were successful, the U.S. would have been obligated to send troops to Georgia two weeks ago – placing American soldiers at risk in a region where the U.S. has virtually no national interest. And while Bush has actually kept his rhetoric relatively toned down on the conflict, McCain has not and even declared at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania that “we are all Georgians.” Apparently, McCain was confused and was thinking exclusively of Randy Scheunemann.

Jeremiah what? Terrorist Bill who? Forget the childish, mindless Democrat bashing that dominates the mainstream Right, where every four years we are to believe that whoever challenges the Republican for president coincidentally just happens to be the greatest liberal threat in U.S. history. Men like Scheunemann, who have access to power, and who have no problem spilling American blood to protect their bank accounts and their client’s egos; it is men such as these that keep me awake at night. And this boogeyman isn’t even hiding under my bed – he might be heading to the White House. 

If McCain is itching for war, Scheunemann is the perfect man to be scratching around, whether in Eastern Europe or the Middle East, as he was one of the few people who tried to convince Bill Clinton to invade Iraq in the 1990’s. Again writes Buchanan “Now Scheunemann is the neocon agent in place in McCain’s camp. The neocons got their war with Iraq. They are pushing for war on Iran. And they are now baiting the Russian Bear. Is this what McCain has on offer? Endless war?”

I believe Buchanan already knows the answer. The same advisers behind Bush’s worst foreign policy blunders, will have a substantial say in McCain’s foreign policy, as they already do in his campaign. Obama is no doubt incompetent, yet McCain is intolerable, precisely because he seeks advice from men like Scheunemann. It’s hard to fear the unknown horrors of Barack Obama when gazing in disbelief upon the upfront horrors promised by John McCain.

There is a very real boogeyman in this election, a man who some might consider a traitor, he’s advising a possible next president, and yet I predict you won’t hear much about him. Maybe I’m the child who doesn’t know any better in this situation, and the adults in the room will alert me as to what is or isn’t truly lurking under my bed. And from what they’ve been telling me, rumor has it that sometimes, Barack Obama doesn’t even wear an American flag lapel pin.