TERRY D. McGEE writes that the fruits of George W Bush's incompetence, bad policies and bad intentions are collapsing onto John McCain, like a Mr Magoo cartoon.
"Ah, McCain, you've done it again" is the slogan of the McCain food company - unluckily for John they stole that quip from the blind Magoo who would walk safely through the disasters he created, or ignored, and say "ah, Magoo, you've done it again". There are websites and videos comparing the cartoon with McCain but really W Bush is the ultimate Magoo creating disaster and McCain is the apprentice who gets stuck with the results. W stares at the cameras, not comprehending that any of the catastrophe in his wake is his responsibility.
Magoo lets the giant corporations run as free as they like & then collapse and McCain is left to justify the philosophy that regulations are inherently bad. Magoo starts two wars, ignores the first and leaves both running for his apprentice who correctly predicts they could run for a hundred years. He allows millions of homes to slide down the glacier to foreclosure and his only worry is for the banks that have to foreclose. His apprentice is left to pay for it. Let's not even mention the environment (but we should because voices around the world are saying the credit crisis freezes out global warming issues - wrong).
Magoo suffers from extreme myopia - a short sightedness that allows him to walk through a warzone and think he's at Luna Park, see a run on the banks and think he's at an end of year bargain sale, see glaciers melt and think it's an ice-cream shop in summer. He sprouts his extremist take-care-of-yourself philosophy while destroying other people's lives - never seeing enough to recognize his own contradictions.
Magoo's myopia was charming for audiences of the 1950-60's caught up in the modern progress myth that despite how much things go wrong we have to follow the path of ‘Progress'. Pretty pathetic and a bit troublesome - with my surname I got called Magoo enough times to stop counting. So at an early age I became sensitive to what was wrong with Magoo and his way of seeing the world. John McCain is more intelligent than George W but like W and John Howard he has Magoo's myopic view of a false reality and a false morality that fails to explain the complexity that surrounds us. We are all children of our cultural experiences - especially John H, W & John McCain.
Because of President W Magoo's myopia the polls have been collapsing on McCain - Virginia 12% & Florida 5% are both leaning to Obama, Ohio 3% to Obama and West Virginia & Nevada 7% and Colorado & North Carolina are even. With all that Obama only needs to win one of those states whereas McCain needs all of them. Read that again, McCain needs every last one of those states to win.
Let's not think though that an Obama victory will solve everything - to start with it'll be over 4 months before Magoo leaves - what more will he destroy before he leaves. On top of that, Obama has had to defend large parts of the present system (so as not to scare the straights) - like another young leader down under. There's a fine angle between not scaring people and changing enough to change the system - not reinforcing the current direction.
Sometimes Australia's Kevin Rudd reminds me of a young Mr Magoo - the way he can deny seeing the big problems until he has a policy, an answer, a committee or a sound bite for the TV cameras (e.g. he can't see CCS will fail). In Rudd's world there is no Hamlet saying "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy". Or perhaps he is just certain that the voting public doesn't want to hear about problems without pre-digested mainstream media answers. But that also limits the agenda of what he can see.
This is where Obama wins - it seems he can reveal frightening risks, that Magoo misses, while also explaining the strong change of direction that's needed. Gordon Brown and Kevin Rudd need that skill. Hopefully Obama has an inner guide that will keep him on an intelligent path inside the White House