ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) -- John McCain vowed Thursday to "shake up Washington" and said he's prepared to reach across the aisle to get the country "back on the road to prosperity and peace."
"We need to change the way government does almost everything," he told the Republican National Convention.
"Fight with me. Fight for what's right for our country. Fight for the ideals and character of a free people."
He said his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is "just the right partner" to help lead the change.
"She's tackled tough problems like energy independence and corruption," he said. "She stands up for what's right and she doesn't let anyone tell her to sit down."
He added, "Let me offer an advance warning to the old, big-spending, do-nothing, me-first, country-second Washington crowd: Change is coming."
Change is a centerpiece of Democratic rival Barack Obama's campaign.
McCain contrasted himself with Obama on a couple occasions, while offering a bipartisan tone.
"There are big differences between us. But you have my respect and admiration. Despite our differences, much more unites us than divides us. We are fellow Americans," said McCain, a senator from Arizona.
He said there would be Democrats and independents in a McCain presidential administration.
"Let's use the best ideas from both sides. Instead of fighting over who gets the credit, let's try sharing it," he said.
He also scolded the Republican Party, saying some members "gave in to the temptations of corruption. We lost their trust when rather than reform government, both parties made it bigger."
The excerpts of Senator McCain's speech presented above address corruption twice, amid wonderful, inspiring words, and they would mean a great deal to me, except for one thing...
Senator McCain himself has also "[given] in to the temptations of corruption".
Senator McCain has for years been on the payroll of Albanian organized crime.
The rhetoric from across the aisle is powerful, as well. From Obama might pursue criminal charges against Bush administration, September 3, 2008:
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden said earlier this week that he and running mate Barack Obama could pursue criminal charges against the Bush administration if they are elected in November.
Biden's comments, first reported by ABC news, attracted little notice on a day dominated by the drama surrounding his Republican counterpart, Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
But his statements represent the Democrats' strongest vow so far this year to investigate alleged misdeeds committed during the Bush years.
When asked during a campaign event in Deerfield Beach, Florida, whether he would "pursue the violations that have been made against our Constitution by the present administration", Biden answered in the affirmative.
"We will not be stopped from pursuing any criminal offence that's occurred," he continued, going on to praise congressional committees for the deliberate pace of their inquiries into alleged Bush administration misdeeds.
Members of Congress are "doing the right thing, they're not making false accusations about anything … they're collecting data, subpoenaing records, they're building a file", Biden said.
"If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation, they will be pursued – not out of vengeance, not out of retribution, out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no attorney general, no president -- no one is above the law."
Senator Biden's words -- that "no one is above the law."
Interesting he should say that, because Senator Biden has a problem nearly identical to the one Senator McCain has.
After he lost out early on in his bid to be the Democrat nominee for President, Senator Biden was chosen by the eventual nominee, Senator Obama, to be the Democrat candidate for Vice President.
Senator Biden is an experienced, powerful Senator, with years in the Senate, and with some important committee positions.
From those positions on Senate committees, Senator Biden is able to influence the United States government, including having an impact on US foreign relations and US drug policy.
This is interesting, because Senator Biden, too, has long been on the payroll of the very same Albanian organized crime syndicate, influencing US foreign policy so it favors narcotics traffickers in the Balkans.
The common connection is a former US Congressman, now a lobbyist, whose organization, the Albanian American Civic League, and whose associated PAC, the Albanian American Public Affairs Committee, front for Albanian Islamic terrorists and for Albanian criminal groups who traffic in narcotics, arms and sex slaves for forced prostitution.
People look at our election and at our two teams of two candidates, and many Americans believe that what is offered is a choice between two options for the future.
However, as this series progresses, we will examine the evidence, and see what this election cycle really adds up to.
From Former FBI Translator Sibel Edmonds Calls Current 9/11 Investigation Inadequate by Jim Hogue, May 07, 2004:
JH: Can you explain more about what money you are talking about?
SE: The most significant information that we were receiving did not come from counter-terrorism investigations, and I want to emphasize this. It came from counter-intelligence, and certain criminal investigations, and issues that have to do with money laundering operations.
You get to a point where it gets very complex, where you have money laundering activities, drug related activities, and terrorist support activities converging at certain points and becoming one. In certain points -- and they [the intelligence community] are separating those portions from just the terrorist activities. And, as I said, they are citing "foreign relations" which is not the case, because we are not talking about only governmental levels. And I keep underlining semi-legit organizations and following the money. When you do that the picture gets grim. It gets really ugly.
Meanwhile, in preparation for our journey, and for this year's election, you may wish to review the information presented elsewhere in this blog, especially the following posts:
The Balkan Connection, Part 2
Kosovo in 1999, Part 3
The Next Two Balkan Wars
The Heroin Lobby, Part 10
McCain's Ties to Islamic Terrorists -- and Heroin Traffickers?
I leave you now to consider the following excerpt from An Interview with Sibel Edmonds, Page Two by Chris Deliso, July 1, 2004:
CD: [snip] At several points you state that such organized crime networks employ "semi-legitimate organizations" as their point of interface with governments and the "legit" world. Can you explain exactly what you mean?
SE: These are organizations that might have a legitimate front -- say as a business, or a cultural center or something. And we've also heard a lot about Islamic charities as fronts for terrorist organizations, but the range is much broader and even, simpler.
CD: For example?
SE: You might have an organization supposed to be promoting the cultural affairs of a certain country within another country. Hypothetically, say, an Uzbek folklore society based in Germany. The stated purpose would be to hold folklore-related activities -- and they might even do that -- but the real activities taking place behind the scenes are criminal.
CD: Such as?
SE: Everything -- from drugs to money laundering to arms sales. And yes, there are certain convergences with all these activities and international terrorism.
CD: So with these organizations we're talking about a lot of money --
SE: Huge, just massive. They don't deal with 1 million or 5 million dollars, but with hundreds of millions.