Everywhere on the news, we hear about how the late Senator John McCain is a hero and a patriot, someone who rises above partisan bickering, an independent thinker, a maverick – someone who put country above politics. The embodiment of “decency” from a “bygone” era…
It is truly amazing how I hear this from across the political spectrum, Republics, Democrats … and from CNN, New York Times, Time, and Fox News and all major media sources.
Even President Trump – who was no “friend” of McCain and initially did not proffer any perfuse eulogy – would be forced to offer one and to lower the White House flag.
Interestingly, the New York Times reports that with months to plan for his own funeral, McCain had instructed that Obama and Biden be invited to his funeral but not Trump.
For me, this is not the act of a man above politics. This is a man deeply smeared in America’s political cesspool!
McCain built his career from his reputation as a Vietnam “war hero.” Yet throughout his career, he has also been dogged by accusations that he was no war hero – even a traitor. His supporters might point to the fact that no evidence has yet surfaced disproving the “fact” that McCain is a “war hero” – but that may be perhaps because McCain has throughout his career blocked public access to records of Vietnam POW that might raise uncomfortable questions how McCain got to return from Vietnam while many of his comrades did not.
Even if McCain were not a “traitor,” McCain was certainly no “competent.” His mythic reputation arose more out of his family connections than anything he did on the battlefield. His reputation does not square with reality.
But facts aside, why is McCain considered by the Mass Main Stream Media and politicians to be a “national” hero? What does he stand for that commends our respect and admiration?
To me, McCain stands for the worst America has to offer to the world.
McCain is a warmonger. He is a leader of the U.S. neocons and a champion of a global alliance system that is unduly draining resources and creating discord across the world. He is an interventionist who used his prominence to fan the flames of the “Arab Spring”, confront Russia, and hype up a “China threat” across Asia.
In 1961, Eisenhower famously warned the world against the overreach of a mighty industrial complex. He said,
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.
In the last few decades, McCain – despite his reputation for campaign reform – has come under influence of high-powered big donors. He would move to vote quietly to preserve unlimited corporate political funding allowed by a Supreme Court decision after he had vehemently publicly attacked it.
Now you have the Mass Main Stream Media clamoring over him … and NATO even considering rename its headquarter in his namesake.
As an American, I reject everything that McCain stands for. He is part of the establishment Swamp that has corrupted this nation to the bone. He is the epitome of the “doublespeak” and “doublethink.”
So Mr. John McCain – after this week’s fancy funerals – May You Fry in Hell…