OK, I’m going to say it. John McCain was a hero – a long time ago. For at least the last 20 years of his life he was a jerk. During the 2008 Presidential election the same Democrats who are now praising McCain to no end created and used a canard that McCain was a hotshot thoughtless coward who caused a fire on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in 1967 that killed 137 sailors. Then, because his Father and Grandfather were both Admirals, the Navy covered up his deadly shenanigans.
That Democrat Lie, like so many Democrat Lies, reminds me of the so-called “Steele Dossier.” The first time I heard this McCain lie, I had already read the book “Sailors to the End.” That book is not about McCain – it is about the overall tragedy of the fire and its aftermath. Within that story McCain’s actions are recounted and they truly are HEROIC. I did not have the platform of Facebook or my Blog at that time, but I took every opportunity available through email and comments to articles on the internet to counter the Democrat Lie about John McCain. As to McCain’s time as a guest at the “Hanoi Hilton” I have heard criticisms of McCain’s actions, but I believe the evidence overall supports claims that in that, too, he was HEROIC.
After his military retirement McCain entered politics and became a regular fixture in Washington. Sometime – I think in the 80s before I paid much attention to politics – he became one of the so-called “Keating Five.” That story was about the collapse of a savings and loan institution that cost many depositors their life savings and the American taxpayer over 4 billion dollars. That was when a billion was real money. McCain and John Glenn were reprimanded by the Senate for their participation in this folly.
When George W. Bush became President, McCain took a number of opportunities to “stick it to” Bush. I ended up sending a number of very critical emails to the Senator each time he did that. When Trump ran for President he made some, shall we say, inartful comments about McCain. McCain took those comments personally and I don’t blame him. But if you’re going to play big boy politics you need to put principles and the people of the US ahead of personal dislike. Instead, McCain has taken every chance to “stick it to” Trump. Even to the point of making a big show of voting against repeal of ObamaCare. This, even though, he made it a major promise as part of his 2016 campaign.
So John McCain started out as a hero and ended his career and his life as a jerk. Go ahead and write your nasty responses. I don’t care. He has made it possible for the same Democrats who lied about him in 2008 to “weaponize” his death in the same way they weaponized the death of Paul Wellstone. This time it will hurt Trump in a way that will almost certainly end up hurting the American people. And any American who knowingly takes an action that will hurt the American people IS A JERK.