sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, May 7, 2018

Going Out

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will die soon and though he's been through a LOT in his life - done a lot, endured a lot, he will not be able to beat the clock any more than any of you who are reading this will. He has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for more than a year, and on his way out, wants to make it sure that President Trump does not attend his funeral.

I don't think that while I'm grasping for those last few breath's that I'd care who did or did not show up, but that's not how Senator McCain rolls. ADDITIONALLY, there's a lot of ego involved in this situation...where will his mortal clay be buried at Arlington National Cemetery - location-location-location.

When he ran for President, his policies were closer to Democrat than Republican, but he lost to Barack Obama, whose claim to fame then as now was being half-negro. It worked for Obama, and McCain's pivot left didn't do him any good in hindsight.

After that, he became a spoiler of sorts and I can't help but wonder if that was due to his brain cancer, and his fight to keep his wits. 
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.” 
In a fit of bitter anger, Senator Mc'Cain cast a crucial vote against the repeal of ObamaCare in July, singlehandedly scuttling one of the Trump administration's major policy goals, a move that provoked the ire of Trump but earned him a thank you call from Obama. That's quite a thing to go out on, isn't it? An effort to keep the Obamanation alive just to spit in Donald Trump's eye.

It must be galling for a man like John McCain - to have America vote for Trump and not for him.
“The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.”
An artist's impression of the River Styx, not the actual river
or the tillerman. 
I'm saying good-bye to Senator/Commander McCain now that he's alive. I hope that his ego in death will allow him to accept that he's just the same as all of the little people when he gets to the other side of the River Styx.

He had a great career until hubris and bitterness turned him from a man whose love of country defined him, into a small cur-like partisan devotion caused him to forget who paid his salary and kept him in the lap of luxury for 81 years (he was born a Navy brat), lapping at the government trough.

24 comments:

  1. A pox on him and his house. His only goal in life was quashed by the voters in 2008, and he then readjusted that goal to simply jam a thumb in the eye of conservatives every chance he got.

    He achieved his adjusted goal.

    What a way to go out; a bitter, angry jerk.

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    1. And I voted for the guy, too. Had to hold my nose, though, and even use a pair of Vice Grips to get the job done. Lesser of two evils, although he was pretty darn close to being equally evil to Barry.

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    2. I voted for McCain/Palin too, but I wasn't happy about it. And I don't know if he would have done a better job than Barack did. My sense was that Barack would F things up so bad that there would be a Republican resurgence as people tired of his BS. And it worked. The legislature turned and then Donald J. Trump was elected.

      And McCain was a malevolent hector during the whole thing. It's his legacy.

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  2. Respect for his patriotic service. As far as I know, he never threw any medals over his fence. But he should have stopped there and not ruined it with his leftist politics.

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    1. Agreed. Unlike President Trump, I think that John McCain the Naval aviator did his duty to his country. Captivity is not a stain, and surviving it is an ordeal. What he did after that didn't do him much credit in terms of how he will be remembered.

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  3. Perhaps if he had not had all of the interviews of the returning POW's declared 'SECRET' we would have a better view of his 'patriotic service'. Why did he work so hard to have the interviews covered up?

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    1. Everyone breaks under torture. Everyone. Some handle the life of a POW worse than others. John McCain still suffers from the effects of beating and torture and will until he dies.

      I have no problem with classifying the interviews at the SECRET level. It provides a mild shield against embarrassment for people who were held, beaten and who suffered for so long.

      Do we really want to hear that lieutenant X, a young man, shit himself and cried for his mother? Because that's the sort of thing that happens.

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    2. I have to agree LL. I had a squadron mate in C-130s who spent just a bit over 9 months as a POW in Vietnam. He did not talk about it but it did affect his life. I think it is better that they were kept secret after what we were taught in AF Survival School in 1975.

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    3. Yes, I went through SERE as well and though I was never captured, I'm very glad to have missed out. It's a very bad situation.

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  4. Thanks for the very fair minded obit, LL. And thanks too for clarifying the final infographic.

    For a moment there I thought you'd gone on a raid and came back with some pics!

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    1. Best not try to cross the river before you have to.

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    2. Don't fear the reaper, though.

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  5. A fair summation, IMO.

    While I voted for him, it was a vote against his opponent.

    Have no respect for the way he lived his personal life.

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    1. Agreed. I wouldn't have him over for dinner. I think that he's mean. Maybe he was always that way? Maybe the Vietnamese made him that way? Maybe the swamp that he lived in did it. It doesn't matter. Lincoln said if you want to test a man's character, give him power. McCain failed the test.

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  6. I personally believe President Trump has been looking for an excuse not to go ... BINGO!

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    1. President Trump would if he could.

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  7. I feel sorry for McCain. I suspect, as you said, his sickness made him a Rino.
    It is very sad for him to say he does not want the President at his funeral.

    May God have mercy on his soul.

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    1. We all need God's mercy, LindaG.

      Senator McCain will have those big questions answered for him soon.

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  8. I, too, respect his service, but as you say, something inside him made him snap. I'm almost sorry to say I no longer respect the man.

    I voted for him, but it was an "ANYBODY but Obama" vote.

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  9. Songbird will NOT be missed.

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