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Posted on 09/02/2018 10:58:25 PM PDT by Noumenon
John McCain is buried, may his philosophy soon follow.
Now they lay his body down,
Sad old men who run this town
Kings, Steely Dan (Walter Becker and Donald Fagen), 1972
Novelists can align their stories with whatever deeper truth theyre trying to convey. Real life is seldom so neat, but the death of John McCain can neither be separated from nor understood without appreciating its symbolic elements. The mourning functionaries and hagiographic media that laid McCain to rest symbolically buried, without realizing it, the philosophy he so epitomized. Send not to know for whom the bell tolled, it tolled for what they so fervently believe.
John McCain venerated the state, of which he was a product. His grandfather and father were admirals in the navy. He was a graduate of the Naval Academy and spent his entire career working for the government. His philosophy was consistent: there are no constraints on the state. As was his ambition: the accretion of state and personal power. Championing government both at home and abroad, he achieved bipartisan splendor.
He never met a US war, actual or prospective, he didnt love. (Although he sort of admitted after the fact that Iraq might have been a mistake, and he came out against torture.) His was the deciding vote against repealing Obamacare. That put him at the Olympian summit of uniparty bipartisanship: the indefatigable champion of the warfare state, the welfare state, the surveillance state, and anything else the state might want to do.
That is why the flags flew at half-mast, his body lay in state in the US Capitol, Democrats and Republicans issued gushing commemoratives, and the mainstream media flowed with his praises. Powerful peoples florid eulogies were the verbal equivalent of the militarys twenty-one gun salute. McCain was the exemplar of the unipartys only consistent principle: the expansion of government and its power.
McCain couldnt have achieved the prominence he did if millions of American hadnt shared his beliefs. An invariably wrong anti-prophet greatly honored in his own country, his vision is being challenged and undermined not at home but in foreign lands, many of which have suffered the depredations of McCain and his ilks muscular foreign policy.
If McCain the warrior had been anything more than unobservant, arrogant, and stupid, he might have noticed that nonstop bombing and unrestricted warfare were not winning hearts and minds in Vietnam. That slogan was only PR anyway, the military and political goal was always dominance and subjugation. Whatever the benefits of a successful hearts and minds campaign might have been, mostly unnoticed were the devastating consequences to the US of losing those heart and minds.
In modern warfare the invader employs overwhelming force: fighter jets, bombers, ships, submarines, tanks, artillery, and well-supplied and armed troops, or to use one of McCains favorite phases, boots on the ground. The invasion goes well. Instituting an occupation, installing a puppet government, and fighting the inevitable insurgency do not. The invasion loses heart and minds, the occupation and puppet even more, and the insurgency is off and running.
McCain, who never voiced an original thought or cogent insight in his life, failed to grasp the decentralization of cheap but effective means to wage insurgent counter-warfare: IEDs, shoulder-launched missiles, mines, terrorism, propaganda, hacking, the internet, and smart phones. It never seemed to occur to him that once someone loses a close relative or friend to your shock and awe, theyre probably going to be your enemy, sworn to harm you any way they can. It apparently eluded him that the friendly rebels he posed with in photo ops and embraced as regime-change agents would be friends only as long as the US supplied money and arms, but would shift allegiances on a dime, only true to their own ends. Call it willful blindness.
In his defense, and its a feeble defense, his myopia is shared by the US political, military, media, academic, entertainment, and business establishment. Those who dont share it are marginalized, suppressed, orfor the sake of career and professional standingkeep their mouths shut. But myopia excuses far too much. Venality and corruption are at the heart of it. Americas endless wars reward its proponents and beneficiaries with enormous power and profits. Their five-star sendoff for prime beneficiary McCain is fitting.
Now US dominance is under attack. Russia and China press ahead with their consolidation of Eurasia and the erection of a multipolar order. They have both developed weapons for which the US has no defense, unless such defenses are a well-kept secret. Even satraps, puppets, and vassals are questioning their allegiance to the US government, its military, and its dollar. The US national debt asks no questions, but tells no lies. The numbers on usdebtclock.org for debt and unfunded liabilities spin ever faster, propelled by uncontrolled spending, compounding interest and a refusal to admit that our ends outstrip our means.
McCains death was as charmed as his life. He has departed before the empire he loved collapses under the weight of hubris and debt. Its a story as old as empire, but the rulers of America either dont read history, dont comprehend its lessons, or believe that they, like McCain, will depart before the bitter harvest is reaped.
Now theyve laid Johns body down, sad old men and women who run this town. Their sadness was feigned. One of the treasures exchanged for power is the capacity for honest and wholesome emotion. Its all unbounded ambition, bloodless calculation, and reflexive insincerity. The sad is from the perspective of the wise and ethical. Many of the mourners are so warped, so corrupt, and so beyond redemption that they evoke profound despair among those who see them for what they are.
The old is real. The powers that be look and talk old. Their philosophy is ancient, tottering like Hillary Clinton falling into her van. For centuries, beneath the religious and patriotic dross, might wielded by central authority has made right. That philosophy and its adherents wont go without an epic tantrum befitting the late McCain, but forces of decentralization beyond their control have been unleashed. The order they worship is Romes unaffordable, unmaintainable subjugation of its empire, undone by barbarians outside the gates and corruption within.
The future belongs to chaos as the unsustainable old order collapses. Someday an entirely different order and ethic, based on decentralized liberty, may prevail somewhere.
This weekend John McCain has been laid to rest. Not, unfortunately, what he represents
but that will follow soon enough.
As we contemplate the ghouls dance at McCains funeral...
McCain bought that funeral with his Obamacare vote treachery.
I wonder if he thinks it was worth it now?
I want to know who funded this rat party. Lord McCain spent his political career sticking it to the taxpayers.
“Their sadness was feigned. “
Actually I think the sadness and mourning is real. Not for John McCain. He was just one of their legion.
I think the mourning is real because they are mourning the collapse of their “politics of inevitability”.
Until Trump, the DC UniParty “politics of inevitability” meant that no matter who “won” the elections, the agenda and outcome was always the same: globalism, open borders, amnesty, “diversity”, “free trade”, anti-Russia war... etc. etc.
McCain embodied the UniParty positions on all of these issues.
And now he is dead, and Trump is still in the White House.
There was an extraordinary symbolism of the entirety of the DC power structure being at the McCain funeral - except for Trump.
And, of course, Trump is more powerful than all of them put together.
Another reality they are mourning.
The man tried to stuff Amnesty down our throats in 2005.
Three years later, he ran the most inept presidential campaign in American history and did everything possible to help Obama win the election.
So so true. And to think I supported that effort. Shame on me in hindsight.
Excellent. Thanks for posting.
Ding dong the witch is dead and Dorothy has to deliver the broomstick to Oz.
No shame involved - for me, or for you.
The alternative was Barack Obama, or Third Party candidates who could not possibly win.
They are mourning the loss of a reliable traitor to his party.
I don’t see even one deal mccain made in life (personal, country or meddling elsewhere) that was “worth it”. They all seem to be losses or break even at best. My take away is God allowed him to remain so long to wake many, around the globe, up to HIM.
I guess it’s gonna take a week or two before these McScum threads all but disappear.
What did he care: He had excellent health care from his birth in the naval hospital in Coco Solo to his death using his congressional Rolls-Royce benefits, with the exception of his time in captivity. And it cost him not a dime in 81 years.
Regretfully you are probably right. But now McCain becomes a very minor and insignificant footnote in American history.
John McCain, as far as I can tell, was a man that through family ties was able to go through life making misjudgment after misjudgment, mistake after mistake, crime after crime, yet through his naiveté and alignment with Americas domestic enemies, be regarded and praised as an American Hero and icon
I believe that you’ve made the best and most succinct summary of McCain’s trajectory through life.
“I come not to praise McCain, but to bury him”.
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