Skip to comments.The Politics of McCain’s Passing
Posted on 08/30/2018 5:52:13 AM PDT by Kaslin
Personally, I have nothing but respect for the military service of the late Senator John McCain of Arizona, who passed away Saturday after a long battle with brain cancer. And I dont have anything to say about the way his family is mourning his death, people should be given as wide of a berth as they need to handle losing a loved one. Its the reaction of everyone else in the political sphere with which I take issue.
Feel free to call me a jerk, but when he wasnt criticizing Republicans, no elected liberal or leftist journalist had anything good to say about the man when he was alive, so its a bit odd to see Democrats clamoring to honor him.
Senate Democrats want to rename a Senate office building in his honor. While that may sound nice, its opportunistic going into election season for Democrats to be seen as calling for something bi-partisan before people vote. Theyve done nothing but obstruct and delay everything they could, now they want to come off as willing to work across the aisle. There was no similar push or non-stop media coverage when Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye died in 2013 and he won the Congressional Medal of Honor and lost an arm in World War II.
In a joint statement, Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and retiring squish Senator Jeff Flake said, Renaming the Russell building in his honor ensures that his story will be told with the hope that inspiration becomes motivation and future leaders emerge with his brand of courage and commitment.
I get that you say nice things about someone when they pass, but Schumer is playing a game here. He wants to stick this in the eyes of Republicans by forcing them to support a Democrat-led action or oppose something honoring McCain at a time when the nation is paying attention. Flake just wants to flip the bird one more time to President Trump, who is the reason hes not seeking reelection.
Some senators are saying its time to pump the brakes on this rush, that theyd be happy to honor McCain somehow, just not right now and not by renaming one of the three Senate office buildings. Journalists, who also only had nice things to say about McCain when he was bucking GOP leadership, are cheerleading this push. They will go wall-to-wall with the coverage of his memorial service and funeral procession, not acknowledging how they demonized him in 2008 when he dared to run against Barack Obama and introduced Sarah Palin to the national scene.
In 2008, Congressman John Lewis compared McCain to racist Democrat George Wallace, now Lewis is singing his praises. The hypocrisy is too much for me. John McCain loved our country and served it his whole life, but you can be a hero without being a saint. And none of us are saints.
I voted for McCain in the 2000 Michigan primary, I found him to be honest and a refreshing change from politics as usual. By 2008, I dont remember who I voted for in the primary and only voted for him because the alternative was Obama. His most widely-known piece of legislation was the campaign finance law McCain/Feingold. I thought it was unconstitutional and done out of spite over the outside groups that mobilized against him in the 2000 fights against George W Bush. The Supreme Court agreed.
When it comes to honoring McCain, I have no problem with the concept, but I do have an issue with naming buildings after politicians in Washington, DC. If the states senators represented want to honor them by naming anything after them, Im all for it, and if the Navy wants to name a ship after John McCain (like they have his father), Im all in. But the names should be stripped from federal buildings.
Times change, what was once acceptable becomes unacceptable as society advances. Senator Richard Brevard Russell, whose name now adorns the building theyre pushing to rename, was a staunch Democrat who opposed civil rights legislation. Why did they honor him in the first place? Who cares? In 50 years people would be wondering why they honored McCain and there will be a push to change the name again. Its the circle of politics.
Its time to stop. Members of Congress are temporary representatives of we the people. They arent better than anyone else, and Lord knows they arent our moral superiors. If the people in the states they represented want to honor them, good. But no one senator or congressman represents the whole country, no matter how they are portrayed in the media.
A nasty, egocentric bastard. Glad he is dead.
I cannot, for the life of me understand the sickeningly smarmy adulation for this crooked, evil mental case. I’m so tired of this dead bastard...despised the bastard when he was alive...despise him even more now.
Donald Trump made John McCain the man he is today.
I’ve hit many Dems on Reddit with this hypocrisy.
The best “excuse” some have come up with is that “I was 7 years old in 2008”.
Senate republicans should just say they dont want the senate office building renamed the McCain SOB. They should act hugely offended that the Dems would even suggest something that awful so close to his death (insert evil grin here)
If McCain had not served in the military, would he ever have gotten where he did politically? The truth is that he used the war hero card as masterfully as the race card was used by Obama to make himself untouchable and immune to criticism. Im all for honoring the honest service of those in the military, but to demand that someone be given a lifelong pass to wield power is disingenuous and manipulative.
Somebody please ping me when the orgy of McCain worship is finally off the airwaves. I might take a break from baseball or Family Feud and watch the news again.
It has been interesting to watch how many friends McCain among the Democrats....
God bless TIVO every time they start talking about the back- stabber I thank God for my TIVO...
McCain revealed by his final actions just how dark and filled with hatred and anger he was. He died with a heart full of hate, and his final actions were acts of hate, cruelty, and vengeance. That’s his legacy: hate, anger, pettiness, cruelty, vindictiveness, and revenge. What a miserable and pathetic man. And saddest of all is that it could all have been different; he could have left the world a legacy of love, kindness, forgiveness, light, hope, wisdom, and blessings.
I believe that all 3 John McCains are now officially associated with the so named destroyer.
>>I cannot for the life of me understand the sickeningly smarmy adulation for this crooked, evil mental case.<<
It’s just another anti-Trump hit by the Leftist media and the Socialist ‘RATS.
Agree. Even a significant portion of his farewell letter was just a hit on PDJT. The Senate Office Building (SOB) is already named after McCain.
The Dims and their accomplices in the media are making a big deal of this simply to hurt Trump. They don’t give a hoot about John McCain; they only care that his passing may inflict damage on the President.
I understand all of it and that is why I dont even have a TV. What is the point in watching mentally deranged people ? Yeah, it can be entertaining in a perverse kinda way, but that only goes so far
? John McCain made himself the pariah he is today by turning against Republicans and conservatives after his exposure by the press in b the Keating 5 scandal.
But the character defects of extreme egomania and foul personalit were always there.
Praise God, I don’t have a tv either. 4 radios...but no tv.
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