McCain fought for the freedoms his critics use so cheaply
At some point, we will learn that Sen. John McCain has succumbed to his illness. We suspect that even Donald Trump will express statesmanlike words of condolence and respect.
He should! The man unleashed a torrent of slander against John McCain and his service to this country.
Dulcet words will not stop the Furies this flawed President unleashed from writhing in the gutter he dug for them. They have recast John McCain as an Enemy of the People for his Never-Trump apostasy. The Trumpers uber alles have weaponized their idol’s mean spirits and packed a suicide vest with extra vitriol.
John McCain is — get this! — a traitor!
“FACT!” blares a ubiquitous Facebook posting. He’d be in Leavenworth federal prison this very day were it not for an executive pardon from Richard Nixon. Did you know that McCain started a fire aboard an aircraft carrier that killed 134 sailors?
Not since the old Soviet Union has history been rewritten with such contempt for the truth.
Believing what you want
A retired Air Force general playing talking head on Fox News called Sen. John McCain “songbird John” for allegedly providing information to the North Vietnamese while he was a prisoner of war. Fox will not invite this liar back.
As Trump himself would say, albeit in other contexts, Fake News. One military source reports:
The myth of “Songbird McCain” — a moniker attributed to accusations of collusion with North Vietnam — is not a new issue, though it has taken hold in the senator’s absence. (“McCain was convicted of treason and sentenced to death by firing squad until he was pardoned by Nixon,” one self-described patriot wrote with authority.)
This exchange on Facebook is typical:
Bill Elmhorst So why did McCain need a pardon from President Nixon if he hadn’t done anything wrong?
David Blaska No pardon from Nixon. Fake News.
Bill Elmhorst According to the liberal Snopes fact check.
Jeff Meyer Who trusts Snopes anymore?
Bill Elmhorst Jeff Meyer, David Blaska does. You can always trust Snopes to prove conservatives and Trump wrong about everything!
So Blaska posts the official U.S. Department of Justice list of those Nixon pardoned. No John McCain on that list. Waiting for the Trumpbots to claim U.S. Justice is a front funded by George Soros through the Clinton Foundation.
As for that aircraft carrier fire, a rocket on someone else’s jet misfired on the flight deck and started a fire, according to the History Channel. (They must be in cahoots, as well!)
No triviality is too ridiculous for the haters. Look at the huge home he lives in, says another, who posts a photograph of someone else’s home — it’s not even McCain’s — as if Republicans should not enjoy wealth. Another claims to be a Wisconsin employer who would fire any of his workers suffering from cancer who “can’t do the job” like McCain. (Drop an extra nickel into the collection box this Sunday, my friend.)
Hate his votes without rewriting history
McCain has incurred the wrath of Khan for voting to retain Obamacare. (A stupid vote, it was.) And for disinviting the President from his funeral. (He has that in common with the Bush family.) Maybe Trump should have thought twice before he uttered the ridiculous formulation that he liked heroes who weren’t captured. (As if Donald Trump was ever in harm’s way.) Teachable moment: Insult a U.S. Senator at your peril.
Your Squire has his own reasons for trashing John McCain, U.S. Senator. McCain co-authored, with Russ Feingold (no less) one of the worst pieces of legislation ever … put government bureaucrats in control of political speech. To determine who may speak, when they may speak, what they may say. Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court rescued the First Amendment in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission 2010.
Maverick, frustrating and frequently wrong. But McCain’s heroic conduct during the Vietnam War cannot be turned upside down into a vicious smear because one disagrees with his roll calls.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Disagreeing with someone on one issue does not give license to trash an entire history. It would be like obliterating a memorial to a selfless volunteer at a Madison cemetery because you disagree with who paid for the stone.