The Maverick is gone, but with news headlines across the nation mentioning a continued feud with President Trump, you’d think he was still the Senator from Arizona.
Let’s agree to remember John as the war hero he was. Let’s try to forget that time President Trump diminished that during the campaign – “I like people who weren’t captured.” A stupid comeback and a gaff that hasn’t hurt him as much as it should have.
But McCain capped his career in politics (something no one should be proud of) with a decisive vote against killing Obamacare’s individual mandate (which despite SCOTUS’ interpretation as a “tax”, is obviously an infringement on our freedoms).
He played poker on his phone while lawmakers were debating Syria strategies, then laughed it off on national news. Everyday Americans understand that as something we would lose our jobs over.
Just a few short months after posing with Syrian rebels he had just helped broker an arms deal with, might I add. A questionable alliance with people who had mutual interests with Al Qaeda (the group responsible for 9/11).
He was so blinded by his hate for Trump (like so many others) that he was the perfect mark for Democratic operatives to use as a patsy to push fake intel to the FBI. It wouldn’t have been taken seriously if it came from a Democrat.
He voted against the Bush tax cuts. He seemed to often side with the government taking and keeping more of your money. He brought a conservative icon, Sarah Palin, to the limelight in order to procure the Evangelical base, then trashed her and blamed her for his Presidential Campaign loss in 2008. He was a poor loser. I think the loss had more to do with his disconnection from the reality of everyday Americans. Everyday Americans know how many houses we own. Click here to hear him struggle to remember how many houses he owned. Maybe that’s why he thought the government deserves to take and keep more of our money – because he was so wealthy it made no difference to him.
He championed legislation with Ted Kennedy (D – Massachusetts) which started the conversation about providing illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship. Something that someone who breaks our immigration laws should never have. Currently there are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States. That’s literally like someone stealing a bike and then instead of punishing them, you just give them the bike. 11 million times. And how do you explain it to the millions of people that worked hard and spent years saving up to buy the bike? Rewarding illegal behavior is a dangerous precedent. America is a nation of immigrants, that’s correct. Legal ones. The rest are not a part of our nation, they are by definition criminals that do not belong here.
John’s daughter, Meghan McCain has continued his feud with President Trump. She recently said Trump was jealous of her father’s family. Which makes very little sense since Trump has healthy, intelligent kids that are loyal and come to his defense often. She has called him bizarre, low and pathetic. I understand her need to defend a father that cannot defend himself, but with a track record like John McCain’s, she’s not doing herself any favors.
The Maverick will soon fade from the headlines once again. He won’t be remembered for his service to our country and defiance as a POW. He’ll be remembered as a little man, a lifelong politician that was out of touch with the citizens of his country, entitled to special treatment and so blinded by his disdain for our President that he harmed the Republic he claimed to love. A waffling representative of his constituents. Hardly a conservative. History will not be gentle. His service to our country should be celebrated, but the man himself, not so much.