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John McCain -- a Hero by Any Definition

Jeff Hall

Posted on May 12, 2018 12:47

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Whether you agree or disagree with his politics, John McCain spent over five years in the Hanoi Hilton, being tortured. He deserves everyone's respect.

I was in shock when Donald Trump said, early in his campaign, that John McCain wasn't a war hero -- and that DJT preferred people who didn't get captured.

I figured at the time, "Well, this is going to be a short campaign."

Of course, I was wrong, but if we can't show more honor and respect to those who spent time in a POW camp, we really have sunk to some new, societal, low. 

I never voted for John McCain, but I respect the hell out of the guy. 

I WANTED to vote for him in 2000, during his "Straight Talk Express" days -- but he got bounced from the race against George W. Bush.

There were hints at the time that McCain's opponents were spreading false rumors about John McCain having fathered a black child out of wedlock. 

In reality, McCain had adopted a dark-skinned child from Bangladesh.

So we had dirty politics back then, too -- sprinkled with "fake news." 

I'm sure we can go back to the beginning of the republic and find equivalent shenanigans from those times and everywhere along the way. 

A fairly recent example is when John Kerry, another Vietnam war hero, got "swift-boated" by unnamed donors willing to say or do anything to block someone from "the other team."

Fhat this has been going on for years doesn't justify the "win at all costs" and "kill the enemy" mentality that has overtaken our politics. 

We now have Republican leaders refusing to really examine Russian meddling in the 2016 election because, well, it worked. 

On the Democratic side, we had Donna Brazile slipping possible CNN questions to the Hillary Clinton camp prior to a debate.  That Bernie Sanders guy simply had to be STOPPED.

Not too long ago, John McCain was good friends with Ted Kennedy.  He is still friends with Joe Biden. 

Ronald Reagan would meet Tip O'Neill at the end of the day for cocktails. 

At least people were willing to talk to one another.  People from the opposing party weren't viewed as monsters deserving to die.

A White House operative said the other day that John McCain's opinions didn't matter anymore, because he was about to die anyway. 

Wow.

John McCain came very close to dying back in Vietnam, a war many of us opposed. 

But what I and many peers thought of that particular war is completely irrelevant.

He served, he got captured, got released and began his climb in electoral politics.

I say the man is a hero.  He's not perfect -- nobody is -- but he's a hero.

Others -- especially those who didn't serve in the military -- should zip it and allow John McCain to depart the scene with the honor and recognition he deserves. 

His presence, I think, will hover over us for a long time.  I think that's a good thing. 

Maybe others will be shamed into acting honorably on occasion.  Maybe this will be looked back on one day as the beginning of our much-needed turnaround. 

 

 

 

Jeff Hall

Posted on May 12, 2018 12:47

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