Love him or hate him, the man didn’t get the reputation of ‘Maverick’ by being easy to get along with.
He even made the occasion of his own funeral into a political statement, by telling the President he didn’t want him to attend.
Some people, like McConnel, took the time to lavish their praise upon him.
“In an era filled with cynicism about national unity and public service, John McCain’s life shone as a bright example,” the Kentucky Republican said in the statement. “He showed us that boundless patriotism and self-sacrifice are not outdated concepts or clichés, but the building blocks of an extraordinary American life.”
And, so far as his military service goes, they’re entirely right.
In the Hanoi Hilton, he had a chance to throw someone else under the bus to get what he wanted. He didn’t accept.
But I knew that the Code of Conduct says, “You will not accept parole or amnesty,” and that “you will not accept special favors.” For somebody to go home earlier is a special favor. There’s no other way you can cut it.
I went back to him three nights later. He asked again, “Do you want to go home?” I told him “No.” He wanted to know why, and I told him the reason. I said that Alvarez [first American captured] should go first, then enlisted men and that kind of stuff.
But, as we said, he politicized his own funeral. Telling the world he didn’t want Trump there. And now we’re hearing that he arranged for Dubya and Obama to speak.
John McCain requested that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies at his funeral, CBS News has confirmed. McCain, who had been suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer, died Saturday at the age of 81 at home in Arizona. Both Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush will deliver their remarks during a service at the National Cathedral.
[…] The New York Times says, “Mr. McCain quietly declared before his death that he did not want Mr. Trump to take part in his funeral.” — Source: CBS
We’re often told that he is non-partisan. He’s a consensus builder, and he has his loyalties to the Country above all things.
But is that the reason he wants Dubya (from a family that didn’t support their own party’s nominee, and some of whom actually voted for Hillary Clinton) and Obama (who has been shown to have weaponized aspects of the government against its own citizens) to speak at his funeral?
Is this looking like shades of Herman Melville’s famous line to anyone else? The line being: ‘From Hell’s heart I stab at thee, For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.’
For all this talk of his love of country, one wonders why one of McCain’s OWN STAFFERS supplied the idea of weaponizing the government (the IRS) against Tea Party and Patriot-themed groups.
The documents uncovered by Judicial Watch include notes from a high-level meeting on April 30, 2013 between powerful members of McCain’s and Levin’s staffs and Lerner, then-director of tax exempt organizations at the IRS under Barack Obama. The notes reveal the suggestions from McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner who urges Lerner to use IRS audits on the advocacy groups to financially ruin them:
In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”
McCain has aligned himself AGAINST Trump (who has been called the most Conservative president, policy-wise since Reagan) and WITH Obama and the Bush Family.
Is McCain a hero? That will probably depend on which period of his life you have in mind when you answer the question.
Trump’s response to the death of a sometimes bitter political rival was fairly tame by Trump’s standards.
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Considering the Catch-22 he was stepping into, and all the flack Trump took for not giving a flowery response to the death of McCain, was his quiet sort of answer actually the proper one for him to have taken?
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