Cheap Seats 2018
Mavericks - 09/05
By Rich Trzupek
It was almost exactly 10 years ago. Senator and war-hero John McCain III accepted the Republican party’s nomination as its Presidential candidate in the soon-to-be 2008 election. As part of his acceptance speech, McCain attempted to signal his enthusiasm and commitment by raising his hands in triumph. He was only partially successful.
McCain was unable to raise his hands much above shoulder height. Liberal commentators and news outlets – to be fair some, but not all – poked fun at candidate McCain the following day. What a boob! That was the message. The dumb-ass didn’t even know enough to properly signal triumph.
The reason that Senator McCain was unable to raise his hands to full triumphant height was because the former naval lieutenant commander had been severely injured during the Viet Nam War. Lt. Cmdr. McCain was piloting a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk on Oct. 26, 1967 when a North Vietnamese missile took him down.
Senator John McCain III was the son of Admiral John McCain Jr. and the grandson of Admiral John “Slew” McCain Sr. Both junior and senior could lay just claim to being pioneer naval aviators. Senior and junior served their nation honorably during World War II. Junior served during the Korean conflict and held a primary command role during the end days of the Viet Nam War.
McCain III’s lineage as an American patriot could not be questioned. He endured over five years of torture, mistreatment and abuse at the hands of his Communist North Vietnamese captors. Despite all of that – despite his father’s leading role in the conflict – John McCain III stubbornly refused to provide his Communist captors with ammunition they might have used to undermine America’s resolve to fight the Marxists attempting to seize control of Indochina.
He was a heroic warrior who upheld the McCain tradition of honorable service to their country. Of that fact, there can be no dispute. Yet, honorable military service is no guarantee of effective or desirable service when elected to public office. American history is replete with examples of admirable warriors who turned into disappointing public servants, from Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson through Lt. James Earl Carter.
As a Senator, McCain was a lukewarm conservative. When not running for president, he could be the darling of the liberal media, when he “dared” to cross party lines. MSM doctrine holds that Republicans who side with Democrats on an issue are brave, while Democrats who side with Republicans are traitors.
According to an acquaintance who served in Congress with McCain, the senator had a spectacular temper that was rarely on public display.
John McCain III was clearly a good man, and a brave man. He served with distinction as a naval officer and will justly be remembered as a hero for that service.
But as an elected official he left much to be desired. It’s somewhat amusing and somewhat sad to see his political opponents, from President Obama to liberal commentators turning back-flips to praise Senator McCain, when the same bunch assured us that presidential candidate McCain would ruin the nation if elected.
Hypocrisy thy name is politics.