John McCain served our country in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1981. He achieved the rank of Captain, and was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Captain John McCain is most well-known for surviving over five years as a prisoner of war, during the Vietnam War, after being shot down and captured by North Vietnamese forces. He was finally released in 1973.
We thank you for your service to our country John McCain.
That WAS John McCain.
Now fast forward to May 17, 2018, forty-five years later.
There will be a reception on Capitol Hill today to honor the service of Senator John McCain. Senators Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar will host the reception. A motley crew to be sure.
On a side note, this is the first that I am even aware we have a Senator Amy Klobuchar as well. I feel it takes some real effort to remain unknown as a U.S. Senator when there are only 100 of them floating around. She is from the state of Minnesota, and she has been a senator since 2007! Eleven years! And I’ve never heard of her! Have you? After some investigation, and input from some anonymous Senate sources, she has only been known to say, “Yes, Mr. Schumer. Thank you, Mr. Schumer. How do you want me to vote, Mr. Schumer?” Ok. Well this is for another article, another day.
Now back to John McCain.
A collection of “swamp monsters” are throwing a reception on Capitol Hill today to honor the service of Senator John McCain. He deserves to be honored for his military service to our country, but that will be clouded by his ensuing service to “the swamp.”
If you look at Senator McCain’s history, all of his meaningful accomplishments happened prior to 1981.
Since going into politics in 1983, Senator McCain really hasn’t done much of anything. In fact, his biggest claim to fame was probably back in 1989-199, when he was investigated as being one of five senators, called the Keating Five, who interfered with regulators on behalf of Charles Keating, a financier accused of financial violations and convicted of securities fraud.
McCain was cleared, but the Senate Ethics Committee (“Senate ethics” is a term that can be defined as “mutually exclusive! The definition of “mutually exclusive” is: Of or relating to a situation involving two or more events, possibilities, etc., in which the occurrence of one precludes the occurrence of the other.) decided that McCain showed poor judgment in his efforts for Keating, who was a large contributor to McCain’s campaign. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? “Swampers” always end up with a slap on the hand. They “show poor judgement” as opposed to breaking the law.
People attending this ceremony will be treated to a special screening of HBO’s new documentary, “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls.”
That’s a pretty dramatic title. I’m assuming it’s a reference to the poem by John Donne.
For Whom the Bell Tolls
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
Well, you can take that for whatever it’s worth.
Thanks John McCain for getting off to a pretty good start with your life, but then sadly being sucked into “the swamp,” and succumbing to the political machine.
In the end, you turned your back on the Veteran’s Administration, sat on your hands, has a weak presidential run, and filled the Senate chamber with hot air. You’re a good poster child for term limits.