The John McCain Legacy

July/28/2017 12:35PM
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I preface this entry with some first-hand thoughts. First, I am sorrowed to hear the Senator is fighting cancer. Anyone going through that demands our thoughts and prayers. Second, I have inserted a link to a Rolling Stone article about McCain’s history. I’m sure this is somewhat biased since RS is a liberal publication. However, a late friend of mine was in Naval Flight school with McCain. He detested John. Basically said word for word what the article says about him. A drunk, a hot head, a womanizer, a moron, and the worst pilot in the program. I also met a man who was with John at Annapolis.  He said he went over the wall( snuck out against the rules) with John once and hit the bars and parties near by. He said it was a regular occurrence with John. Perhaps that explains why he finished 5th from the bottom of his class.

McCain cast the deciding vote to kill the repeal of Obamacare. If he was your dad or my dad we would have taken his car keys away long ago.  He is the poster boy for term limits. Before you attack me and say he is a war hero and deserves more respect, please read the RS article. He has very little from some of the other prisoners who were in the Hanoi POW camp. Regardless of where  you come down on this and the cancer issue, I say he was never qualified to be an US Senator or a presidential candidate and should have never run the last time. I see  him as an example of how not to pick a politician.

This man has screwed up almost everything he has touched his entire life and skated by distorting the truth, self-aggrandizement , pulling strings, or flip-flopping.  Perhaps there are lessons we can learn from this. Being a hero may not be a singular qualification for public office.  Being in public office and not being competent does not disqualify you from that job.  Unlike the private sector there is no measure of accountability.

Here are ten of the more ridiculous quotes from McCain speeches.

Updated June 28, 2017

10. “I was looking at the Sturgis schedule ?and noticed that you had a beauty pageant, so I encouraged Cindy to compete. I told her [that] with a little luck, she could be the only woman to serve as both the First Lady and Miss Buffalo Chip.” –on the annual Miss Buffalo Chip Pageant, which features topless (and occasionally bottomless) contestants, Sturgis, South Dakota, Aug. 4, 2008.

9.? “Across this country this is the agenda I have set before my fellow prisoners.and the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent.” –Bethlehem, Penn., Oct. 8, 2008

8. “You know, I think you may have noticed that Senator Obama’s supporters have been saying some pretty nasty things about Western Pennsylvania lately. And you know, I couldn’t agree with them more. I couldn’t disagree with you. I couldn’t agree with you more than the fact that Western Pennsylvania is the most patriotic, most god-loving, most, most patriotic part of America, and this is a great part of the country.” –Moon Township, Penn., Oct. 21, 2008

7. “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should. I’ve got Greenspan’s book.” –as quoted in the Boston Globe, Dec. 17, 2007

6. “Our economy, I think, is still — the fundamentals of our economy are strong.” –Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 15, 2008

5. “You know that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran?Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.” –breaking into song after being asked at a VFW meeting about whether it was time to send a message to Iran, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, April 18, 2007

4. “There was an energy bill on the floor of the Senate loaded down with goodies, billions for the oil companies, and it was sponsored by Bush and Cheney.You know who voted for it? You might never know. That one.” –referring to Barack Obama during the second presidential debate, Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 7, 2008

3. “I think — I’ll have my staff get to you. It’s condominiums where — I’ll have them get to you.” –after being asked how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own, interview with Politico, Las Cruces, N.M., Aug. 20, 2008

2. “Make it a hundred…That would be fine with me.” –to a questioner who asked if he supported President Bush’s vision for keeping U.S. troops in Iraq for 50 years, Derry, New Hampshire, Jan. 3, 2008

1. “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you c*nt.” –to his wife, Cindy, after she playfully twirled his hair and said “You’re getting a little thin up there,” as reported in the book The Real McCain by Cliff Schecter

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