Timothy Benton | Feb 10, 2019 | 0
Farewell John McCain
I have heard that since we lost John McCain there is no longer a need to tell the American people what happened, that we need to honor him for what he once was. I agree, we should honor the memory of what he once was, a war hero, who suffered in Vietnam, a Senator, who was considered in his prime a maverick, but in the end, he died a sad testimony of the all-consuming corruption of Washington DC.
John McCain who as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam war was shot down in a bombing mission in his A-4E Skyhawk 0ver North Vietnam on October 26, 1967, he was captured and then place in the Hỏa Lò Prison, better known as the Hanoi Hilton.
He was beaten and tortured, something he carried with him for the rest of his life, was one of the movers to try to fight against any enhanced form of interrogation of terrorist, thus setting up a conflict with the Bush administration. The beatings came due to his refusal to sign any document that assigned guilt to him and the US over attacks on Vietnam. In the end, he and most of the POW’s broke signed the statement, something I never assigned guilt over, until you go through this personally, you have no right to judge.
He was released and repatriated back to the US on March 14, 1973, refused to have anything to do with the peace groups during his captivity, nor did he afterward
After undergoing rehabilitation for injuries from ejecting from his plane and abuse suffered during his ordeal as a POW, he was then assigned as the Navy’s liaison to the Senate in 1977, remarried in 1978 to his second wife, and retired from the navy on April 1, 1981, with the rank of Captian.
He then ran for Congress in 1983 in a highly contested election, he won with backing from connections he had made while serving as a Liaison officer and with the help of money his wife had given to the campaign, she was the daughter of the founder of a large beer distributorship.
He served one term as a congressman, then served for 18 years as a Senator before he decided to run as president in the 2000 election, picking up the GOP nomination to oppose Barak Obama. He lost that election due to what was seen by many as already becoming more part of the deep state then fighting it, over time had turned from one that fought against what was seen as political corruption to working with it.
During the Trump campaign became part of the never-Trump crowd, fought whatever President Trump was trying to push, which was the will of the electorate, and in the end, a once great man and war hero showed how the absolute corrupting the power that comes with being a mover in Washington DC can be.
Nothing displayed this more than him fighting from surgery to come back, just to vote down and cause Trump and the GOP to lose what then was the move to undo Obamacare and put something better in its place. He was more concerned about stopping Trump then doing what was best for this nation.
McCain is a tale of what the corrupting influence of Washington does to people. Started of a war hero, a man of idea’s, a maverick, turned into a bitter deep state hero who cared more about vengeance then what was good for the American people.
We lost the spirit of someone who once was great, that greatness was taken by the all-consuming influence of the corruption of Washington DC. It is also a lesson on why term limits are so vital, we need to put a dam on this influence, the best way to do that is to limit the time this corrupting influence pushes down on our elected officials.
We will miss the man that once was a maverick, who fought to change this nation, we will also learn from watching him later in life the insidious effect this corrupting influence that power brings with it as we watched this greatness turn into something else.