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John McCain — A Once Great Man Made Very Small in Washington

Rod Thomson

Washington, D.C. does not create great men and women. It can sometimes reveal greatness. But for those who stay too long, Washington makes great people small and petty; and small, petty people unsightly shells.

In Lord of the Rings terminology, it is the one ring to rule them all. And John McCain has worn the ring too long. It has distorted the courageous and selfless airman and POW he once was into a mere shadow of that man, driven to maintain the power, influence and affirmation of the entrenched power structure in D.C. — and in doing so undermining the country.

It is tragic to have watched. And it’s a cautionary tale.

The latest revelations will unfortunately cement McCain’s status for many Americans as one submitted to the demanding lure of D.C.

McCain, who is 81 and dying from an aggressive brain tumor, has invited former presidents Obama and Bush to his funeral, along with many of Washington’s leaders, but pointedly not the current President of the United States, who is even from his own party. McCain hates Trump, and while it is his prerogative to invite who he wishes to his own funeral (people do that?) this reveals how small Washington has made him.

Trump has been accomplishing amazing successes for Americans and around the world, from the booming economy to North Korea, Israel, Iraq and so much more, Trump has made America stronger, more respected and safer. But McCain does not like the way he comports himself, his personal life, his unpresidential tweeting or his insults. In a sense, he does not like the way Trump refuses to conform to the the ways of Washington.

Second, and far worse, McCain proudly admits in his new book coming out that he was the person who gave the now-infamous Steele dossier to FBI Director James Comey. The dossier was opposition research funded by the Clinton Campaign and Democratic National Committee and was mostly tawdry fiction from a guy who also possesses a deep dislike of Trump. This ungrounded smear job apparently formed part of the basis for the FBI surveillance on the Trump team and for the now-fizzling Trump-Russia investigation.

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That McCain passed that attack piece on — and was seen by the DNC operatives as just the man to do their dirty work — speaks volumes of how far he has fallen after 35 years as a D.C. politician, 30 of those as a U.S. Senator. The power, the attention, the “ways of Washington” are intoxicating.

Finally, its been clear for quite some time that McCain was not up to being a functioning Senator — which, frankly, is not that high a bar. But rather than step down and allow a special election to likely put in a Republican who could make votes, he hung on to his seat. But he could not attend votes. So basically, he reduced the Republicans numbers by one, putting them at the barest 50 required to pass a bill. This had the affect, likely intended, of making passage of any Trump-supported bills (also supported by fellow Republicans) even harder.

This is, again, tragic to watch.

Because it’s worth remembering at this point that John McCain was a bona fide war hero. His opponents of today don’t like that, but it’s the truth. On his 23rd Vietnam War bombing mission over Hanoi in 1967, his A-4T Skyhawk was shot down by a Soviet-made ground-to-air missile. He fractured both arms and a leg when he ejected, was captured by the North Vietnamese, who crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt and stabbed him with a bayonet.

He was imprisoned in the infamous Hanoi Hilton without being treated for his injuries by his captors, and tortured daily. He did not get medical treatment until his captors discovered he was the son of an Admiral. When his father was made commander of all Vietnam forces, the North Vietnamese offered to free him for propaganda purposes. McCain refused unless they released all those Americans captured before him. Needless to say, that did not happen and he was thrown into solitary confinement and the torture was ramped up. This went on until his release in 1973. He spent more than four more years being tortured as a POW when he could have been freed. More can be read here.

This all bears remembering, because those were the acts of a great and honorable and brave man — even though he later broke under the torture. Virtually every POW officer did and no person of caliber would hold that against him.

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But everyone changes over the years and McCain seems to have lost the largeness of his vision of sacrifice for the nation, for Americans, and fell into the attention-seeking pettiness of Washington. Sure, Trump may bring that out more easily, but McCain had become a media darling for repeatedly undermining Republican agendas long before Trump came down the elevator to announce his presidency. McCain seemed to lose his way over the decades. The last two developments make that plain.

His legacy is deeply tarnished as being one that concluded with the petty politics of division, personal ambition and desire for positive media attention — even when that meant undermining his own party repeatedly when it was working to do positive things for Americans.

And the primary influence on his life after his POW years was Washington, D.C. It seems to have come to own him, just as the One Ring eventually does all those who possess it too long.

Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.

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12 replies on “John McCain — A Once Great Man Made Very Small in Washington”

True McCain: (with supporting links)
▪ His plane was shot down over Viet Nam…. because he was ordered to break off the chase… and refused to obey orders.
▪ At the same time, both shoulders were broken… because he refused to follow instructions of how to protect self when ejecting from aircraft.. ( lack of medical treatment allowed the broken bones to heal as they are now… he was never tortured!)
▪ As soon as he was able to talk, he told his captors exactly who his Father and Grand-father is (was).
▪ He wasn’t given a choice for release. Congress feared the public learning of ‘special treatment’ and refused to have him released.
▪ There are (or was) pictures of him riding around in Hanoi with the prison camp commander… treated like a guest!
▪ After becoming a Senator, he prevented funds to find and rescue MIAs still being held in hidden prison camps.
▪ Showboating, McCAIN nearly sank U.S.S. Forrestal Aircraft Carrier, Killing 134 Sailors
▪ McCains entire life is nothing more than lies concocted to make him seem a hero.

Songbird McCain tapes found and released.

POW betrayal.


Meeting with known terrorists?

McCain funded by Soro’s since 2001?

You are wrong on the USS Forestal. Join McCain was sitting in his A4 Skyhawk waiting for be launched when a rocket was shot from an F4 Phantom from the rear.

What’s with the great airman accolades ?? McCain’s career was full of mishaps and serious accidents with most of them caused by his hot shot attitude. Perhaps because his father was the fleet admiral. He essentially was responsible for being shot down over North Vietnam due to not following flight protocols which he was noted for doing.

He was never a great man. Everything he did at Annapolis and while serving in the military was subpar. If not for the FACT that his father anad grandfather were highly respected Admirals, John would have been cashiered from the NAVY for his incompetence.

He was probably assigned to that bombing mission over North Vietnam because he was considered expendable by his superiors.

His legislative career was bombastic but not very productive.

McCain was not the “hero” that the media made him.
He did not get the name “songbird” for singing in the church choir.
McCain is a traitor, and was spared court martial because who his father was.
I, for one, will not mourn his passing.

Let’s not forget the souls he killed on the aircraft carrier when he was showing off and subsequently being rescued from that episode by daddy and grandaddy. He has proven over the years to be a liar and a fraud. Also someone who will not take responsibility for his own actions. On top of that being party to subvert other senatorial elections in other states.

“James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director whose firing by Mr. Trump prompted the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, received a copy of the memos after Election Day from Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona.” NY Times 10/2017

As the FBI was “wiretapping” Trump a year before this and they had used the dossier to get the wiretap authorized this action by McCain had no effect. All this proves is that McCain is a Democrat who can’t spell.

John McCain was never, ever, “a great man”.
I will spare you the very long list of reasons why not , which date all the way back to his naval academy days.
I was serving in the 7th fleet,, in the zone, when “songbird” was active.
I remember when he and Kerry abandoned our living POWS so that the gooberment could begin trade with Communist Vietnam.
I remember it all.
John McCain was never, ever, “a great man”.

McCain was never a great man, he was one who bungled everything he touched. In his old age he became more a more miserable human being.

All of you are are so wrong… I’m a retired historian so I have studied the (real) facts. I’m a Democrat but recognize an honorable decent human being when I see one, and John McCain was the epitome of that characteristic.

It is inconceivable to me that so many Americans believe the ridiculous rhetoric being fed them by an insecure narcissist who lies with every breath he takes. I worry for our country with the person in charge of it now. Every time the president throws out some statements, use due diligence to research them, to ascertain if they are true. Don’t just be spoonfed without finding the facts. Our country was founded to escape tyranny, from oppression , and being stifled without a free press…
I pray fervently that somehow calmer honest people will prevail and set our great nation back on the correct track.

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