Sunday, July 30, 2017

John McCain: Show Me a Hero and I'll Show You a Bum

Sorry that was a misattribution.

It was actually Pappy Boyington who said, "Show me a hero and I'll show you a bum."

My mistake was understandable.  Boyington was also a Naval Aviator and a hero POW... Well actually no, now that I think of it.

Boyington was a hero before becoming a POW.  Got the Medal of Honor and everything.


For extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO FOURTEEN in action against enemy Japanese forces in Central Solomons Area from September 12, 1943 to January 3, 1944. Consistently outnumbered throughout successive hazardous flights over heavily defended hostile territory, Major Boyington struck at the enemy with daring and courageous persistence, leading his squadron into combat with devastating results to Japanese shipping, shore installations and aerial forces. Resolute in his efforts to inflict crippling damage on the enemy, Major BOYINGTON led a formation of twenty-four fighters over Kahili on October 17, and, persistently circling the airdrome where sixty hostile aircraft were grounded, boldly challenged the Japanese to send up planes. Under his brilliant command, our fighters shot down twenty enemy craft in the ensuing action without the loss of a single ship. A superb airman and determined fighter against overwhelming odds, Major BOYINGTON personally destroyed 26 of the many Japanese planes shot down by his squadron and by his forceful leadership developed the combat readiness in his command which was a distinctive factor in the Allied aerial achievements in this vitally strategic area.

Frankln D. Roosevelt -- President of the United States of America

Where as before becoming a POW McCain's previous achievement was losing three aircraft during the course of his career.  Not five as is often reported but only THREE AIRCRAFT.  Usually losing ONE is enough to end your career as a flyboy but in McCain's case it didn't.  Did I mention that his father was an admiral. I'm sure I meant to.

No question the guy went through hell at the Hanoi Hilton.  I don't blame him for making the anti-American statements that he made while under duress.  If you claim you wouldn't have, then fuck you, you are lying sack of shit.  

When offered a chance to go home early, he stayed.  

Granted, that took guts. 

However, it should be remembered that he was under orders to do so.  "If I become a prisoner of war... I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy." 

There were quite a few other things he could have been charged with if he had accepted the North's kind offer.  He was the senior officer on site, that would have theoretically been desertion in the heat as commanding officer.*  Yeah, Daddy was an Admiral but that has limits.

I'll never know for certain what the real reason he stayed was and neither will you.  That one goes to his grave with him.

Abandoning the wife who stuck by him when he was in interred, to marry a beautiful, rich 26 year old beer baron's daughter (with severe Daddy Issues) when he was 44 on the other hand was nothing short of utter despicable.  But he was a hero so we have to give a pass.

Being part of the Keating Five should have ended his career.  But he was a hero so we have to give him a pass.

Quick review here. Destroyed three planes when he was behind the stick. Abandoned his loyal wife for a woman half his age and corruption scandal.  But we keep having to give him a pass.

Now he wants a pass one more time.  

This time for a casting a vote on Obamacare that had only one purpose, to try and screw Donald Trump.  

And yes, I honestly believe that that is indeed and truly the only reason that he played at being a "maverick" again and betrayed the entire Republican Party.  

"Smiling" Chuck Schumer clearly knew all about it, what with his quickly shushing his applauding conference.  So what deal did McCain make with him?

My own guess is this.  As is well known the only part of John McCain that wasn't malignant has finally thrown in the towel and joined the rest of him.  As a result the viscous old son of a bitch will be pushing up daisies before this congress ends.  His own side will be obliged to propose honors for him but the truth is they hate him too.  McCain wants a statue and a Congressional Coin struck in his honor and he can't be sure his own party will give him anything other than a "moment of silence," although the spirit of that moment will clearly be "for what we have received,  oh Father, we are truly grateful."  

A few on his own side of the aisle will feel obliged to grant him those things but now he has a guaranteed super majority with Schumer's happy agreement.

Although his primary motive was his hatred for the man who has the job he feels should have been his.

It doesn't matter in the long run.  In seven years Donald Trump will be stepping down from the presidency with his place in the history books secured.  By that time John McCain will have joined the likes of Thomas Dewey in the halls of the justly forgotten.

A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterward. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have. 
-- Teddy Roosevelt

*That bit is kind of tricky because his primary duty was to attempt escape.  Regardless that one really was not possible.

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