Friday, March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey

DONALD TRUMP vs. (the deceased) JOHN McCAIN: What is Really Going On?


I have never much liked the famous early twentieth century attorney Clarence Darrow. You may remember his character portrayed by Spencer Tracy in the classic film Inherit the Wind as a valiant social and legal reformer. It was Hollywood’s attempt—falsely and blatantly ideological—to portray on the silver screen the famous Scopes Evolution Trial of 1925: progress and “science” against “reaction” and Christianity [For a corrective view, see Richard Weaver’s careful analysis in his study, The Ethics of Rhetoric (1965): William Jennings Bryan destroyed Darrow legally in the court case.]

But Darrow was responsible for a quote that fits this column today: "I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."  I embrace that comment with reference to the late Senator John McCain.

In recent days there has been considerable criticism of President Trump for his comments about the deceased senator. One is not supposed to criticize the dead, we are cautioned, especially someone who died in such a miserable way as the late Senator McCain.

Despite the huffy and pompous condemnations of the president by the self-serving Mitt Romney and by Lindsey Graham (who was once McCain’s close partner in Deep State machinations, but now cozies up to Donald Trump), and by various other denizens of the GOP swamp, and the self-righteous indignation of Fox News pundits like Marc Thiessen that somehow Trump was “insulting the dead” and “not being presidential,” I believe the president was entirely justified in his comments.

Although we are enjoined to pray for the dying and the dead, the president was right to say what he said. He had good reasons to do so, and those reasons involve the very concept and understanding of what this nation is all about, its role in the world, and who actually governs and controls this county and its future.

My utter dislike for the Arizona senator and his vision go back at least to the year 2000 when he was running against George W. Bush in the Republican presidential primaries, and in South Carolina he flip-flopped ungraciously and dishonestly on the issue of the Confederate Battle Flag flying at the South Carolina State Capitol.

Over the years, I have collected dozens of articles and news stories concerning the late Arizona solon. Without adding any further commentary, I pass on a selection of excerpts, followed at the end by a summary piece written by James Kirkpatrick, which I reproduce in full.

Mark Twain once quipped that he did not attend a certain figure’s funeral, but did send a letter saying that he approved of it. Given the incalculable damage John McCain did to this nation while he was alive, thankfully Donald Trump did not have to attend the senator’s last rites…but during these last few days, like Twain, he relayed his entirely just and honest thoughts. And I could not agree more.

Here are some of the excerpts I have archived with dates and references:

The tone at John McCain’s spectacle … the message of hatred and contempt for the president was just as patent. The professional NeverTrumper and Twitter activist Bill Kristol sniffed that “I don’t believe the name of the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was mentioned during the service for John McCain, and I’ll continue that practice, in McCain’s honor, for the rest of the day. Today was a moment to celebrate, appreciate and reflect on what is admirable.”  September 3, 2018


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said in a statement on Friday that he will oppose the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal bill. McCain’s vote against Graham-Cassidy effectively tanks renewed efforts to repeal Obamacare….This is the second time McCain saved Obamacare from repeal in the Senate. He first tanked Obamacare in August when he and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) voted against the “skinny” Obamacare repeal bill. The measure failed by one vote. McCain added that he takes no pleasure in derailing legislation sponsored by his friends Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy and hopes that Congress can strike a bipartisan deal on the future of health care.   September 22, 2017

David J. Kramer, a former State Department official and longtime associate of John McCain, reportedly invoked the Fifth Amendment to get out of testifying before the House Intelligence Committee regarding the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump. reported: “Kramer, who is a central player in how the unverified Trump dossier made its way to the FBI in late 2016, testified before the committee in December in a closed-door session, indicating he had information about the dossier’s sources. A subpoena was issued for mid-January, as first reported by the Washington Examiner. The law enforcement source confirmed, however, that Kramer did not appear and has exercised his Fifth Amendment rights”…. On January 10, CNN was first to report, based on leaked information,  that the contents of the dossier were presented during classified briefings one week earlier to then-president Obama and president-elect Trump. Just after CNN’s January 10 report on the classified briefings about the dossier, BuzzFeed published its full unverified contents.
Last October, McCain denied providing the dossier to BuzzFeed and said that he only gave the material to the FBI. “I gave it to no one except for the director of the FBI. I don’t know why you’re digging this up now,” McCain told the Daily Caller during what the news website described as a testy exchange.
Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that Kramer received a copy of the dossier directly from Fusion GPS after McCain expressed interest in the document. McCain then reportedly passed the dossier directly to FBI Director James Comey. Those details marked the clearest indication yet that McCain may have known that the dossier originated with Fusion GPS, meaning that he may have knowingly passed on political material to the FBI.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., will introduce a bipartisan citizenship plan on Monday for young immigrants known as Dreamers in order to reach a budget deal before funding for the federal government runs out this Friday, The Wall Street Journal reports. The proposal, though, doesn’t include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border like President Donald Trump has asked for. "It's time we end the gridlock so we can quickly move on to completing a long-term budget agreement that provides our men and women in uniform the support they deserve," McCain said in a statement Sunday.   February 4, 2018

….where did it come from? John McCain keeps hiding and refuses to answer that question!  What we do know, thanks to an investigation by The Daily Caller, is that the McCain Institute for International Leadership received a VERY GENEROUS donation from none other than George Soros. The institute is intended to serve as a “legacy” for McCain. It “is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom”. It is also a tax-exempt non-profit foundation with assets valued at $8.1 million and associated with Arizona State University…. The institute has accepted contributions of as much as $100,000 from billionaire liberal activist-funder George Soros and from Teneo, a for-profit company co-founded by Doug Band, former President Bill Clinton’s “bag man.” September 4, 2017

Arizona Sen. John McCain delivered a series of attacks on President Donald Trump Friday during a speech in Germany, and at one point he compared today's political atmosphere to the Nazi years of the 1930s and 1940s….While making his case, McCain — who like Trump is a Republican — mentioned Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist. Von Kleist was part of the group that plotted to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944. "What would von Kleist's generation say if they saw our world today?" McCain asked. "I fear that much about it would be all too familiar for them. And they would be alarmed by it"…."They [i.e., the anti-Nazi opposition] would be alarmed by an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood, and race, and sectarianism. They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see toward immigrants, and refugees, and minority groups, especially Muslims," McCain said. "They would be alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies. They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent."  February 17, 2019

Anti-Trump Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has told a left-wing newspaper that he believes “American leadership” was better under President Barack Obama than President Trump — the latest in a series of shots the failed 2008 presidential candidate has taken at his fellow Republican. According to the Guardian, McCain was “visibly irked” when asked about comments Trump made last week in the wake of the terrorist attack in London, in which he criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his response to the atrocity. “What do you think the message is? The message is that America doesn’t want to lead,” McCain said. “They are not sure of American leadership, whether it be in Siberia or whether it be in Antarctica.” Then, when asked if America’s international standing was better under Obama, McCain reportedly responded: “As far as American leadership is concerned, yes.”  June 11, 2017

US Senator John McCain said on Friday that the world desperately needs the US and Europe to “unite once more to preserve globalism and the new world order.” The current chairman of the armed services committee in the US Senate said that Washington should restore cooperation with the EU [European Union] — long one of America’s “most important alliances.” The remarks came at the Brussels Forum, a conference organized by the transatlantic, globalist think tank, German Marshall Fund. The globalist ideologue, who once was a presidential candidate for the Republican Party, has once again put himself in direct opposition to President Trump….    March 28, 2017

Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain's team is on a campaign to rid the Arizona Republican Party of tea party officials, replacing them with allies to the senator in advance of an expected bid for a sixth term in 2016. According to Politico, which spoke to nearly a dozen sources, McCain's team has been working with strategists and fundraisers across the country to undermine the standing of conservatives in his state who could pose a challenge to his political future. "There's been a huge organizational effort that I've never seen before," Gordon James, an Arizona public relations executive and McCain ally, told Politico. "A lot of the party folks who were hostile to John McCain have been marginalized, and that's a good thing."
In January, members of the state committee lead by tea party supporters formally censured the 2008 GOP presidential nominee for not being conservative enough, particularly on the issues of immigration and the Affordable Care Act. Since then, McCain's team managed to oust the man who authored the censure resolution, Timothy Schwartz, who had been serving as a GOP legislative district chairman.
"It's very clear what's going on," Schwartz told Politico, blaming his ouster on McCain. "Look, John McCain has prominence and money and influence and because of that he thinks he can ramrod us."    December 30, 2014

Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
 John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.
Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign. Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions. McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.
The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small. There exists a telling mass of official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos of rescue symbols that pilots were trained to use, electronic messages from the ground containing the individual code numbers given to airmen, a rescue mission by a special forces unit that was aborted twice by Washington—and even sworn testimony by two Defense secretaries that “men were left behind.” This imposing body of evidence suggests that a large number—the documents indicate probably hundreds—of the U.S. prisoners held by Vietnam were not returned when the peace treaty was signed in January 1973 and Hanoi released 591 men, among them Navy combat pilot John S. McCain.  May 25, 2010


Profile In Treason: The Inconceivable Evil Of John McCain—“Man Of Blood”

James Kirkpatrick  October 17, 2017

There is no hatred more complete and no malevolence more fanatical than that held by the American political class for the American people. The commissar’s rage against the kulaks, the jihadist’s fury against the infidel, the inquisitor’s wrath against the unbeliever, all of this pales in comparison to the genocidal bloodlust Senators and Congressmen have against their own constituents. And even as they gleefully promote the outsourcing of jobs, the importation of cheap labor, and the ruthless extirpation of property, wealth and liberty, these shameless parasites demand their slaves die to export their filthy System all over the world.

The most contemptible and dangerous of these vermin is Senator John McCain. In a political career marked by near constant betrayal  and hypocrisy, there are only two constants to his bloody career. The first is a passion for war, any war, for any reason, which can only be termed pathological. The second is the desire to replace the people of his own state and the voters of his own party.  Like a dying venomous snake, McCain is using his final moments to strike at President Trump and those who supported him.

In remarks gleefully repeated by the sociopathic controlled media, McCain simpered:

To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history. [Read John McCain’s Liberty Medal ceremony speech, Boston Globe, October 17, 2017]
It’s worth noting McCain gave his comments while accepting an award from…Joe Biden. Much like McCain’s “patriotism” consists of deconstructing the Historic American Nation itself, Biden poses as a champion of the “working class” because he rides Amtrak but supports “constant, unrelenting” immigrationoutsourcing, anti-white racial preferences and endless, nihilistic wars. McCain and Biden, are, in all essentials, practically identical.

One aches to ask Senator McCain directly what “problem” he thinks will be more effectively “solved” by importing the Third World. National securityHealth careCollapsing wagesRising inequality? Crumbling infrastructure?

McCain’s mumblings are practically self-discrediting. But as American journalists exist to serve power and suppress dissent, it’s unlikely the Senator has been or will ever be asked to defend such ludicrous claims. McCain draws a distinction between “nationalism” and “patriotism,” with the former being defined by the concrete realities of history and heritage and the latter formed by mysterious abstractions.
“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil,” he explained. “We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.”  These ideals, as is customary when they are invoked, are not defined. Yet given McCain’s tributes to the “immigrant’s dream,” the land which “reinvents itself,” and the current “international order,” his remarks are being hyped as a rebuke of “Trumpism” and celebrated by Leftist journalists who suddenly claim the right to define what is “conservatism” or “Republicanism” [John McCain just delivered a total and complete takedown of Trumpismby Chris Cillizza, CNN, October 17, 2017]
McCain’s ideals would be unrecognizable, not only to the Founding Fathers, but to practically any other American generation in history. Would the Father of Our Country have countenanced endless interventionism? Would either Jefferson or Hamilton have recognized a moral imperative for self-annihilation? Would any Federalist or anti-Federalist celebrate the replacement of the very people who had just won independence from the British Empire?

McCain’s denunciation of “nationalism” is also selective. McCain is quite eager to defend the borders of other nations. “We are all Ukrainians,” he declared on one occasion [Senator John McCain: “We Are All Ukrainiansby Jay Newton-Small, Time, February 28, 2014]. “We are all Georgians” he pronounced on another.

It is only when it comes to America that McCain’s “patriotism” becomes abstract and imaginary. Indeed, it seems every people on earth has a right to “blood and soil” which must be safeguarded by American arms, except Americans themselves.
Even as this is written, Kurds and Iraqis are on the brink of war [The Kurdish War with Iraqby Thomas Ricks, Foreign Policy, October 17, 2017]. If it erupts, once again, the tribal hatreds and border conflicts of peoples who should be of interest to us only in anthropology textbooks will be cause for the death of American soldiers. The sacrifice of our military is framed as “leadership.” “That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did,” McCain gloats. And he is right, in speaking of his peers; he and his fellow parasites are indeed incomparably powerful and wealthy.

But such power and wealth does not trickle down to those he ostensibly represents. The wages of working Americans have stagnated for decades, and even skilled workers can barely earn a wage sufficient to support a family. And “power?” The tyranny of George III that our forefathers rose against would be a glorious boon for ordinary Americans of today, as their lives, families, communities, and property are forfeit to the whims of unelected bureaucrats, publicly funded “activists,” or sadistic reporters eager to rouse a mob.  McCain’s tribute to America’s “power” and “wealth” is reminiscent of an Ottoman sultan boasting about shared victories to the janissaries he’s kidnapped from Eastern Europe.

The democratic system McCain pledges Americans to defend is a form of government in which elected officials blatantly lie to their constituents and then taunt them at the very moment of betrayal. Consider McCain himself. He campaigned on repealing Obamacare, and then gleefully voted to save it [Mr. McCain Goes To Washingtonby John Fund, National Review, July 30, 2017] He promised to “complete the danged fence” but instead has done his best to make sure Arizona ceases to be an American state in any meaningful sense.
One may disagree with monarchy or some other form of unelected leadership, but it seems vastly preferably to a system where political power is awarded to the most outrageous liar. Such a system should not be tolerated, let alone fought for.
Besides, the liberal international order McCain defends is nothing of the kind. The Western world is not free. [The Liberalism That Isn’tby Costin Alamariu, Daily Caller, September 7, 2017] East Germany in the 1980s was in some ways more free than contemporary Germany is today: it would not have occurred to Erich Honecker to expose his subjects to mass sexual assault at the hands of Muslim invaders and then arrest anyone who protests. [Married couple sentenced for migrant critical Facebook postby Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, July 8, 2016]

The Occupation Government in Washington has presided over the Death of the West. The world order McCain defends is, quite explicitly, built on the dispossession of the European-Americans who actually created the American polity. If our civilization or country is to survive in any meaningful sense, that order must be destroyed.

And that means replacing the political class, the enemy collaborators, exemplified by the likes of Senator McCain. His warmongering against a nuclear armed Russia is unhinged. His desire to hurt our own nation is so unrelenting and energetic one wonders if he is working under duress or threat of blackmail. I almost hope so. To think he actually believes these ideas is a terrifying possibility.

It is not polite to speak ill of the terminally ill. Yet this cruel, murderous and thoroughly despicable character poses a threat not just to the existence of the American nation, but to the very lives of people all over the world.

I wish the Senator no harm. I only offer a desperate prayer in self-defense that his retirement will be forthcoming and his media megaphone removed.

The political life not just of our country, but of the world, must be rid of this Man of Blood, this sociopathic butcher—who, shuffling to his grave, seems determined to drag us all down with him.


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