Source: The New Democrat
There are a lot of great things about Senator John McCain that we can respect and love about him, that I respect and love about him. His service in the Vietnam War where after he gets captured after his plane gets shot down he refuses to go home early, so his fellow Navy officers don’t have to stay there as POW’s and go through additional punishment and torture.
His straight forth honesty and candor, which for a politician especially a long time member of Congress where John McCain first gets elected to the House in 1982 and then the Senate in 1986 where he would remain a Senator until his death last Saturday, honest politicians especially honest members of Congress is about as common in Washington as blizzards and hurricanes in Arizona in August.
Members of Congress the most honest of them, tend to tell people and the media what they’re thinking with spin. They won’t tell you directly what they’re about to do and thinking by just saying it, but instead will use spin to say exactly what they’re thinking and about to do. Senator McCain, wasn’t like that. If he didn’t like you or respect you, he would just flat say that as Donald Trump has found out over and over. John McCain, had this ability and political skill to do what he wanted and take any position he wanted regardless of the political consequences and get away with it, because he had this AAA credit rating with his voters who told them that they might not agree with him on everything, but they respect him and the positions that he takes and why takes them, because he would make the case to them.
But the one thing that I’ll remember most about John McCain, will always be his sense of humor, especially as someone who also writes political satire and humor on occasion. When you live the life of a John McCain and not only fight in the Vietnam War, but get shot down in it and if that’s not bad enough you get captured by the other team and held in captivity and tortured for the next five years and manage to survive all of that and make a great life for yourself after that, you almost have to have a great sense of humor and be able to laugh about life especially yourself just to keep a positive face and perspective about yourself and life in general.
There are several lines about Senator McCain that I’ll always remember and they’re all about politics and his time in Congress and one of them having to do with the Congressional spending bills that the House and Senate have to deal with every year to fund the government. And if you’re familiar with Senator McCain, you know he was a rock solid Conservative especially as it related to fiscal policy and wasn’t just a fiscal Conservative, but somewhat maverick if not fanatic about it.
Congress is famous for a lot of bad things especially, but one of those things are known as porkbarrel projects. Money that a Representative to Senator manages to get attached to some spending bill that is directly related to their district or state that everyone else has to pay for that only benefits this district or a part of this state or that state. Senator McCain, would always say about these porkbarrel spending bills that Congress doesn’t spend money like drunken sailors, but that Congress gives drunken sailors a bad name when it comes to spending. He was always making fun and attacking the waste in the Federal budget and all of the additional waste that Congress would try to attach.
Senator McCain, represents not the golden age of American politics or even Congress, but a time when Democrats were Democrats and Republicans were Republicans, but that they were competitors and not too countries looking to destroy each other. A time when Congress wasn’t like the Vietnam War, but more like a playoff football game where both teams wanted to win, but also recognized the other team’s right to exist and respected eacb other. A time when governing and campaigning weren’t separate from each other because politics and government have and will always go together, but a time when politics didn’t replace governing.
Where the two parties could work together to do the things that needed to be done and should’ve been done. The speech that he gave when he came back to Capitol Hill last summer right before the Senate was going to vote on an ObamaCare repeal bill and him talking about the need for Democrats and Republicans to work together, is a perfect example of that. And is someone that won’t just be missed, but someone who won’t be replaced either. There is is no one else in Washington especially in Congress that is worth risking their political careers to do the right thing anymore, now that Senator John McCain has passed and is what will be missed about him the most in Washington.