John McCain is dying. I think pretty much everybody knows that. Brain cancer.
But he's still sucking up the spotlight with his hate filled pronouncements. He has a chance to end a long career in public service with some dignity, but he has chosen to take the low road. That's a shame.
He served his country. He was a prisoner of the Viet Cong and suffered mightily at their hands. You can't help but wonder how much that torture affected him in the long term, possibly to this day, causing poor decisions that have hurt our country.
John McCain ran for President against the Kenyan. And lost. He ran a poor campaign, made some terrible decisions. He suspended his campaign when the banking crisis hit which may have sounded like a good idea to him, but turned out to be a massive mistake. There was nothing to warrant him doing that, and he looked foolish to the American people. The Kenyan did not follow his lead, and exploited his mistake.
He also did not challenge the Kenyan when he lied openly during debates. He did not exploit the Kenyans radical leftist ties to domestic terrorists, Islamic terrorists, racists, Marxists and self admitted Communists. This was the most powerful attack point available and it was ignored. So we got eight years of a Marxist radical left wing Kenyan born president.
Now, in his final chance to leave a legacy he has chosen to use his position to try to undermine our President. Maybe over an insulting comment made during the campaign. Nobody knows except him what drives his pathological hatred. I suspect at heart he is actually more a liberal than a conservative, and this situation allows him to let his liberal side out.
His vote was the one that kept us from repealing and replacing the abomination known as obamacare. One vote, his. And he campaigned for his Senate seat on repealing obamacare. But because Donald Trump was President, and it was his initiative, he voted no. Just to spite the President.
I'm sorry he is dying. I'm more sorry he is choosing to die a bitter angry old man and miss the chance to right some wrongs from his past.
Maybe there's a lesson for all of us here. Don't burn bridges. Don't hold hatred in your heart. Say you're sorry for your mistakes. Own your past and fix what you can. All of us have stuff we regret. You can't change the past, but you can change the future.
So I wish John McCain well. He served his country and paid a heavy price for it. And for that I thank him. But I also wish he hadn't done some of the things he has done in recent years.