Senator John McCain was a hero as a soldier. As a politician, he’s been the epitome of the problem with the Republican Party for decades. His latest disgrace is a barely veiled attack on President Trump’s “spurious nationalism” during a speech in which the Arizona Senator evoked every hawkish argument for interventionism, policing the world, and participating in the growing globalist problem.
I am not a fan of many of President Trump’s policies, but the type of nationalism he espouses in regards to foreign policy are some of his most acceptable beliefs. McCain, who leans more towards the Clinton/Cheney style of intervention around the world, could have gone after many flaws the President has demonstrated in his time in office. Picking nationalism (not white nationalism, but rather the notion that we’re a sovereign nation who should respect the sovereignty of other nations) as an attack point betrayed his neocon beliefs.
From his speech accepting the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal:
“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.”
“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to do so.”
There’s a difference between what McCain was describing in our nation’s past and what the Senator has proposed in the modern era. Just as candidate Trump was out of line when he said he liked “people that weren’t captured” in reference to McCain, so too is the Senator out of line for declaring the President’s perspectives as “spurious nationalism.” Liberals will love it. Some Republicans will applaud. Hopefully, at least some will realize we can’t be the world’s police that McCain wants us to be.
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Over the last several months, I’ve lost count of how many times the powers-that-be have tried to shut us down. They’ve sent hackers at us, forcing us to take extreme measures on web security. They sent attorneys after us, but thankfully we’re not easily intimidated by baseless accusations or threats. They’ve even gone so far as to make physical threats. Those can actually be a bit worrisome but Remington has me covered.
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