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    What the McCain Eulogies Tell Us About the Media and the Regime


    What the McCain Eulogies Tell Us About the Media and the Regime
    Tom Woods

    John McCain is dead.

    People tell me I should not criticize him right now.

    I do think some people are behaving in bad taste. But I do not think I am prohibited from making sober remarks at a moment when so many Americans, and the opinion molders who tell them what to think, are getting ludicrously carried away.

    The phenomenon we are witnessing is so Orwellian that I can’t resist exploring it. I am less concerned with criticizing McCain — there will be ample time for that — than I am with trying to understand the regime under which we live, and the media lackeys that glorify it.

    The tributes to McCain from the major newspapers are so over the top that there’s something more going on here than the perfunctory respect the media shows for most deceased politicians.

    They will not be speaking this way about Pat Buchanan — a real maverick, who was the first conservative I ever saw who broke with both parties (that’s what a maverick does) to point out that the sanctions on Iraq were creating a humanitarian catastrophe that no moral person could support (that’s what an actual conservative says).

    As if to show that she has every Establishment ritual already down to a science, even democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to say this:

    John McCain’s legacy represents an unparalleled example of human decency and American service.
    As an intern, I learned a lot about the power of humanity in government through his deep friendship with Sen. Kennedy.
    He meant so much, to so many. My prayers are with his family.
    “But she had to say something!” some say.

    She had to say “an unparalleled example of human decency and American service”?

    McCain’s bellicosity in foreign policy knew no bounds. A discussion of all the interventions he favored — every one of which would have intensified the problems it was allegedly to solve — would take all week.

    To a conservative movement that knows nothing of its history, this makes McCain a great conservative statesman.

    And to the American Establishment, bellicosity is not and has never been a deal breaker.
    McCain’s preferred foreign policy has yielded death, displacement, and regional chaos on a massive scale, not to mention a huge shot in the arm to the very Islamic radicalism he assured us he was fighting against.

    (McCain’s insistence on being involved in every Middle East conflict under the sun made him some hideous bedfellows, I might add, as when he met with members of the Northern Storm Brigade, which had handed American journalist Steven Sotloff over to ISIS for $25,000.)

    We are to believe that McCain was a “maverick.”

    This is because from time to time he joined forces with the Democrats, the left-wing side of the Establishment, in order to support a measure that just happened to win him media applause.
    That’s our definition of a maverick now?

    Ron Paul was a maverick.

    He stood up to the entire Establishment, not just its left-wing incarnation, and its beloved institutions.

    He cast the sole “no” vote in the House more than all other congressmen put together.

    He opposed the Fed when no one else so much as mentioned it, much less criticized it.

    He stood up to the empire — the whole rotten system, not just one particular intervention. He even got it through the thick heads of some conservatives that the bipartisan foreign policy consensus represented the very opposite of conservatism.

    Will our gatekeepers of approved opinion have such kind words for Ron Paul? The question answers itself.

    The last thing the regime and its kept media want is a genuine maverick, a true dissident who asks the questions we are supposed to keep to ourselves.

    McCain loved the regime and the empire. At no time did he adopt a position that the New York Times or the Washington Post would consider a fundamental attack on the state.

    And that is why they love him. He played by their rules.

    They were thrilled to call him a “conservative,” all the better to police opinion in America: why, if you’re a conservative, we have this John McCain fellow for you!

    McCain’s legacy lives on in every politician and journalist who jumps on every propaganda report to justify another round of bombing and destruction.

    It lives on in every politician who, 15 years after another idiotic military intervention, finally admits it was a “mistake,” never apologizing to the people he smeared at the time who tried telling him it was a mistake and who predicted every obvious consequence that any damn fool should have known.

    It lives on in a media that craves bipartisanship — but bipartisanship in the service of the state, and bipartisanship in which the left gets what it wants and the right gets a nice photo-op.

    It lives on in the families who are missing children because of a war that McCain finally admitted had been a hideous mistake and a ludicrous expenditure of scarce resources.

    McCain was a man of the state, in every fiber of his being. That is why they cheer him.
    And that is why we must tell unpopular truths — about McCain, and the corrupt empire he served.



    From a comment where this was found: Certainly condolences to the family and I admire the idea of being committed to something greater than oneself. However, you are right on the money, Mr Woods.


    And as Bright Raven said in the Chatbox

    [26-08, 09:22] Robert Pate: I hope that he died "In Christ" otherwise, it would be better if he was never born.
    [26-08, 00:33] Bright Raven: John McCain dead at 81. Godspeed and RIP Senator McCain
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    McCain lived into an age when honor and selfless patriotism is often praised but ignored by our political leaders. May he be an example of what a public servant can be. He was by no means perfect, but McCain set an example most of our leaders seem to be unable to meet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Barbarian View Post
    McCain lived into an age when honor and selfless patriotism is often praised but ignored by our political leaders. May he be an example of what a public servant can be. He was by no means perfect, but McCain set an example most of our leaders seem to be unable to meet.
    And what standard was that?
    If any of my views seem to be strange or new to you, it is to be hoped that you will not close your mind to them, but will emulate the noble Bereans, and not only read and study the chapters would discuss, but will also search the Scriptures to see whether these things be so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbrumley View Post
    And what standard was that?
    Honor and duty. And decency. Would you like some more examples?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Barbarian View Post
    Would you like some more examples?
    Sure
    If any of my views seem to be strange or new to you, it is to be hoped that you will not close your mind to them, but will emulate the noble Bereans, and not only read and study the chapters would discuss, but will also search the Scriptures to see whether these things be so.

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    It's a good time to revisit the full story of the 5.5 years McCain spent being held captive and even tortured in North Vietnam, during which guards actually asked him if he wanted to leave early because he was an admiral's son. Here's how it went down when "The Cat," the commander of the prison camps, offered him early release, according to a gripping Arizona Republic profile from 2007:

    McCain realized that the Code of Conduct gave him no choice. [Everett] Alvarez, who was being held elsewhere, was supposed to be the first man released.

    "I just knew it wasn't the right thing to do," he said. "I knew that they wouldn't have offered it to me if I hadn't been the son of an admiral.

    "I just didn't think it was the honorable thing to do."...McCain calmly told The Cat that the prisoners must be released in the order they were captured, starting with Alvarez. [The Arizona Republic]

    http://theweek.com/speedreads/567269...om-prison-camp
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    At a rally for his presidential bid late in 2008 campaign, an audience member backing the Arizona Republican tells him she doesn’t trust his opponent, then-Sen. Barack Obama and insists that the Illinois Democrat is an Arab.

    McCain didn’t let her finish. Instead, he shook his head, took the microphone away from her and did something that would have seemed unimaginable during the most recent presidential election: He politely defended his opponent.

    “No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign issue is all about,” he said, prompting applause from some other audience members at the gathering in Minnesota.

    The short exchange was a shining moment for McCain that gained attention at the time. Instead of indulging in his supporter’s falsehood, he corrected her and showed grace toward his political foe. And it wasn’t an isolated moment.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b03485860129c4
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    John McCain slams family separation policy as an "affront" to American decency

    Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, lashed out against the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy which has sparked widespread outcry over the treatment of children of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. McCain, who is at his home in Arizona where he is receiving treatment related to his brain cancer diagnosis, tweeted that the administration's policy should be rescinded immediately.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-mc...rican-decency/

    It's a pity there aren't more like him on both sides of the aisle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Barbarian View Post
    At a rally for his presidential bid late in 2008 campaign, an audience member backing the Arizona Republican tells him she doesn’t trust his opponent, then-Sen. Barack Obama and insists that the Illinois Democrat is an Arab.

    McCain didn’t let her finish. Instead, he shook his head, took the microphone away from her and did something that would have seemed unimaginable during the most recent presidential election: He politely defended his opponent.

    “No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign issue is all about,” he said, prompting applause from some other audience members at the gathering in Minnesota.

    The short exchange was a shining moment for McCain that gained attention at the time. Instead of indulging in his supporter’s falsehood, he corrected her and showed grace toward his political foe. And it wasn’t an isolated moment.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b03485860129c4
    Spirits, we so need this type of class in our politics again. The nation has suffered a great loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbrumley View Post
    They will not be speaking this way about Pat Buchanan — a real maverick, who was the first conservative I ever saw who broke with both parties (that’s what a maverick does) to point out that the sanctions on Iraq were creating a humanitarian catastrophe that no moral person could support (that’s what an actual conservative says).
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    Ron Paul was a maverick.

    He stood up to the entire Establishment, not just its left-wing incarnation, and its beloved institutions.
    These folks are kooks and racists of long history. Not only will they not be remembered fondly, the country will be better off without them when they go. You don't like McCain's hawkishness, fine, I might even agree with you in some cases, but it's simply ludicrous to put these people on McCain's level, or even close to it.
    Global warming denialists are like gravity denialists piloting a helicopter, determined to prove a point. We may not have time to actually persuade them of their mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexlunae View Post
    These folks are kooks and racists of long history. Not only will they not be remembered fondly, the country will be better off without them when they go. You don't like McCain's hawkishness, fine, I might even agree with you in some cases, but it's simply ludicrous to put these people on McCain's level, or even close to it.
    Kooks and racists....
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    Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans only as members of groups and never as individuals.
    If any of my views seem to be strange or new to you, it is to be hoped that you will not close your mind to them, but will emulate the noble Bereans, and not only read and study the chapters would discuss, but will also search the Scriptures to see whether these things be so.

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    Where McCain looked at his opponents and saw decent people with whom he had fundamental disagreements, Buchanan looked at his opponents and saw hostility and often malignant evil.

    In each case, it was a matter of projection. Where Buchanan led his followers into a cultural war, McCain called his followers to recognize the importance of reaching out to others in a democracy.

    Buchanan represents a failure of nerve; a loss of confidence in America as the founders saw it. McCain represented the hopes of those founders.

    Not to glorify him; he had failed in marriage; got himself in ethical troubles (which he characteristically learned from and became an advocate for cleaner government). He had a notorious temper.

    He was,like the best among us, a flawed creature, seeking to be the best he could be. That he sometimes failed is less important than the fact that he usually learned from it and sought to to better thereafter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Barbarian View Post
    It's a pity there aren't more like him on both sides of the aisle.
    Indeed ... regardless of whether I agreed with him on an issue or not, McCain put his love of America over love of party ... and power.
    As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes."
    When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics."
    When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty
    -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Barbarian View Post
    McCain represented the hopes of those founders.
    Is that a fact? Any examples?
    If any of my views seem to be strange or new to you, it is to be hoped that you will not close your mind to them, but will emulate the noble Bereans, and not only read and study the chapters would discuss, but will also search the Scriptures to see whether these things be so.

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