The Funeral of John McCain: He was a lot of things, mostly a loser

It was a hot day and I was talking to some friends about all the other things we’d rather talk about than John McCain. As I said, I was trying to keep my manners and let the guy die in peace. I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, especially his family, but the news just went on and on over the guy until on Friday, right before the Labor Day weekend of 2018 I was reminded by one of my friends of McCain’s famous fire on the U.S.S Forrestal which killed 134 sailors. Word has it that the reason the Zuni rocket was accidentally launched on the deck which caused the fire was because McCain was hot dogging his fighter jet with a “wet start” which triggered the electrical anomaly that caused all the trouble. I had been willing to give McCain the benefit of the doubt of all the wreckage and death caused that day but after hearing all the gibberish all week about what a great man he was it started to piss me off. John McCain wasn’t a great man in my book. He may have been a good husband and father later in life, but as a kid he was a young punk who would have gotten into a lot of trouble over that fire if his grandfather and father were not four-star admirals in the Navy. When my friends reminded me of these details it all slid into place for me the entirety of McCain’s life. McCain was a loser diminished with guilt over that fateful day that he never got over. Sure, his father had the incident covered up and came up with a good story about the reason the Zuni rocket launched in the first place igniting the deck of the aircraft carrier drenched with rocket fuel. McCain was a cocky young pilot who otherwise would have never been in a plane if not for his family connections and his fellow seaman resented him as a punky kid who couldn’t stop showing off in his airplanes trying desperately to make his own mark in the world from under his father’s shadow.

If you do just a little investigation and apply some logic to McCain’s circumstances, the fire broke out on the U.S.S. Forrestal on July 29th 1967. McCain had to carry the guilt of that incident with him and his role in it to a very embarrassing lecture from his father that if left unchecked could have ruined the McCain family name, so young John had to get back out to the military theater to prove to his father that he wasn’t just a stupid show-off kid. He quickly was reassigned to the U.S.S. Orinskany, which he volunteered for as that carrier was involved in Operation Rolling Thunder. But again, as observers would have it, McCain was not following orders properly and was flying his A-4E Skyhawk too low allowing him to be shot down by the communist North Vietnamese just four months after the embarrassing killer deck fire on the U.S.S. Forrestal on October 26th 1967. When Donald Trump much later would state that he “like people that weren’t captured” this is the kind of nonsense he was talking about. McCain had something to prove to his father for embarrassing him during his time on the U.S.S. Forrestal and he overdid it trying to be a big shot with a bombing run flying too low in the process which not only once again put himself and his very expensive plane at risk, but the entire Navy because John’s father had become commander of the entire Vietnamese theater shortly after his son was captured after the downing of the A-4E Skyhawk.

John McCain ran for president a couple of times and much of this has been exposed before. Donald Trump at that point was funding presidential candidates so he knew some of the inside stories on the kind of garbage that could be tossed back at McCain’s military record where John had wrecked three planes before the U.S.S. Forrestal incident. McCain was a mess and an embarrassing one at that and it had led him to putting the whole war at risk because his father was in charge of the entire Vietnamese Naval operation as a POW due to his own recklessness. In all honesty McCain should have never been near a plane after the U.S.S. Forrestal incident especially so soon. Just four months later, there was really no way to know who was at fault for what as the investigation was still in its infancy. But McCain was the son of a powerful father and grandfather and he needed to redeem himself. While many other pilots flew low on their bombing runs in Vietnam, they clearly were better pilots than John McCain. It could easily be argued that McCain got shot down because he was trying too hard to redeem himself for his past mistakes.

McCain was tortured and kept in a state of severe injury for many years. Starting in August of 1968 he was tortured every two hours until the Vietnamese had managed to get a confession out of him, which was even more embarrassing. All told McCain was a captive for five and a half years. McCain entered the war as a hot dog young kid trying to be his own man shining from under his father’s massive military shadow. He ended the war a shell of a man beaten and tortured, largely due to his own recklessness, and had been that son of an admiral who had been beaten to the point that he had given an embarrassing confession against the war effort. John McCain would have served America best by staying home and never enlisting, because the cost of his military service was extremely expensive and costly in human life.

Yet during his funeral proceedings over the Labor Day weekend of his death, all we heard about was all the sacrifices John McCain had made over his life and how wonderful he was. Hey, John McCain wasn’t that great. I held my nose to vote for him in 2008, but that was only because he was calling himself a Republican. He was embarrassing to me. I always thought of him as a phony, and Trump did to. He was in an even better position to feel that way as a donor than I was. John McCain should have never been on that bombing run with his history of mishaps because the risk of him being captured was just too great. He wasn’t a hero, he was an idiot.

Then to see the disgust of the type of old world people who were at his funeral belittling Donald Trump was just too much for me. The funeral of John McCain was not just the end of his life, but the end of the kind of government that people like me hate. And I don’t say that lightly. Watching George Bush pass notes to Michelle Obama during the ceremony and being lectured to by Obama himself with Meghan McCain was just too much. I get that she’s a grieving daughter who wants to see only the good things about her dad. But that doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to embrace that illusion as well. The problems of our times were on full display at that McCain funeral, of which Trump wasn’t invited. I don’t blame Donald Trump one bit for going to his golf resort to spend the weekend while these big government types embraced each other with the passing of John McCain. In their world competency is measured by sacrifice, so the more that is given up, the better the heroism. But in Trump’s world of performance, the same world that my friends and I were speaking to each other from, it’s what you do and create that matters.

McCain didn’t like Trump because his only redeeming quality in life for all the people he let down, especially in his early years was this notion of performance. John McCain himself was never interested in performance, otherwise he would have never been shot down, and been around so many accidents in his life due to his reckless nature. McCain was a walking disaster and he found among the advocates of big government friends who were just as incompetent as he was. Imagine those contemplations of political philosophy that Barack Obama talked about where the two men would discuss their political differences for hours in the Oval Office. One man a big socialist liberal the other a liberal pretending to be a conservative—both well to the left of center and believing themselves to be radical polar opposites of ideology. No, more died at that funeral than just John McCain and I’m glad for it. What was put to rest during those proceedings was that old notion that people are heroes just for enlisting in military service where you get awards just because your dad was a great man. In the world outside of that funeral a world where performance is the key to respect was re-emerging, and that is really what McCain didn’t like about Donald Trump. In McCain’s world, he could only be a respected hero if everyone closed their eyes and forgot what an idiot he was during his entire life, a person who was only well-intentioned because the guilt of his failures sucked away all that was alive and well within him. And because of people like John McCain conservative ideas and the government as a whole became much more liberal and dangerous. And now that he’s gone, its one less loser to have to overcome to fix everything the way it should be. McCain should have never been a POW. He should have never been on the U.S.S. Orinskan. He should have never run for president and he shouldn’t have ever been in the Senate for a late-night vote on Obamacare. John McCain was a loser who sought public service to hide his many faults behind the accepted incompetence of bureaucratic stewardship. It was there on Capitol Hill where he finally found that nobody would judge him for being an idiot, because the rest of them were just as stupid. Yet it was the alligators, the snakes, and the blood sucking mosquitos who largely populated John McCain’s funeral, the occupants of the swamp that we elected Donald Trump to drain. And with the death of John McCain, it’s just one less alligator that we have to skin and turn into a boot.

Rich Hoffman

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The Death of John McCain: Finally, Lucy won’t be able to pull away the football–Charlie Brown isn’t there to try and kick it

I typically don’t pile on when someone I don’t care for dies. It is good to just let things go when they are not necessary for strategic implementation. But with John McCain, there is so much being made about his death that it has to be addressed. Greatness, as it is being sold to us through the various aspects of our culture is not what John McCain was. It is stunning how many liberals are yearning for him now that he has died. There is more unsaid than said in this case as McCain represented a Republican Party that Democrats could easily beat. In the manner for which he is being celebrated, it is not for his courage and triumph but for his complacency and defeat, so that his humble nature might be copied by current Republicans so that Democrats might aspire to new life. John McCain is not being paraded around for all his great deeds but simply that he was until his last dying breath of servant of the state, and it will be the state that misses him. To me John McCain will always be the loser of two presidential runs, the guy who prevented Obamacare from being scrapped with his late night no vote, and he’s the Never Trumper who helped put the Steele dossier against Trump in the hands of the FBI. When I heard he had died I changed the channel to watch something else.

Yet now for days we have been hearing about how great John McCain was and how his sacrifices for our country were so magnificent—which is why we have to talk about this issue. Anymore, in this era of the Donald Trump presidency that it is the people who believe so intensely in the value of institutions that are against the new president. They have a visceral hatred for him and his independence, as well as the independence of the people who support him. If you really peel back the onion it is the institutionalized state and its servants who hate Donald Trump like jealous caged animals stuck in a zoo hates the spectators who observe them from the freedom behind a moat. John McCain was on full display from a kind of guerrilla pin watching people watch him in his natural habitat, the cages of Capitol Hill, the former POW captured behind enemy lines and tortured by the little Vietnamese. John McCain wasn’t the Rambo type of soldier that Americans fantasized about, he was the compliant soldier who did what everyone told him to, even when captured by the communists. Again during his own run for president when he had an opportunity to slam President Obama, he gave up on the chance and surrendered behind politeness while real evil did its work. The reason John McCain is being celebrated now is not for all the good things he did, it is for essentially being a Republican who left the door open for all the insurgents against America to sneak in, and for that they called McCain a patriot.

The institutionalized state views people like McCain patriots because they will sacrifice themselves so that the state can live, which is why McCain’s time as a POW is such a sentimental endeavor. While the typical Trump supporter would find heroics in killing all McCain’s captors and making belts out of them, McCain was a good prisoner who did what they told him to. He was a good Senator who lost when the institutions told him to and to yield his hopes and dreams for the highest office in the world to a young black Senator named Obama. When 700 WLWs Bill Cunningham set McCain up to take some shots at Barack Hussain Obama during the 2008 election McCain attacked the popular talk radio host for conduct unbecoming. McCain lost the election and America ended up with a socialist as its president for the next 8 years. Markets plummeted just as they do in every country where socialists are put into positions of power because the smart money left the country and took their jobs with them. McCain losing that election followed by a poor performance by Mitt Romney the following cycle created Donald Trump. For McCain to hate Trump the way he did by not even wanting the President to attend his funeral says everything about the deceased senator. He wasn’t one of the good guys. He was a Trojan horse who sided with the insurgents and encouraged those protecting the gates of Americanism to let down their doors and work with their enemies.

McCain is being celebrated as a politician who could work with both sides, when civility ruled the Senate. But what the institutions that miss him now are really mourning is that the days of Republicans leaving the door open so that bad people could take over the institutions is over, and now they miss those easy victories. While McCain probably did love his country and believed that everything he did was for the better, it all goes back to him being a prisoner of war in communist Vietnam and growing empathy for his captors and putting his faith into the institutions for which the war was fought and resigning himself to just being one little speck in the grand scheme of things that made him dangerous as a major player within the institutions which seek power at any cost—because he was all too willing to give it to them. John McCain was not a great man by my definition, nor by Trump apparently where judgments are made about conduct successfully done. McCain was the professional Charlie Brown that always had the football ripped away by Lucy at the last-minute and for that the institutions will miss him. But to the real achievers in the world, they’d rather forget that he was on their team at all.

I don’t blame Trump for not lowering the flag to half staff on Monday. McCain did everything he could to feed the phony Russian story back to the FBI which started the whole process in an effort to make it look legitimate. McCain always the good institutionalist tried to use his experience and levity as a former presidential candidate to make the Steele dossier look legitimate which started this whole mess with Mueller which is in Trump’s back pocket every day. Then to make matters worse, McCain hated Trump so much that he made it clear that the president wasn’t invited to his own funeral.

Yet that is what the institutionalized state will miss about John McCain. His death is actually the death of easy Republican defeats and a propped up Democratic Party, so of course they are sad. But why should the rest of us be? Honestly, I’d rather forget about John McCain, I certainly won’t miss him. He was a loser who hid his failures behind the sacrifices that state control required, and he renamed them victories. And for that he is being propped up as a great man being paraded around the country for the people to mourn. Will we do the same for other senators in the future, will we do such tributes to Senator Bob Dole, or Mitch McConnell? No, because what is being celebrated is not the life of John McCain but the willing servant of the institutions themselves, a feeder of evil to the causes against individual liberty. And that is what modern institutions call—good. Yes they will miss John McCain, but I certainly won’t.

Rich Hoffman

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John McCain is a Bitter, Dying Man: Getting captured, and tortured can’t erase the fact that he was and still is an idiot

So what did White House communications aide Kelly Sadler say that wasn’t true? John McCain is dying, How else to explain McCain’s attitude toward Donald Trump as the former presidential candidate dies of a brain abnormality. There’s obviously something wrong with the guy, because even after turning around the economy, bringing peace to North Korea and solving a long list of problems that have plagued White Houses for many years, McCain’s hatred for Trump goes even deeper than sanity would dictate. It was just a week ago that John McCain let it be known that he didn’t want President Trump to attend his funeral. What is the Trump administration supposed to apologize for, Kelly Sadler was telling the truth, and trying in the nicest way possible to explain away the actions of an obviously bitter man in McCain?

Yet of course there is always more going on isn’t there? The calls for the Trump administration to apologize isn’t out of respect, but control. The intentions of the Trump-hating politicians like John McCain was never to solve regional problems, they always intended to use them for more military deployment, larger military budgets and more reasons to conduct legislative monstrosities on Capital Hill. The North Korean problems were always solvable—the kid Kim Jong Un just wanted NBA basketball tickets. He’s been in love with the West for years, he just didn’t know how to get there—after all he had a role to play which he inherited from his own family. Everyone knew that the kid was willing to turn—but nobody acted on it until Trump was elected and now that the little secret is out of the bag, people like John McCain are spiteful that Trump is actually solving problems instead of using those same problems to further the power of the legislative branch by using chaos to gain public opinions. The Never Trumper types out there are angry at Trump for taking away their excuses—they aren’t outraged by porn stars, or Trump’s weekend golf games, they hate him because he does the job he was elected to do and people like McCain never wanted to solve the problems to begin with. People like McCain use problems to stay in power but believe that if they ever solve anything that the public will turn on them and expect results in the future—which incompetent people always fear—results.

This method of control which is being attempted to keep Americans always in a state of guilt to hide the solutions to problems goes back a long time. Even to the point in world history where holes were being dug in the earth to mine gold or coal, lunatics trying to maintain the old order of politics would try to scare away prospectors by proclaiming that nobody should do such things because they might dig their way into the devil’s bedroom and awaken the wrath of Hell for disturbing God’s fallen protégé. Of course, we all know that now to be nonsense, but such arguments have been made in the past to keep mankind clinging to the old so that those who held power could keep it based on the fears of the population. Even men on their dying beds hold such power to be their primary sustenance and they cling to those fears like a hungry person clutches a marinated chicken wing fresh off the grill.

What makes a person a hero is not that they were a prisoner of war, or that they suffered at the hands of an enemy. When Trump made his original comment during the 2016 campaign when he said he liked people who weren’t captured, he was simply stating that in the private sector results matter. Yet in politics there are all these emotional rules we are supposed to follow no matter how bad politicians have been. John McCain the way that the political order of things has established for us, is supposed to be a hero just because he was a POW during the Vietnam War. With that criteria the three guys who were just released from North Korea will be heroes for the rest of their lives, no matter what they do in the world. McCain lost the 2008 election because he had the wrong strategy and he cost Republicans a lot of trouble during the years of Obama. Most recently he voted against the repeal of Obamacare and he has even participated in the leaked dossier which found its way into the FBI hands against Trump. McCain went after the jugular of the Trump presidency many more times than once and we are supposed to overlook them all just because John McCain was captured at one point in his life?

Politicians like John McCain use military service to highlight a larger, more corrosive element of human existence which actually imprisons us all to the aristocracy of ancient times, when modern life has made it quite clear that those old politicians are worthless to our advancements. By highlighting military service as the highest honor an individual can obtain they define self-sacrifice to the “greater good” as being the focus of human existence, which is as wrong as wrong can be. But that’s how they have sold the kind of trouble that politicians have gotten America into over the years, for which ultimately Donald Trump was elected to fix. I have known that this game was a farce for a long time, and I dreamed of having someone like Trump in the White House to fix the philosophical problems presented by statist societies. Because he was a Republican I voted for John McCain in 2008 but he was so embarrassing—always apologizing for things, always insisting that we play nice with all our opponents—and he wonders why he lost. An apology is an admission that something is wrong or that someone committed an improper act. Would John McCain apologize to the United States for holding a personal grudge against President Trump by voting down the Obamacare reform, or in trying to keep the Russian conspiracy alive with fake documents just because he is spiteful that an American businessman was elected president while a POW from the Vietnam War didn’t get elected just because people didn’t feel guilty enough about his service in the military so long ago?

In the logic of the political order we are supposed to ignore everything John McCain says because he is dying, even to the point that we aren’t supposed to talk about it. We are supposed to ignore everything he says because he was a war hero, even though John McCain’s intentions have been quite malicious and personal. What he has done hasn’t been for the good of the country, it has been to satisfy his own yearnings for power by using guilt of service and hardship to cruise his way through frozen opinion that put his actions beyond social judgment—and that is just ridiculous. It is exactly that which caused people to vote for Trump in the first place, and if McCain really loved America, he’d see that. But John McCain doesn’t love America or its role in the world as a beacon of freedom. He loves to use guilt to drive opinion because he’s been doing it most of his life now—using his personal failures such as being captured as a POW to elevate himself beyond opinion so that the political order that he does love could continue to rule mankind through guilt instead of logic—and that is a crime all of itself.

Rich Hoffman

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Who Cares about John McCain’s Brain Tumor: Having the courage to repeal Obamacare

Who cares that John McCain has a brain tumor? Why would it surprise anyone that an 80-year-old man who has been in bad health since his 20s would have some ailment—and why was Barack Obama so quick to comment about it? Of course, I don’t wish anything bad on John McCain, but just because he’s sick doesn’t make him any less of a part of the problem. Let’s not forget that it was McCain who got involved in the scandalous dossier on Donald Trump giving it to James Comey and that at every turn the former Republican presidential candidate behaves more like a Democrat that wants war all over the world than a tightly controlled spending conservative. Could it be that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama know that McCain is that critical 50th vote in repealing Obamacare and that if they can turn the nation’s sympathies toward a sick old senator who happens to need “healthcare” at the moment that they might undo Trump’s work at removing the government from healthcare all together with a repeal of Obama’s signature legislation of socialist medicine. I wasn’t born yesterday—I’ve been around the block a few times and that’s the only reason so many people poured on the juice of sympathy for old John McCain. McCain is the plug in the swamp and you have to get rid of people like him to drain that swamp. It’s one thing to feel sorry for a person with a brain tumor. It’s quite another to use him as a shield of sympathy to protect Obamacare from repeal in a cowardly senate.

Rob Portman is another disgrace. To think that I actually once knew him and campaigned for him back when he first won his seat for the second congressional district back in 1993. Back then like a lot of young politicians Rob was full of conviction and wanted to do the right things. When he first won that seat, Rob was a virtuous character who operated like a Tea Party candidate—he in fact hung around with the Ross Perot Reform Party voters who obviously became Donald Trump supporters many years later. Now that he’s a beltway boy he hangs with RINOs like John McCain and John Kasich who want to spread Medicaid in the states and deepen that entitlement to the point where people are hooked and can never get off it. They are like drug dealers seeking to get people addicted to government so they will forever be dependent—so that government will always have a part to play in people’s lives centering from the Beltway. Portman is another no vote for the repeal of Obamacare because it was in Ohio where Kasich expanded Medicaid making Barack Obama very happy. All it took for John to cave was a serious defeat of Senate Bill 5 and a golf game with Obama and Biden to lose his nerve and become a major loser. And Portman has his back as a “compassionate conservative” from the land of Ohio. But the Republican party doesn’t belong to Kasich any more in Ohio. It belongs to Trump. Those boys are on the wrong side of history.

Then there are the three Republican women, Susan Collins, Shelley Moore Capito and Lisa Murkowski who talked tough and voted to repeal Obamacare when they all knew that Obama would veto the effort. Now that Trump will sign it, they are acting like—well—a bunch of girls. They can’t make a decision, they don’t want to pick a side, and they lack the courage to stand by their convictions. Just like John McCain’s brain tumor, it’s not their fault they are of the female sex—but it is their fault if they yield to the stereotype and fit the bill for being a bunch of confused idiots. They want to sound like tough conservatives until they have to make a decision. What they really want is to appeal to everyone—just like a typical loser Democrat and that is holding up very needed legislation to put free market influence back into the medical profession.

Is some of what I said a bit too harsh—about John McCain, Rob Portman and the weak girls of the Senate—maybe if we were more concerned with being sensitive than in doing what is right. All these people hide behind some demographic factor to conceal their liberal natures—McCain a sick old war veteran, Portman a guy who found out his kid was gay, and the ladies, people who as women have some mythical right to see all sides of a story so that nobody can ever make a decision—we are supposed to give them a pass because they are women?

There are a million excuses from these very weak people not to act on the massive insurrection that Obamacare always was—some hide behind their illnesses, some hide behind challenges to their conservative thinking by family members, and some hide behind their sex—but they are all wrong and hiding fundamental flaws in their personalities. They are using “circumstances” to avoid making hard decisions about matters critical to our country and it was disgraceful that one of the first people to do so was the former president of the United States, Barack Obama protecting his pathetic socialist care entitlement designed to crush our free market health care system—which has so far been successful.

Brain tumor or not, McCain has a job to do. We don’t need a bunch of fluffy memorials to distract us from the needs at hand. McCain needs to vote to repeal Obamacare, not to use his condition to delay a vote further and hope that everyone will lose their resolve and move on to something else while the world of finance around health care burns into oblivion, because that’s happening right now. McCain’s brain tumor is just a medical condition. It should not stop the wheels of progress by any means.

I have news for those standing against the Trump agenda. If you consider where things were one year ago from this writing then project another year of progress from this date into the future, people like McCain, Portman, Kasich and Collins—along with other never-Trump types like Glenn Beck and all of Hollywood—they are all missing the boat. Trump is moving on and doing so rapidly. He doesn’t take vacations. He doesn’t sleep. He never gets tired and he thinks of ideas a mile a minute—ever day—even on Sundays. He’s doing many good things and has literally changed the political world in only a year. Another year of this and things will be completely different. Silly tricks like this health care stunt and hoping to put a story on John McCain for a week or so to delay a healthcare vote in the Senate just isn’t going to work. Trump won’t let it go. This idea is not going to fade off into the sunset only to be consumed and buried in the Washington swamp. If they were smart, they’d vote to repeal now and consolidate their efforts behind President Trump. If McCain wants to fix his brain tumor, then fix it. But vote—and vote Republican. Otherwise, get the hell out-of-the-way. At 80 years old, nobody expects a specimen of health—but we do expect a Republican if you put an “R” next to your name. And with that “R” we expect courage—not a bunch of wishy-washy liberals.

Rich Hoffman

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