The news this week has been monopolized by coverage of the death of John McCain. Many have called him a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam after 23 bomber missions and spent 5 years in the Hanoi Hilton, the infamous prisoner of war camp for captured American prisoners.
When McCain returned home to jubilation and a handshake from President Richard Nixon, he found out his first wife, Carol, who had been a famous beauty and swimsuit model, had had a terrible car accident leaving her disfigured, about 5 inches shorter, and much heavier. For a while she needed a wheelchair and a catheter. Almost immediately McCain began running around with other women eventually dating his current wife, Cindy. Cindy was a wealthy heiress and 18 years younger than McCain.
McCain and Cindy got a marriage license 4 weeks before his divorce with Carol was final. They married a couple weeks later.
H Ross Perot, who paid for all of Carol’s healthcare while MCain was in the Hanoi Hilton, has said of John McCain, “McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory.”
At no time should we ever put our trust and hopes in a politician. They have always disappointed. They always will. They have no right to hold themselves up as a model of family values, like McCain did during his run for the presidency. They also have no right to rule everyday citizens who struggle, while raising their families, to pay the taxes politicians like McCain impose.
McCain and his fellow Senator, Russ Feingold of my home state, Wisconsin, supposed big accomplishment was campaign finance reform. I am from Wisconsin. Look at where Feingold got his money. Much of it came from California. Is that campaign finance reform – financing your campaign with outside money? It was a sham. And so is McCain.
Hero or Herod? Worthy of respect and admiration or merely contempt much like Herod the Great who ordered the massacre of the boy babies at the time of Jesus birth? You be the judge!