John McCain, “the maverick”, 81-year-old Arizona senator since 1987, former Republican Party presidential nominee. The mere mention of his name elicits responses in conservative circles ranging from faint praise to “somebody primary him and send him home!”
Senator McCain has collected an impressive group of medals and awards throughout his military and public service career ranging from a Silver Star earned for his time as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War to his most recent award. Last night in Philadelphia, McCain was given the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal.
McCain, who has made lashing out at President Trump a frequent practice, made last night’s acceptance speech no exception. He took off the gloves and attacked not only Trump but all Americans with feelings of nationalistic pride and went full-on globalist, claiming that such feelings of nationalism are “half-baked.”
Portions of his speech were picked up by The Hill:
“Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in the United States in an emotional speech Monday night after receiving 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,” McCain said in the speech.
The Arizona senator said “we live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil” and said Americans “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,” McCain said.
“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.”
McCain’s remarks came after he was presented the prestigious medal by former Vice President Joe Biden. The Arizona Republican received the award for his “lifetime of sacrifice and service” to the United States.”
So McCain, who has now twice thwarted his fellow Republican’s efforts to repeal the crumbling Affordable Care Act, who routinely trashes our president, now for good measure mocks our sense of nationalistic pride too.
Apparently the Senator felt that just delivering these remarks before some obscure audience wouldn’t be enough so he took to twitter to send his comments out to a broader audience. And since 140 characters isn’t enough to encapsulate the entirety of his “half-baked” thoughts he tweeted a screen shot of that particular segment of his speech so there’d be no mistaking what he really feels about just how “unpatriotic” some of us are:
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) October 17, 2017
Few in America have probably ever even heard of the medal McCain earned last night nor the organization that awards it. If history is any indicator of the National Constitution Center’s political leaning past recipients of the Liberty Medal include Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Representative John Lewis (D-GA), and Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yousafzai. It’s also noteworthy that McCain’s medal was presented by Joe Biden of all people.
John McCain, six-term Republican senator. As the saying goes, with friends like this who needs enemies?
[NOTE: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn, Founder and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives, and a speaker, author, columnist and analyst for multiple print and broadcast media outlets. Follow him on Facebook and at RMBlackConservatives.com.]