One of the great mysteries of life is why Arizonians keep reelecting John McCain. Is it because he’s touted far and wide as a war hero? Probably so.
But even if we stipulate that his five-and-a-half years spent in captivity in Vietnam qualifies him as a hero, we also should keep in mind that his capture is now 50 years old. That doesn’t lessen his war-hero status, but it’s absurd to give him a pass on his words and actions of today. And today he is, and has for a long time been, a self-righteous jerk.
He obviously doesn’t like Donald Trump, and that’s fine. A lot of people don’t like him. But his over-the-top criticism of the current administration is undermining his credibility as a representative of the people of Arizona, not to mention every person who voted for Trump.
I give McCain a pass for opposing Trump’s travel ban, because even though I disagree with him, some of his arguments against it appear to be reasonable and pragmatic. But his comments criticizing Trump’s handling of the media is neither reasonable nor pragmatic.
Worst of all, McCain’s indignation over Trump’s characterization of Judge James L. Robart as a “so-called judge” after he issued a nationwide temporary injunction against Trump’s executive order to ban people from seven predominantly Muslim countries reminded me of his nauseating deference to Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential run.
None other than famed criminal-defense attorney Gerry Spence, who has never lost a case in his 60-year career, takes issue with the idea that judges are above criticism. In his writings, he even goes so far as to say it’s ridiculous that everyone is required to stand when the judge enters the courtroom.
Spence unapologetically says that the idea that a guy or gal wearing a black robe is deserving of unquestioned respect is a sham. On the contrary, he believes judges are often more corrupt than the people who are on trial before him or her.
If I had my way, I would rather have term limits on federal judges (especially Supreme Court Justices!) than members of Congress. Of course, that would create some difficult problems, e.g., who would determine who their replacements should be? If a sitting president with dictatorial designs had the power to decide on all nine members of the court, then he could quickly put together a Supreme Court that would give him his wish.
Finally, McCain’s criticism of Trump’s blitzkrieg of the transparently dishonest media — while in a foreign country yet! — is both naïve and indefensible, even for him. When he takes the position that it’s a threat to our freedom for a sitting president to criticize the totally corrupt media that has devolved into the PR wing of the Democratic Party, he makes himself look foolish.
Speaking to “Meet the Press” from Germany, McCain said that without a free press, “I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.” Huh? After obediently watching the cheerleading media do everything within their power to help Barack Obama move toward a dictatorship, McCain now sees a problem with a president who has the courage to expose the media’s nonstop lying?
Of course the president, or anyone else for that matter, has a perfect right to call out the media when they create “news” out of thin air and favor the Democratic party by a wide margin over Republicans. Everyday citizens should not be intimidated into falling in line and easing up on pushing back against the tyranny of the Radical Left.
Unfortunately, like cockroaches, you can never get rid of all the Radical Left miscreants who are running loose on our streets, which is all the more reason to keep the pressure on them. Eternal vigilance truly is the price of liberty.
The opinions of war heroes notwithstanding, when it comes to the media and judges, never be afraid to call them out for their dishonesty. As the Radical Left is fond of saying: Resist, resist, resist!