Imagine my surprise this morning, when I had already been thinking how I never see notifications from writers I know and want to read, like Todd Hannula 🤓, Oliver Shiny and Caitlin Johnstone, my phone notified me that you [I use the term loosely] had published this article.
That being said, let me address the content of your brief reminiscence about President John F. Kennedy.
You were, I believe, serving aboard a great ship and it must indeed have been a thrilling time and a true call to duty. This was certainly one of the most dangerous moments in U.S. history, a moment that today’s students know only from history books or documentaries.
I, myself, educated here in American schools (you can find out what I have now realized fully about my high-quality alma mater here — one of America’s most-expensive private liberal arts colleges — for women), did not know that in addition to President Kennedy’s strong, yet reasoned leadership during this crisis, global thermonuclear war was averted due to the common sense, strong character and courage of a Russian sub commander, Vasili Arkhipov.
Some of us, learning disappointing, dismaying, and even frightening fact after fact that we had never heard before — such as the story of Vasili Arkhipov — have little trouble believing that rather than being a “loony conspiracy theory,” the man you praise here, John F. Kennedy, may well have been murdered not by a lone, insane gunman who renounced his U.S. citizenship and lived in the Soviet Union, but by U.S. intelligence services and their hidden allies.
Some of us, listening to tape after tape of your voice hectoring and berating young female reporters, or even families of POW/MIAs, might think, “What is this chap doing speaking so highly of President Kennedy and military service at his request?” After all, isn’t Kennedy a Democrat? Hasn’t the Senator spent decades attacking any and all Democrats in public?
But most of all, I, personally, just don’t understand what it is you believe you are defending or accomplishing with these high-minded words. Let’s just take myself and my family. We can barely make ends meet. And I, personally, am not only an attractive blonde female who has been energetic, hard-working, patriotic and Christian, serving as a teacher, nonprofit executive, and author of books for children and young adults — I would have been completely willing to sacrifice my life for other Americans in military service had I been called. My female cousin served three tours in Afghanistan as a front-line emergency physician.
I only mention my status of hair color, race and gender because I know the appearance of your wife and daughter Meghan. I’m pretty sure you at the minimum, care about Meghan and wouldn’t want her to undergo the type of treatment I or other family members have. A lot of people think everything that is wrong with this country can be attributed to racism. I am here to say that in addition to all of the race-related discrimination, people who are honest, decent, hardworking, law-abiding and respectful of others, are basically screwed no matter what their skin color. Not only does your vote not count, you won’t get ahead financially, you are at-risk of predatory everything, and when it comes time to retire: well, you’d know more about the true status of Social Security and everyone’s 401K plans better than I do, Senator.
I was told one lie after another, Senator McCain.
I live in a Democracy, and every vote counts including mine.
If you work hard you can be “successful” and live the “American Dream”.
America is an honest country that defends democracy around the world.
American values include honesty, integrity, courage, equal opportunity, and fairness.
All Americans are equal under the law.
People who commit crimes will be punished.
Racism and gender bias are things of the past.
No decent man could yell at a POW/MIA mother the way you’ve been recorded doing, Senator, nor at a female reporter. A man of honor who had his position and oath of office in mind wouldn’t be chatting up “lethal defensive weapons” with people purporting to be Ukrainian government representatives, but who are — in reality — Russian radio host pranksters. I had never heard that term before listening to the phone call: “lethal defensive weapons” — imagine that!
I think President Kennedy was a hero, Senator, and I do think that chances are, he did give his life for our country. I think he fit more along the lines of actual war hero and man of character than anybody who is currently serving in office.
I am not entirely versed in the stories regarding your service as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, and I always respected you based in that service, although now I clearly see: there are questions. I even sort of understood your yelling at people inappropriately, as I was diagnosed with PTSD myself. I know what PTSD rage is.
Whatever it is you thought you were doing or have been doing, it’s nothing good. I don’t think, like President Kennedy or Vasili Arkhipov, you have what is called “character.” The material rewards and fame in this life go almost exclusively to those who lack character.
It’s a matter of priorities, I suppose. But I think the jig is up as far as convincing large numbers of young men or women that they fight for any high-minded or moral causes. They know they’re just killing to put a dollar in the rich man’s pocket.
It’s a hell of a way to lose your soul.