I, like many others, heard about John McCain’s death from terminal brain cancer. The flags were lowered to half staff. Representatives of both parties gave their condolences and commemorated his memory, in respect to his participation.
However, some Senators went even further, Chuck Schumer went so far as to petitioning to renaming a senate building after him. There’s another petition that wants to Award Senator John McCain with the Congressional Medal of Honor. People showering him with compliments, saying he had a “great sense of humor”.
I only have a few questions, my first being Why? He drug his feet on policy, he bent to the will of people who happened to be in power at the time, and his only accomplishment was staying in office for thirty years. John McCain has only had a total of 53 pieces of legislation passed as law. In comparison Mitch McConnell has been a Senator since 1984, roughly the same amount of time, he has had 150 bills become laws. Over this same time period, John McCain has missed 11.7% of his votes compared to other senators which is 1.5%.
Honoring government officials when they’ve done little to no work to deserve it, other than staying in office, is like giving an MVP award to a team member simply for running up and down the field. This may be a hard pill for some to swallow, but John McCain was a lazy senator whose only accomplishment was getting re-elected for thirty years. Why should his legacy change simply because he’s not here anymore?
There were many instances when he ‘voted his conscience’, instead he could have formulated answers to go along with that conscience. For example, he disagreed with the ‘repeal and replacement’ of Obamacare, yet, at no time had he put forward any effort to establish any answers to solving the problem. He made himself out to be a critic of other people’s solutions.
Does this make him a bad person? No, I’m simply saying someone should have to do more than simply exist within the senate for an extended period of time to be sensationalized as we are currently doing with John McCain. The last thing we need is for a monument of Maxine Waters when she passes away. I can only imagine a statue of her with the statement “Impeach 45” on it!
However, simply overnight, I saw the tone about John McCain switch from extreme criticism towards stroking his ego. The only thing that he has done in his life worth honoring was his military career, however, he has done little for the country when it comes to his political career. It may be respectful to honor the dead and recall memories that were true about a person’s life, but honoring a person for something they don’t rightfully deserve is irritating. It dishonors the people who do sacrifice in order to accomplish things. Like suggesting to give a purple heart to Peter Strzok.