Everything we see and hear lately seems to play out against the backdrop of Trump's reality crime show. It is the relentless echo of his tweets, his lies and his scandals that make the passing of Senator John McCain all the more heartbreaking.
We have lost a true American hero-a man of unfathomable courage-and we are left with a nobody who speaks only for his own aggrandizement and the rotting carcass of hatred.
John McCain was the heart of America, Donald Trump is the rectum. The differences between the two men could not be more stark.
John McCain served his country, always. In that service he was awarded the Silver Star, two Legions of Merits, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and Prisoner of War Medal.
Donald Trump won a bowling trophy in summer camp and paid a doctor to write a note for the purpose of getting a medical deferment from service.
So severe were the "bone spurs" diagnosed by the Trump family doctor that when asked, Trump could not remember which foot was involved.
John McCain's father and grandfather were both 4-star admirals in the U.S. Navy. Because of his family background, McCain was offered release after a year of captivity in the Hanoi Hilton, a North Vietnamese prison renowned for its brutality.
McCain rejected that offer and spent the next 4-1/2 years along with the men he loved, subjected to the beatings and cruelty of his captors.
Maybe you can think of a greater example of courage, loyalty and depth of character, but I can not. The lack of outrage when Trump said that McCain wasn't a war hero because he was captured was only one of far too many concessions to ignorance.
Trump said that his Vietnam was avoiding syphilis at New York's Club 54.
When John McCain announce that Sarah Palin would be his running mate in the 2008 presidential election, I could only scratch my head. Palin was an embarrassment to any serious discussion.
When Katie Couric asked Palin about her reading habits, it was not a "gotcha" question. It was a reasonable inquiry to an unknown woman who wanted America to vote her into the position of being one heartbeat away from taking charge of our nuclear arsenal.
Palin could have named ANY periodical; Time, the Wall Street Journal or the Juneau Empire. If she couldn't think of one it's because she didn't read any. That was on her, not Couric.
McCain's character shone when he was confronted at a rally by a woman who accused his opponent, Barack Obama of being an Arab.
McCain assured the woman that Obama was a good family man and a citizen with different political views.
Trump began his run for the presidency in 2010 by falsely asserting that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. He continually repeated that lie and went on to say that he sent investigators to Hawaii to prove that Obama wasn't born there.
“I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they’re finding,” Trump told NBC's Meredith Vieira in 2011.
That was a lie. No one found anything because he sent no one.
Trump launched his campaign on a lie and continues to assault America with a barrage of lies to defend his crimes and embellish his illegitimate presidency.
John McCain embodied integrity. His vote against repealing Obamacare was in keeping with his conscience, not his party.
The voices of America are changing and not for the better. John McCain was a reliable champion of decency, civility and American values.
We are left with only the vile, the vulgar, the morally bankrupt and the deafening silence of those who turn a blind eye for political expediency.
Rest in peace Senator McCain. America's salvation will come when someone steps forward to meekly stand in your shadow.
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