Two days ago I read that John McCain’s mother is 106 years old, and still kickin’ pretty hard despite her centenarian status. The next day I heard that Senator McCain was stopping his cancer treatments and then within the next 24 hours he was dead.
Say what you will about him and his rhetorical combat with POTUS, but I wouldn’t be a center-right conservative or a Trump fan today if it weren’t for McCain.
In 2008, as with many of you, I was a hardcore Hillary Clinton supporter, and a member of PUMA. We are all aware of the fiasco that went down that entire year, from the changing of the rules and bylaws to secure the nomination for Barack Obama, and the horrible sexism paraded around by Democrats against HRC and Sarah Palin. At that time I was a die-hard Democrat with a 20 year liberal voting record. I bought hard into the narratives of the left. I got red-pilled when McCain selected Palin as his running mate.
Because of his VP choice, I began a journey of serious reflection that led me to identify the lies I’d been told and accepted as a blue-pilled youth. I started to dismantle the lies and open myself to ideological diversity. I paid a heavy price during 8 long years of Obama, losing many family and friends along the way. I don’t give a fuck about that today, but it hurt at the time.
I’d rather keep changing and lose a lot of people along the way. If that’s the price, I’ll pay it. ~Neil Young
Today I am a better person because I began to question and because I continue to question. I’m not on board with every Republican or GOP idea, and I know today that Senator McCain was a card-carrying member of GOPe. His vote to preserve Obamacare and his publicized quotes to the IRS about financially ruining his own national constituency are both unforgivable. He was a deeply corrupt man.
But that’s not all he was. He was, for some time, a survivor, a maverick, and master bi-partisanship player. He was willing to place a large bet on Sarah Palin in 2008. It was his gifts, not his weaknesses that allowed me to question what I’d been told was truth, and I’m a better person today because of it. Our country is better because of it. He would hate for me to say it, but I’m going to say it because it’s true: Without McCain, you couldn’t get to President Trump. ‘Nuff said.