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From 2014: John McCain Should Be Model For Republican Party

July 19, 2017

I have always penned my posts as I feel them.  In January 2014 these were the words I posted about Senator John McCain who tonight is facing a battle with brain cancer.

One does not need to agree with every policy item, or political tactic to recognize that Arizona Senator John McCain is far more the model of what Washington needs in order to operate effectively than say with the likes of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  That was my first thought upon hearing the absolutely crazy news that the Arizona Republican Party formally censured McCain for not being sufficiently conservative on policy issues.

I am not sure the average age of those casting the votes, or how steeped in history they might be.  After hearing the news I am uncertain if any ever graduated from high school or can read.

But I know from the perspective of this 51-year old blogger from Wisconsin who does have a sense of history along with an understanding about how government can function, and why political parties must compromise for the best interests of the people they serve, that McCain is the type of legislator the Republican Party needs.

Now more than ever.

This blog has had a number of issues where I registered strong opposition to a policy or viewpoint that McCain was advocating.  In a democracy that is the type of debate that is healthy and to be expected.  But it is also correct to state that McCain is a mature-minded politician who understands the role of government.  He is to be applauded for what is a noble act of reaching across the aisle to reach consensus.

The old-fashioned ideals of what characteristics we want in our politicians, regardless of what party they align themselves with, or what policy ideas they espouse, is something the Republican Party needs to remind themselves of again.

The horrible theatrics of yelling at a president during a speech in the House of Representatives, ranting endlessly about birth certificates, or prattling on about how one expresses a devotion to God is most offensive and nauseating to the average American. Deciding that the number one goal of a political party to is to deny success in policy making to a sitting president is just plain irrational behavior.  Yet all of this is what we have been forced to watch play out from the Republican Party over the past several years.

On the other hand McCain though tough and spirited against President Obama also understands that the nation needs to move forward, solve problems, and meet in the middle to address policy deadlocks.  It was over the issue of immigration that the Arizona Republican Party felt that McCain was not being dogmatic enough that partly resulted in his censure.

When being politically mature and exhibiting level- headedness is now marked as a negative for not being conservative enough, or not loyal enough to a political party then one thing is abundantly clear.  A political party–in this case the Republican Party–is simply asking too much.

To their own peril the GOP is isolating itself by playing to their worst elements, allowing the hardest-edged members to sway what once was a powerful institution in this country into the dark corner of hate, anger, resentment, and dark conspiracies.

The GOP would be a better party and take a higher path if they understood that Senator McCain is the model for what best serves the nation when it comes to politics.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2017 2:09 PM

    Thanks, Peter, As I was reading that post from only three years ago, I felt it was many, many years given what has happened in this nation.

  2. July 20, 2017 1:12 PM

    You sure nailed that one, Gregory. But the GOP quit listening to folks like you and me long ago. I know… I used to be a Republican.

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