McCain lashes out at ‘half baked, spurious nationalism’ in stunning, emotional speech

John McCain Nails it With His Blistering Critique of Trumpism

On Monday night, veteran Senator John McCain was awarded the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. As The Hill reports, when he took to the stage to give his acceptance speech, he took the opportunity to blast the current state of affairs in America under the Trump regime. And it was glorious indeed.

What became clear is that McCain is a true Patriot. He loves the country that he fought for. He believes in the United States and the American dream. And, although he admitted that America is not perfect, he did point out all the good that has come from a strong United States. Ya, it was a bit over the top, ignoring some of the more brutal aspects of American foreign policy, but never the less, it was inspiring.

And then came the scathing attack.

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

Isn’t this what the kids now days call a “mic drop”?

Gee, who could this possibly be aimed at? Well, he didn’t mention anyone by name but clearly he was talking about Trump and some of the alt-right, far-right, white nationalist and other deplorables who have embraced the President, as NPR points out.

He added that “We live in a land of ideals, not blood and soil,” referencing the slogan used by alt-right leader Richard Spencer’s crowd who took to the streets of Charlottesville, looking ridiculous as they carried their lit tiki-torches.

And yes, McCain nailed it when he brought up Trump’s scapegoating. The man has completely demonized everyone from Muslims and Mexicans to pretty much anyone who isn’t a straight, white, Christian male.

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It’s clear that under Trump the world has been dealt a difficult hand where the United States no longer offers reliable leadership and any sense of stability. Trump is a man who seems to be at war with much of the planet, angry that other NATO countries aren’t paying enough into the organization, going after trade deals, and reneging on diplomatic progress made with countries like Iran and Cuba. And McCain addressed this.

“We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.”

At a time when even a part of the United States, Puerto Rico, can’t rely on Trump to help them out, what chance does the rest of the world have with American protectionism and isolationism on the rise? Not only is Trump out to build a wall on the Mexican border, but he seems to want to burn every bridge out there, alienating allies and making bigger enemies out of foes.

John McCain was right. Trump is destroying everything that is good about America both at home and on the international stage. And we all lose as a result.

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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone's dismay.