First, let me say RIP, John McCain… second, let me say to his family, I am sorry for your loss. That said, I have a few thoughts as an antiwar, women’s rights activist, and New Deal progressive:
There are a few pond scum politicians and figureheads, talking heads that I wouldn’t miss for 2 seconds… but I would never celebrate their death or illnesses.
John McCain never saw a war he didn’t want the US to go in with both barrels blazing…
But he is not alone in his warhawking and it wasn’t even a partisan thing. Most of our politicians leverage jingoism, flag-waving and bombing our way to the promised land with the red, white, and blue “these colors don’t run,” we came, we saw, he died
We have to retain our humanity and our love of life and decency or we fall to something less than human. Less than decent… we become tribal animals without a compass.
I am not a John McCain fan, but I do not relish his pain, suffering or his family’s misery and sorrow.
I just look at his ideology, mindset and beliefs and say, I will oppose that to my own deathbed.
But I will not celebrate his death or suffering.
Call me a bleeding heart progressive… I prefer to see myself as a human being with a conscience.
There will always be people we can hate. People who are quite literally terrible people and bad actors who make the lives of the masses absolutely miserable. We must show a better route forward to ensure we create a world we are proud of — one that we want our children to inherit.
So Rest in Peace Senator…may your ideology go to the grave with you.