Arizona Sen. John McCain has never been a fan of Donald Trump, and he’s not likely to change his mind anytime soon. During a recent speech at the US Naval Academy, McCain took direct aim at the president and blasted his ‘America First’ policies.
From BizPac Review:
McCain warned about nationalist and isolationist ideas that threaten democracies, saying “it’s time to wake up.”
“We have gone from an interval when the global success of democracy seemed assured to a time in which the seductions of authoritarian rule find favor with many; when self-interested leadership excuses naked aggression with weak rationalizations; when ethnic grievances haunt the old and religious fanaticism fires the minds of the misguided young,” he said, contrasting past decades of American history with the present.
“We are asleep to the necessity of our leadership, and to the opportunities and real dangers of this world,” he said. “We are asleep in our echo chambers, where our views are always affirmed and information that contradicts them is always fake. We are asleep in our polarized politics, which exaggerates our differences, looks for scapegoats instead of answers.”
He recounted how American statesmen in the wake of World War II knew “that tyranny is always a threat to peace” and that “there could be no more isolationism, no more tired resignation — no more ‘America First.’”
The Week has a critique of the speech:
McCain’s speeches are all the same regardless of their ostensible subject. His constant — indeed his only — theme these past 30 years has been the selflessness, gravity, and heroism of Sen. John McCain. He has managed over the course of a long political career to besmirch the handful of good decisions he has made with his pomposity. Even something as straightforward as voting no on one of the dozens of bills meant to repeal the Affordable Care Act this year became for McCain an exercise in reminding us that he is fluent in the treacly language of middle-school civics textbooks. For him the problem with the bill was not that it would have been a nightmare for poor people in his home state but rather that a sadly insufficient number of “hearings” had been held for a statesman of his caliber to offer his assent to this otherwise noble product of our stalwart republican legislature. Scarcely a weekend of this man’s life goes by without his appearing on a Sunday talk show to bloviate tautologically about how his latest honorable, decent, above-the-fray position is the inevitable result of his being honorable and decent and above the fray.
As painful as it is to ask myself, I do wonder occasionally whether the rest of us are worthy of John McCain.
Great man, great speech https://t.co/0xbBoDX9K2
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) October 31, 2017
I’m not sure most Republicans would agree with Sen. Jeff Flake, who is set to retire after one term. What say you?