Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain has been somewhat of an internet phenomenon over the past several weeks, beginning with his furious (and inane) reaction to anti-war protestors in defense of war criminal Henry Kissinger.
Here’s the video, courtesy of RT America, if you haven’t already seen it.
So at least we now have it on record that Senator McCain regards the exercise of democracy, and indeed the truth, as “disgraceful” and “despicable,” and that he views those who carry out civil disobedience as “low-life scum.”
Maybe these insightful tidbits can be used as slogans for his next presidential campaign?
I did see two things in that video that could accurately be described as disgraceful, though: McCain’s brown-nosing of a war criminal, obviously (I guess they vow to stick up for one another…), and the mindless audience members who clapped in reverence of McCain’s outburst.
That is surely “disgraceful.”
Moving on, Abby Martin did a fantastic segment on Breaking the Set, eviscerating McCain’s ” legacy of bloodlust,” his curious affinity for arming rebels, and “fondness” for certain terrorist groups.
McCain later responded to the video in a tweet, insinuating that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind Abby Martin’s segment.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 19, 2015
Senator McCain seems to enjoy making a fool of himself; perhaps the only aspect of this little back-and-forth that is more embarrassing than McCain’s flaccid response are some of the comments by McCain’s followers.
Here’s a small sample:
‘Vladimir can suck my Ukranian d###.’
‘who cares about fucking nazi russia? pff, putins terroristic country will be destroyed.’
‘RT is a real masterpiece of propaganda nonsens…. well paid tube of KREMLIN. How do they find such people to work for it?’
‘RT is kremlins channel. what kind of info you expect to see or hear? if you like rusia, its your problem. dont answer me, plz.’
‘Sir, you should run for Pres. again! Let someone else pick your running mate.’
There were, however, some good replies wedged between the madness.
‘stop meddling/arming other countries…you’ve become the vile scum our vets fought and died fighting against…’
‘John McCain does not speak for me, and most likely not for millions of other peace loving Americans.’
‘Weird. That looks nothing like Vladimir…also, it’s all true, so that’s, that’s not so flattering.’
‘Wow, who knew Vladimir had such a firm and entirely accurate view on our history. If Vlad wrote this, give him the Pulitzer.’
Then Abby joins the fun.
.@SenJohnMcCain Actually I wrote this, not “Vladimir”. Thanks for sharing what a vile, racist, scumbag war criminal you are with millions!
— Abby Martin (@AbbyMartin) February 21, 2015
It’s amazing (and incredibly disheartening) that public figures (indeed, representatives of this country) like McCain can so shamelessly brush off a fierce critique by dismissing it as Russian propaganda, and that the bleating sheep come prancing out of the woodwork to support such a tactic.
But, of course, the best way to handle any “insult” slung by John McCain is to say, thank you, as Jimmy Carter did when he was relayed McCain’s thoughtful comments about his foreign policy:
I thought Jimmy Carter was bad, but he pales in comparison to this president [Barack Obama].
Carter later responded:
That’s a compliment to me coming from a warmonger.
Abby also did a short video response to McCain’s tweet, adding a bit more fuel to the fire at the end.
To be honest, McCain gained some points, in my book, when he took a passionate stand against torture in the midst of the Senate Torture Report, particularly when many of his colleagues were whipping out their odious apologetic tactics.
But, needless to say, this glimmer of sanity was not nearly enough to neutralize his history of incessant warmongering, or his own war crimes. Why he still has a platform, or a job, is a great mystery. It says a lot about this country.
Time to retire, Johnny.