Tribute or hypocrisy? The paradox of remembering John McCain
Conservatives, liberals, socialists, Democrats and Republicans — all those who possess a minimum of historical memory and knowledge of diplomacy — paid tribute to Senator John McCain after his death. For some, the gesture of respect was more than counterproductive.
Never has American divisionism been more obvious than after the death of Sen. John McCain.
On Saturday, August 25, the media reported that the veteran and prisoner of war had died at his home in Arizona at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer.
During the Republican lawmaker's final months, McCain's political career didn’t follow him as much as his personality and his sharp positions against the Trump administration, especially his crucial vote against his party’s intent to rescind the Affordable Care Act.
His death has left the Republican Party without a fundamental member who not only represented the founding ideals of the party but frequently sought alliances with his Democratic counterparts, according to The Atlantic.
In the midst of a bitter competition for control of Congress, the demonstrations of solidarity and tribute to the late senator have been the epicenter of debates and political quarrels.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, neophyte politician and electoral phenomenon, tweeted on Saturday that McCain is "an unparalleled example of human decency and American service," which caused serious reactions from her progressive colleagues and followers who questioned her real positions, according to the Daily Wire.
"Things got heated, as leftists roasted Ocasio-Cortez for straying from the party line and daring to suggest anyone right of Karl Marx might have had some good ideas," the report said.
Democratic colleagues tried to control the fire by diverting the focus to other priority issues. Even some Republicans thanked the candidate for "being a decent human being and acknowledging a significant death."
And in the United States today any show of diplomacy is treason.
While McCain's support for U.S. international interventionist policies (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) earned him the label of "imperialist" during the beginning of his political career, his performance evolved hand in hand with the national scenario, even calling the archenemy of Republicans, Barack Obama, a "decent person."
But the public continues to remember his statements during the presidential campaign, his decision to support Donald Trump’s tax reform and his rigid positions against abortion and Planned Parenthood.
In a country whose president has been the epitome of irreverence and political incorrectness, the uproar over a tribute to a man who, in one way or another, did serve the country, is completely paradoxical.
Patriot or not, McCain was one of the few American politicians to admit his mistakes and his "ridiculously immature behavior," even asking President Bill Clinton in 1993 to lift the embargo against Vietnam, the country where he was imprisoned, the Independent recalls.
The ideological blinders the country seems to wear is not just sufficient argument for the reality of the current White House, but a very bad omen for the months that are to come.