In Philadelphia, on Monday night, six-term Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona received the Liberty Medal for his lifetime of service and sacrifice to our country. In his speech to those in attendance, McCain recalled his long and decorated military service career and his brutal imprisonment during the Vietnam War. But, he also took aim at our current political climate with these words:
"To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership 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…We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil."
Note that he mentioned no one by name. Of course, our current president could not resist a sarcastic retort:
“People have to be careful because at some point I fight back…I’m being very, very nice, but at some point I fight back and it won’t be pretty.”
The President also once famously suggested that McCain was not a war hero to him because he (the President) prefers heroes who weren’t captured.
To John McCain, I say: Amen, Senator. You, sir, are a national treasure.
To President Trump, I say: You, sir, could take lessons in humility and heroism from John McCain.