John Mccain: a Political Hero?

Ian Parreira, Editor in Chief

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After the death of John Mccain on the 25th of August, a shiver of goosebumps coursed through the body of many Americans. The impact he left on the political world of America left them with a newly found sense of courage as he made his decisions strictly based off of his own gut, making him a swing vote in the House of representatives even if it didn’t coincide with the Democratic Party view point on a political decision. Now this is where the heart of the problem begins. 

Making decisions based off his personal belief is what John Mccain was known for (well, if you don’t include the whole “tortured in Vietnam war hero” part of his life). “I have to tell you: He is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States,” Stated John Mccain at the town hall in Lakeville, Minnesota after a harsh crowd member stated they were “scared” of Obama. The backlash that Mccain faced based off his comment on Obama from the crowd was tremendous, but Senator Mccain held his position.  

This isn’t the only occurrence of him breaking away from his party’s views. John Mccain and his confidence can be displayed in one of his quotes from a legislative seminar, saying, “I believe my party has gone astray. I think the Democratic Party is a fine party, and I have no problems with it, in their views and their philosophy.” He strived to make his personal thoughts known, and that he did well. 

We can’t just look at his debatable word choice and decision making when analyzing his life, as we must take account of his large impact on the people of the United states. John Mccain advocated for rights of veterans and promoted increased benefits for those who serve our country such as the promotion of the Veterans Hospice Benefit Act in 1991 as well as the Agent Orange Act in 1991. He also pushed for reforms on immigration, effecting the lives of many Americans. John Mccain was not just a war hero, but also a political hero.  

 

photo taken from https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/john-mccain-and-the-end-of-romantic-conservatism

 

 

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