Excerpts From Remarks By John McCain At The 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony

❝ …I’ve had the good fortune to spend sixty years in service to this wondrous land. It has not been perfect service, to be sure, and there were probably times when the country might have benefited from a little less of my help. But I’ve tried to deserve the privilege as best I can, and I’ve been repaid a thousand times over with adventures, with good company, and with the satisfaction of serving something more important than myself, of being a bit player in the extraordinary story of America. And I am so very grateful…

❝ To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain “the last best hope of earth” 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.

Lots more in the article. Especially for those who may lapse unfortunately, occasionally, into the sophistry of believing the truth must lie only between two extremes. Sometimes the truth is best defined by one of those extremes. Correctly so.

7 thoughts on “Excerpts From Remarks By John McCain At The 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony

  1. Whiplash says:

    “George W. Bush’s anti-Trump manifesto, annotated” (Washington Post Oct 19, 2017) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/19/george-w-bushs-anti-trump-manifesto-annotated/ To see an annotation, click on the yellow, highlighted text.
    See also “George W. Bush’s unmistakable takedown of Trumpism — and Trump” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/19/george-w-bushs-unmistakable-takedown-of-trumpism-and-trump/ “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) drew plenty of attention for alluding to “spurious nationalism” in a speech this week. But Bush’s comments actually hark back to a more thorough takedown of Trump’s worldview that McCain delivered in February. Here’s what McCain said at the Munich Security Conference in Germany” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/17/john-mccain-just-systematically-dismantled-donald-trumps-entire-worldview/ See also ‘That’s how dictators get started’: McCain criticizes Trump for calling media ‘the enemy’ (2/18/17) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/18/thats-how-dictators-get-started-mccain-criticizes-trump-for-calling-media-the-enemy/

  2. John Paul says:

    “I believe in Americans and the American dream, but it’s time we wake up.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) 4:32 PM – 30 Oct 2017 https://twitter.com/SenJohnMcCain?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fthehill.com%2Fblogs%2Ffloor-action%2Fsenate%2F357936-mccain-we-must-fight-propaganda-and-crackpot-conspiracy-theories
    “We have to fight against propaganda and crackpot conspiracy theories. We have to fight isolationism, protectionism and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions,” McCain said at the Brigade of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman added that “we have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing down walls, not building them.” http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/357936-mccain-we-must-fight-propaganda-and-crackpot-conspiracy-theories
    U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, remarks to the Brigade of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland (October 3oth, 2017) https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/speeches?ID=44FDA6A0-E3FB-444A-B6C8-F215F8288762

    • Update says:

      “The U.S, Navy acknowledged Saturday it had received a request to shield a U.S. warship bearing the name of former political rival John McCain from President Donald Trump’s view during the commander-in-chief’s visit to Japan last week – but did not comply.
      “A request was made to the U.S. Navy to minimize the visibility of USS John S. McCain, however, all ships remained in their normal configuration during the President’s visit,” according to a statement from Rear Adm. Charlie Brown, Chief of Navy Information, that the Pentagon released.
      The one-paragraph statement did not mention who made the request and a Pentagon spokesperson did not respond to a request for further information.
      In his statement, Brown also said there were “no intentional efforts” to exclude sailors on the McCain from attending the president’s address on Memorial day aboard the USS Wasp at Yokosuka Naval Base, south of Tokyo. The McCain is docked there for repairs.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/01/navy-we-were-asked-hide-uss-john-mccain-from-trumps-view-in-japan/1313053001/

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