I’ve been absolutely amazed at some of the behavior I’ve witnessed over the past couple of days. The unbridled venomous hatred that John McCain’s death has unleashed is utterly chilling.
And very telling.
Let me say right up front that I was no fan of the man. I felt a glimmer of respect when he hauled his ass out of his sick bed to vote against his party to save the ACA, but beyond that, meh.
Just another Washington bag of shit. Better than some, worse than others. I’m certainly not shedding any tears over his passing.
But that doesn’t mean nobody else is.
McCain had a life beyond politics just like all of us exist outside of our jobs. A family and friends. Private citizens who deserve the space to mourn their personal loss.
Do you have beef with them? Or is your need to play Biggest Iconoclast on social media more important than a momentary consideration of someone else’s feelings?
It’s a rhetorical question. I already know the answer.
Try to grasp this concept: When someone dies, they are gone. Past their pain and beyond fuck-giving. The rituals we have around death are not for the deceased but rather for those they are leaving behind.
The survivors who, in this case, were not U.S. senators, and shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of misdirected anger. McCain and his political legacy are entirely separate from his family mourning a husband, father, grandfather.
It’s about basic human decency. If you can’t rustle up any empathy, allow simple good manners to guide you.
Yes, yes, we know you hated the guy. Don’t worry, your lefty cred is intact. But if you care more about escalating partisan vitriol than being a decent human being, you know, like the kind you always say you want in power, then you may want to reshuffle your priorities.
There’s plenty of time to examine his political legacy in the months ahead. But I won’t hold my breath waiting for any intelligent analysis since most of the frothing-at-the-mouth maniacs have the attention span of your average flea. Trump will do something else catastrophically silly and BOOM. John McCain who?
Because here’s the thing. It’s not that I think McCain was great, it’s that I think you’re an asshole.
Please learn the difference.