McCain bio addendum

Mr. Brad Kyzer’s biography of the McCain family (“God bless McCain family,” Letters to the Editor, Oct. 4), omitted the last chapters of Sen. John McCain’s life.

 

In those chapters, the Arizona Republican morphs from a decorated war hero and well-intentioned public servant into a self-serving, power-hungry politician, fully integrated into the Washington aristocracy, who considers the unwashed masses too ignorant to self-govern. As part of the conversion, he lost his integrity.

In 2009, he safely voted no on H.R.3590, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In 2015, he safely voted yes on H.R.22, to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 entirely.

He campaigned for re-election using repeal and replacement of Obamacare as a deliverable. Then he and his Republican colleagues did nothing for seven years toward drafting acceptable health care replacement legislation. When presented with the opportunity to act on his campaign promise, he suddenly developed a bipartisan conscience, forgetting that Obamacare was rammed down our throats by Obama and Democratic congressional majorities.

Maybe Sen. McCain is peeved at President Trump, who in his childish way impugned McCain’s war hero status in an attempt to identify him as just another snake in the swamp. Maybe Sen. McCain is in the pocket of special interest groups. Maybe he always wanted to be a liberal Democrat senator from Arizona, but could not be elected running as a Democrat.

Whatever the motivation, Sen. McCain is the poster child for congressional term limits. He deserves all the scorn he receives for abandoning his campaign promise to his constituents and the Republican Party.

Tedd Antonacci

Augusta

 

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