The New Normal …

We are all aware that class is not Donald Trump’s strong suit.  In fact, I think it’s a fair statement to say that the man has none at all.  But in today’s administration, there appear to be many more who have no class, no dignity, no sense of propriety.  Perhaps the ‘man’ at the top has set the tone for all, or perhaps it is simply that he has surrounded himself with people just like himself – crass and vulgar.McCain Holds Townhall Meeting In York, PennsylvaniaSenator John McCain is dying of a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer.  For his entire life, he has served his country well.  McCain is a genuine American hero – one who fought and suffered for his country in the theater of war and has dedicated the better part of the last four decades of his life to public service as a House member, a senator and a two-time presidential candidate.  He is not a man who deserves to be derided, and this certainly is not the time for derision.

McCain has not been able to return to Washington for several months, but nonetheless on Wednesday, he felt compelled to issue a statement calling on his fellow-senators to reject Trump’s nominee for Director of the CIA, Gina Haspel.  Haspel, as an undercover operative, was directly responsible for much of the torture that took place in the years following 9/11, and during her confirmation hearings, she refused to admit that such torture methods are inhumane and morally wrong.   McCain was captured, held and tortured for years (1967-1973) during the Vietnam War.mccain-pow

“However, Ms. Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination.”

The next day, special assistant Kelly Sadler made the derisive comments during a closed-door White House meeting of about two-dozen communications staffers.

“It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.”

Ms. Sadler wasn’t the only one who had something snide and rude to say.  Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, appearing on a Fox Business program, said …

“Well she can’t use it anymore because we have determined in Congress that it’s not legal. The fact is, is John McCain — it worked on John. That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John,’”

McInerney’s comment is false.

McCain has already begun planning his funeral and has requested both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush to give eulogies, but has indicated that he does not wish Donald Trump to be at his funeral.  This is understandable in light of an ongoing contentious relationship between the two, starting in 2016 during the presidential campaign when Trump claimed that in his book, McCain was not a hero because he was captured.  I would not, under any circumstances, want Trump within 5,000 miles of my funeral!  But Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah had to say …

“I think that’s ridiculous. He’s the President of the United States. He’s a very good man. But it’s up to John. I think John should have his wishes fulfilled with regard to who attends his funeral.”

A ‘good man’?  Seriously???  I think not.

I concur fully with former Vice President Joe Biden, who said …

“People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday. Given this White House’s trail of disrespect toward John and others, this staffer is not the exception to the rule; she is the epitome of it.”

And there were others who shared his outrage:

“Our nation should be grateful for the exemplary service and sacrifice of [McCain], and treat this war hero and his family with the civility and respect they deserve.” – Senator Joni Ernst, Iowa

“It’s a sad day in this country when White House officials are mocking a man who was tortured as a prisoner of war. He’s more than earned the right to speak out on these matters. A public apology should be issued immediately.” – Representative Walter Jones, North Carolina

“Whatever one’s differences with John, he’s a patriot who has served our nation selflessly and honorably and deserves our respect.” – Senator Jerry Moran, Kansas

“Look, John McCain is a hero. No two ways about it. John McCain, I mean he gave his entire adult life for this country. John McCain fought for us in Vietnam, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, came home and dedicated his life to public service. His vocation in life was making life better for people and better for the country. There are so many accolades I could heap on a John McCain.” – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan

“I spend a lot of time trashing politicians. This [John McCain]  is about the one I’ve admired above all others over the last quarter century.” – Dana Milbank, OpEd columnist, The Washington Post

mccain-2There have been many times that I disagreed with John McCain’s position on certain issues, but he has, I have always believed, had the best interest of the nation and the people in mind.  I have never heard him speak disrespectfully to anyone.  I have the utmost respect for this man.  Perhaps he is among the last of a dying breed, people who believe in dignity, in civil discourse, and in respect for others.  I’m sorry to say that those things have gone by the wayside in our government since January 20, 2017.

51 thoughts on “The New Normal …

  1. Trump and his cohorts are like a flesh eating bacteria that devours and destroys everything in its path, leaving behind the sad remains of what was once viable. If anyone in his environs ever followed the old sage advice of “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”…we would most likely never hear another word. John McCain has earned and deserves respect, at the very least, for all that he has selflessly given to this country over the whole of his life. What a sorry point this country has come to when even the dying are targets of ridicule from the government. Thank-you for this post.

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    • I agree … we have allowed compassion, dignity, respect and integrity to take a back seat to vulgarity and crassness. It is a sad state of humanity, and unfortunately, I see it getting worse before it gets better. Sigh.

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    • You are so right. I just fear this becoming the norm … it is already being tolerated far more than I would have ever imagined a few short years ago. People get used to it and just shrug their shoulders.

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  2. Great post, Jill. I hope that political parties in all democracies will be more thorough when they vet prospective candidates to carry their banners. It is clear that the GOP threw decency out the window and their smearing antics of the past paved the way for today’s debacle in Congress and in the White House. We need to be vigilant here in Canada because we have our share of haters.

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    • Thanks John!!! Yes, we have thrown out common decency, integrity and respect … well, at least some have. And I don’t think we’ve even hit bottom yet! I hope Canada does NOT go this direction, but I have seen that you have your share of haters, too … there was a clip of a woman in a Denny’s going ballistic on a couple of Muslim men who were doing nothing more than eating their meal. 😥

      How’re the body parts holding up? Are you taking a break from your break? Hope you guys had a great Mother’s Day!

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      • I don’t know whether or not you heard about the aftermath of that Canadian woman spewing hate in the Denny’s restaurant. The next day she was fired from the car dealership where she worked. She has since publicly apologized for her awful outburst.
        I’m fine – the bulk of the work is done, but not all. We had a very nice Mother’s Day celebration and I hope you were treated royally by your family!

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        • I had heard that she was fired, but hadn’t heard of her apology. Well, her little drunken rant cost her quite a bit. Sigh. But I don’t feel very sorry, for either way, she is obviously a bigot, else drunk or not those words would not have been said.

          Glad to hear your work is nearly done AND that you aren’t in casts! 🤕 Good to see you back! It’s lonely here without you! 😉 Yes, we had a nice, albeit busy Mother’s Day — my girls always spoil me rotten!

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  3. Dear Jill,

    First of all, the president will never be revered like Senator McCain.

    We are all going to have be treated for PTSD for following all of the president’s missteps, outrageous behaviors, mistreatment of others, his cruelty, lies, etc. It’s mission impossible to keep up.

    I don’t know which country is determining our foreign policy, Russia, Israel or UAE.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • You are so right about that! I already feel the inclination to ‘self-medicate’ with a bottle of wine at night, and some days I think there is no amount of sleep that can overcome the tiredness. If the end were in sight, it would be one thing, but even if Trump is impeached, the end is still not in sight.

      Well, a year ago I was pretty sure Russia was calling the shots, but now I think Netanyahu has more influence than any of us knew. And let’s add another one, for while Trump seems to think he is manipulating Kim Jong-un, I strongly suspect that it is the other way around. Meanwhile, we have let our European allies down big time, and we will pay dearly for it. Sigh.

      Besides my girls, this blogging community are what keeps me relatively sane. Hugs, my dear friend!

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  4. It sickens me when I think of how many people actually support the antics of this administration. I agree Trump did not create this. These people have been here all along waiting in the shadows for such a time as this. In meetings, I keep sounding the alarm, if we want them out we need to come up with a better strategy. Pointing out the flaws, the lies, lack of decency is not working. Conservative candidates here talk of Elitist Liberals are creating “fake news” . Really? Sorry for the rant. Thanks for another great post.

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    • Rant all you like!!! I’m with you on everything you say. The key, though, is to stay above the mud-slinging fray if we want to convince ‘the people’ that the democrats are really the more competent. The funny thing to me is that Trump & Co stand unabashedly in favour of everything that benefits the wealthy 1%, and yet some who are living below the poverty line still think he is just great! I cannot figure this one out!

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I’ve heard … ‘the fish rots from the head’!!
    ‘… in today’s administration, there appear to be many more who have no class, no dignity, no sense of propriety. Perhaps the ‘man’ at the top has set the tone for all, or perhaps it is simply that he has surrounded him – crass and vulgar.’
    Beyond crass and vulgar!!

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  6. My heart as a veteran is saddened by the “Veterans for Trump” signs at trump rallies. Did we serve the same country for the same reasons? Don’t think so. The thought that 40 % of America supports the idiot-in-chief grieves me greatly.

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  7. Jill, good post. John McCain has served our country well in multiple capacities. He and Obama were not that far apart on a number of issues. Had he not been talked into an inprepared VP candidate which brought his age into question, he may have won.

    But, I want to mention one more item, how people who lie like the President does, derailed his first Presidency attempt in 2000. He was ahead in the race against Bush going into South Carolina. Someone on the Bush team fabricated a story that McCain had a Black child out of wedlock. The truth is he and his wife adopted a Hindu girl. Gullible people bought this BS and Bush went into victory. It bothered McCain so much, he did not want to go low against Obama. People may remember when he took the microphone out of the hands of a white woman denigrating Obama. Could you ever imagine Trump taking the high road like that?

    Keith

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    • I learned some new things from you tonight! If I ever knew about the rumour about him having a black child out of wedlock, I have long since forgotten it, and don’t remember the incident about the microphone, either. Yes, he is a man of honour … we don’t have to agree with him to respect him. But even if Trump ever said or did anything I agreed with, I still would not respect him as a person and do not consider him a man, much less one of honour.

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      • Jill, thanks. The 2008 campaign story was during a Q&A where a woman went on a tirade about Obama bit being one of us. McCain pulled the microphone from her and said something like Ma’am, I know Senator Obama and he is a fine man. We differ on issues, but he is not what you say he is.

        The 2000 story plays like vintage Trump. The Bush team made up a story and sold it. To this day, you can Google this false story. If McCain had won, it could have changed greatly the next eighteen years. Maybe, we could have avoided this dishonorable man who occupies the White House today. Keith

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        • You are so right. I was thrilled that Obama won, for a couple of reasons. First, he was a constitutional law scholar, so I felt … still feel … he was well-qualified, as much as anybody can be. Second, I thought it was a turning point and that it signaled we, as a nation, were putting racism behind us. I was right on the first point, but boy was I ever wrong on the second! Sadly, his presidency just fueled the fires of bigotry and hate. I wonder what it would have been like if McCain had won?

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          • Jill, if McCain won, we at least would not have Trump. If had only picked Lieberman that might have moderated some extremes in the party. Picking Palin caused a sugar high that crashed his election chances, but also led to a louder voice for fact-challenged voters.
            Keith

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            • Agreed. I never could understand why he picked Palin. She is a train wreck … not intelligent, not personable … she really had nothing positive to add other than the fact that she was a woman.

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              • Jill, interestingly, if Palin had finished her term as governor, then maybe ran and won a senate seat, she would have been a much better position for national politics. She was not ready and, like Trump, tried to bluff her way through things. Keith

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                • Well, at least there’s something to be thankful for. I could have lived with McCain as prez, but not with Palin as VP. She needs to stay in Alaska where she can stand on her front porch and see Russia!

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  8. I agree completely with your last paragraph. I may not have wanted John McCain as president or my spouse, but he seems to have done his best as he believed it to be. I also think that years of torture will ruin anyone, and I respect and am amazed that he did not turn out completely insane, poor man.

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  9. Great post. The actions of the Trump White House on this, and almost every other, matter is despicable. It’s bad enough Trump and his “only the best people” behave like pigs, but that they STILL have such a ringing endorsement from 40% of the country is shameful. We have lost our soul as Americans. I’m ashamed of my fellow citizens. Part of our country has died, and the rot that this has caused is making the rest of America go septic. I’m overwhelmed with sadness, anger and bitterness. It’s hard to keep my head up these days, though I will continue to fight with my last breath to see Trump and his minions driven from power and placed in prison where they belong.
    I deeply disagree with McCain on many, many issues, but he is a patriot and a true American. Trump is pure, unfiltered slime.

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    • I know exactly how you feel. I did a post early in his presidency that showed alcohol sales had risen significantly since his election. I cannot find current statistics on suicide rates, but I am willing to bet they are up since he took office. Depression? Psychologists must be working overtime! Like you, I am ashamed of this nation, but determined to fight to the bitter end. Hang in there, my friend … this country needs us!

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