Republican Senator John McCain (Arizona), who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, was emotional last Monday in Philadelphia as he received the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal with a speech saying “half-baked, spurious nationalism”. This is in response to the Nazi slogan on bloodlines and territory which where chanted last August by White supremacists demonstrated in Charlottesville, Virginia.
McCain said, “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.”
President Trump told Chris Plante of WMAL during a Washington, D.C radio show, “Yeah, well, I hear it, and people have to be careful because at some point I fight back. I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won’t be pretty.”
The senator added on his speech last Monday, “We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.”