One of the tragedies befalling America today, the gross lack of civility in the public discourse, didn’t start with Donald Trump and his tragic ascension to the White House, it began as a racist response to Americans electing an African American as President. Some Americans may recall that Barack Obama’s election was accompanied by an onslaught of racist and religious attacks by what is now the “alt-right” Nazi movement that included evangelicals calling for ‘imprecatory prayers” targeting President Obama and his family.
For the ignorant, imprecatory prayers are biblical appeals to the evangelical god to kill whomever the faithful believe deserve to die a horrendous death. The nasty evangelical right had no qualms publicly beseeching other “real Americans” to join their appeal to their “loving” god to strike down the President of the United States. It was, beyond doubt, a true representation of precisely what kind of “Christians” populated the conservative movement. Now, despite the evangelical crowd has a champion in the White House, the only thing that changed is the target.
This author had been recreating in the Sierra Nevada wilderness for a week without access to any news and was saddened to learn upon returning to civilization that Senator John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer. Perhaps it is just a secular humanist thing, but under no circumstance is there ever a reason to celebrate a horrid diagnosis for anyone, much less a patriot who has served his country with honor and distinction throughout his entire adult life. Sadly, that is not the case among Donald Trump’s most rabid alt-right supporters and it is a stark reminder that they are pathetic excuses for human beings that perfectly represent the mindset of their hero in the White House.
It is true that Trump issued a statement, albeit a petty one, about Senator McCain, but it was too little too late after the atrocious comments he made about a true public servant over the last year or so. Remember, Trump claimed that after being shot down over enemy territory, severely injured, and held captive in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp for five years, that John McCain was “Not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
Trump also likes cowards such as one-hit wonder Ted Nugent who defecated in his own pants and feigned insanity to avoid serving his country when called on. He likes Nugent because Trump is a chickenshit coward who avoided serving his country when called. According to the vitriolic comments targeting Senator McCain, there are a significant number of Trump’s alt-right supporters who worship the coward in the White House and attacked Senator McCain because he is not a Trump acolyte; something he has in common with every true American patriot.
The attacks on Senator McCain were not solely because he refuses to lick Trump’s boots, but because he is a statesman who set aside party politics and worked with Democrats for the good of the nation throughout his three decades in the Senate. Of course, since 2009 any Republican who failed to toe the teabagger, and now alt-right, line is a traitor; not to America, but to the racist religious alt-right movement.
Many of the comments targeting Senator McCain made reference to the term “cuckservative,” or “cuck” for short. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “cuckservative” is a portmanteau combining “cuckold” and conservative. The pejorative “aims to depict conservatives who don’t kowtow to ultra-right political views as inept traitors to the conservative base.”
The truly nasty and hate-driven comments targeting Senator McCain, the majority that will not be printed on this page, represent precisely what is plaguing America and how a vile racist and evangelical minority has polluted the nation and decimated any sense of civil discourse. Some of the least offensive alt-right comments about a true American patriot are:
“Any death of a genuine eternal cuck should be celebrated. John McCain’s passing, assuming he passes, will do our race a lot of good and that’s what matters.”
“The last president for McCain will be Trump. There’s some godly justice right there. I’m pretty sure that God is punishing him. God made it pretty clear that he supports New Right now.”
“John McCain is a cuck, and liberals are using his ideological weakness as proof of his decency over Trump.”
“I have no empathy for my enemies. John McCain is my enemy. I hope it’s painful.”
Mike Cernovich, the epitome of what in street parlance is a punk-ass bitch and considered to be among the most vociferous members of the alt-right took to Trump’s media outlet Twitter to “implicitly defend” the horrid attacks on a lifelong Republican leader and war hero John McCain. According to Cernovich, the hateful alt-right attacks on McCain were exactly what he expects to hear from the adults in America. He wrote:
“I’m all for wishing cancer patients well but am not going to pretend McCain is anything but who he is. This is called being an adult.”
According to Cernovich, “being an adult” is learning that a Republican leader with a “striking record of military service” has brain cancer and saying:
“He’s a traitor and a psychopath. His interests are of the globalists. They all need to die, faster the better. Then we straighten things out.”
As noted by Alexander Nazaryan over at Newsweek, these attacks on Senator McCain “speak to the utter debasement of civic discourse” in America. And, as alluded to earlier, the debasement did not start with dirty Donald Trump, but since his emergence on the national stage he has made it the norm for his nasty alt-right adherents.
The news that Senator McCain has cancer was sad to hear and although his political leanings were often contrary to that of a secular humanist, he is a patriot and not simply because of his military service. But what is incredibly sad is that there are a significant number of Americans who have no fealty to America, much less their chosen political party because their cowardly hero is in the White House. Worse yet is that they have no sense of common decency, but that too is down to serving the interests of the Rusky-loving criminal occupying a place he should never be allowed to visit, much less reside.
It is difficult to imagine America ever emerging from the depth of depravity it has fallen into because of the religious and racists polluting civil discourse and now the government. And it is crucial to note that this “my way or the highway” conservative approach to governing began in 2009 when the Republican Party made a commitment to vehemently oppose anything contrary to the “ultra-right” political worldview. One can say whatever they want about Senator John McCain’s politics, but they can never say he didn’t work for the good of the nation and the people as he saw fit, including being a statesman and working with Democrats.
One hopes for nothing but the best possible outcome for Senator McCain and not simply because he is a “never-Trumper,” and not because he is a war hero or lifelong public servant. But because he is a human being and a true American; something no reasonable American would ever begin to consider labeling Donald J. Trump or his filthy alt-right supporters.