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John McCain Legacy

I don't believe in an afterlife but I love the conceit. I have a personal variant on the popular heaven/hell/maybe purgatory theme: what if everyone who dies goes to an afterlife cocktail party to hang out with other ghosts? John McCain would surely encounter some of the Vietnamese people he killed on the way to creating the hero myth that carried him to the U.S. Senate.

Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Gary Corseri, who commented on the article by Ted Rall, "The Real Heroes."

Thanks for the cartoon, Ted. I’ve long admired your work in that “arena.”

I think most of your criticism above is correct. The time is exactly right to say what you have to say.

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Left-wingers and right-wingers bowing their heads, dutifully touching the casket (!), and all kinds of obeisance…to what?

I do think you’re overlooking one sad fact. McCain was a “right-wing nut,” as you say, but it is not just the right-wingers who are extoling his “virtues” now! Whether I watched FOX, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC–there was much coverage of this warmonger’s elaborate funeral. Left-wingers and right-wingers bowing their heads, dutifully touching the casket (!), and all kinds of obeisance…to what?

A kind of “pledge of allegiance” to the imperialist war-monger and the values he personified?

I was one of those millions who marched against the Vietnam War; one of those who marched for civil rights; one of those who ate tear gas when the National Guard hurled their canisters against us. One of those who taught in prisons to help those who could be salvaged. I did not consider myself a left-winger or a right-winger then.

Let us speak truly. Let us not add to the divisiveness and factionalism. “Bind up the nation’s wounds,” as Lincoln advised. “With malice towards none.” We are in this earthly boat together. McCain and his ilk never learned. We can do better.