Opinion: Between the extremes, most are remembering McCain fondly

Eric Dehm
August 27, 2018 - 2:17 pm

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brianna Jones


The squeaky wheel gets the grease. It's an old saying that seems to be in need of an update for the modern era. 

Here, I'll give it a go: The loudest jackass gets the microphone.

If there's something happening that receives the public's attention there will be no shortage of hot takes put forth over media, both traditional and social, aiming to get the most possible attention. And of course, they often succeed in that goal. The reason is simple and clear, it makes for a great headline and in the digital age, generates those all-important clicks. 

It's also human nature to notice the things you don't like or approve of. Think about it, when you're out driving on the highway which drivers do you remember: The vast majority who are driving normally or the few morons cutting people off and riding your bumper?

Look at social media in the same way. You'll remember the tweet or post that stands out, regardless of the reason. This past weekend, I started seeing some pretty vicious, nasty articles and social media posts aimed at a man I consider an American hero, and my Navy shipmate, Sen. John McCain. I noticed people talking about Twitter users lambasting congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for what she tweeted about McCain.

She's been in the news lately for some rather foolish and/or inaccurate statements, so I was ready for anything. What could she have said about McCain? What heinous and atrocious statement would have her trending on this day?


It was a nice tribute to someone she apparently admired despite disagreeing with. A nice tribute that has led to a flood of negativity to the point where articles have been written on the response to that tweet. For a moment I thought the whole world was filled with hatred and rage. Watching too much news commentary or scrolling along social media will do that to you. It didn't last long, though. 

While reading through those responses, I realized something. Those people filled with venom and rage were responding to someone who would appear to have next to nothing in common with McCain but who still openly respects and admires his service, even if disparaging him might win her a vote or two, and doing the opposite will likely cost her a few.  

She paid tribute because she felt he deserved it, and she isn't alone. Most politicians, veterans, and AMERICANS of all stripes are recognizing an amazing life spent in service to our nation, or at the very least being civil and respectful. I want to make sure you see some of those and not just the eye-catching fringe elements who seem to take great joy, at great volume, in the man being gone.

Sen. Bernie Sanders - (D-VT)

Sen. Tom Cotton - Army vet (R-AR)

Pete Hegseth - Army vet/Fox News host

Joe Biden - Former Vice President

Dan Caldwell - Execcutive Director for Concerned Veterans For America, a conservative vet organization

VoteVets - Liberal Veteran Organization


Gen. Marty Dempsey - Former Chairman, Joint Chiefs

Mark Levin - Conservative talk radio host

Mr. T - American Icon

Forget about all the rest of them, that last one? That tells us all we need to know, because it's a scientific fact that being good with Mr. T is all you need. 

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