I remember when I was a midshipman on summer cruise in the Pacific in 1970. I learned that John McCain was undergoing torture in a North Vietnamese prison while his father was carrying the burden of commanding all US forces in the Pacific. The North Vietnamese offered to release John McCain as a propaganda move. He refused, choosing to remain loyal to his country and his fellow prisoners. I was so impressed by both men.
Fast forward to 2010. John McCain is now a Senator. The homosexual lobby is about to force homosexual culture on military men and women without even asking their opinion about this. Anyone who does not wish to have homosexual culture forced on them is denounced as a hater and a bigot. Almost alone, McCain refuses to betray these front line troops. He sticks his neck out and fights for them while eight other Republican Senators fall over each other seeking the approval of the homosexual lobby and Lady Gaga. Even my classmate, CNO Gary Roughead, who was probably on that cruise with me, sides with the sex celebrity over the war hero. Senator McCain’s wife and daughter make gratuitous public statements in support of homosexualizing the military lest they be associated with their husband and father. John McCain, his concerns dismissed by the country he fought for, publicly betrayed by his wife and daughter, does not betray the troops. He stands with them.
I have had my share of disagreements and frustrations with the Senator from Arizona, but today I commend him for sticking with his comrades in the Hanoi Hilton and with our front line troops today, which alone among all Americans are prohibited from complaining about what is being done to them by a Congress and a public that could care less what they think. Denied a vote in the matter, perhaps they will vote with their feet. God bless you John McCain.