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John McCain’s Death Song

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Almost all the Western tribes had death songs; one for when they were about to die in battle, to taunt their enemy, another to tell their fathers they would soon be crossing over,  and a third, if their heart was bad, to disguise their fear of the uncertainty of crossing over.

My father’s mother, an insufferable and arrogant woman, would cross the street to the other side just to chastise black miners who did not doff their hat to her as she walked by. And she was from Indiana. My grandfather had a small side room where he kept a bed and a small library of religious texts, while my grandmother’s bedroom library was filled with Mickey Spillane mysteries. She shook her fist and railed against God all the years I’d known her, but not as one who didn’t believe in Him, but one who hated Him, as if He’d done her some great wrong. I never knew what that was, but maybe it was just a great disservice, as she was very high strung. Granddad once told me she was always angry that things didn’t turn out better for her.

Then, in failing health after my grandfather passed, she slowly “feared” herself to death over two years, awaiting having to meet the judgment of that same One she’d most hated all those years. Her own arrogance and pride had bolted shut all the doors that were always open to her, simply by saying “I’m sorry” in the most private of ways.

I don’t know John McCain’s religious convictions, but he is a type, and a type we’ve all known or seen. A vain and arrogant man who has no fear of any god any man would recognize, who prides himself by the number of men he has made quake in their boots in fear of his anger and wrath, by the pain he has inflicted on those who have denied him his way, and nothing else, I know this man well.

Johnny McCain was always high strung, as told to me by an Academy classmate, who said his one red button was “not getting his way”.

So I guess we’re seeing that third death song of the dying Sioux when his heart is bad, except he’s lacked the decency to go out onto a hilltop alone.

A sinking ship with no excess baggage to throw overboard to keep his spirit afloat.

The Dakota Sioux had the good manners to go out onto that hilltop.

Hoka Hey

(It is a good day to die.)

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About the Author:

Vietnam era Army JAG, Asia, 17-yr Cold Warrior in Soviet-China Bloc green zone, Been shot at and hit, but in crime, not war; twice-broken nose for lying (same fellow) hence good law school candidate; Could have been Somebody in Corporate world and politics, but at every crossroad chose to be a man with a tawdry past instead. Gave up law and am now a redeemed American.
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  1. Jim Campbell  May 10, 2018

    Being prepared for the inevitable: Ode to John McCain.
    https://whatyouthoughtiwentaway.wordpress.com/2018/05/10/being-prepared-for-the-inevitable-ode-to-john-mccain/.

    This is likely a bit coarse for some, but factually John McCain is a traitor.
    McCain violated the General Orders for all prisoners – escape and return to your home base of operations.

    McCain refused to return because he would have become exposed for his stupidity and bad habits.

    The Rule of Law is very clear and McCain violated the Laws.

    Of course, let us not forget that McCain ran for re-election on the promise to overturn ObamaCare.

    McCain never stopped being a traitor to Americ

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  2. Jim Campbell  May 11, 2018

    Curious about your remarks that you want to stay away from anything political.

    Your site is dedicated to war and warriors. Who do you think sent them to battle? Try politicians 😉

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    • Vassar  May 11, 2018

      All kinds of places to vent those opinions. We’re not one. We won’t let a bunch of carpers and bitchers take over the site.

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    • Allen  May 11, 2018

      Nice blog post! I don’t disagree with a thing you said, hell, I’ve been cheering for cancer and wondering wtf was up with the “extremely virulent” description they used when it was first announced. You know, it could have got him before he voted to Not Repeal Obamacare. Karma could have taken his ass as he cast his ballot. Better late than never. That’s my death song for his ass, I like Vassar’s though, perfectly polite but cutting to the quick. I was an NCO so polite is a challenge. lol

      This site, at least Vassar and my writings here, are apolitical, that’s not to say Vassar and I are apolitical, we just try really hard to not go there while we’re here. The defining characteristic here must be Having Served. Hopefully the site will grow and folks can discuss these things in the comments to their hearts content.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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