New DACA Proposal is Trump Trap/ McCain is No War Hero

Conservatives were outraged when the White House announced a new immigration proposal that would grant amnesty to 1.8 million DACA ‘dreamers’; fund the border wall; end ‘chain’ migration; and end the visa lottery.

The 1.8 million number is what enraged conservatives. Even Obama’s plan was only for 800,000. But believes that this proposal of 1.8 million is a Trump ploy to entrap the Democrats.

Trump knows that the Democrats will never accept the border wall or an end to ‘chain’ migration and the visa lottery. So by rejecting the overall deal Democrats will be seen as having turned down amnesty for 1.8 million DACA ‘dreamers’.

Since this number is much higher than even Obama proposed then the Democrats’ rejection will further enrage the DACA people since they are focused on only one thing – amnesty for as many DACAs and illegals as possible.

After Schumer and Democrats got burned on DACA in the government shutdown of early January the illegal immigration crowd already is angry at Democrats. They even protested outside Schumer’s private residence. believes that this new proposal, when rejected by Democrats, will lead to more anger and division among Democrats.

This is a good thing and appears to be another Trump trap.

McCain is Not the War Hero that He Claims

Republican US senator John McCain of Arizona has capitalized for decades on his status as a ‘war hero’.

And certainly hundreds or thousands of political figures have capitalized on their military status. But McCain’s behavior has gone way beyond the pale, almost to the presidency, which he sought twice in 2000 and 2008 and lost both times.

Just so that you know the details, here is how Wikipedia reports McCain’s Vietnam War captivity, on which his ‘war hero’ status is based:

McCain’s capture and subsequent imprisonment occurred on October 26, 1967. He was flying his 23rd bombing mission over Hanoi in North Vietnam when his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down by a missile. McCain fractured both arms and a leg when he ejected from the aircraft, and nearly drowned after he parachuted into Truc Bach Lake. Some North Vietnamese pulled him ashore, then others crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt and bayoneted him. McCain was then transported to Hanoi’s main Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton”.

Although McCain was seriously wounded and injured, his captors refused to treat him. They beat and interrogated him to get information, and he was given medical care only when the North Vietnamese discovered that his father was a high-ranking admiral. His status as a prisoner of war (POW) made the front pages of major newspapers.

McCain spent six weeks in the hospital, where he received marginal care. He had lost 50 pounds (23 kg), was in a chest cast, and his gray hair had turned as white as snow. McCain was sent to a different camp on the outskirts of Hanoi.. In December 1967, McCain was placed in a cell with two other Americans who did not expect him to live more than a week. In March 1968, McCain was placed into solitary confinement, where he would remain for two years.

In mid-1968, his father John S. McCain Jr. was named commander of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater, and the North Vietnamese offered McCain early release because they wanted to appear merciful for propaganda purposes, and also to show other POWs that elite prisoners were willing to be treated preferentially. McCain refused repatriation unless every man taken in before him was also released. Such early release was prohibited by the POWs’ interpretation of the military Code of Conduct which states in Article III: “I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy”. To prevent the enemy from using prisoners for propaganda, officers were to agree to be released in the order in which they were captured.

Beginning in August 1968, McCain was subjected to a program of severe torture. He was bound and beaten every two hours; this punishment occurred at the same time that he was suffering from dysentery. Further injuries led McCain to attempt suicide, which was stopped by guards. Eventually, McCain made an anti-U.S. propaganda “confession”. He has always felt that his statement was dishonorable, but as he later wrote, “I had learned what we all learned over there: every man has his breaking point. I had reached mine.” Many U.S. POWs were tortured and maltreated in order to extract “confessions” and propaganda statements; virtually all of them eventually yielded something to their captors. McCain received two to three beatings weekly because of his continued refusal to sign additional statements.

McCain refused to meet various anti-war groups seeking peace in Hanoi, wanting to give neither them nor the North Vietnamese a propaganda victory. From late 1969, treatment of McCain and many of the other POWs became more tolerable, while McCain continued actively to resist the camp authorities. McCain and other prisoners cheered the U.S. “Christmas Bombing” campaign of December 1972, viewing it as a forceful measure to push North Vietnam to terms.

McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years until his release on March 14, 1973. His wartime injuries left him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head.

OK, so McCain suffered enormously and that is a great tragedy. But then again, that is how communists always act. They and muslim terrorists are among the most brutal people in history.

Then again millions of US military personnel have suffered in war since the American Revolution; 1.35 million have died in combat and perhaps as many or more have died from injuries and trauma after their service was over. Millions more have lived for years or decades with life-altering injuries suffered in war.

And thus while John McCain indeed suffered he did not suffer nearly as much as millions of others did. He is still alive and functioning fairly normally at the age of 81.

For decades McCain has peddled a narrative that he heroically refused to leave his buddies behind in the prison. That is false. He was simply following the military Code of Conduct. If McCain had left the camp as a privileged soldier he would have been seen as a skunk and a traitor. So his decision to stay is not nearly as noble as has been portrayed.

Certainly McCain should be respected for his service but his insistent and shameless exploitation of his military service is really awful. At the same time he has spent much of his political career maligning conservatives and agreeing with liberals.

Perhaps he could have devoted his life to maligning the enemies of America, particularly the communists. Or criticizing the policies of liberal Democrat US president Lyndon Johnson under whose massive Vietnam War escalation McCain was sent to fight.

One of McCain’s most despicable acts came in December 2017 when he was suffering from the after-effects of his brain cancer surgery. And when his vote may have been needed to make the difference between the Trump tax plan passing and failing, McCain returned to Arizona rather than staying an extra day in Washington and appearing at the US Senate to make the sure the tax vote passed.

That would have proved John McCain’s heroism – to put the nation ahead of his own suffering for one single day. But he chose not to. And that is not heroic at all.

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