This morning I commented on a Facebook post by a friend regarding President Trump’s “mistakes” handling the death of John McCain. Here is the original post:
Trump ought to practice magnanimity,
as Churchill counseled.
He is flawed.
I support his policies, not his manners.
This is my reply.
Churchill did not always practice magnanimity. And he was flawed. A big drinker, for one. No one of us is perfect.
Personally, I think this whole thing has been blown out of proportion. President Trump issued a proclamation the first business day after McCain’s death, immediately issued a message of condolence to the family on Saturday, and lowered the flag to half staff.
He also thanked McCain for his service from the podium at a dinner last night for Evangelicals.
This tempest in a teapot was whipped up by the media, who hate President Trump, and then the whole country went crazy, as if he had cursed McCain from the Oval Office.
President Trump will not participate at any of the ceremonies for McCain, which was requested by the family. They decided they will have Obama do the eulogy. In other words, they would prefer a Socialist shill rather than the President of their own party, which is a huge insult, but the media act as if the President deserves to be insulted.
Think about that for a minute. I’ll bet they would be singing a different tune (a huge racist kerfuffle, no doubt) if the Kennedy family had asked Obama to stay away, and asked George Bush to speak at Ted Kennedy’s funeral.
Here’s a surprise quote from Churchill:
“It is alarming and nauseating to see Mr Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the east, striding half naked up the steps of the viceregal palace, while he is still organising and conducting a campaign of civil disobedience, to parlay on equal terms with the representative of the Emperor-King.
Commenting on Gandhi’s meeting with the Viceroy of India, 1931”
“There’s a danger in Churchill gaining a purely iconic status because that actually takes away from his humanity,” says Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archives Centre.
“He is this incredibly complex, contradictory and larger-than-life human being and he wrestled with these contradictions during his lifetime.”
I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Winston Churchill. Without his leadership, I doubt that England would have survived World War II as a free country. My point is that he was human, and said things that we would think were horrible. Great men are first of all men, with flaws, and because they are the makers of history rather than observers of the world’s foibles, those flaws are sometimes public.
I recall what a boss of mine said once about failing. If you don’t try to create and DO, you will never fail. Those who create companies and invent new technology sometimes fail. As a businessman, occasionally your new company will fail, your invention rejected by the market, and you go bankrupt.
That’s a big problem for the media. They almost never create anything of value, anything positive, enriching our lives.
Churchill gave the “V” for victory sign.
Our President is a doer. He creates. He does things that enrich our lives. We the people.
He always gives the thumb up, not the thumb down.