Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Emotional Sen. John McCain blasts 'half-baked, spurious nationalism'"

"PHILADELPHIA — An emotional Sen. John McCain on Monday leveled a blistering attack on what he called the "half-baked, spurious nationalism" that seems to have inspired President Trump's administration to retreat from the world stage.

"In a speech to accept the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal, McCain, R-Ariz., emphasized that the United States is 'a land made of ideals, not blood and soil,' a rebuke to the Nazi slogan about bloodlines and territory chanted in August by White supremacists demonstrating in Charlottesville, Va.

"An at-times raspy-sounding McCain drew applause and cheers at the Philadelphia event when he said: 

"'To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last, best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.'

"McCain, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, did not mention the name of Trump, with whom he has publicly feuded on and off for more than two years."

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/16/emotional-sen-john-mccain-blasts-half-baked-spurious-nationalism/770686001/ 

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