John McCain wasn't like most politicians

John McCain, who opposed two GOP plans to repeal Obamacare, was one of a kind.

Posted: Aug 30, 2018 8:23 AM
Updated: Aug 30, 2018 8:40 AM

Every veteran remembers the first time they came under fire. That combination of adrenalin and fear makes combat so electric that it links you with every other generation who fought. That realization -- relief even -- that you weren't a coward, you didn't run and you did your duty.

Senator John S McCain III knew that moment more than most. Known as a maverick, he could best be described as a patriot, but one who understood that the United States does not -- and should not -- stand alone.

That's why I have asked NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to name the new NATO headquarters in Brussels after Sen. McCain.

Though he achieved many things -- including speaking out against waste in the US government -- that appeal to me as a Conservative, my respect for Arizona's representative's achievements in the US Senate isn't why I'm calling for him to be remembered at NATO. I'm thinking about the future and the lessons he can still teach.

John McCain was one of the first to spot the changes coming to Europe. He realized that though the Cold War was over, a new mafia state was rising and spreading corruption as poisonous as the communist ideology of its predecessors.

When he looked at the eyes of President Putin, McCain said he only saw three letters: KGB.

And he should know: he'd been tortured by their fellow travelers in Hanoi, Vietnam. That's why he saw the value in our alliance.

NATO isn't just about protecting those countries of eastern Europe that border Russia, it's about protecting us all.

For the UK -- and even more for the US -- it's about making sure our borders are thousands of miles from our coasts, giving our people strategic depth few nations could even dream of. That's why great leaders of the past -- including NATO's first military commander general, then President Eisenhower -- invested so much in ensuring the alliance worked.

Today, our alliance is under threat. Too many of our fellow members take it for granted and haven't paid their dues. That means countries like the UK and US are carrying more than their fair share of the burden.

That's not right -- especially at a time when the borders of Europe are being changed by force for the first time since World War II.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Georgia -- both strongly condemned by McCain --point to a possible future if we forget that defense matters, and that soldiers buy peace.

He reminded us that we could write our own story. If we pooled our commitments and shared duty, our nations are strengthened, not weakened.

That was never more clear than on 9/11. For the first and only time in NATO's history the alliance unanimously agreed Article 5 of the NATO treaty that links us all together -- an attack on one is an attack on all -- and NATO went to war. Not in defense of a smaller state, but the strongest.

That's why this tribute to Sen. McCain isn't about him, it's about the ideas of liberty he spent a lifetime fighting for.

It's about our future and our freedom. I hope you will join me in calling for his name to be on that new headquarters and sign up here to celebrate a great American, a great internationalist and a man who always did his duty.

Huntsville/Redstone
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 59°
Muscle Shoals
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 58°
Huntsville/Madison
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 59°
Decatur
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 58°
Fort Payne
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 60°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 443009

Reported Deaths: 6662
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson649101007
Mobile31746574
Madison28413217
Tuscaloosa21566275
Montgomery20088332
Shelby19452132
Baldwin17333189
Lee13261107
Morgan12678142
Etowah12141181
Calhoun11555206
Marshall10487123
Houston9031164
Limestone838181
Cullman8296124
Elmore8243110
Lauderdale7946107
DeKalb7900107
St. Clair7876130
Talladega6523112
Walker6050183
Jackson603245
Colbert558194
Blount548586
Autauga540762
Coffee466964
Dale412785
Franklin377550
Russell358415
Chilton346873
Covington340880
Escambia339244
Tallapoosa3163109
Dallas313696
Chambers305470
Clarke303336
Pike265231
Lawrence255855
Marion254661
Winston234742
Bibb222948
Geneva213047
Marengo210531
Pickens200431
Hale186144
Barbour183438
Fayette178829
Butler174860
Cherokee166031
Henry160025
Monroe152621
Randolph146636
Washington142727
Clay130746
Crenshaw124845
Macon122837
Cleburne122125
Lamar120622
Lowndes116836
Wilcox108322
Bullock104628
Perry100518
Conecuh98022
Sumter90627
Greene77923
Coosa64018
Choctaw52124
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 710427

Reported Deaths: 8970
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby790251186
Davidson73248697
Knox40335452
Hamilton35983347
Rutherford34271298
Unassigned23946140
Williamson22259150
Sumner18862237
Out of TN1644883
Montgomery15200153
Wilson14878167
Sullivan13002221
Blount12382136
Washington12206206
Maury11337131
Bradley11263101
Sevier10877123
Putnam10200152
Madison9364186
Robertson793088
Hamblen7261119
Anderson7031116
Greene6779117
Tipton639571
Coffee578584
Gibson5767117
Dickson559082
Cumberland556777
Bedford546092
Roane536083
McMinn524674
Lawrence524369
Carter5215121
Warren511656
Loudon510352
Jefferson497078
Dyer487487
Monroe471964
Hawkins461473
Franklin426067
Fayette415953
Obion406683
Rhea391858
Lincoln388347
Cocke359063
Marshall358140
Cheatham350332
Weakley345948
Campbell338742
Henderson338659
Giles334476
Carroll318362
White317749
Hardeman315854
Hardin306650
Lauderdale299934
Macon294751
Wayne270325
Henry269960
Overton260546
McNairy249042
DeKalb247443
Haywood245650
Marion236233
Smith235430
Trousdale230617
Scott230432
Claiborne230033
Hickman229836
Fentress217835
Grainger217240
Johnson205335
Morgan196616
Crockett183738
Chester179039
Bledsoe178211
Unicoi170147
Cannon161721
Lake158522
Polk150517
Decatur149027
Union145725
Grundy143622
Sequatchie142120
Humphreys137717
Benton134135
Lewis131121
Meigs119216
Stewart112220
Jackson106624
Clay96526
Perry96325
Houston95226
Moore8319
Pickett69220
Van Buren6758
Hancock4227

Community Events