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Letter: McCain’s final statement


Monday, September 10, 2018

Since Barry Goldwater was one of the late John McCain’s mentors, I will start by quoting him: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” No one, including conservative Republican John McCain, can reconcile Goldwater’s stated principles with Trumpism.

We often hear folks railing against “radicals” and usually such folks are railing at radicals they also call “communists.” Well, some radicals may be communists, but there are also radicals who are fascists. And there may be both communist and fascist demagogues and populists. Regardless of political ideology, demagogues and populists base their appeal on racism and xenophobia and promote building walls and/or concentration camps.

While official Trumpism has not (yet) gone so far as to recommend concentration camps, the facilities provided for the children of illegal immigrants have been concentration camps for refugees. In any case, the only freedom/liberty Trump promotes is the freedom/liberty of Trump, and his extremism supports the building of walls and trade barriers.

This is why the funeral of conservative Republican Sen. McCain was a statement of anti-Trumpism. It is not because Sen. McCain was a liberal or a Democrat in disguise; it is because, despite differences between Republicans and Democrats, both parties stand or ought to stand for freedom and against tyranny. And to support Trump is to support tyranny and oppose freedom.

John McCain’s funeral was an eloquent bipartisan protest against implicitly racist demagoguery and populism.

DON MELANDER

Concord