McCain Truths that are stranger than fiction

Many of you have read my critical reviews of McCain, While I do not like the position he has taken on some of the issues..particularly illegal immigration (he has now said he will secure the border, I for one still do not like the rest of the story, Last I heard he still holds his previous position on guest workers and citizenship,) and the position on limiting political speech. You can see the McCain posts below. I do admire his character..the post below shows the real man..the Character of the man..which I find sadly lacking in many of our leaders today. Retired Colonel Bud Day was McCain’s cellmate for 2 years and shares below..

Some truths about McCain that are stranger than fiction

Excerpts from an account by Karl Rove — retelling what wartime comrades of McCain have related to him

Mr. Day relayed to me one of the stories Americans should hear. It involves what happened to him after escaping from a North Vietnamese prison during the war. When he was recaptured, a Vietnamese captor broke his arm and said, “I told you I would make you a cripple.” The break was designed to shatter Mr. Day’s will. He had survived in prison on the hope that one day he would return to the United States and be able to fly again. To kill that hope, the Vietnamese left part of a bone sticking out of his arm, and put him in a misshapen cast. This was done so that the arm would heal at “a goofy angle,” as Mr. Day explained. Had it done so, he never would have flown again.

But it didn’t heal that way because of John McCain. Risking severe punishment, Messrs. McCain and Day collected pieces of bamboo in the prison courtyard to use as a splint. Mr. McCain put Mr. Day on the floor of their cell and, using his foot, jerked the broken bone into place. Then, using strips from the bandage on his own wounded leg and the bamboo, he put Mr. Day’s splint in place. Years later, Air Force surgeons examined Mr. Day and complemented the treatment he’d gotten from his captors. Mr. Day corrected them. It was Dr. McCain who deserved the credit. Mr. Day went on to fly again.

Another story I heard over dinner with the Days involved Mr. McCain serving as one of the three chaplains for his fellow prisoners. At one point, after being shuttled among different prisons, Mr. Day had found himself as the most senior officer at the Hanoi Hilton. So he tapped Mr. McCain to help administer religious services to the other prisoners. Today, Mr. Day, a very active 83, still vividly recalls Mr. McCain’s sermons. “He remembered the Episcopal liturgy,” Mr. Day says, “and sounded like a bona fide preacher.” One of Mr. McCain’s first sermons took as its text Luke 20:25 and Matthew 22:21, “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” Mr. McCain said he and his fellow prisoners shouldn’t ask God to free them, but to help them become the best people they could be while serving as POWs. It was Caesar who put them in prison and Caesar who would get them out. Their task was to act with honor.

Another McCain story, somewhat better known, is about the Vietnamese practice of torturing him by tying his head between his ankles with his arms behind him, and then leaving him for hours. The torture so badly busted up his shoulders that to this day Mr. McCain can’t raise his arms over his head. One night, a Vietnamese guard loosened his bonds, returning at the end of his watch to tighten them again so no one would notice. Shortly after, on Christmas Day, the same guard stood beside Mr. McCain in the prison yard and drew a cross in the sand before erasing it. Mr. McCain later said that when he returned to Vietnam for the first time after the war, the only person he really wanted to meet was that guard.

Mr. Day recalls with pride Mr. McCain stubbornly refusing to accept special treatment or curry favor to be released early, even when gravely ill. Mr. McCain knew the Vietnamese wanted the propaganda victory of the son and grandson of Navy admirals accepting special treatment. “He wasn’t corruptible then,” Mr. Day says, “and he’s not corruptible today.”

You will want to click here for the rest: More here 

You will want to read this captivating personal story of his captivity. It is riveting.hn S. McCain III, Lieut. Commander, U.S. Navy

Click Below on his name

John McCain spent 5½ years in captivity as a POW in North Vietnam. His first-person account of that harrowing ordeal was published in U.S. Newsin May 1973. Shot down in his Skyhawk dive bomber on Oct. 26, 1967, Navy flier McCain was taken prisoner with fractures in his right leg and both arms. He received minimal care and was kept in wrBelow isetched conditions that he describes vividly in the U.S. News special report:

This story above originally appeared in the
May 14, 1973, issue of U.S.News & World Report

With all my concerns about McCain, one cannot deny his character nor his patriotism.  

hattip Crusader Rabbit

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We have some tough choices in November..Going to be hard to strictly vote for our values and who we think may best represent them. This is a time for really studying the issues and then voting for the direction you want to see this country go.. We cannot be swayed by the political talk and I daresay none..NONE woud hold up to the scrutiny and or microscope one goes through today when running for office.

 Personally, I want a leader that will uphold our Constitution and is loyal to this country, who supports Judea Christian Values Who holds our Sovereignty dear…Who that be? Seems there is a little of this and that…but I am looking and praying and studying..Do I vote for the lesser evil? Do I write a name and vote for none of the above? Do I stay home? Don’t much see me doing that although many seem to think that would be a huge shout out to the Republican party that the Mainstream Conservatives (those that love our constitution and bill of rights, believe less government is the best government, ) are not happy campers.. That  would surely be a vote for the one that does get in..would it not? Then again….I have never been so disappointed in my life as to our choices..That’s putting it mildly. The Democratic party and the Republican party has left far too many of us in their quest for globilazation, socialism,and political correctness at America’s expense.. I have a lot more to say on this but I shall leave it for another post..This post is after all, about McCain.

 It is time for a strong third party in my view. With the powers (the 2 parties and the Media) that be, that would be a long uphill battle…

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12 Comments

  1. […] Read the rest of this great post here […]

  2. “Excerpts from an account by Karl Rove ”

    If anyone else had retold this story (particularly the man Mr. Day himself) I might have believed it, but coming from Karl Rove…

    Does it sound fishy to anyone else? I mean, in this story McCain is practically Jesus. Miraculously healing the sick, preaching the word, refusing special treatment. I haven’t checked the link yet to finish the story. I’ll come back later and do that because this story sounds like a tall tale to me.

    I did a draft on this a week or so ago, today I heard Colonel Day talking about it on the news and it reminded me..You will probably hear about it soon, The vets link is not complimentary to McCain. I have no reason to disbelieve Colonel Day. I knew he had refused to be released before the other men on the basis of who he was. Day says McCain does not like to talk about it.. He did once in the 70’s..we can see his own story from that link..Day’s account of McCain in prison is heroic and if you had to be in prison, he could not have picked a better cellmate.

  3. The last two sentences of your post really sums up the entire issue quite well. And I couldn’t agree more. Will I vote? Yes, indeed. Who will I vote for? Not sure, yet… still much praying to do over that call. Will it really make a difference? Not in the least.
    None of the candidates running in the two major parties, regardless of how much they want to get on their stumps and preach about change, will actually accomplish any of the things they promise. Why? Because the president doesn’t make the laws, the congress does. And the congress in this country, at this moment in history, is so bogged down in political correctness and the diligent maintaining of distinct “party lines” that no one could be elected as president and really make any difference.
    I’ve said it before, and written it in many places – we need to dismantle the two-party system that is smothering this country and shoving us all toward the poor house. It’s never going to be a president that leads us out of this self-imposed political oppression… it’s got to be the people.
    As I’ve said before, the people shouldn’t fear the government – the government should fear the people! If you think your being properly represented in the halls of congress, raise your hand!

    I’m not seein’ any hands in the air… are you?

    I’m not seeing any hands, Lofter the 2 parties have left us sometime ago. Congress just loves to sit up there when they want to and if they don’t want to..or have something better to do they just don’t show up.. Would we not love a job like that? Listen to us? represent us? those days are over unless the people of this country stand up and vote em out! It does happen..look what is happening in England right now.
    Love your statement..As I’ve said before, the people shouldn’t fear the government – the government should fear the people! I think that is what our founders had in mind…don’t you? Thanks for commenting. Sorry I am so late to get back on here.

  4. For more thoughts on the political duopoly we’re suffering under, check out the outstanding post over on Conquering the Truth.
    Time for a wake up call, folks!

    Thanks for the link Lofter, excellent post and it is way overdue for a wake up call.

  5. I’m on board with another strong party. I agree with Lofter, it isn’t going to make too much difference who is in the Big House cause nothing will change until we get it together and OUST the senate and congress. I still think a man I heard on C-Span said it best. Don’t let them get re-elected. ALL new blood, across the line in senate and congress. Vote everyone OUT. Could there be a way? I’m ready to start TODAY!

    You said it CG. I’m with ya!

  6. I like the post today Ang. Not enough people know the horrors that our guys and gals have been through nor do we (as a nation) dwell long enough on the freedoms that their pain and suffering afford us. I for one am humbled by those willing to serve and who have made sacrifices willingly and gladly in the name of freedom for me, my family and others. I’m proud of my husband, my father and all three of my uncles that served.

    Thanks CG. No, not enough of us know..we go about our business and forget what they are going through and their families.. I remember my Mother talking about how they all sacrificed here in the US for the war.. and were darn glad to protect their way of life..maybe we are too spoiled with our way of life.. I just hope we do not lose our ability to have opportunities and a better way of life along the way. Thinking now of the takeover in Burma..those poor people enslaved really. Many countries do not have our opportunities. I am proud of your family too. Give them a big wave from me.
    Hugs

  7. Good on ya for posting this Angie, yeah McCain isn’t the 100% best candidate, but you have to give him credit for his spine of tempered steel, that’s for sure. You can’t survive 5 years amongst those leftie-supported commie bastards without a lot of character.

    Thanks, you know it is your fault.. I hattiped the first part of it from Crusader Rabbit.:)
    I totally agree.. I have never understood man’s inhumanity to man.

  8. I’m sure that all you guys were just as proud of John Kerry’s service during Vietnam. Some how I doubt Angie would be writing an article about how even though she doesn’t totally agree with JK, he should still be honored and respected.

    Funny how every story here about Republicans are apologetic and mildly supportive and every story about Dems are about how stupid and evil they are. Are you guys capable of being unbiased about anything? For your sakes, I hope there is a heavan because you’re pretty much just wasting this life in a hate-filled, paranoied fog. Especially for you, MK. 🙂

    Come on Duh, JK is not a candidate and I did not know what blogging was when he ran..no kidding.I am proud of all our honorable servicemen and their sacrifices…does not mean I may agree with their politics.

    Show me a good post on a Dem these days that does not want to change the values I hold dear and if its newsworthy I will post it.. Same with the Repubs.. Guess when the election is over.. I will be posting as long as there is freedom to do so about the View’s views…ya just never know..lol!

    BTW, I don’t hate, I pity because I think they know not that they know not..lol! Do I get aggravated? you betcha! I am ticked with the whole bunch but that does not mean I am in a hate filled paranoid fog.. As a matter of fact, I got a loud laugh and most people think I am way too happy! I believe in smiles and good humor..however there is a lot going on that I think people should know about..and i love to rant about it. It is a great release.

    MK knows what he is talking about..he has seen and lived with his government taking away their guns and just about everything we hold dear…ya wanta talk to someone who saw his country change with an election? Then he is the man. I hold him pretty dear around here…he’s a man who does not mince words and you know where he stands. All the time. He also has a big heart and loves his family.

    With all that said, I am sure you did not mean to be crappy…I think you just like to argue.. Ya know it will probably be a real cold day in h*ll before I can find a good Dem or Republican running for office at the present time…but I will sure shout it out when I do..Ya know I am Politically Incorrect. 🙂

  9. Angie, another excellent post. Yes, McCain certainly is an enigma, isn’t he? I can’t quite figure him out. I had read this stuff about him before, but then you read something like what he has done to his Republican campaigners when they wanted to criticize Obama. Now today, we find out he’s mad as a wet hen at Obama for making digs about his age. I think he’s a bit messed up. But credit where credit’s due. He is a patriot. And he’s a far sight better than Obama; but who isn’t?

    Yes a great word for him. The only difference I have found so far with him from the other candidate is National Defense would probably be strong. Don’t know Aurora, it is a mess right now as far as our choices.. Yes, I think anyone would be better than Obama..I do not trust him one bit. Not even a teensy bit..if it were one thing or even two things that were bothersome…but if you reallly look…there seems to be a pattern with him.. And it is disturbing to me.

  10. Better how, Aurora? As a person?

    BTW, I have no doubt that McCain is a brave man that deserves respect, but we don’t have to make him into a perfect patriot to respect him. Yes, he survived a horrible place to go on to become a highly successful public servant. I don’t believe in turning politicians into super heroes. It gives them a place to hide from hard questions.

    I know Aurora well enough to answer for her… she certainly can if she wants to but in her stead.. She is not meaning he is perfect..she knows there is only one who is perfect.
    Yes I believe she believes as I do that McCain with all his faults is a better person than Obama. Aurora is quite an investigator and she digs for the truth and lets it fall where it may.. and she has opinions as we all do and she will express them when needed.

    As far as a place to hide…darlin when George Soros and other questionable benefactors money get through with McCain…there is no place to hide.. Look for the Race card to be played when a conservative or a questioning Dem or Independent say anything about Obama. Howard Dean thinks if you mention his association with JW during this…you are a racist… Say anything about his Hamas supporters…you are a racist a bigot..It will be a Miracle if McCain does not have a temper fit…on and on it goes…no there is no place to hide when you run for public office these days.

  11. Come on, Duh… are you really saying that I’m not open-minded? Trust me, I’m an equal opportunity skeptic, and don’t trust any of the candidates running – much less make them into super heroes! And, for the record, if anyone wastes their life “in a hate-filled, paranoied fog” I’m not sure heaven is where they’d end up!
    For one, I have nothing but respect for all the men and women who honorably serve, and who have honorably served, our country. They don’t get the credit they are due from far too much of the populace… and for that, our country should be ashamed. But, as a general rule, most of us are far too ego-centric to care that much about the sacrifices of others.

    Me thinketh you protest too much… or would you just prefer to hear Karl Rove tell a story about Obama? 🙂

    ROFL at the picture I have of Karl Rove telling a story about Obama..but who knows? It may be soon.Did see him on TV suggesting some things for the Dems when he was asked? lol! btw..don’t ya know they want to have Rove running their campaign? ROFLMBO.

  12. Angie, I have no doubt that all of the folks on here are good people, we just don’t agree, and usually they don’t even try to defend their views. MK comments contain a lot of name calling and negative comments with very little substance. If you think that’s reasonable, I’m afraid we’ll have to agree to disagree.

    I protest too much about what, Lofter? I’ve said several times on here that I don’t think Obama or Hillary is all that. I don’t think either one of them represents anything close to “change”. I used to like McCain before he started pandering to the Christian right, but I understand he has to do that to have a chance at winning. Politics is a cruel mistress. There are several folks on here that are apologists for the right, and will straight up call anyone an idiot who doesn’t agree. Then they proudly stand back and don’t even try to defend their positions. I have no respect for that. You and Angie at least have the ability to defend you beliefs without name calling and ad hominem attacks. That’s why I keep coming back for more!

    Nothing wrong with disagreeing Duh about the subject matter. To tell you the truth though, I don’t think some of the commenters come back and read the comments after they have commented. They read a new post, comment and move on. I am like you, I want to know what was said..That’s why I try to respond to comments…course I got a fairly small readership so it is easier for me to do that than some of the big guys and gals.

    You keep on coming back..you are welcome here.


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