Over the years, I have taken some pleasure in finding words to describe feelings or situations or scenes or thoughts. When I have been blessed by the Muse with the right ones, I have dared think of myself as a writer. But what words can one use to describe the scene I am watching on TV right now? I don’t have them, and apparently She doesn’t, either.
Senator McConnell has just relinquished the podium to Congressman Ryan so that he, too, can lavish mawkish praise on the late Senator/Congressman John McCain who lies in state right before them in the rotunda of the Capitol. They are reading speeches that extol every noble quality McCain exhibited that they themselves abjure every single day of their lives.
They speak of these qualities as exemplary, in unwitting condemnation of this moment when such should be ordinary in their own lives—simply what voters have a right to expect of their elected representatives. Instead, McCain’s unfortunately-extraordinary brand of courage is scorned and debased by Republicans in cowardly obeisance to the most vulgar and sub-human creature who has ever disgraced the Oval Office. As the so-called leaders of their party, McConnell and Ryan not only condone but model the very surrender of principle for which they praise John McCain.
The sight on my TV screen right now is nothing short of stomach-turning. These chumps, AWOL in every way as standard-bearers of integrity, do not have the right to ride John McCain’s coattails into America’s homes borne on maudlin platitudes they have no intention of honoring the instant the cameras are turned off.