He is a pompous idiot and a jerk
He is a moderate Republican which is as pretend, phony and fake a Republican as someone who thinks he or she is Jewish and yet identifies themselves as 'Reform'
He is also an old cadaver who lost the 2008 Presidential Election to Obama because he was too polite to get personal; to really fight and attack Obama's race and family background.
~ McCain: "I want to kiss you.."
Obama: "Umm.. I'm married.."
McCain preferred the same tired, stale 'vote for me and I will cut your taxes' bumper sticker
Anyways, a couple days ago Donald Trump in response to McCain's asshole comment that Trump only appeals to the fanatic fringe, shot back that Trump was not really a war hero.
And all the other Republicans - the ones owned by Wall Street and/or the Koch Brothers like McCain was/is still owned jumped on the comment.
Even that contemptuous, disingenuous Vile old Bitch Hillary jumped in to defend her buddy and pal, McCain which re-emphasizes the truth that regardless of 'D' or 'R' affiliation, they're all allies who work for the same people behind the scenes..
~ McCain: "I want to kiss you.."
Hillary : "Umm.. I'm lesbian"
But the question still needs to be analyzed- is McCain a 'hero'?
Well we know he served in Vietnam when others avoided service or hid..
That doesn't make him a hero.. It just makes him not a shirker
We also know McCain was captured when his plane crashed and he spent five years in a Hanoi prison, being beaten and tortured before ultimately being released
Does that make McCain a hero?
~ From the book 'The Real McCain' by Cliff Schecter:
"In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain's hair and said, "You're getting a little thin up there." McCain's face reddened, and he responded, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt." McCain's excuse was that it had been a long day.
Actually no.. the term is 'Brave'
McCain was brave to hold up emotionally and survive the ordeal.
A hero is a person or character who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage or self-sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good; a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
~ McCain with first wife Carol.. When he came back from Vietnam to find his wife scarred from an car crash needing 23 operations, the self-centered womanizer effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. then finally settling on current wife Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.
If John McCain is a hero simply because he was imprisoned against his will and faced great hardships, that would mean every person who has ever been imprisoned by the enemy combatant and beaten or tortured is a 'hero'
Are the people we're currently holding at Guantanamo Bay 'heroes'?
The ones we have held against their will and have tortured; waterboarded and other non-Geneva convention tactics used to force the terrorists captured to reveal their devious plots..
Are they 'heroes'?
Would they be 'heroes' because they endured cruel hardship?
Or must one be an American POW to earn the title?
And all those 'brave' Union soldiers during the Civil War who were kept in POW camps like Andersonville and treated terribly.. were they heroes?
If so, then the Confederate soldiers who gave allegiance to the beautiful Stars n' Bars and were treated terribly in Northern POW camps like Camp Douglas in Chicago would be heroes too, wouldn't they?
That is Sacrifice.. not Heroism.
And let's look honestly at what it means to be a POW...
~ "I am a War Criminal. I bombed innocent women and children" - John McCain, 1997 Interview with 60 Minutes
It means you surrendered to the enemy; you chose to live in a camp and sit out the duration of the fighting vs to risk being killed or wounded, or to protect your comrades.
For instance, if you are a soldier who surrenders to the enemy and are now far removed from the day to day war in which others are getting their limbs shot to pieces, or giving the ultimate sacrifice while you are in a cramped cell 24hrs a day, how is it You are the hero?
And if you're an enlisted soldier and you die in a hospital of malaria, dysentery or the Spanish flu (WWI) does that make you a hero?
A hero sacrifices; risks his/her life or wealth or reputation for others
A hero is there for another when he or she needs that person most..
A hero is the person who gives up their seat on the raft to a woman or child then goes down with the Titanic
And for all his numerous political and personal faults (hard drinker, constantly cheated on his wives, part of the 'Keating 5', etc..), McCain is a Patriot..
But he is not a Hero.