[Marxism] John McCain

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Mon Aug 27 10:47:59 MDT 2018


I apologize for any offense caused. I would point out, however, that unlike
Hitchens, McCain was actually directly involved in killing people as a
politician, rather than simply saying stupid things about it. Hitchens
never held a government position.

Amith R. Gupta

On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 12:39 PM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> On 8/27/18 12:19 PM, A.R. G via Marxism wrote:
>
>> Let's not overlook the bright side of this, namely that he's dead. I wish
>> that Sarah Palin would also develop brain cancer, but unfortunately one
>> needs a brain for that.
>>
>
> I am put off by comments like this. As someone who spent the best five
> years of my life building the Vietnam antiwar movement, I was always happy
> to hear about an American plane being shot down.
>
> But I also spent two years working at Memorial Sloan Kettering in the
> mid-80s and never got used to seeing cancer patients walking down the hall
> dragging their chemo gear behind them. It reminded me of illustrations for
> Dante's Inferno. I used to have bad dreams about walking through the
> hospital decades after I stopped working there.
>
> Brain cancer is really nasty shit. When I was in Houston in the mid-70s,
> the guy in the next cubicle came down with it. Who knows? Maybe from the
> oil refineries. I am glad I didn't stick around to get sick myself. A month
> when he returned to work after his initial treatments, he was wearing an
> eye-patch and bumping into walls. Unlike lung cancer or cancer of the
> pancreas, two equally lethal varieties, brain cancer punishes you from day
> one with blinding headaches, diminished cognition, paralysis and other
> hellish symptoms.
>
> I felt the same way about Christopher Hitchens, another villainous figure.
> I just felt pity for him and could not bring myself to write snarky
> schadenfreude messages.
>
> Maybe all this stuff is more relevant to me because an old friend died of
> lung cancer a couple of months ago and another one had to deal with
> prostate cancer treatments last summer.
>
> As far as McCain is concerned, he is a symbol of a Republican Party that
> no longer exists. When I was young, this is what its main leader was
> saying. It seems not like 64 years ago but 640.
>
> "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security,
> unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you
> would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a
> tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things.
> Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician
> or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are
> stupid."
>
> --Dwight Eisenhower, 1954
>
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