To the editor,

I just finished reading Senator John McCain’s book, “A Restless Wave.” I encourage everyone to read this book. Although I don’t agree with everything he says, there’s no denying he was a great American and statesman.

One of the biggest points he makes in the book is the loss of America’s standing in the world. He blames a lot of this on President Trump’s attacks on our allies and praises he gives to our enemies. Senator McCain makes it clear that Russian president Vladimir Putin is our most dangerous enemy. He lays out how Putin pushes the lines wherever he can, and if America and the world don’t challenge him he will exploit our inaction. 

Russia’s involvement in Syria is an example of this with the president saying ISIS is defeated, and we’ll be pulling our troops out soon. Republican pollster Ed Goeas has said some Republicans see this as surrender to Russia and Putin.

About “the wall” he said in 2017 in The Arizona Republic he wasn’t against the border wall, but to think a wall is going to stop illegal immigration or drugs is crazy. He’s worked for immigration reform, supported Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for a path to citizenship; we aren’t going to boot 11 to 12 million people out of the country who are here illegally and that low-skilled workers need a legal status to be here to do jobs Americans won’t do. 

Although not in the book is President Trump’s tax cut, which Twitter feeds are lighting up with everyday about people having to pay more taxes now, unless you’re a millionaire or billionaire. All while the national debt has gone up almost a trillion dollars because of it. That’s fiscal irresponsibility, and I think we know where Senator McCain would stand on it.

Although he was no fan of the Affordable Care Act, his famous thumb down vote saved it. He said he wouldn’t support the “skinny repeal” because the Republicans had no replacement for the ACA.

Senator McCain fought for our country, was a prisoner of war and worked until his dying day for people all over the world fighting to bring democracy to their country. In a letter read at his funeral he said regarding America’s greatness, “We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideas rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.”

Rick Olseen


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