Senator John McCain’s Speech at The Senate

July 26, 2017

Senator John McCain’s Speech at The Senate

Listen to Senator John McCain of Arizona who delivered an inspired speech in the United States Senate. May it be a lesson to Malaysian Parliamentarians who seem to forget their duty to serve their constituents and not to feather their own nests. The record of our MPs, in my view, is nothing to crow about. Stop behaving like jumping monkeys when you are engaged in a debate over an important piece of legislative bill. Show us you have some class.

My message is  also addressed to our Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia who should listen to Senator McCain and learn to be a more responsible Speaker of Dewan Rakyat. Stop being a snob and an arrogant s.o.b. If you cannot do your job in a bipartisan manner, just resign and go back to your village in Sabah.–Din Merican

5 thoughts on “Senator John McCain’s Speech at The Senate

  1. Fantastic speech, Din! Thank you for yet another example of your tireless efforts to spread the word for truth and justice for not Malaysians, but for all of us. Best, DJ
    Thanks, Dean. We are in this together, you in one part of the world and yours truly here in another, with a common purpose to “spread the word for truth and justice”for humanity. Keep in touch. Din

  2. It was a strange speech. McCain gave the impression that he loathed everything surrounding the health bill. Yet though he had the power to block it, just minutes earlier he chose not to. His speech suggested he wanted a bipartisan process through regular order. Yet though he had the power to kick-start that process, just minutes earlier he chose not to. He did, however, leave the door open to potentially vote no on the final product. But unless he does end up eventually banding together with two other Republican senators to actually block GOP leaders’ bill, all his inspiring words about how the Senate should work won’t actually mean anything.

    What was that all about, then? One possibility is that McCain could stick to the logic of his speech and vote down the health bill if, at the end of this process, he still thinks it’s a mess. Though he also seemed to suggest he’d be willing to support the bill if some Medicaid-related changes Arizona’s governor wants were included. I believe his main policy interests are the military and foreign policy, not health care. He chairs the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senate leaders have given him a lot of freedom to run things as he sees fit. Indeed, those issues, and not the health care vote, may well be the real reason since the Senate is also considering this week a defense spending authorization bill he is championing. His paeans to how senators should compromise might also imply that he’s willing to compromise on health care to get a freer hand on issues he cares about far more.

    Whatever the case, I believe McCain truly does want a better and more bipartisan Senate. But it’s not enough to give speeches saying he wishes it would be so. He needs to go about trying to make it happen.

  3. The Republicans have their perfect healthcare vision and so do the Democrats. This is the biggest bargaining chip. They will never give it up and use it to get free rides on other bills. Make US better.

  4. John McCain returned to Washington mid-recovery from brain surgery with an impassioned speech about bipartisanship and a striking declaration that he would not support the Senate’s health care bill. Six hours later, McCain voted for the Senate’s health care bill. So much about an impassioned speech of a politician.

    Even with McCain’s vote, nine Republicans voted against the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) Tuesday night. On Wednesday afternoon, a cleaner repeal bill, the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA), also failed, 45 to 55, with seven Republicans and all Democrats voting to block it. Debate will continue through Wednesday and into Thursday on the House health care bill, of what’s called vote-a-rama – quick up-or-down votes on whatever amendments Republicans and Democrats offer on the final bill for vote on passage, which needs 51 votes to pass.

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