White Renegade of the Year—2017

Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, January 1, 2018

John McCain is the renegade of a generation.

The White Renegade of the Year is the man who could have done the most good for his people, but instead did the most harm. This year’s winner fits the description not just for this year, but for his entire generation. John McCain exemplifies a form of anti-white politics that goes beyond what has been called “cuckservatism.” His consistent work against the European-American population did not come out of cowardice or fecklessness, but instead, a deeply held belief that this country belongs to everyone but whites. And what is truly dispiriting about Senator McCain is that even as he nears death, in his mind, he no doubt sees himself as a patriot, a role model, as someone Americans of the past would admire, even though his life has been one long act of sabotage of everything they created.

From his earliest days, Senator John McCain was a man defined by a feeling of entitlement. Descended from one of America’s most notable military families, the young Mr. McCain was always destined for the Academy and a naval career. “I remember simply recognizing my eventual enrollment at the Academy as an immutable fact of life,” he wrote in his memoir. Once at the academy, he immediately began racking up demerits, flirting with expulsion, and relying on his family name to get out of trouble. He was even willing to let other students take demerits for his own offenses, ruining one student’s perfect record only weeks from graduation.

John McCain (Baby), father Admiral John Sidney McCain Jr. (L), and Grandfather Admiral John Sidney McCain Sr. (Credit Image: © Keystone USA via ZUMA Wire)

His early military career was hardly glorious. As an aviator, Mr. McCain was involved in three crashes in which his own conduct was faulted or questioned by military authorities. By his own admission, his aerial “clowning around” cut power lines and caused a blackout in Spain. There was even a review to decide whether he should be permanently grounded—the results of which are confidential. Given that his father was an admiral, it’s impossible to avoid speculation that political pull saved the career of a “fortunate son,” but it’s also impossible to prove it. (In fairness, contrary to some of the “fake news” circulated on social networking during the 2016 election, Senator McCain did not cause the fire on the USS Forrestal.)

Senator McCain’s record as a “patriot” rests most directly on his supposed record as a war hero after he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner. This record is shrouded in mystery, as rumors have consistently followed Senator McCain that he was no hero, but a collaborator. Indeed, Senator McCain has baffled observers by working to keep records about American POWs in Vietnam classified and withheld from POW families. These even include the records about claims that American soldiers were “left behind.” Perhaps he truly has nothing to hide. However, he has spent his life acting as if he does, which makes his sanctimonious posturing all the more suspicious. (Again, in fairness, there is no truth to the charge that he was pardoned by President Nixon for treason.)

Mar 14, 1973 – Hanoi, Vietnam – John McCain on his release from captivity in North Vietnam. (Credit Image: © Keystone USA via ZUMA Wire)

Even asking these questions may seem disrespectful, but there seems to be a double standard that protects Senator McCain. The same mainstream media that seek to defend him from criticism of his war record had no trouble making the truly legendary Admiral James Stockade a subject of brutal mockery following his run for vice president on Ross Perot’s Reform Party ticket.

After returning to America from Vietnam, Mr. McCain found his wife, a former model, had been injured in an accident and left with permanent injuries that changed her appearance. Mr. McCain promptly began cheating on her and eventually pushed for divorce. Ross Perot, who paid for the former Mrs. McCain’s medical bills while her husband was in captivity, is scathing about his conduct, claiming it reveals a fundamental lack of character and deep seated opportunism. Mr. McCain’s former wife remains supportive—but as he later agreed to pay her medical bills for the rest of her life, she is indebted to him.

Mr. McCain entered the Senate after a short time in the House, and his early career in the upper chamber was also marred by scandal. As a member of the “Keating Five,” he had perhaps the closest personal and social connections with Charlie Keating, chairman of the failed Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, who cost the federal government $3 billion and many Americans their savings. Senator McCain had accepted Mr. Keating’s political contributions, his wife had invested in one of Mr. Keating’s development projects, and the McCain family had vacationed at his retreat in the Bahamas. Senator McCain was among the officials who met with federal regulators in 1987 who were investigating Mr. Keating’s company. Possibly as a result of these meetings, regulators did not seize the company until years later, when the damage had already been done. Senator McCain’s political career barely survived the scandal. Our country would have been spared much grief if it hadn’t.

Senator McCain had an early reputation as a “maverick,” mainly due to his crusade for campaign finance laws and for an effort to punish the tobacco industry. For white advocates, however, the main issue that defines him is his promotion of liberal immigration laws—even though he did not become a leader of the movement to increase Third World immigration until the George W. Bush administration. Senator McCain was even part of the 97-3 majority that passed a useful immigration control bill in 1996.

Still, it is worth noting that in that same year, Senator McCain voted against an amendment offered by Dianne Feinstein (who, like many Democrats of the time, supported curbs on immigration) that would have limited chain migration. Ending chain migration, which has driven the huge increase since 1965, is now the goal Donald Trump hopes to achieve by surrendering on the DACA amnesty. Senator McCain and other “pro-business” Republicans who voted against the Feinstein Amendment essentially doomed their own party by permitting the demographic transformation of once solid red states such as Arizona, Virginia, and (eventually) Texas. Among other measures during the 1990s, Senator McCain also voted to kill voluntary pilot programs for workplace verification, granted amnesty to almost one million Nicaraguan and Cuban illegal immigrants, and voted to allow companies to fire American workers in order to make room for temporary foreign workers.

Of course, Senator McCain is best known for the bill he sponsored in 2005 with Ted Kennedy, the man who helped bring us the nation crushing 1965 Immigration Act in the first place. Even working with Senator Kennedy on this critical issue suggests Senator McCain was either naïve or malicious. An examination of the 2005 bill shows it was probably the latter.

The “Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005” created a path to permanent residency for illegal aliens, massively expanded legal immigration, and provided no meaningful way to secure the borders. Yet, Senator McCain tried to portray it as an increase in national security and border control. He admitted that amnesty had not worked in 1986, but denied his legislation was amnesty. It is hard to see this as anything other than deception.

The bill was never voted on. The very next year, along with Senator Kennedy, Senator McCain co-sponsored the equally damaging Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, introduced by Senator Arlen Specter. It was defeated by an unexpectedly strong grassroots resistance. A similar act was reintroduced the next year with strong backing both from the Democratic leadership and the Bush White House. It, too, was defeated.

(Credit Image: © The Orange County Register/ZUMA Press)

During this entire process, Senator McCain directed most of his fire at his own party. He accused opponents of the bills of “pandering for votes.” And in a typical John McCain tactic, he said not passing amnesty meant “doing nothing,” and doing nothing was “silent amnesty,” thus stealing the rhetoric of immigration restriction in order to try to sell immigration liberalization. Senator McCain seemingly did not even consider enforcement measures that would encourage illegals to leave the country—to encourage what even Mitt Romney once defended as “self-deportation.”

In a 2007 interview with the senator, Bill O’Reilly specifically raised the question of demographic change. He pointed out that the Left wanted all 12 million immigrants plus their extended families to stay in the country so they could outvote the Republicans forever:

This would lead to, in my calculation, 40 and 50 [million] foreign nationals being absorbed into the United States in the next 12, 13 years. That would sink the Republican Party, I believe, because we’d have a one-party system. And change, pardon the pun, the whole complexion of America. Am I wrong?

Senator McCain replied, “No, you’re right.” But he then began talking about the differences between what the GOP and the Democrats wanted to do about temporary worker programs. Mr. O’Reilly did not let him off the hook:

They want to break down the white Christian male power structure of which you are a part, and so am I. And they want to bring in millions of foreign nationals to basically break down the structure that we have. In that regard, Pat Buchanan is right. So I say that you’ve got to cap it with a number.

Senator McCain replied:

In America today, we have a very strong economy, low unemployment. So we need additional farm workers, including by the way, agriculture. But there may come a time where we have an economic downturn and we don’t need so many.

After explicitly admitting mass immigration would doom the Republican Party, Senator McCain seems to have thought that bringing in more farm workers was more important!

In 2013, Senator McCain was a member of the so-called “Gang of Eight” pushing yet another amnesty. The bill would have added as many as 24 to 44 million legal immigrants to the country and possibly more than 120 million more via chain migration—the chain migration Senator McCain helped save back in 1996 by voting against the Feinstein amendment. He did not seem to have learned anything from his previous defeats, making the same arguments and creating the same false choice between “rounding up and deporting 11 million people” and amnesty. Once again, he was defeated.

Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) attend a press conference on comprehensive immigration reform, January 28, 2013. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun) (Credit Image: © Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

One wonders how Senator McCain keeps getting reelected. The answer is that in primaries, he misrepresents his views and he then betrays his constituents.

During the Tea Party wave of 2010, when Senator McCain faced a strong primary challenge from Congressman J.D. Hayworth, he tacked sharply to the right on immigration, drafting Sheriff Paul Babeu to champion the senator as “one of us.” Senator McCain promised to “complete the danged fence” and Sheriff Babeu said “it will work this time.” Senator McCain also called for hearings into abolishing birthright citizenship. Needless to say, after that election, Senator McCain did nothing to build to a fence or abolish birthright citizenship.

Senator McCain portrayed his immigration record differently in English and Spanish during his 2016 re-election effort. On his English-language site, Senator McCain bragged about his efforts to “ensure that the U.S. obtains control of its southwest border.” However, on his Spanish-language site, he never mentioned border security and bragged that he was “the central figure who has brought together at the negotiating table Republicans and Democrats to work on immigration reform that is humane and sensible to the needs of the immigrant community.” He also touted his membership in the “Gang of Eight.”

During the same election campaign, John McCain put opposition to Obamacare at the center of his platform. “I think it’s a very strong issue,” he told Politico. Yet it was John McCain who single-handedly saved Obamacare by casting the decisive vote to save it, winning applause from Senate Democrats.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Senator McCain made headlines for criticizing affirmative action. As future president Barack Obama accurately noted, this was a reversal of his previous position, as he had once said that opposition to affirmative action was “divisive.” However, after that election, Senator McCain never did anything to stop racially conscious policies. Indeed, he voted to table a measure by Senator Mike Lee that would have prohibited the Department of Housing and Urban Development from tying federal community grants to the diversity of neighborhoods.

On the rare occasions John McCain ever did anything useful, he later denounced them. In 1983 as a Congressman, he voted against the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. In 2008, he forcefully repudiated his earlier vote.

Betrayals and opportunism are John McCain’s stock in trade. He is indifferent to protecting America’s borders but eager to commit Americans to the defense of other nations’ borders, especially those with Russia. In 2008, he claimed that “we are all Georgians” and in 2014 that “we are all Ukrainians.”

Senator McCain has called for military interventions and/or regime change in Bosnia, Kosovo, Russia, Georgia, China, North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, and Mali. He believes a wall won’t stop mass immigration, yet has almost unlimited faith in the power of military action or diplomatic pressure to revolutionize societies. He is the exemplar of the GOP neoconservative strategy summarized by Steve Sailer as “Invade The World, Invite The World.

Of course, the rhetorical opposite to such a strategy is Donald Trump’s “America First,” and Senator McCain can only blame himself for the emergence of President Trump. He should reflect on the fact that our Commander-in-Chief would have lacked his most powerful campaign slogan if the Arizona Republican had kept his 2010 promise to complete the fence and abolish birthright citizenship.

Instead, John McCain has spent the last year savaging his party and his president. As noted, Senator McCain saved Obamacare, denying his party a critical legislative victory and breaking the campaign promise he made only last year. Indeed, Senator McCain has been meeting with Chuck Schumer in an attempt, once again, to resurrect amnesty. Senator McCain is also fighting a White House attempt to introduce merit-based immigration because he doesn’t think Americans will do low-skilled labor. “I wouldn’t do it,” he says, in what passes for serious thinking in the mind of one of America’s most powerful senators.

Senator McCain’s hatred of Russia has also driven his support for the investigation into President Trump’s supposed “collusion” with Vladimir Putin. Senator McCain may be one of the reasons the investigation is happening at all. One of the senator’s associates, former State Department official David Kramer, was recently subpoenaed about his role in distributing a defamatory, Russia-related dossier about President Trump—a dossier Senator McCain himself took to then-FBI director James Comey. It’s possible Senator McCain was part of an effort to force President Trump out of office only weeks into his term. He has even claimed that Senator Rand Paul, who has become a close ally of President Trump, is working for Mr. Putin.

John McCain has used the last few months to lay out a comprehensive critique of Donald Trump’s worldview. When he accepted an award from Joe Biden in October 2017, he declared:

To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain “the last best hope of earth” for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.

John McCain receives the 2017 Liberty Medal. (Credit Image: © Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via ZUMA Press)

Yet it is John McCain himself who offers only “tired dogma.” During the period of American “leadership,” Europe was steadily Islamized. What difference does it make if Iran gets a nuclear weapon if nuclear powers such as France and Britain become Muslim? Our own country, by his own admission, has lost control of its own borders. More broadly, anti-white convictions have become orthodoxy in a country in which even Senator McCain himself is regarded as simply a racist—in Teen Vogue, no less. For many Americans, especially non-whites, American history is a racist disgrace, something to be apologized for, and, as the country becomes part of the Third World, expurgated.

John McCain understands none of this. As he showed in his non-answer to Bill O’Reilly, he takes for granted that American institutions, culture, and patriotism will endure even as the population is replaced. During his award speech, the senator specifically asserted that America was a “land made of ideals, not blood and soil” and defined Americans as “the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.”

John McCain expanded on this vision, if it can really be called that, in a speech to the Naval Academy later that month. He said America created an international order based on “liberty, mutual security, free markets, and the rule of law.”

He also laid out three premises:

First: that tyranny is always a threat to peace because it is an affront to all humanity’s natural desire for freedom.

Second: that liberal institutions are nevertheless fragile, and must be affirmed with conviction at home and abroad.

Third: that the American example and American leadership are indispensable to securing a peaceful and prosperous future. Our failure to remain engaged in Europe and enforce the hard-won peace of 1918 had made that clear. There could be no more isolationism, no more tired resignation—no more “America First.”

The threat to John McCain’s world order, in his mind, seems to come entirely from the Right. As he put it:

We have to fight isolationism, protectionism, and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions. We have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing down walls, not building them.

What truly separates John McCain from a typical cuckservative is how he grounds this worldview in American tradition. Indeed, much of his own prominence and reputation comes from his bloodline as the scion of Navy aristocracy, fighting to uphold, as the title of his book put it, the “Faith of My Fathers.” His ideology is a kind of twisted patriotism, in which the legacy of blood, history, and tradition is exploited in order to destroy all three. The gaps in this absurd creed are filled by simple opportunism, as when John McCain calls a fellow senator of his own party a pawn of the Russian government and then goes on to decry “those who would worsen our divisions.”

John McCain is the White Renegade of the Year—and of his entire generation—not just because of the concrete actions he has taken to ensure the United States will become a Third World country. John McCain defines the racial dispossession of European-Americans in high-sounding, utterly mistaken terms, as our becoming “a more just and prosperous country, coming ever closer to the ideals set down by our Founders.” The Founders, all of whom by today’s standards were elitists and white nationalists, would have no idea what he was talking about.

For Senator McCain, the inability or refusal of America to defend its own interests and identity becomes not an embarrassing example of multicultural weakness, but a proof of American leadership and strength. This is dangerous because it has a twisted appeal to Americans who love their country. Selling weakness as strength, impotence as power, and foreign adventurism as patriotism is more attractive than leftist rhetoric about America being founded on white racism or genocide.

However, ultimately the ideas of John McCain and the radical Left lead to the same dark end. Unless the United States is specifically defined as the creation of a people, a creation of Europeans, it exists as nothing more than a landmass and an administrative entity. It is revealing that John McCain’s slogan when running for president in 2008 was “Country First,” but when President Trump actually defined that country by saying “America First,” John McCain denounced him.

There is, of course, good news to end this profile in treason. The political creed of Senator John McCain has become as decrepit as the man himself. Ultimately, his vision depends on the very European-American majority he has worked so hard to undermine. Non-whites are far less eager to embrace military crusades abroad, since they do not suffer from the messianism of whites, and have far less faith in the military and in government than do naïve white Baby Boomers. Though John McCain considers American identity to be infinitely malleable, the embrace of “white privilege” by America’s elites and non-whites means any attempt to exert our will overseas will be seen as yet more white supremacy. The election of President Donald Trump and the rise of socialist movements on the Left show American workers have lost faith in the liberal internationalism Senator McCain champions.

Senator John McCain’s time has passed—but what a price we have paid for it! It’s up for debate whether John McCain’s own state of Arizona will even be part of this country in a generation, let alone a “red state.” Senator John McCain could have been an American legend, a man who could have defined nationalism for an entire generation. Instead, he will be remembered only in one of two ways. If we win, he will join Angela Merkel and F.W. de Klerk as a traitor. If we lose, the new non-white America will remember him only—if it all—as a fool who helped enable their takeover, and who was just another white male racist anyway.

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Gregory Hood
Mr. Hood is a staff writer for American Renaissance. He has been active in conservative groups in the US.
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