John McCain

John McCain’s Deleterious Impact on America

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John McCain is a far more interesting, colorful and controversial man than most Americans know. This piece has been compiled from a number of unverified sources, but there is a consistency in the several accounts that  give a ring of authenticity to the sum. Mr. McCain has been in Congress since 1983, 34 years.

John McCain graduated 894th in his class of 899 students from the Naval Academy. He was known for being wild and more interested in young women than studies.  He was in a group of students who called themselves “The Bad Bunch.”

John married Carol Shepp, a swimsuit model who had been married to one of his classmates with whom she had two children. She and McCain were parents of a daughter in that marriage.  At heart a playboy, John was soon bored with domestic life and aware advancement was more likely in the military services in combat he requested active duty in Vietnam. While there Carol faithfully stayed at home looking after the children waiting for news about her husband.

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His plane was shot down in 1967 when he ignored mission instructions to stay at high altitude and went “down on the deck” where he was shot down, survived and became a Prisoner Of War, POW and guest at the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.”  To his credit he refused an early release as the son of a serving Four Star Admiral, but then given his record and having violated mission instructions he was facing court martial and likely preferred the treatment he was getting as a “celebrity” prisoner in Hanoi.

On Christmas Eve 1969, his wife Carol slid into a telephone pole while taking gifts to friends. She went through the front window. Her legs, spine, and right arm were crushed and she was in the hospital for six months. Ross Perot was an advocate for POW’s and paid her extensive medical bills. She insisted John not be told feeling he had enough with which to deal.

McCain was released in 1973 returning home to fanfare. Carol’s surgeries took five inches in her height, and she gained much weight. McCain told reporters he was overjoyed to see her again, but friends said he was appalled by her appearance.

As a war hero, McCain moved in elevated circles. Reverting to his old ways  started “running around with women.” according to Robert Timberg, a retired Marine, journalist and author of four books, including “John McCain: An American Odessy.”

McCain had many girlfriends and affairs during this time. On a trip to Hawaii he met Anheuser Busch distributer heiress, Cindy Hensley, at a cocktail party. She was 17 years younger than McCain and worth $100 million Dollars.

They had a nine month affair in spite of his marriage and family from whom he separated in January 1980, requesting divorce in February. It was granted in April. He and Cindy married five weeks after the divorce was final.  Carol and their children were devastated. John McCain and Cindy moved to Arizona. Cindy’s father was well-connected and helped John McCain run for Congress in Arizona.

McCain’s new wife’s family was very wealthy as her father was one of the largest distributors of Anheuser Busch in the nation and she was an only child. The divorce settlement gave Carol McCain full custody of their three children, alimony, child support, including college tuition, their houses in Virginia and Florida, and lifelong financial support for medical treatment required after the car accident.

Carol was extremely hurt to be so rejected, nonetheless she went to work as the Press Assistant for soon-to-be First Lady Nancy Reagan.  She was respected in Washington.  She kept a dignified silence about the way John McCain had treated her.

Some McCain friends were far less forgiving. They see him as a self-centered womanizer who abandoned his crippled wife to “play the field.” They accuse him of settling on Cindy, a heiress, rodeo beauty queen, for money.

There are friends who will not forgot how he treated his first wife. Ted Sampley, who fought with US Special Forces in Vietnam and now a leading campaigner for veteran’s rights said, “I’ve been following John McCain for 20 years. I know him personally. There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you what it is: deceit.  When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he ran around on her almost right away. Everybody around him knew it. Eventually he met Cindy and she was young, beautiful, and very wealthy. McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought was better. This is a guy who makes such a big deal about his character. Yet he has no character. He is a fake.”

Ross Perot paid her medical bills years ago and now believes that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is very  slick and cruel, even by the standards of modern politics.  Ross Perot said, “McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory. After he came home, Carol walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona. And the rest is history.  A man who cannot be faithful to a loving, self-sacrificing wife cannot be trusted to be faithful to the American people.”

Cindy has also had to learn the lessons about her husband the hard way. Even though she and McCain put on a perfect front for the public, especially when he is running for office, she really is an invisible wife.

Tom Gosinski, who served as director of Cindy McCain’s nonprofit American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) wrote in his journal about the McCain marriage:  “During my short tenure at AVMT I have been surrounded by what on the surface appears to be the ultimate all-American family. In reality, I am working for a very sad, lonely woman. Her marriage of convenience to a U.S. Senator has driven her to distance herself from friends, cover feelings of despair with drugs, and replace lonely moments with self-indulgences. She became addicted to Percocet and had a doctor prescribing them for her illegally. When her parents learned she was taking them, they helped her stop.”

Washington rumors said McCain had an inappropriate relationship with the young and lovely lobbyist, Vicki Iseman. Ms. Iseman visited McCain’s offices and campaign events so frequently in 2000 that his aides were “convinced the relationship had become romantic.”  One staff member is said to have asked, “Why is she always around?” His staff members began a campaign to “save McCain from himself” by restricting Iseman’s access to McCain during the course of the 2000 Presidential Primary. According to the Washington Post, McCain’s political advisor John Weaver met with Iseman at Washington’s Union Station to tell Iseman not to see McCain again.

The marriage between John and Cindy McCain appears fake.  Married people live together. McCain and Cindy have not “co-habited” for 20 years. In defense McCain says, “The family takes two vacations together every year and Mrs. McCain is the one who has always made that happen.”

Two vacations per year? What a farce! Nothing about John McCain is real. He has no compassion or empathy for anyone except himself.. The only real emotion he is capable of is anger. He is famous for it.

His father and grandfather were both decorated US Navy Four Star Admirals. He was given special privileges and preferential treatment while he served in the Navy. He was a pilot but according to his colleagues a very bad pilot. He crashed three planes.  He triggered a horrendous incident on the U.S.S. Forrestal, that killed 134 men. There has long been a debate since the incident with many concluding John McCain was responsible, but received special consideration as his father and grandfather were Four Star Admirals.

Witnesses reported McCain had done a “wet start” which means firing the after-burners on takeoff to create a large flame and is never done on a carrier as it damages other aircraft on the deck! The flames caused the launch of a Zuni rocket on the plane behind McCain. The rocket shot across the carrier’s deck hitting other parked planes that were packing 1,000 pound bombs! They exploded massively with fire and destruction going several decks down nearly sinking the multi-billion Dollar, 82,000 ton U.S.S, Forestall!

134 sailors were killed and 161 suffered serious burns and injuries resulting in blindness.  John McCain got out of his plane and ran to safety.  That he was not prosecuted can only be attributed to the fact that he was “John McCain, son and grandson of two US Navy Four Star Admirals.”

It took $76 million and two years to repair the damage to the U.S.S Forestall and many more millions to replace the planes, munitions, pay death benefits, medical treatment and rehabilitation for all the burned and injured sailors.  Any other US Navy pilot would have been arrested and spent the rest of his life in prison, but John McCain wound up in the US Senate to run as a US Presidential candidate!  John McCain was not even reprimanded!

John McCain remains erratic and mindless.  He ran his 2016 Senatorial race under the banner he would lead the fight to repeal Obamacare but he hates Donald Trump so much he gleefully held his thumb down to vote rather than a thumb up. He laughed evilly saying, “Let’s see Donald Trump save America now!”  Apparently, John McCain thinks he has destroyed America!

It is hard to believe that any man, born to privilege, given every possible opportunity, physical, educational, monetary and social benefit could be as evil as John McCain.  Liberal socialists now call him their hero.  He has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, which no one would wish on anyone, but we have to wonder how long it has been driving John McCain?  We also conclude the likes of John McCain indicate something is very wrong.

Adrian Vance

Adrian Vance is a writer and producer of educational films, filmstrips and audio programs with over 325 productions from script to screen. See a partial list of my credits at . And, have written for ten national magazines, been on the masthead of two as an Editor, done a dozen books and am an FCC licensed broadcaster with ten years of on-air experience in radio and television. See my blog, "The Two Minute Conservative" at where you will find over 3200 daily pieces, enough material to produce 25 novel length books.

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