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06
2017
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A boot is in the parking lot near the site of the Route 91 music festival mass shooting. (Chris Wattie/Reuters) By Joe Scarborough October 5 They say you can’t talk about guns even after scores of Americans are gunned down at a concert by a lone man and his private arsenal. They say that even discussing policies ...

Sep
28
2017
President Trump recounted the failed health-care vote during his rally in Huntsville, Ala., on Sept. 22. When he mentioned Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the crowd booed. (The Washington Post)
  September 28

Who are you? I’ve got to say that I really don’t know anymore. It’s kind of a strange turn of events since we went to the same public schools across the Deep South, then attended the same state colleges, cheering wildly on Saturdays for our favorite SEC teams, and spent Sunday mornings together in the same Southern Baptist pews. We even went to Training Union on Sunday nights.

Remember how our conversations always seemed to turn to politics? How we criticized Bill Clinton for playing so fast and loose with the truth? And how shamefully Democrats turned a blind eye to his fabrications and outright lies? Man, how could those Democrats sleep at night?

And what about how the guy we voted for, George W. Bush, running up the federal debt and launching ill-planned foreign adventures overseas? We swore that the next time Republicans got in power, we would pressure them to cut spending, attack the debt and put America’s foreign policy on a restrained and reasonable path. After Bush, we grew enraged by President Barack Obama’s efforts to reorder one-sixth of our economy on a straight party-line health-care vote. How reckless was that!

Right?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). (Cliff Owen/Associated Press)

What happened to you?

The guys I came up with in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and northwest Florida for more than 40 years would never boo a former American prisoner of war — especially one who refused to return home until the enemy released every one of his buddies in the prison camp. Southern guys like us loved that “leave no man behind” ethos when John Wayne or Sylvester Stallone exhibited it on movie screens. So why would you even think of booing a man, now fighting for his life, who showed that true grit in real life?

But boo Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) you did, at the behest of President Trump during a rally in Alabama last week.

Mike Allen of Axios further reported this week that Trump has been “physically mocking” the thumbs-down gesture McCain used to deliver the deciding vote against the Republican health-care bill in July. Did that mocking involve an imitation of McCain’s stiff arm movements? In case you haven’t read a newspaper in the 45 years since we played on the same Dixie Youth Baseball team together, McCain got the hell beaten out of him by the communists who held him in the Hanoi Hilton for more than five years.

Meanwhile, McCain continued receiving the beatings that would forever leave him incapable of lifting his arms over his head. He kept enduring torture because he refused to leave his band of brothers behind.

Do you have that kind of character? If you booed McCain at last week’s rally, don’t bother answering. Someone has obviously failed you in your life; you probably need to spend some time figuring out who that was. And if you still go to church, you may also want to pray for all those around you who put tribal politics ahead of basic humanity.

 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) speaks to 60 Minutes about his groundbreaking thumbs down vote for the GOP’s health-care bill. (Reuters)

Then maybe you should drive home and tell your children the story of John McCain’s sacrifice. If you can teach your children that lesson of heroism, there’s a chance they might grow up to have more character than the president you now praise.

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Sep
14
2017

President Trump gestures. (Rick Scuteri/Associated Press) By Joe Scarborough  September 14 The tweet by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) read like a primal scream. “Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair,” he bellowed. “No promise is credible.” King wasn’t alone in his horror that President Trump appears on the verge of doing a deal with his old friends, Chuck ...

Aug
31
2017

President Trump on Wednesday. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) By Joe Scarborough  August 31 Americans eventually tire of the presidents they elect. The political skills that fuel the rise of Roosevelts, Reagans and Obamas always seem to lose their allure over time as the promise of “Morning in America” and “Hope and Change” devolves into the cynicism of “Been There, Done ...

Aug
03
2017

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner talk before a news conference in the Rose Garden last week. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) By Joe Scarborough  August 3 After delivering a blistering speech critiquing Donald Trump’s performance as president at a recent conference, I was challenged by an audience member to say something nice about our commander in chief. I answered without ...

Jul
16
2017

A look at President Trump’s first year in office, so far Scenes from the Republican’s first months in the White House. By Joe Scarborough  July 16 I did not leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left its senses. The political movement that once stood athwart history resisting bloated government and military adventurism has been reduced to an amalgam of ...

Jun
30
2017

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski arrive for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington in 2015. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) By Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough June 30 President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal. America’s leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man ...

Jun
22
2017

A woman cries in Atlanta as Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff concedes to Republican Karen Handel. (David Goldman/Assoicated Press) By Joe Scarborough  June 22 The Democrats’ long losing streak continued this week in a Southern suburban district that Donald Trump barely won last fall. The party’s great hope for the Georgia seat was a $24 million man whose victory would have likely ...

Jun
05
2017

Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski in 2015. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)     I’m not sure what I was thinking the first time I met Zbigniew Brzezinski on the set of “Morning Joe,” but 10 years later, I recall that encounter all too well. Mika had strongly warned against inviting her feisty father on our new show, but like ...

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