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Sen. John McCain was a hero. No one can detract from his service in the U.S. Navy. Even our president, Donald Trump, who did not serve in the military.

Whether you agree with either man politically, they have proven to be men of accomplishment in their own way. However, Sen. McCain was beaten and tortured as a prisoner of war, and an unpopular war at that. While I am not a veteran myself, I respect veterans for who they are.

Timing is an important element in politics. If Sen. McCain had won the Republican presidential nomination the same year as President George W. Bush for example in 2000, he likely would have won. As a well-known local Republican, I think I should make that statement in regards to Sen. McCain that I just made.

I do take exception however, with the “far left” of the Democrats, who need to realize how great our country is. Many in that group seem to want to “Blame America First.” Whatever faults President Trump has, the “far left” of the Democrats have made many remarks and taken actions that are not helpful.

Good politics is to find common ground to be able to govern. The “far left” of the Democrats needs to be reminded that the public does not buy their type of politics.

The bigger question that deserves to be asked is this: Is America fairly judged by them? We Americans have proven ourselves to be quite generous to the world. For example, a Democratic president, Harry Truman, and his “Marshall Plan,” is considered helpful in stopping communism’s spread in Europe after World War II.

Our country, for all its blemishes, is still a great place to live, and desirous to other people in the world. It may too much to ask of the “far left”, but at least when talking about immigration, they need to compare how less restrictive we are compared to many, perhaps most, countries.

It is interesting how a freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, gets so much press attention. The way the U.S. Congress works, seniority is important, as well as chairing committees. Any federal legislator can issue a press statement. But what power do they have to effect change?

The Republican party is alive in Rhode Island. We are seeing active races for multiple offices on the Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee. As one eligible to participate in those decisions, I will be interested in what happens. The vote will be on March 30. Locally in Hopkinton, I chair the Republicans. The Hopkinton Republican Town Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Hopkinton Police Station, 406 Woodville Road, at 7 p.m. The next meeting is on Thursday, March 28.

Those wishing to contact me can do so at 401-360-4603 and 401-212-9458, as well as at

Scott Bill Hirst


The writer is vice president of the Hopkinton Town Council.

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