Monday, January 8, 2018

John McCain His Birth Order Makes Him The Maverick Senator

                                                 Senator John McCain III

John Sidney McCain III long time US Senator from Arizona 
and a former prisoner of war in Vietnam.  Known as a Senator
that goes his own way sometimes breaking with his own party.    
Why does he have this reputation? His birth order answers the 

Early Years
John Sidney McCain III was born August 29, 1936 in the Canal 
Zone in Panama. This is where the family was living as his 
Father John McCain Jr. was serving with the Navy. His older 
sister Jean “Sandy” McCain was born two years earlier in 1934
and his younger brother Joseph was born in 1942.  This gives 
John the # two birth order.  Coming from a military family with 
both his father and grandfather four star admirals, it is safe to 
assume that John, the firstborn son, got the attention that only 
a firstborn child receives. 

The Second Born
Everyone with the same birth order are not alike.  There are 
other factors as explained in my book Life’s Fingerprint that 
color one’s personality. The fact that he was the first born 
boy, he may have felt from his parents, expectation of high 
achievement.  This would add extra pressure on him that he 
may resented The second born wants to control his own 
environment and doesn’t like others telling him what to do. 
He also has an inner understanding about what is right and 
fair.  You don’t have a second chance to make a first 
impression with a second born. This birth order is often 
referred to as the stubborn middle child. McCain fits the 
description and has won the title of “Maverick” for this 
behavioral trait.

John attended 20 different schools before the family 
settled in Northern Virginia. Following his father and 
grandfather, he entered the United States Naval Academy 
at Annapolis. During his time there he was known for
 standing up for other students that were targets of 
bullying, second borns can’t turn their backs on injustice. 
He also had a hard time with the rules and came into 
conflict with higher ranking personal. His class rank 
was 894 of 899 as he didn’t take his education seriously. 
His lack of achievement could have been the direct result 
of the high expectations that his family expected from 
this rebel. No one tells a #2 what to do.

McCain was trained as a naval aviator. He was known 
as a man that partied and was a bit of a reckless pilot. 
Two of his flight missions crashed and a third mission 
collided with power lines, he received no major injuries. 
In 1967 he was aboard the USS Forrestal flying missions 
in Operation Rolling Thunder when he was involved in 
an accident on the flight deck. He escaped from his 
burning jet but the ensuing fire killed 134 sailors and 
put the USS Forrestal out of commission.  He then went 
to the USS Oriskany to continue flying missions. His 
plane was shot down over North Vietnam where he 
suffered two broken arms and a broken leg before he 
was taken to the Hoa Lo Prison nicknamed the “Hanoi 
Hilton.” He spent five and a half years suffering repeated 
torture and beatings.  When they offered him early release 
because his father was an Admiral he refused and would 
not accept special treatment. He honored the military
code of first prisoner in first prisoner out. The stubborn 
second born trait can be seen even in the most trying of 

Leaving the military, he entered Arizona politics in 1982. 
He was elected to the US House of Representatives and 
next elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986. Although a 
conservative, he has been known to disagree with his 
party on certain issues. He ran for the office of President 
in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama.  During the Trump 
Presidential campaign, he was insulted by Trump 
referring to his Vietnam capture. Second borns don’t 
forget an insult. When it came time to vote on the repeal 
of Obama Care his vote was the one that denied President 
Trump a victory.  The maverick title was still intact.

Brain Tumor
In 2017 John McCain was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma 
brain tumor.  Success rates are very low for this type of 
tumor.  Knowing this number two we know he is up for
the challenge.  He will do all he can not to let this problem
“tell him what to do”. Know his history, he may also win  
this, the toughest of all battles                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
For more information about birth orders you can find it 
in my book  Life’s Fingerprint: How Birth Order Affects 
Your Path Throughout Life by Dr. Robert V. V. Hurst  You 
may also find more information at our website For the first two people to
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