Sunday, May 6, 2018

John McCain - In the Dying Light

("John McCain Battles Donald Trump with His Dying Breath")

John McCain's heart was always in the right place, even if his head might not have been. Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? Sarah Palin??? But mistakes of judgment could not hide his deep and abiding passion and commitment to the welfare of this country.

His mission was to be of service, and to be of service with honor. To meet his responsibilities with unfettered devotion, to be able to stand proud not only of his accomplishments but the manner in which he comported himself in battle, whether on the fields of war or the halls of Congress.

I did not vote for Mr. McCain in 2008, not because I thought he was the wrong man for the job, but because I thought he was not the right one.

And with his last breaths, if these are indeed to be the same, he stands strong and determined to call out a President who has little regard for the welfare of anyone but himself and who does a grave disservice to the ideals upon which this nation was founded.

John McCain may not share many of my political beliefs, but he did possess a grace and dignity that made him near saint to those on both sides of the aisle. 

And when he is no longer, it will feel as if we have lost far more than merely the light shining from a single soul.


Anonymous said...

I love this -brought tears to my eyes. A man of honor and valor who will be missed


Anonymous said...

A man of grace and dignity, and a man of service, as you said. But what was needed from him was his strenuous, continuous vocal indignation and outcry to the Tea Party's control of his party. His relative silence furthered the Tea Party's disbelief that government can do good and accomplish something.--RE

Anonymous said...

Coincidentally, John McCain was featured in Sunday’s New York Times book section column, “By the Book” yesterday.
I was really impressed by his selection of favorite books, which is much more literary than you’d expect from a military/political man. And he spoke of his love for these books with such great passion and erudition that I am going to make it a point to read his favorite book, For Whom the Bell Tolls, at long last as it has been on my reading list for eons. I can think of no better tribute to him than following his book suggestions.

Like McCain, I also recently re-read The Great Gatsby. We both agree it’s hard to feel empathy for Fitzgerald’s characters, but the sheer beauty of his writing is unassailable. Based on this alone, it’s difficult to reconcile myself to the fact that a man who has such great taste in books and describes their essence and impact with such vivid emotion, had chosen Sarah Palin as a running mate, but my interest in and respect for John McCain has nonetheless been restored as a result .

Jane Berk 5/7/18