On The Passing Of A True American Hero
Category: News & PoliticsBy: docphil • 5 years ago • 14 comments
There will be no recriminations, no negatives about the man himself, no remarks that are meant to be taken in more than one way. There will be only praise for the man. There will be only a sincere sense of loss to the "Lion of the Senate", an epitath duly laid upon him after the death of the last Lion, Edward Kennedy. There is a long line of political foes who will not have a negative word for John McCain, the man. He was a politician with a strong sense of his political beliefs, most in line with the Republican party, but some opposed to that same party he loved. He was a man who recognized principle and thus was a man who could respect the person who had different political belief.
John McCain was a hero, from his time in the Navy, through his time as a prisoner of war, to his service in the House of Representatives, to his time in the Senate, to his runs for the presidency. He argued issues and stayed above the fray with the mudslinging. He came to the defense of his compatriots or opponents when necessary.
All one has to do is remember that he had the opportunity to be released from a North Vietnamese POW camp and turned it down, because he knew that there were other POWs who were there longer than he was. This was an action that took an inordinate amount of heroism. Then you just have to think back to the campaign against Barack Obama when a woman in the audience began to argue that she couldn't accept Barack Obama as a candidate for President because he was not born in America and was a Muslim. McCain, much to the chagrin of many of those in his own party took the microphone and said calmly but forcibly that President Obama was a good man, a good American, born in America, and not a Muslim, though that shouldn't even be an issue. That was an act of courage for a man in a tight presidential race. But perhaps most of all, Senator McCain will be remembered for his last vote in the senate.....walking up to the podium and giving an exaggerated thumbs down to repealing Obamacare, placing the needs of the nation over the needs of the party.
We, as a nation should all be mourning the loss of a true American hero. We, as a nation should be rejoicing in having had this great man serve in the senate. If only we had a 100 members of the Senate and 435 members of the House serving the country with the same vigor and honesty as John McCain, our country would be on course again.
We should all take off our hats, lower our flags, and bend our knees in a dutiful remembrance of a great American hero. His death should draw 340 million tears with every American realizing what and who we lost, for we will not soon replace him. Rest In Peace, Senator McCain.
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