Farewell, Senator John McCain

This column is not about us but about Senator John McCain, who died this week after a long battle with brain cancer.

We get so wrapped up in politics sometimes that we need to be reminded to stop pointing fingers at the other party and think about what the individuals represent. John McCain represented the best of the best.  He voted his heart and conscious, voted what he honestly believed was best for the country. I think it was always about integrity and honor for him.

As he was held prisoner in Vietnam, damaged and beaten constantly, he steadfastly refused the offer of release because others had been there before him. The rules of fairness were in play for him. In good conscious, even to relieve his own suffering, he had the integrity and courage to wait his turn. After his return to the States and his recovery, he again devoted himself to service of country, this time in the political arena.

Politics is not a fun place.  I think he believed that, though hard work, dedication, and that same sense of integrity, he could help make a difference in the lives of his fellow Americans.  He voted his conscious. I know people are angry about his thumbs down vote to repeal and replace the ACA, but there was no replacement, and without that, a repeal would have left too many Americans with no care at all.  There is still no replacement for a repeal. Good thing he voted as he did.

He knew how to reach across partisan aisles and had friends on both sides, garnering him the respect of many. He had a sense of duty, but also a sense of humor. And he had a great smile.

To serve the country in our military, be shot down and captured, and then to serve as a senator makes John McCain a man deserving of all our respect. I know his family and close friends will miss him greatly.  I will miss him. Our country needs more people like John McCain.

This week, I salute Senator John McCain.

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