Respect For A Good Man – Senator John McCain

No political commentary this morning, only deep sadness at the news that Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.  While I have not always agreed with Senator McCain, I have immense respect and admiration for the man. He is a good man and one of the few in his party who I think genuinely cares about the people of this country.

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Lt. Commander John McCain on return to U.S., March 18, 1973

John McCain has been serving this nation in one capacity or another since 1958, when he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. He became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. When he was offered release because of his father’s rank, McCain refused to be freed before those who had been held captive longer. He was a prisoner of war until 1973, during which time he was frequently tortured.  He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics. McCain was first elected to the House in 1982 where he served two terms before winning a bid for the Senate just four years later.

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John McCain & wife Cindy

Senator John McCain has given much of his life to his country and his fellow Americans for nearly sixty years.  Today I take this opportunity to honour him and hope that my readers will also.  No matter what our politics, our beliefs, no matter what side of the aisle we sit on, we must always remember that our humanitarian values come first.  At times like this, we put the politics, the arguments aside for just a moment.  John McCain is a good man, he is in my thoughts and my heart today.

“John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.” – President Barack Obama

“John McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight.” – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

“.@SenJohnMcCain, you are a true fighter & I’ll be praying for you until you beat this. I know you will.” – Senator Chuck Schumer

“My thoughts and prayers are with @SenJohnMcCain, a true hero. Cancer is up against one Anerica’s toughest fighters.” – Senator Cory Booker

“.@SenJohnMcCain is a man of principle, integrity, and the father to a loving family. The entire country is with him in this fight.” – Senator Dean Heller

“Praying for my friend @SenJohnMcCain, one of the toughest people I know.” – Senator Steve Scalise

“Just spoke to @SenJohnMcCain. Tough diagnosis, but even tougher man.” – Senator Jeff Flake

“John McCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life.” – Senator Mitch McConnell

“John and I have been friends for 40 years. He’s gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong – and he will beat this.” – Former Vice President Joe Biden

“As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.” – Former President Bill Clinton

“My thoughts are with John McCain and his family tonight. A true fighter and American hero.” – Senator Kamala Harris

“Heidi and I will be lifting up John, Cindy, and his entire family in our prayers in wake of his recent diagnosis…” – Senator Ted Cruz

“Senator John McCain is a fighter and true, bonafide American hero. We’re behind him every step of the way. Cancer picked on the wrong guy.” – Senator Patty Murray

“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. Get well soon.” – Donald Trump

“Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he’ll win this fight too. God bless!” – Vice President Mike Pence

As you can see … politicos from both sides, current and former, have put aside their differences to offer their support and love to Senator McCain.  I hope we can all do the same.

 

 

20 thoughts on “Respect For A Good Man – Senator John McCain

  1. My own heart and prayers go out to McCain and his family. It’s truly a sad event that transcends political differences. I hope he has the opportunity to look back upon his legacy and services as a statesman and veteran fondly; as well as treasure the time he has with his family and friends.

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  2. It is awful when anyone gets any kind of cancerous growth. No one deserves such a battle to survive, but certainly hope Senator McCain has the strength to fight his corner on this one to a successful conclusion.

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    • He will no doubt fight, but the reality is that the survival rate for this type of cancer averages 16 months, so his days are numbered. I hope he spends his remaining time with his family, rather than the rats in Congress.

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  3. Senator John McCain has what is lacking in many politicians these days, a strong backbone and a fearless will to speak the truth and stand up for what he believes in. My prayers are with him and his family. We need him and many more like him in the U.S. Government. —- Suzanne

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  4. Jill, I agree with your comments. Best wishes to Senator McCain and his family. I was still considering voting for him until he was forced to take Sarah Palin as his VP candidate. It brought his age into question. Little did we know this tough man would be still going strong. Keith

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  5. Sad indeed. A good man by all accounts. And for me a reminder of what seems to be missing from all our politics today – principled people, people we can respect, who are given respect whatever our political allegiances. I am not saying it is the people deserving of respect who are missing – I can’t, don’t believe tha’s true – but the respect itself seems to have gone missing. The binary divide between left and right has closed shut the gates on that – we must hate what is not ours, regardless of how honourable, good and well-intentioned. Well, the quotes here are a peep through that almost shut portcullis, let’s hope it doesn’t take more diagnoses of cancer to allow more such mutual respect through the tribal political barriers.

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    • You are so right. Even when I do not agree with his stance, I respect that he is thinking about the people, and that he has always had the courage to stand firm for his beliefs. As you say, that is something sorely lacking in politics around the world today.

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  6. Dear Jill,
    This is an awesome post. This crosses party lines, I just like John McCain. I love his feisty nature which I am sure have caused his colleagues some major heartburn over the years. And yes, I wish more legislators had his integrity, character and decency.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thank you, Gronda! Yes, he and Mitch McConnell have fought bitterly, yet even Mitch put aside the differences in this sad time. I admire McCain and just wish we had many more like him. He is a man who has the courage of his convictions.
      Hugs!!!

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