Farewell and Thank You Sir

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John McCain died yesterday.

There is a poem called “the dash,” which in short says the dash on ones tombstone between the day he was born and the day he dies is the most important.

The dash, tells the story of ones life, the triumphs, their tragedies and the way they lived.

John McCain’s dash was filled with more than most lives; he lived, he loved, he was passionate and most of all he served.

From his days in Vietnam, his years in a POW confinement, service to the United States House of Representatives and Senate, John McCain’s life is an example of service that few will ever equal.

I supported Senator McCain in the run up to the Republican nomination in 2000 and when he lost, he lost with grace and dignity.

In the days leading up to the 2008 Presidential Campaign, I told people close to me that if John McCain ran, I would be on board with his candidacy as I have always felt the country would be better with him at the helm.

I didn’t vote for him.  I believed that the hope and change of President Obama was what would be better for our country.  Many days I regretted my final choice, but in the end I know I did the right thing.

As he went back to the Senate he continued to serve, he stepped up in ways that were even bigger than before and his position as a Statesman grew.

In a political environment where narcissism, and idealogues seems to be the norm, Senator McCain was different.  When he spoke it mattered and I believe he always used his vote in the way he truly felt would be best for our country.  Not always popular and not always right, but with a heartfelt conviction that is rare in today’s politic.

John McCain’s honor will be missed in our national debate and pursuit moving forward.

From all reports, John McCain was exactly what you would think.  He was a friendly, passionate man who loved life, loved his family, loved his country and loved his fellow-man.

People who knew him talk about his ability to work with anyone who had the best interest of the country at heart, no matter their party affiliation.  Isn’t that what we most hope for in our elected officials?  Sadly, now that the Maverick has left us, it seems there are few if any to fill that void.

John McCain’s life of service will be celebrated over the coming days.  Democrats, Republicans and Independents will laud all he did in his rich life.  We will hear stories of his life, we will read commentaries of  his rough spirit and loving grace.

In the days to come we will hear words like statesman, servant, bi-partisan, maverick, war-hero and family man.  Most of all we will hear how John McCain loved America and only wanted the best for its citizens, these and many of the other adjectives used will be worthy.

John McCain was one of a kind a voice that is now silent, but hopefully a legacy that will continue.

When the words of John McCain’s life are spoken in honor of this incredible man, hopefully they will unite something in all of us to help make our country a better place.  A country where we work together to get things done and understand that compromise is a noble pursuit.

If we learn anything from John McCain’s life and now death we must learn, respect and act on these attributes, or else he will have lived in vain.

Patriots like John McCain teach us, they lead us and because of them our lives are richer.

John McCain will be missed, his dash was full and overflowed with goodness.

Thank you Senator John McCain, for a life well lived and for your service to America.

 

RIP – John McCain

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Senator John McCain

1936 ~ 2018

Friday’s Hero 3.8.13

FRIDAY’S

It is no secret that for the past several years, I have been disappointed by John McCain.

I was one of the first to climb onto the “Maverick Express” and wanted him to carry his style and energy all the way to the White House.  That is until he allowed the party hacks to get into his head and turn him into just another standard bearer of the Republican right-wing.

In all honesty John McCain’s chances of winning the Presidency turned into a climb up Kilamenjaro in board shorts the day Barack Obama became the Democratic nominee.  But when McCain turned away from his unique brand of statesman over party leadership he also lost my vote.

After losing the Presidency, McCain appeared to take his bitterness out on anything Obama offered and maintained his party hack mentality.  Then yesterday came, mark the date, Thursday, March 7, 2013, the Maverick Returned!

Sing praises to sweet baby Jesus, because yesterday on the floor of the United States Senate, John McCain returned to the “ain’t no party strong enough” attitude that made him a favorite of millions throughout the land and he eviscerated Senator Rand Paul for the media whore circus he created on Wednesday during a 13 hour showdown with the President.

On Thursday, Senator John McCain marched to the podium and spoke out against stupidity.  The Senator called out one of the darlings of the Tea Party and spoke for the moderate, independent American who is tired of the party politic.

On Thursday, March 7th, Senator John McCain once again became a hero in my eyes and earned his distinction as Friday’s Hero for March 8, 2013!

English: John McCain official photo portrait.

English: John McCain official photo portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Short Notes…. What Happened?

DId the world stop on its axis and realign or something?

Mark this day in history, the US Senate began a process of BI-PARTISAN work to reform our immigration policies.  Many of the same ideas that the President of the United States will recommend.

AND……

The Boys Scouts began the process of moving into the 21st Century.

What will tomorrow bring?