@Gretscham“Today, I am circulating a letter with Senator Flake
asking all of our colleagues if they’d be willing to join us in a
resolution to officially rename the Russell Building the McCain Building.”
- [D] Sen. Chuck Schumer This is what bipartisanship looks
like & I’m for more of it. I remember how Pres. Reagan had strong
differences with Tip O’Neil, yet they were great friends. As
the late Sen. McCain said, without civility, bipartisanship & a return to
‘regular order’ “we are getting nothing done” in
Washington D.C. Candidates who can do the above and put our country
before party ideology/partisanship are at the top of my list this electoral
Seems for a comment to be accepted on this site it can not be critical of
anyone.John McCain was not perfect.....wonder if this gets
Interesting, you feel campaigning to repeal Obamacare Care for 6 years, then
voting in the middle of the night to force us to keep it is a great thing? He
betrayed conservatism and showed his true colors. He lied!
Where were all these Democrats who praise McCain when he was running for
President?Did you support him? Did you vote for him? Very few
Democrats voted for him. I guess lofty compliments after he's gone are
easy, but voting for him and supporting his message when he was running for
President is not an option. I guess it didn't help that he ran against
Barack Obama.Oh well.It wasn't close. Obama got
twice as many electoral votes as McCain.Obama 365McCain 173The popular vote wasn't close eitherObama 52.9%McCain
45.7%Romney did much better the next election, as many Democrats
stayed home, assuming we would never have to worry about having a Republican
President ever again after the lopsided victory in 2008 and the media's
reporting the demise of the Republican Party.Bush and McCain almost
killed the Republican Party. But they did survive evidently (Because we have a
Republican President today, like I warned Democrats would eventually happen).But the point is... complimenting McCain, and voting for McCain... are
two different things.If Democrats liked him so much... did they vote
for him? Didn't think so.They didn't like him THAT much.
"despite the protocol to have it at half mast until after the
funeral."I heard on NPR today that the protocol for a sitting
Senator passing while in office was to fly the flag at half mast on the day of
passing and for 24 hours thereafter. That protocol was observed.It
is interesting that the media has eulogized Senator McCain with such glowing
accolades. During the 2008 campaign, this same media found a screenshot of
McCain stumbling, with his tongue out. The very unflattering shot was often
accompanied by a shot of Senator Obama looking very presidential. Where was the
respect then? Chuck Todd, on Sunday, summed up the media response concerning
Senator McCain perfectly when he said it was less about John McCain and more
about taking jabs at Pres. Trump. I believe the media is as two
faced as always. I voted for McCain and would vote for him again. I lived in
AZ and voted for him as my Senator. I wish his final years had been more about
his personal conservative principles and less about taking Jabs at the
President, but like Senator Flake, that's politics. Give him
his due...He was a great American.
When you have spent a lifetime in Congress as a Republican, and upon your death,
the democrats want to name a building after you...you have done it wrong.
My husband & I just finished watching the HBO documentary “For Whom
the Bell Tolls” about John McCain. It was so inspirational! The amazing
YouTube Video “In the Arena” about his Leadership Institute here in
AZ reminds us (as Teddy Roosevelt famously wrote): ‘It’s not the
critic who counts...’ I, for one will be forever grateful to
Senator McCain for staying ‘in the arena’, & to his family for
allowing him to serve there. They are remarkably strong & patriotic people.
In terms of their devotion to our country & to each other, they remind me of
John & Abigail Adams, who also faced harsh critics but today are revered by
many.I think history will bear out many of John McCain’s
strongly worded statements & admonitions. I mourn his loss & appreciate
the many kind & respectful comments I’m reading about him here &
in this article. Thank you, Deseret News for this thoughtful opinion piece.
Sad thing is the comments over on FoxNews got so vile and uncivil that they had
to turn commenting off on the pieces about Mr. McCain. There are conservatives
calling McCain all kinds of horrific things after he died.... so much so ...
that Fox had to shut it down. If that doesn't tell you something about
what is going on, not sure what does.That and the White House has
already raised the flag back up to full mast last night, despite the protocol to
have it at half mast until after the funeral. Unheard of during past
Presidencies. This is the direction the current leadership is taking our
nation. Our nation deserves better. It really does. The swamp
is flowing through the gutters now. Didn't always agree with John.... but
on issues of defense and the sacrifice we ask of those men and women, no one
spoke more for our people in uniform. He deserved more respect... very sad.
Years from now it is men of integrity, like McCain, who will be honored in
history books, for standing up for order, fairness, rightness, and not bowing to
political pressure at the expense of their principles.He was not a
perfect man, nor did he pretend to be. He was willing to learn from his
mistakes, admit them, and say he was sorry--something that is sadly lacking in
current admin.His speech to the Naval Academy last yr was of vital
importance, and I'm sure it will be deemed prescient in the coming yrs.He made a sacrifice for this country that few will ever have to make,
& it forged this man's mettle in the furnace of affliction. He lived a
hero, and he died a hero (battling brain cancer is not for the weak). He served
with honor, and he died with honor, true to himself and his beliefs and
convictions till the end. If only the same could be said of all
those currently serving in Congress!
In a WaPo article today, journalist Greg Jaffe highlights an incident that
epitomizes the quality person that McCain was. It occurred during the last few
wks of his '08 bid for pres., when he's confronted by Minn. voter,
Gayle Quinnell, who took the mic to say, "I gotta ask you a question. I do
not believe in, I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s
not a . . . he’s an Arab."McCain takes back the mic &
replies, "No, ma’am. He's a decent family man and citizen that I
just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s
what this campaign is all about."McCain chose the high road. It's telling that Obama is scheduled to speak at his funeral, along
w/ George W., & Trump, according to various reports has not been invited.Trump didn't even say *anything* nice abt McCain in his terse tweet
(w/ Trump's own pic as background), & never made an official order to
keep flags at half-staff, as he did w/ Barbara Bush--flag is already back to
full staff at WH today, though the Capitol bldg will keep flag at half-mast
until his interment.Such pettiness is not surprising from a
name-caller. The gulf b/t their characters is a deep chasm.
Nunn24 and mohokat:Do you mind letting the body cool?60
years of service and 5 plus years in captivity earned John McCain a few swings
and misses...I'd put that record up against anyone you'd care to name.
Go ahead and put yourselves on that list.Sen McCain wasn't
perfect, but he had the decency to admit his errors and learn from them. Please see his example the next time you eulogize someone.
@mohokat - Aug. 27, 2018 7:16 a.m.. . . John McCain was his own special
interest. . .----------------Senator McCain's
"special interest" was the welfare of the United States and its people.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Walking up from his seat to the middle of the floor and gave the thumbs down to
his GOP colleagues is true unafraid loyalty to the country and not strictly
party voting political loyalty. Kudos to him for voting his conscience.
Service over self? Could not disagree more. John McCain was his own special
interest. It was always as in forever all about John. His time as a politician
was well paid which is not exactly service. A troop in the field making peanuts
It will be wonderful to hear the eulogies spoken at his funeral by former
presidents Bush and Obama.
In response to those who didn't like my comments concerning McCain and
Obamacare, I believe you are interpreting his actions in a very favorable light.
I believe McCain voted against the repeal simply out of spite. It was his way of
getting back at the President, a man who did want he was unable to do by winning
the highest office in the land. McCain was no genius. He finished at the bottom
of his class at the Naval Academy. As far as being a war hero, Colonel David
Hackworth stated, "McCain certainly doesn't appear to be a war hero by
conventional standards, but rather a tough survivor whose handlers are
overplaying the war hero card." I agree.
Bloodhound - Provo, UTAug. 25, 2018 11:04 p.m.Senator McCain ran on
repealing Obamacare. He ended up being the deciding vote that kept Obamacare
from being repealed. In other words, McCain broke his promise. It's just
one reason I never cared for the man.=========Did he
break a promise or did he realize he had been wrong? Look back and do some
careful research and you will find that he did not seek wholesale repeal. He
wanted to MODIFY and IMPROVE the Affordable Care Act. He voted against the
repeal because what his party was proposing would hurt too many good Americans.
He placed his priorities on people first and not party.It was the
same kind of selfless action as when he refused to be released from Hanoi
Trumps' comments about McCain not being a hero because he was captured is a
low point in a campaign and presidency full of them, especially in context of
his having bought his way out of service. John McCain lived a life of
service, leadership, sacrifice and integrity. His passing is a loss to us all.
Bloodhound,McCain entered the last Obamacare debate with two commitments.
The first, to replace the flawed system of "Obamacare," and second, the
reestablishment of proper legislative process within the Senate so it works for
the people and not party ideology. The proposed legislation which was being
forced through the Senate on a party-line vote was an anathema to both of those
commitments. McCain agonized over that decision, but it showcased his
integrity. The Republicans had failed to deliver anything better than Obamacare
and they had governed with the same militant partisanship which McCain found so
abhorrent in the Democrats.
McCain had guts and a desire to do what was right. By his own admission he
missed the mark at times and tried to do better, and such admissions are marks
of integrity. Such men are very rare today.
Hard to find 3 generations in a row who served country at as high a level and
for as long as McCain, his father and grandfather. "fair winds
and following seas" - RIP US Senator and Capt. McCain.
As a fellow Veteran, I share the grief in the passing of one of our
nation’s great ones. He always put the nation’s interests above
politics. He was an American FIRST, represented Veterans issues 2nd, and a
republican 3rd.Captain(Retired) John McCain, Thank you for your
military service! Thank you for volunteering to serve our nation in an unpopular
war.. Thank you for bending, but not breaking while being tortured by
America’s enemy. Thank you! For your continued military service after your
most honorable service, while the nation was spitting and disrespecting military
members and veterans.Senator McCain, Thank you, for your continued
service, to the nation, through your political efforts. Thank you, standing up
to political idiocy from both parties, and putting the nation’s interest
over the loud whining of a spoiled population.John, Thank you! For
being a man of honor, of courage, and willing to fight the good fight.America is a little lesser today, and missing one of the few who have
courageously served the nation throughout their lives.
If more Republicans had one quarter of the integrity that John McCain had,
I'd still be a member of their party. Sadly, he was an exception rather
than the rule.
Intermixed with all the grief and sadness about the passing of John McCain is
even more sadness and trepidations about the future of the country he left
behind. McCain's honorable, selfless character will always
dwarf the character of those who favor party over country.
I respect this man of character. He is an example of what most politicians
today are not. God bless him!
Senator McCain early in his days as a POW was offered the opportunity to be
freed because of who he was. He refused because he wouldn't leave ahead of
his fellow prisoners. The consequence of his decision was many years of
imprisonment and torture. His time in the Hanoi Hilton prison changed him and he
found out what really mattered. I respect Senator McCain more than
most of the others in Congress because he always did what he thought was right,
admitted and apologized for his mistakes, and had integrity.I will
miss him. The country will be the poorer without him to fight for it. Rest in
well-earned peace, Senator John Mc Cain.
John McCain was a patriot and a statesman at a time when both are in precipitous
decline among elected officials. The country will miss him.
All of the honorable traits described in the article seem to be missing from all
of the current Utah Congressional delegation. His service and sacrifice will be
remembered by many, but will be quickly forgotten by most, especially those who
never served.Fair winds and following seas shipmate.
Never agreed with his politics and did not vote for him, but I respected him
more than almost any Senator in my lifetime. When a tea party crowd member
disparaged Barack Obama, he stood like the smartest, wisest and strongest man in
the room (which he most certainly was) and simply said “No Mam.”
What current Member of the current GOP has that kind of character or decency?
From one Vet to a great Vet—thank you for a lifetime of service, Sir. And
for always doing what you felt in your heart was best for your country. 2
Senator McCain ran on repealing Obamacare. He ended up being the deciding vote
that kept Obamacare from being repealed. In other words, McCain broke his
promise. It's just one reason I never cared for the man.