By Michael Bryan
First, the last message to the American people from an icon:
“My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans,
Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country honorably. I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them.
I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for ten satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.
I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. No man ever had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than I am of mine. And I owe it to America. To be connected to America’s causes – liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people – brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.
‘Fellow Americans’ – that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.
We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.
We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before. We always do.
Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening.
I feel it powerfully still.
Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.
Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.”
A video of a farewell from a friend: Sen. Jeff Flake eulogizes Sen. John McCain on the Senate floor…
And one final book:
The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations, John McCain’s last book and memoir.
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- A little antidote for all the lionization of John McCain; he was certainly a hero when he served in Vietnam, but he certainly wasn’t always one as a politician: Jocobin.
- Though McCain did have his moments: WaPo.
- McCain surprisingly had become a political pariah among Republicans in his own state: WaPo.
- Who are the names being bandied for appointment to McCain’s seat until 2020?: Vox.
- The DNC has stripped Super-Delegates of voting rights in the first round of voting for the President at the national convention; a victory for the democratic legitimacy of the primary system, but remember, this is what the GOP did and that decision led directly to the nomination of Trump. Just sayin’… : Politico.
- Trump finally breaks silence on the passing of John McCain, and is as petty and niggardly as one might expect: NYTimes.
- A panel of three Federal Judges has held North Carolina’s Congressional districts were unconstitution-ally gerrymandered with intent to disenfranchise Democratic voters: WaPo.
- Trump caves and re-lowers the flag over the White House for John McCain after criticism from vets groups: TPM.
- Amy Siskind documents the outrages of week 93 or the long crisis that is the Trump Presidency: Medium.
- Senator Schummer proposes renaming the Senate office building after McCain, Republican colleagues say, “Meh?”: CNN.
- Trump’s punitive policy to deny citizenship to any applicant who has used public benefits is causing panic even before being implemented: LA Times.
- Trump acknowledges failure on North Korea nuclear talks by canceling a summit: Atlantic.