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Old 09-01-2018, 09:08 AM   #1
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John McCain

I know he wasn’t technically our family or friend, but I wanted to take a moment to express my deep appreciation for Senator McCain. These past few days have so highlighted his life and representation of service, respect, dignity, and inclusiveness.

I appreciate the honor shown him this week, and now I just hope and pray that his passing might somehow spur a rejuvenation of cooperation and respect in American politics. I have heard a lot of people say that the likes of him are now gone from Congress, I really hope that is not true. I believe that his memorial plans are designed to show that our country is bigger than one man, that whole is stronger than division.

John McCain’s life was well-lived. I know that this nation has more people of great character who should and do live lives of service. In the days, weeks, months, and years to come, may they find wisdom to govern well and for the people.
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I agree watching the news of John McCain's death and the Life he had before becoming a senator. I did not know that he was a POW for 5 years. And he planned his funeral prior to his dying from brain cancer.


I give this man alot of credit.... I am a Democrat and his is a Republican, but to me the person is more important and not what party. I just hope our Country can be strong and keep going even with those that are higher up are making decisions that will make us stronger.
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Its a tragic loss for our country. He deserves all the respect we can offer. RIP
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As I sit here watching the service at the National Cathedral, I just need to say that the speech given by Meghan McCain must rank among the most outstanding tributes ever uttered. Wow!
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I think what impressed me most about Sen. McCain’s funeral plans was his asking former presidents Bush and Obama to speak at his funeral service.

To ask the two men who defeated you for the highest office in this land takes a humility few politicians can muster.

And, perhaps, his doing so was yet another quite human bit of spitefulness directed at the current occupant of the White House. As has been said, Sen. McCain was a scrapper who couldn’t resist a zinger every now and then.

May his example inspire us all to be better people even though there will be times when we simply can’t resist our less noble impulses. Our nature is a mixed bag after all. I can’t help thinking there’s something endearing about that.
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Probably like everything else, politics have changed over the last few years, and not of the better. Everything is done along party lines. As much I disagreed with many of his positions, McCain was not afraid to work across party lines if it helped his cause. Its too bad politicians won't do the same today if it benefits the country.
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