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Mon Aug 27, 2018, 02:21 PM

John McCain, in final message before death, says 'do not despair of our present difficulties'

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"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 Ė liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people Ė 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' Ė 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."


https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/27/john-mccain-in-final-message-before-death-says-do-not-despair-of-our-present-difficulties.html

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Reply John McCain, in final message before death, says 'do not despair of our present difficulties' (Original post)
madamesilverspurs Aug 2018 OP
leftieNanner Aug 2018 #1
nolabear Aug 2018 #2
red dog 1 Aug 2018 #33
hlthe2b Aug 2018 #3
lagomorph777 Aug 2018 #4
saidsimplesimon Aug 2018 #5
Tiggeroshii Aug 2018 #6
backtoblue Aug 2018 #24
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2018 #7
montana_hazeleyes Aug 2018 #8
calimary Aug 2018 #9
magicarpet Aug 2018 #19
calimary Aug 2018 #42
MBS Aug 2018 #10
Shaddox Aug 2018 #11
Peachhead22 Aug 2018 #12
Mosby Aug 2018 #13
mcar Aug 2018 #14
Hekate Aug 2018 #15
sarge43 Aug 2018 #16
Initech Aug 2018 #17
Zing Zing Zingbah Aug 2018 #18
DesertRat Aug 2018 #20
gademocrat7 Aug 2018 #21
Honeycombe8 Aug 2018 #22
N_E_1 for Tennis Aug 2018 #23
WheelWalker Aug 2018 #25
2naSalit Aug 2018 #26
orangecrush Aug 2018 #27
sandensea Aug 2018 #28
sunonmars Aug 2018 #29
Pacifist Patriot Aug 2018 #30
kpete Aug 2018 #31
red dog 1 Aug 2018 #34
joshcryer Aug 2018 #32
red dog 1 Aug 2018 #35
Az_lefty Aug 2018 #36
bucolic_frolic Aug 2018 #37
kentuck Aug 2018 #39
bucolic_frolic Aug 2018 #41
kentuck Aug 2018 #38
kentuck Aug 2018 #40

Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 02:24 PM

1. Powerful

Thank you for sharing this.

Let's all make it so.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 02:29 PM

2. What a fine goodbye.

Itís pretty damn courageous to look death in the eye and say what you want to say to the still living. Not to mention poking a stick in that s.o.b.ís eye from beyond the grave.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 06:39 PM

33. + 1

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 02:29 PM

3. I don't care how one feels about McCain's politics, his grace and courage shines through...



I won't defend his politics, but I surely will defend the entirety of his life and the honor he has displayed.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 02:32 PM

4. Hey Trump: "Rebut that, Butthead!"

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 02:37 PM

5. Powerful words, just when

I thought I would not weep.

After all, we did not travel in the same social or political circles. I knew him only through the written correspondence over the years. He, or his staff, would responded when I disagreed with his reasoning for supporting another war, military spending or other positions. These letters were often 3 pages or more, were always respectful and well written.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 02:39 PM

6. ...

 

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Response to Tiggeroshii (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 04:05 PM

24. Me too. Very powerful

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 02:44 PM

7. And there you have the measure of this man...

Thoughtful, gracious, intelligent............

And to write this on the eve of his death! Most of us would not even think of doing such a thing.

He has left us this powerful message as his legacy.

I rejoice in it and in his being!

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:01 PM

8. This has brought me to tears.

Thank you Senator McCain for your encouraging, uplifting and caring words.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:09 PM

9. In death he had great class, elegance, wisdom, compassion, circumspection.

And honesty. So rare nowadays a lot of people don't even recognize it anymore.

I wish HE were President now, and trump was some itty bitty footnote.

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Response to calimary (Reply #9)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:47 PM

19. But.... S. Palin.... or can we order off the a la carte menu ?

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Response to magicarpet (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 29, 2018, 01:19 PM

42. I was trying to accentuate the positive but YES your point is

VERRY well-taken, magicarpet.

McCain was hardly perfect but sometimes a standout from his colleagues. But there were indeed many ways he failed to measure up. That made him a glaring contrast to most of his GOP colleagues. So then, what does that say about the rest of THEM?

I guess I sometimes fall toward the sunny side of someone who died. I donít feel motivated to dance on his grave. Not like I bet Iíll do whoever it is that trump goes. Frankly, because of trump, I no longer see myself celebrating when dubya goes. And thatís merely because in comparison to trump, dubya looks somewhat decent! Now, cheney is another matter entirely!!

I did look up the USS Forrestal fire on Snopes.com to see if McCainís piloting caused that horrible conflagration in which 134 sailors were killed and 161 injured. Nope. Debunked.

But I will always be bothered by the way he threw away his first wife for a younger, prettier, blonder, richer replacement. This, after Wife #1 waited patiently at home while he was in Vietnam and the Hanoi Hilton - but her ďsinĒ was having been in a car accident which ruined her looks and her model-perfect legs.

Iíll always be bothered by his involvement with reckless wheeler-dealer Charles Keating.

And I will never forgive him for shoving Sarah Palin on the rest of America. Thatís something NOT to forget. She wouldnít have had a national profile OR platform if he hadnít plucked her out of obscurity. Youíre totally right about that!

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:15 PM

10. A very fine statement. n/t

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:16 PM

11. Now that is how you do it. Well done, Sir.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:18 PM

12. I love the line...

"We are citizens of the world's greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil."

"Blood and soil" is one of the things the Charlottesville neo-nazis and alt-right rioters were chanting. I doubt the inclusion of that specific phrase was a coincidence.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:19 PM

13. K and R

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:21 PM

14. What a fine message

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.


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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:26 PM

15. "...Not of blood and soil... Do not despair of our present difficulties..." That brought me to tears

You know what? This man's greatness *will* be remembered.

I'm with our Nance Greggs when she claimed him for our own, now that the GOP is too rotted at the core to even acknowledge his passing properly.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:36 PM

16. Now that is a Hail and Fairwell

CAVU, sir.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:41 PM

17. Now that is beautiful!

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:44 PM

18. That was a wonderful message.

Thinking of his country even on his death bed.... Far more honorable of a man than the current president.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:49 PM

20. k&r

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 03:55 PM

21. Very moving goodbye.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 04:00 PM

22. Wonderful. He led a wonderful life. A good guy. Farewell, Senator.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 04:03 PM

23. Thank you for posting this...

As a Vietnam vet his passing saddens me as a brother in arms, though at the same time gladdens me as we get to experience what a true patriot is supposed to be.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 04:06 PM

25. And the Wheel turns.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 04:08 PM

26. Final words of wisdom!

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 04:08 PM

27. ...



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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 04:10 PM

28. I can just hear his warm, gravely voice in that letter. Thank you for posting this.

He should have been the Majority Leader - not Mitch McCocaine.

But such are our times.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 04:33 PM

29. That was a hell of a fuck you to Trump.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 04:56 PM

30. My eyes are sweating.

That was beautiful.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #30)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 05:14 PM

31. Mine too

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #30)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 06:43 PM

34. + 1

That WAS beautiful.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 05:21 PM

32. Hawkish to the end.

Reminds me of Hitchens.

RIP.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Mon Aug 27, 2018, 07:18 PM

35. Yesterday's "Face the Nation" was entirely about John McCain

The transcript is available here:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/full-transcript-face-the-nation-on-august-26-2018/



The transcript includes this:

BOB SCHIEFFER
"Americans were shocked during the 2016 campaign when Republican candidate Donald Trump attacked McCain, saying --"

TRUMP
"He's a war hero because he was captured..I like people who weren't captured."

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 02:12 AM

36. That was beautiful. I normally don't cry.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 07:58 AM

37. Heartfelt patriotism with a large perspective on life

He almost sounds like Obama, and it is remarkable that those two saw some of the same things in America, an unbridled belief in the country's ability to triumph over adversity. We are too vast and diverse to succumb to autocrats.

RIP John McCain. A life well lived.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #37)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 08:13 AM

39. The difference being that...

...one is being written from his death bed.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #39)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 09:06 AM

41. Goes without saying

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 08:13 AM

38. I'm definitely going to bookmark this one!



Thanks John McCain, a proud American.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 08:44 AM

40. kick

one time.

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