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Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:23 PM

Now That The Missing Man Formation Has Flown Over Annapolis, The Air Is Still and Calm

However John McCain orchestrated his funeral services, the ultimate effect was remarkable, powerful. Admire him or detest him, McCain left his mark on the world. His final mark was on the country’s consciousness, a poignant reminder regarding our responsibility to one another and to America, a nation we’ve frequently taken for granted.

He chose his orators/chorus with care and purpose to actively demonstrate, I think, what it looks like, sounds like, feels like to come together despite our differences. It was a clarion call to regain our footing, get back on the path, take up the burden of citizenship, statesmanship, common decency.

McCain's memorial has underscored a change in the wind, a true weariness, even disgust with the bombastic strutting, the endless lies coming out of Trump and his zombie supporters. In comparison to what we've witnessed this past week, the Trumpster’s churlish clan looks small, even more crass than before. Trump's early morning tweets/complaints yesterday were pathetic, hardly a blip on the radar.

Something has started to shift after months of revelations and investigations. The sheer cruelty, the petty meanness, the disloyalty, the greed, the gross incompetence have piled up and are now being exposed. Maybe not as quickly as we want. Yet the lid to Pandora’s box is sliding open.

In contrast, we have McCain speaking from the grave demanding that we be better, are better, must be far better for our children and grandchildren and the future of the Republic.

I listened to an old man down in Texas the other night. He'd put together a meet&greet for Beto O'Rourke. He said, "Listen, I'm a conservative. But I'm not so conservative that I think being inhumane is okay. We need to treat one another better. We need to get back to being generous and big-hearted."

Now, that's what I call a shift! One for the greater good.

John McCain managed to pull this final performance together from his death bed. With a little help from his friends, of course. But still, I think this was his last gift to his family, his colleagues and countrymen. I wonder if he regarded the effort as a leaning-in to Lincoln’s line in the Gettysburg Address:

“. . . the last full measure of devotion.”

Don’t know why but those words have been tumbling inside my head all week.

The Russians, I understand, were very happy, even giddy to hear about McCain’s passing. They considered him an arch-enemy, a constant thorn in their side. On their version of 60 minutes, they purportedly said, “Good, he’s gone. There won’t be another like him because the United States is over, done.”

I wouldn’t place bets on that statement. In fact, I predict those Russian broadcasters will rue the day they said it. As Trump et al will rue the many days ahead.

I never voted for John McCain. His political positions often left me bewildered and angry. But this week he earned my respect. So . . .

Godspeed, Senator. Godspeed.

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Reply Now That The Missing Man Formation Has Flown Over Annapolis, The Air Is Still and Calm (Original post)
peggysue2 Sep 2018 OP
Historic NY Sep 2018 #1
obamanut2012 Sep 2018 #11
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2018 #2
erronis Sep 2018 #8
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #14
BigmanPigman Sep 2018 #3
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #15
WheelWalker Sep 2018 #4
Demovictory9 Sep 2018 #5
cp Sep 2018 #6
flying rabbit Sep 2018 #7
world wide wally Sep 2018 #9
Marthe48 Sep 2018 #10
handmade34 Sep 2018 #12
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #16
BadGimp Sep 2018 #13
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #20
Hekate Sep 2018 #17
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #21
maddiemom Sep 2018 #27
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #30
maddiemom Sep 2018 #32
kooth Sep 2018 #18
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #23
maddiemom Sep 2018 #29
Silver Gaia Sep 2018 #19
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #24
orangecrush Sep 2018 #22
maddiemom Sep 2018 #25
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #28
mobeau69 Sep 2018 #26
janx Sep 2018 #31
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #36
MustLoveBeagles Sep 2018 #33
NNadir Sep 2018 #34
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #35
JHan Sep 2018 #37
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #39
Honeycombe8 Sep 2018 #38
peggysue2 Sep 2018 #40

Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:25 PM

1. It is done................fair winds

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:59 PM

11. .... and following seas

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:27 PM

2. Thank you, my dear peggysue2, for your moving and beautiful post...

Eloquently said!

I feel the same.

Fair winds and following seas, Senator...........

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:45 PM

8. Ditto your sentiments - Peggy and Peggy.

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Response to erronis (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:22 PM

14. Thank you Peggy and erronis

for the read and comments. I know opinions are split over the week-long memorial. But I was genuinely moved by the proceedings. Surprisingly so.

Glad to see there were others similarly impressed.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:28 PM

3. I am hoping he has the clout to get Karma moving faster

on the fucking moron and the GOP!

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:24 PM

15. I share that hope

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:31 PM

4. ... and the Wheel turns.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:33 PM

5. nicely written post. Good job of summing the situation up

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:39 PM

6. "the last full measure of devotion"

Yes. Beautiful post, thank you.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:44 PM

7. Well said. nt

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:50 PM

9. Pick your side... there is good ... and there is Trump

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 04:53 PM

10. 'Any man's death diminishes me'

John Donne

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:09 PM

12. well said...

I want to believe that John McCain's death will be the extra push we need to change direction...

RIP John McCain

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:26 PM

16. I want to believe that, too, handmade

Guess we'll both find out shortly.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:19 PM

13. Great post Peggy! Thank you.

re: “Good, he’s gone. There won’t be another like him because the United States is over, done.”

Right there is why the American people need to be told how important voting for Dems in the upcoming midterms is.

#PutinWinsAgain and the GOP is now #ThePartyOfPutin

The campaign messaging strategy writes itself imo.

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Response to BadGimp (Reply #13)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:35 PM

20. I agree, BadGimp

Putin's Russia is a very bad actor at the moment. They mean us nothing but harm.

I read that quote from the Russian 60 minutes episode right before watching 'Active Measures" last night. The double combo was chilling, even though I've been reading the background material on the Trumpster and his financial shenanigans for 2+ years. When you see it all spread out, there's no denying we're at war with Putin. He and his mobster buddies are fighting for keeps, and they're getting plenty of help from inside the country. Which is sickening.

So yes, November is not just another election. It is truly the election of our lifetimes.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:27 PM

17. My husband made a point of watching that today. He choked up talking to a Repub neighbor...

...this morning -- the neighbor grudgingly admitted that no matter what you thought of McCain, the guy was a hero, he supposed, and suddenly my husband said, "I served in the same war, and we are the same age." And choked up.

It has to be said that my husband joined the Air Force when he was about to be drafted, and had very mixed feelings about that war. But he never had mixed feelings about John McCain.

Godspeed, Senator. Godspeed indeed.

(And now we will resume our regularly scheduled programming at DU, tho admittedly some of us will remain thoughtful.)

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Response to Hekate (Reply #17)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:48 PM

21. Your husband and mine served around the same time then

My husband had/has very mixed feelings about the war, and he joined the Navy for the same reason--in his case the lottery, deciding he'd rather be on a ship than in a trench. As it turned out he was never sent to 'Nam but served his time on an aircraft carrier in the Med. But he shares a deep respect for McCain and his POW experience. It was one of the reasons I felt compelled to write the OP-ed. Plus, I was genuinely moved by what I saw and heard.

Definitely something to think about.

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #21)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 07:22 PM

27. My brother and several of my friends enlisted during Viet Nam for the same reasons:

serve a third year, but have some choice in your training and assignment ( all did end up in Viet Nam, but, thankfully all survived). Their third year was spent stateside, and they had a fairly loose rein, finishing out their time. "Chicken Hawks" were very different types from those with "mixed feelings" and outright draft resisters. I think you had to be a young person in that era to understand that the blanket term, "draft dodger," as applied today, wasn't how most of us who were young in that era felt. Even those who went in "gung ho" returned with different feelings. Ron Kovic's story ("Born on the Fourth of July" is an excellent example. Now it often seems that anyone who avoided the draft in those days (many more college degrees for young men resulted) is being labeled as a draft dodger now when the entire situation was far more complicated at that time. Dubya Bush, much redeemed in this Trump era, was a perfect example of one who avoided Viet Nam, Yet had no problem sending a younger generation to a needless war. Catch my drift???

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Response to maddiemom (Reply #27)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 07:39 PM

30. I absolutely catch your drift

For my husband, running to Canada was never an option; it just wasn't in his DNA. The Med assignment came out of the blue, seemingly based on a junior officer finding out he could . . . type. LOL. I didn't read Kovic's book but did catch the movie. Horrifying. Tom Cruise, wasn't it? Even in the movie those 'complicated' feelings towards the war were underscored, particularly the gulf between our generation and our WWII parents.

Whole different mindset back in the day.

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #30)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 08:21 PM

32. My (now former) husband, married in 1968, was a mining engineer.

He was in a "vital job" immediately after college and so never had to worry about the draft. There were a number of such professions, my own, teaching, being one. It became too complicated to make judgements these days. The WWII and Korean veterans could get very judgemental (actual Korea was pretty unnecessary, as well) early on. Later it became amazing how many "old timers" turned against "Nam." Yes, Tom Cruise played Kovic, I too, only saw the movie, but my brother had read the book and thought it very true.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:30 PM

18. Well-said ...

I agree with your points about McCain's politics; however, your points about his earning our respect is even more poignant! I had really started respecting him during the town hall where a voter said disparaging words against President OBama and he would have none of it!

Thanks for your post! You're also right about the Russian Russians and the American Russians ruing the day.

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Response to kooth (Reply #18)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:59 PM

23. I agree, kooth

McCain proved himself a man of moral fiber in that moment during the campaign. And that's no small thing when there was so much at stake and it would have been so-o-o easy to slide into that whole smear routine.

Did he slip and slide on other things? Yes. Did he take positions I could not accept? Yes. But you have to give a man props when he hits the mark squarely. He did it during his military service, he did it during that townhall and strangely enough, he did it through his own death.

No small task.

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Response to peggysue2 (Reply #23)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 07:31 PM

29. Now some have actullay faulted him for, thinking on his feet,

neglecting to add "Not that there's anything wrong with being a Muslim." I disagreed with him politically, but I respected him in a way few Republican politicians in the Trump era deserve.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:34 PM

19. Thank you, Peggy.

You've echoed and given clarity to my own inner jumble of thoughts about this. I concur. May his death mark the point in history where the America he so loved WOKE UP, and began to clean up the mess and heal the rift. Thank you.

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Response to Silver Gaia (Reply #19)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 06:04 PM

24. Thanks for the comments, Silver Gala.

I share that hope and vision. I really feel something has shifted in the ether. But we'll find out soon whether I'm right or wrong.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 05:52 PM

22. K&R!

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 06:50 PM

25. Exceptionally well put, peggysue2.

You speak for me, as well.

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Response to maddiemom (Reply #25)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 07:28 PM

28. Thank you, maddiemom and orange crush

I'm glad to find out a number of us sensed and felt the same thing. I couldn't sleep last night, so I sat at the keyboard and wrote a rough up, then hesitated about posting it. But I watched that final fly over this afternoon and felt a lump forming in my throat. That motivated me.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 07:00 PM

26. Flyover Video

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Response to mobeau69 (Reply #26)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 07:50 PM

31. Oh my God.

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Response to mobeau69 (Reply #26)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 05:11 PM

36. Yup!

That's the one, mobeau.

Gave me chills watching it a second time, too.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Sun Sep 2, 2018, 08:23 PM

33. K&R

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 03:58 PM

34. Extremely well written, reflecting a depth of thinking.

Thank you. You have expressed my thoughts exactly and more beautifully than I might have done myself.

"Last full measure..." Indeed!

Nothing becomes the Senator's life so well as his design in leaving it.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #34)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 05:09 PM

35. Strange isn't it?

Nothing becomes the Senator's life so well as his design in leaving it.

But then, I'm guessing when our life is clearly ending, the superficial begins to fall away, leaving the important elements of our life, our passions in full relief. McCain had the time to consider what he wanted others to remember.

That being said I, too, think it was a job well done.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 06:13 PM

37. gosh this is a good op.

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Response to JHan (Reply #37)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 06:38 PM

39. Thanks, JHan

This was the product of staying up too late, and then not being able to sleep at all. As is my habit, I hit the keyboard. Didn't help my insomnia but at least I managed to get my thoughts and feelings down.

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Response to peggysue2 (Original post)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 06:28 PM

38. Great post. My feelings, too. nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #38)

Mon Sep 3, 2018, 06:39 PM

40. Thanks, honeycombe!

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