John McCain was U.S. Senator from my state of Arizona since 1986. As a progressive Democrat and later Independent, I differed in opinion with McCain on many things, but there were moments in his life that demonstrated qualities of character – courage, humility, adherence to humanitarian principles, civility – that transcend “party differences” and made me respect him.
One such moment was his confronting a woman’s insane, ignorant, hateful question rooted in the “Obama is Muslim” conspiracy theory by telling the truth about Obama, despite a chance to throw some red meat to the dogs.
Another was his last speech.
“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of Earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems, is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”
I hope the remainder of the cowardly, hypocritical GOP are listening.
RIP John McCain.