The news of the brain cancer diagnosis to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was something truly terrible to hear. No one wants to hear news about a loved one, friend, family member… but the news of Senator McCain’s medical condition affected me in many of the same ways. It started with his recent procedure for a blood clot in his frontal lobe that he had surgery on just recently. I immediate harkened back to my own father, who passed away from a second brain aneurysm in the winter of 1989. I know what it feels like, directly and intimately, to face a family member with something so destructive and so fatal. My heart goes back to that place for the McCains.
But the second place it goes it back to the US Senate. Senator McCain isn’t just a senator. He is a STATESMAN. It is true, many of his policies and political stances are opposed to what I believe, but Senator John McCain was a rare breed in politics and especially in Washington, DC… he understood and larger role of national politician far beyond getting on TV (which he did alot if you ever watched “Meet the Press” where he seemed to have a permanent seat next to Tim Russert). He saw his role as a person with CHARACTER brought to Washington by his constituents to work on the business of government… to COMPROMISE to achieve success for ALL.
And as I mentioned in a previous blog post on my personal site, we need statesman now more than ever.
Sometimes you stand your ground and dig in…. and then, when an impasse is reached, you reach out. Deal. Negotiate. Compromise. This isn’t weakness. This is strength. The strength that flows directly from our founding documents (Declaration of Independence, US Constitution) to our elected officials.
“Thoughts and Prayers” is an overused and trite phrase that carries little weight, in my opinion. But for Senator McCain, please allow me to adjust the phrasing to sometime more appropriate to the Maverick of the Senate…
“Strength and Honor” to you, Senator McCain. Strength and Honor.