" Trump's first instinct on the death of John McCain was ugly pettiness not to lower the flag at the White House and not to issue a statement. Somehow, someone got to him and convinced him that the only one he was hurting with his behavior was himself and he reversed his decision on the flag and issued a rather begrudging statement. It's revealing, however, that his first choice was to try to stick it to a man whose honor and service to this country, Donald Trump can't even conceive of. But Amy Walter is right about the focus of the media on Trump's crassness. @amyewalterThe amount of attention national media is paying to Trump snub of McCain is disproportionate by a degree of 10 to amount voters care about this issue.
Of course, that's true of most of their stories about whatever aggravating thing that Trump has done or tweeted.
I'm one of 6 blind men who has come to see the elephant. OK, feel the elephant. The elephant in this story , McCain's supposed hatred, for President Trump. Why does he hate him? Because Trump made it and he didn't? John McCain left a Final Thoughts and Letter. Read aloud by former McCain campaign manager Rick Davis,and a few excerpts including McCain saying he "would not trade a day" of his life. McCain went on to write, that "our identities and sense of worth" are enlarged by serving causes bigger than ourselves.
Here is the text in full:"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 - liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people - 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' - 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."
So, oft in theologic warsThe disputants, I ween,Rail on in utter ignoranceOf what each other mean;And prate about an ElephantNot one of them has seen!