Honor John McCain by Fighting Tyrants

  • Week of September 3, 2018
“Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again.” John McCain

“John McCain is love.” Meghan McCain

"We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness. The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege." Megan McCain

"He could not abide bigots and swaggering despots.” Former President George W. Bush

“We laughed with each other and we learned from each other and we never doubted the other man’s sincerity or the other man’s patriotism. When all was said and done, we were on the same team.” Former President Barack Obama

John McCain was a Republican, but, as President Obama noted in his eulogy, he was on the same team as all-of-us. Over the past two years, activist and civil rights groups, old and new, partisan and bipartisan, and millions of Americans have been asking the GOP to stand up to the traitors who are attacking the shared values that Senator McCain spoke of in his last words to us. McCain was one of the few Republicans with the courage to stand up for our shared values repeatedly. The examples are many--McCain stood up for the Khan family after Trump attacked a gold star mother, and he spoke up against Devin Nunes, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee and was caught on surveillance tape sharing information about his committee’s Russia investigation with the White House.

As we heard at Senator McCain’s funeral, while many remained passive in the face of tyranny and bigotry, John McCain responded with the anger that such acts deserve. Senator McCain’s anger, which he often mixed with his biting humor, were beautiful acts of patriotism. His love for our country was exhibited by his intolerance for, and willingness to stand up to, this Administration in courageous ways, including dis-inviting Trump from his funeral.

As former president Obama said in his eulogy: “What better way to honor John McCain's life of service than as best we can follow his example to prove that the willingness to get in the arena and fight for this country is not reserved for the few, it is open to all of us, and in fact it is demanded of all of us as citizens of this great republic.”

All-of-us must keep John McCain’s fire burning and use our collective love, anger, and humor to wholeheartedly and obstinately defend our shared values.

Let’s take some time this week to gain inspiration from John McCain by reading his farewell to us here and listening to some of the speeches at his funeral. Here are links to a few of them:

Meghan McCain (daughter)

Former President George W. Bush

Former President Barack Obama

Former Vice President Joe Biden