~ John McCain,
Cindy La Ferle
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I've spent a good part of the weekend watching news documentaries on the life of American senator John McCain. Though I didn't vote for him when he ran for president, I have always admired him. A man who rose above partisan politics, McCain embodied courage, decency, moral fortitude, intelligence, and integrity -- qualities that are desperately missing from American politics today.
McCain kept his ego in check, doing what he thought was best for his country. Yet he didn't demand respect because he held a political office. He earned our respect because he lived respectfully and selflessly -- and treated others with respect.
While Democrats and Republicans are stubbornly divided, making our country more polarized than ever, we can agree that McCain conducted his decades of public and military service with dignity, class, and honor. He was a rare example of a great statesman, in the true sense of the term, and he will be missed. ~Cindy La Ferle