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Where Have All the Statesmen Gone?

A few thoughts on John McCain
by Ruthann Dawley

    All during the 2008 presidential campaign, I volunteered many long--and often discouraging--hours for the McCain-Palin ticket.  I recall having disparaging thoughts about the outcome of the election, especially as November loomed closer and I began seeing signs with “McCain” blotted out with only the “Palin 2008” remaining. 
    When Election Day finally came, I arrived early (donuts in hand for the election officials) at my assigned post as a poll challenger in downtown Pontiac.  The line of potential voters stretched a full city block.  Some were actually dancing in the street.  I remember saying aloud, “Put a fork in John McCain.”
    I’m sure all GOP volunteers and paid workers felt the same as I did after that election, fearing for the future of these United States and at the same time trying to forget the disaster of a campaign that McCain ran, even trying to forget the man himself.  Then along came Donald Trump.
    When then candidate Trump spoke of John McCain in July of 2015, “He’s not a war hero.  He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who aren’t captured,” many were angered.  But it was his follow-up statement that caught my attention when he said of McCain, “…yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job.”  It struck a cord with me.  We are all looking for men and women of character who say what they mean and mean what they say, or at least I think we should be.  Where are all of these folks?
    I find that President Trump has been totally vindicated on his later comment. After all, has not Senator John McCain virtually stabbed millions of Americans in the back with his “NO” vote on deep-sixing Obamacare when he could have been a true hero in the eyes of many.  While I am deeply sorry for his cancer diagnosis, in my opinion the petty and childish “gotcha” tactics from McCain are red flags that he is a bitter man who seemingly longs to take his revenge.   But what’s the senator to do?  Here’s a novel idea:  Forgive.

    We could all use a healthy dose of forgiveness toward all those who offend us.  No matter what is said or done to us, if we do not forgive our perceived offenders from our heart, we fall into the dire danger of becoming bitter.  Bitterness is never alone and never static; it effects not only the one who is bitter but spreads like a terrible cancer and becomes fatal unless halted.  So what is the cure?
    We are never more like God than when we forgive.  All forgiveness originates from the only merciful and gracious Creator God, Who said of Himself, “The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  (Luke 19:10)  Saving naturally implies forgiveness.  Those who have been forgiven an unimaginable debt of sin toward a holy, righteous and just God ought to be able to easily forgive someone of a relatively small debt of offense toward them.  But doing all this assumes that the one offended has actually experienced a supernatural forgiveness, and there’s the rub.
    Our founding fathers had a plethora of disagreements and quarrels among themselves, but I have to believe they ultimately forgave one another, united around the idea of America and of Judeo-Christian ideals and ethics.  It takes courage to forgive.  That’s a real show of courage.  That’s a fruitful and joyous show of courage.
    In our history as a great nation, we have been too infrequently gifted with forgiving leaders who were, by God’s grace, seemingly immune to the barbs, slanders and criticisms of others and sought to live for a cause greater than themselves.  We call them statesmen.  They routinely raised our hopes and ideals as a people, united us for the cause of freedom and responsible liberty, and showed us the way to forgive and forget offenses, even if justice was needed.  They blessed millions upon millions.
    Our Republican Party as a whole--our national, state, county, and local politics--needs to rid itself of the cancer of bitterness that is quite obviously raising its ugly head among us.  We need to unite around the common goal of upholding and implementing our Constitution and our Party Platform.  We would all be the better for it.