Thursday, August 30, 2018
As we say good-bye to Senator John McCain, we are comforted by his bravery and the lack of self-pity he displayed at the end of his life. Senator McCain left a farewell letter to Americans. He addressed his pride in being American, and his love of country. He also addressed the global rise in tribalism. Below are some quotes from his letter. The full address may be read here.
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.
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
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.