Monday, May 28, 2018

AMERICAN POLITICS - The Republican 'Maverick'

"Sen. John McCain wants us to see we are more alike than different" PBS NewsHour 5/22/2018


SUMMARY:  While Republican Sen. John McCain has lately undergone treatment for brain cancer, he still speaks his mind.  Judy Woodruff talks with Mark Salter, co-author of a new McCain memoir, "The Restless Wave," about his Senate service, Russian election interference, American society, and politics in the age of President Trump and much more.

"The Restless Wave" John McCain (excerpt):

"Before I leave, I would like to see our politics begin to return to the purposes and practices that distinguish our history from the history of other nations.

I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different. We’re citizens of a republic made of shared ideals, forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the old one.

Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it. Whether we think each other right or wrong in our views on the issues of the day, we owe each other our respect, so long as our character merits respect.

And as long as we share, for all our differences, for all the rancorous debates that enliven and sometimes demean our politics, a mutual devotion to the ideals our nation was conceived of hold, that all are created equal, and liberty and equal justice are the natural rights of all."

From the Navy hymn “Eternal Father”:
Eternal father,
Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave.

John McCain - For Whom the Bell Tolls (HBO)

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