Sponsored by

Comments on

John McCain, longtime Arizona senator, dead at 81

U.S. Sen. John McCain, who outlived the odds time and again, died Saturday afternoon, a day after his family announced that he had halted treatment for aggressive brain cancer. "The progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict," his family said.... Read more»

have your say   

2 comments on this story

1
1 comments
Aug 25, 2018, 7:56 pm
-0 +0

By disposition and experience, John McCain was uniquely suited to represent the Grand Canyon state. As prickly as the saguaro and stubborn as the desert itself, McCain’s reputation as a thorn frustrated both Democrats and Republicans alike. This same reputation belied the true decency of the man, possessed of a fundamental humanity that never seemed to waiver in his ascent of the American political field. In an age where the Republican brand of patriotism is measured by clickbait and phobia, John McCain represented the common-sensed, reality-based conservatism that not all of us rooted for, but most of us could respect. He wasn’t immune to political wind and he wasn’t perfect, but he left little doubt about where his priorities stood; to the end, he was an outspoken proponent of American ideals and in the age of “MAGA,” what real American greatness could mean. Arizona lost a Titan today, that’s true. But if the star on our flag flickered this afternoon, it wasn’t Arizona alone that noticed. We’ve lost something larger than the Maverick; we’ve seen the death of a higher standard in American politics. The party that once exulted the bravery, patriotism and dedication of men like John McCain have glued themselves to its moral antithesis, willing to forego any national humiliation or indignity in the expectation that it might advance their own positions by a millimeter or two.

A reckoning will soon come, and McCain’s former colleagues will be forced to answer for what they did and didn’t do as the Maverick, hobbled by cancer and abandoned by those around him, rose nearly alone to stand against the decline of his party and the degradation of his country’s standing in the world. When that time comes, we can all hope that those who remain will look to the legacy of John McCain as an example of civic rightness and the true, deeper meanings of patriotism and service. He was a once-in-a-generation political figure, who’s actual service was praiseworthy enough; unvarnished, imperfect but steadfast until the end.

Arizona lost a Titan today, its true. But we can all learn from the legacy he leaves, and we can all - on both sides of the aisle - benefit from his example.

2
10 comments
Aug 25, 2018, 8:00 pm
-0 +0

I have to admit that I was not a fan of Senator McCain, yet there is still much to admire about him. When I worked on the Rez, I found that there was a lot of good feeling toward him, not just for his war record, but also because he was one of the few federal electeds who gave more than lip service to tribal issues. A lot of folks say they have sympathy for the problems of tribal communities, but McCain actually did his homework and showed substantial leadership in this regard. In those days, his crusade was reform of the Indian Reservation Road system, which was not an issue which was going to get him votes, headlines, or the undying loyalty of the precinct committeemen.

His staff was always diligent, helpful and sincere. In a better world, this would not be notable, but considering that certain other federal legislative staffs that I worked with as a member of the legislature were partisan, dismissive and condescending, it was outstanding. There was no practical reason for them to be so gracious to me. The culture of his office says a lot about the Senator and his regard for public office as a public trust.

There is no doubt that he could be calculated, petty and partisan at times, but these are faults common to most elected officials, or anybody in working life, and he showed a great capacity to rise above these things at critical times. If anything, he was a man who took his job seriously. Again, I suppose, in a slightly less grim historical moment, this would seem the least we could expect, but in today’s thin era it is downright heroic.

Rest in Peace, Senator. Say hello to Mark, Henry, Carl, Ernie and Barry for me.

Sorry, we missed your input...

You must be logged in or register to comment

Click to enlarge

Paul Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com

McCain in Nogales in 2014.

Categories

news, politics & government, family/life, local, arizona, nation/world, breaking
Sponsored by

Top Commenters

  • Bret Linden: 1764
  • Dylan Smith: 535
  • Cactus Dave: 339
  • buddhaboy: 316
  • Roberto De Vido: 270
  • Brittanicus: 176
  • Quietwoman2: 172
  • EllieMae: 145
  • TucsonGirl: 116
  • janamg: 88
Sponsored by

Yes!

I want to help TucsonSentinel.com offer a real news alternative!

We're committed to making quality news accessible; we'll never set up a paywall or charge for our site. But we rely on your support to bring you independent news without the spin. Use our convenient PayPal/credit card donation form below or contact us at donate@tucsonsentinel.com today.

Donate securely with PayPal

$5,000 Newshound
$2,500 Copy desk chief
$1,000 Trusted source
$500 Correspondent
$250 Stringer
$100 Cub reporter
$50 Printer's Devil
$25 Informed Source
$10 Dear Reader
Enter your own amount (below)

OR: Subscribe and stretch your donation over time

$5/mo. Printer's Devil
$10/mo. Cub Reporter
$20/mo. Stringer
$40/mo. Correspondent
Enter your own monthly amount (number only)

TucsonSentinel.com is an Arizona nonprofit organization fiscally sponsored by FCIR.org, a 501c3 charity. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

User Guidelines

Please be respectful and relevant. Thought-provoking. Or at least funny.

We want comments to advance the discussion and we need your help. Debate, disagree, yell (digitally) or laugh, but do it with respect.

We won't censor your comments if we don't agree with you; we want viewpoints from across the political spectrum. We're dedicated to sparking an open, active discussion. We believe people with differing opinions can spark debate and effect change.

Comments are open to registered users of TucsonSentinel.com.

Keep in mind:

  • A conversation involves sharing and respect. Support your viewpoint with facts, not attacks.
  • Ask questions. Search out answers.
  • Remember that being part of a community requires tolerance for differing views.
  • We can't ensure that all comments are based in truth. The only comments we endorse are those we write ourselves.

TucsonSentinel.com does not allow:

  • Hate speech. Blatantly racist, sexist or homophobic slurs or calls for violence against a particular type of person, etc. will be removed.
  • Obscenity & excessive cursing. Sometimes a well-placed curse word - if you're creative enough to get it past our auto-censor - can express your point in just the right way. But we say '%*$& no' to cursing for cursing's sake. And lose the explicit sexually-descriptive language. It doesn't contribute to the debate and there are plenty of other places on the Internet to find it.
  • Flaming. During a heated discussion, unkind words may be spoken. We can live with a certain amount of rudeness in the name of provocative conversation, but a pattern of personal attacks (name-calling, mocking, or baiting) is not acceptable nor are threatening or harassing comments. Show some respect, please.
  • Explicit political endorsements. As a nonprofit we can't allow electioneering. Analysis and explanation of political issues and candidates are encouraged, but specific calls to vote for or against a measure or politician should be done elsewhere.
  • Spam. Solicitation of products or services isn't allowed; contact us about advertising, we'd love to talk to you. Links to off-topic sites may be deleted.
  • Copyright or IP infringement. Lengthy quotes and violations of 'Fair Use' aren't allowed. Anything you post should be your own work.
  • Overposting. Don't bore people and waste electrons with identical comments on multiple stories or repetitive comments that don't advance a conversation.
  • Trolling, sockpuppetry, and other abusive behavior. Please don't feed the trolls and don't pretend to be someone you're not.
  • Gossip. Don't bring up others who can't defend themselves. We don't give out personal information; you shouldn't either.

Comments that violate these guidelines may be removed. We reserve the right to make up the rules as we go along.

Flagging

Commentors are solely responsible for the opinions they express and the accuracy of the information they provide. Users who violate these standards may lose their privileges on TucsonSentinel.com.

Sentinel editors can't read every comment. Trolls, spammers and other troublemakers can slide under the bridge. We rely on you to help maintain a healthy conversation - more than likely, you're reading these comments before the editors.

What if you see something inappropriate? Use the 'Flag' button to send it to a moderation queue. Help us out and tell us why you're reporting it; please don't report someone just because you disagree with them. Boy who cried wolf and all that. We'll take appropriate action on violations.

We will not edit comments to alter their meaning or censor comments because of political content.

We will not remove comments solely because they are heartless, cruel, coarse, foolish or just plain wrong. Your disapproval can maintain a decent signal to noise ratio. Ultimately, however, self-policing is the best method.

Bottom line, don't be a jerk.

Sign up for TucsonSentinel.com email newsletters!

find us on facebook
Sponsored by
Sponsored by
Sponsored by