Justice Champion and True Statesperson, Senator John McCain: Condolences to the McCain Family and His Beloved Nation in Their/Our Great Loss

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Mrs. Cindy McCain, Mrs. Roberta McCain, and Children of One of the United States’s Most Effective and Devoted Leaders,

Your loss and the loss to true Americans is immense.

I’m profoundly sorry for your loss.  Being in the spotlight surely makes carrying grief much more difficult than it is without the eyes of millions and millions watching you.

I and my congregation are holding you in our prayers and positive thoughts maintaining the belief that prayer is a type of “love energy” (in the words of theologian and historian, E. Glenn Hinson) whatever one believes about who or what God is; and not a way of trying to urge God to do something healing and helpful for you that God wouldn’t bother to do unless asked nicely.

Trump repulses me daily, but the worst of the worst comments he has made growing out of violent jealously of Senator McCain was that he didn’t consider the Senator a military hero because, “I like people who weren’t captured.”

I preached a sermon yesterday titled “The Death of Dignity.”  It was announced before Senator McCain’s death, but when the news of his transition to the next realm came the parallel struck me as amazing for indeed he was the epitome of dignity for the duration of his military and political careers, even in the face of spending his last days as a Senator having to work with a president who knows nothing about dignity.  The current president can’t command respect so he tries to buy loyalty and intimacy, and those connections are unraveling quickly at this very moment.  The only way to be treated with dignity is to earn it by being dignified, which means that the office of the president will completely lack dignity as long as Trump holds the position, which the Russians helped him purchase.

It is a second level tragedy in many ways and yet a powerful tribute in others that the strongest tributes to Senator McCain thus far are not coming from members of his political party, but from those identifying as members of the other major US political party.  This could only be happening because Senator McCain knew the difference between people and perspectives.  A strong person in every respect, he did not need to be surrounded by yes-women and yes-men.  He could have and did have close friends who differed with him politically.

Trump repulses me daily, but the worst of the worst comments he has made growing out of violent jealously of Senator McCain was that he didn’t consider the Senator a military hero because, “I like people who weren’t captured.”  Laughing at the torture of any American serviceperson is unconscionable, and one wonders why Mad Dog isn’t mad.  Though it must have stung deeply to have his sacrifice scoffed at, I hope Senator McCain and each of you knows how courageous he was and what a true American hero.  Nothing Trump says can alter that in any way.

Thank you for sharing him with us.  We are a better nation because of him and the dignity he displayed as well as the dignity he recognized in others, working for the common good.

David Albert Farmer