I hereby endorse the thoughts expressed in a wonderful New York Times essay by columnist Frank Bruni.
They are simple and right to the point: U.S. Sen. John McCain is virtually everything that Donald J. Trump is not.
McCain is a man of honor who has sacrificed for his country in ways the rest of us only can imagine; Trump has thought only of himself.
McCain is quick to embrace his former foes; Trump holds grudges.
McCain doesn’t dwell on the immense pain and suffering he endured while being held captive during the Vietnam War; Trump demands pity for any slight, real or imagined.
Bruni’s essay is written as a tribute to a man, Sen. McCain, who is fighting for his life. Tragically, it appears to be a fight he won’t win ultimately.
I want to share the essay here. It’s worth your time.
I share Bruni’s view that even though one can disagree with Sen. McCain’s politics, one can admire him greatly for the character he has shown in his public life and for the courage he is demonstrating as he wages this valiant fight.
As Bruni writes about Sen. McCain: “I don’t remember another time in my life when so many Americans considered someone’s partisan affiliation a test of whether that person was entitled to their respect,” he writes, ruefully, adding that while (Joe) Biden, Ted Kennedy and other Democratic friends of his never voted for the same candidate for president as he did, his friendships with them “made my life richer, and made me a better senator and a better person.”
Such grace is unimaginable from Trump. That’s why it’s so vital that McCain is using his waning time to model it.