FROM PUBLISHER DR. TOM BARRETT: On August 27, 2018, a few days after John McCain passed away, I wrote an article titled, "The Power of Forgiveness in Politics." In it I described some of the extremely vicious attacks on McCain, by both Democrats and Republicans. And McCain gave as good as he got, returning these attacks with the ferocity that made him a military hero. But, unlike most politicians, when the battle was over, he always forgave his opponents.
I ended the article with these words: "John McCain was not a perfect man, nor a perfect legislator. Like me, he had many flaws. He was not one of my favorite politicians, and I have written articles critical of his positions. But I never doubted his courage, that he was a patriot with a strong sense of right and wrong, or that he had this nation’s best interests at heart."He is certainly an example to all American politicians on how to forgive your enemies and learn to work with them for the good of the nation."
One of our respected Conservative Truth columnists, Bob Pascarella, used the new "Comments" feature found at the bottom of every article to, as he put it, "add another dimension to the John McCain story. I welcomed his comments, and believe you will find them interesting. Read on...
Your article on the late Senator John Mc Cain was well done and deserves plaudits. With your indulgence, I would like to add another dimension to the Mc Cain story.
Senator Mc Cain had his ardent supporters and, as with any person of prominence, detractors as well. As for me; the senator was a great American. However, regrettably, there is this one element that consumed much of the senators last days and that I believe will live on in his legacy and remain a point of contention.
John Mc Cain lead what can be described a storied life. The late senator was a patriot and a brave American who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. In his farewell letter to the American people, Mc Cain wrote in part, “We are 325 million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. 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 all get through these challenging times.”
It can be said that if Senator Mc Cain truly believed in the meaning of his final words, then he would have had the capacity and strength of character to forgive. Regrettably, the senator left this life on what can only be described as a sour negative note. Although most will consider the senator a hero, his request that President Trump, aside from his inexhaustible comments, not be invited to his funeral is more the action of a lesser man, bitter, angry and unforgiving. Also, it was just revealed that Sarah Palin was not invited to the funeral. To this day the former Governor has had nothing but kind words for the senator.
I extend to the Mc Cain family condolences and will pray for the repose of his immortal soul. May he rest in peace. Bob Pascarella
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